being australian

What is the Australian National Identity? Who can decide what it is? Who is
truly Australian? These questions have been asked throughout this country's short life.
Many have different views on what is what, but I believe that you can't really just say
well this is what an Australian is and that's that. But there are definitely unique
qualities about "Australians" that are evident. The booklet entitled'Being Australian'
has many different representations on what is Australian, these are the images that
"…During the colonial era, many of the true Australian qualities were shown.
They showed,'resourcefulness, independence, mateship, egalitarianism, and endurance
to name a few'…Distinct Australian qualities(traits) were seen to be identifiable and
reflected the democratic and egalitarian values and aspirations of the people".
There were other people with very strong views on what is Australian. "By the
term Australian we mean not just those who have been merely born in Australia. All
white men who come to these shores- with a clean record- and who leave behind them
the memory of class distinctions and the religious differences of the old world; all men
who place the happiness, the prosperity, the advancement of their adopted country
before the interests of imperialism are Australian".
Then there were other people like Henry Lawson who described the "typical
Australian" as having, "pessimism, callousness, atheism and stoic endurance". But
unfortunately, according to Fred Broomfields, Henry Lawson "is not the seizer and
historian of the typical Australian, simply because there is no such being…But these
things are common to all isolated people".
Fred Broomfields, also wrote that there is the typical "small town" Australian.