By Sean Maguire
For Australians, the question of who we are is a topic that comes up constantly.
The answers are often difficult to come by.
Our image seems stuck on our famous flora and fauna, a part of us we can't really claim credit for creating.
The 2011 Ipsos Mackay Report, Being Australian seems to agree with our confusion as Australians struggle to define an identity which is solely ours.
Yet interestingly for countries that have a supposedly strong identity like the UK, U.S, Mexico and France any attempt to pigeon hole them gets an angry response.
The UK isn't the monarchy, bulldogs, stiff upper lips or eel pies
The U.S isn't guns, the founding fathers, Surfin' USA or Hollywood
Mexico isn't tacos, moustaches, violence or cocaine
France isn't arrogance, cheese, wine or the Eiffel tower
Every country is a multifaceted space where identities clash and no one represents every aspect of a country's clichéd self image.
It's time Australia stopped worrying about who we are and started worrying about what we can do.
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