RADIO AUSTRALIA

These programs look at the jobs Australians do, the homes they live in and the way they spend their leisure. They also examine the environment that supports Australians, the political structures that govern them and the way they get along with each other and their regional neighbours.

What do people who have never seen Australia expect it to be like?  This examines the images of the country that have been fashioned by the tourist industry and reveals how they can attract, inform or mislead potential visitors.

The opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 featured aspects of life and culture that are precious symbols to many Australians and a complete mystery to everyone else.

Aboriginal Australians, whose ancestors arrived around 50,000 years ago, and the more recent immigrants of the last two centuries have different perceptions of the land

Soil erosion and reduced water quality have forced Australians to question the widespread use European farming practices and to come up with fresh ideas on how best to preserve the environment

Most Australians think of 'the bush' as the heart of the country, but the vast majority of people live in the suburbs surrounding the major cities. People have the quirky Australian dream of owning a home in order to spend as much time as possible living outdoors.

The Australian economy has made a dramatic shift from manufacturing to service industries during the past three decades and these shifts are reflected in the types of businesses and jobs that are generating wealth in the 21st century.


Between 1980 and 2000, accelerated demand for formal qualifications led to an increase in tertiary-educated Australians in the workforce. The same period also saw a big rise in the number of international students coming to study here.

Australia's history of attachment first to Britain and then to the United States, has given way in recent years to an increased awareness of Asia. Many believe that a greater understanding of the region can only enhance communication, security and prosperity.

In the 19th century, the small population's awareness of its vulnerability led to the catchcry, "Populate or perish!". In contrast, contemporary Australia relies on a targeted migration program to maintain economic growth and enrich cultural diversity.

Today's Australians express their culture through literature and film, often highlighting what makes their country different from others. However the costs of maintaining local cinema and publishing industries in a small market means local books and movies have to go global to pay their way.

A political profile of contemporary Australia, which outlines the structure and operation of political parties, the new volatility in the electorate and the vexed question of moving from constitutional monarchy to republic.

This episode examines the way in which Britain acted as Australia's 'parent country', how the influence of the United States grew in the post-World War II years, and the current state of relations with Asian nations. It also looks at how these ties have affected foreign policy.

This two-way forum, linking students in Canberra and Washington, discusses globalisation, cross-cultural understanding, perceptions of religion, security, terrorism and civil liberties.