Speech The Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Awards We're Champion Workers Dont Laugh Its True.

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Australia - The land of the free.Australia - A fair go for all.Australia - The lucky countryAustralia - The land of the sun bronzed Aussies.Australia - Whose citizens like a beer or two.Australia - The place where every person dreams of owning their own home.Australia - Where the clean air flows.Australia - Where all are welcome.Australia - Where no one does any work!Good afternoon ladies and gentleman.People of this great land - Australia - is this what we really have? Well I have an amazing news flash for you We're champion workers - don't laugh its true! Australians - that's us - are now the hardest workers in the developed world. Out of 18 decent sized, developed democracies - New Zealand, the US, Canada, Japan, Britain, Ireland, 11 countries in continental Europe and of course Australia, we have ranked the mighty place of number one in working hours in a statistical study done by Rodney Tiffen an associate professor of government at Sydney University and reported by Ross Giffins in the Sydney Morning Herald on May 1-2 of this year.Australians now average 1855 hours of work per year! That is 77 days out of 365, 20% of the year - working. Now that may not seem heaps to you, but think of this, that equates to 78% of your life working, and on top of that the 13 years plus you spend studying to get the job. Now does it seem only a small amount?The Australian people work 20 hours more per year then any other country! So much for us being the lazy ones. Tamela Smith is a 27 year old Solicitor and on average works up to 70 hours per week. That's 3700 hours per year; three times that of the average Aussie. She even states - 'Everyone has to work. You've got to make money and it's not uncommon for my friends to work similar sorts of hours. It's just the reality, I suppose.'She is only one of our many hard workers in this country, who dedicate the majority of their life to better our nation, the country that we all live in. Yet we have always been portrayed as the ones who sit in front of the TV and do no thing. Well that's what the 'others' think. The notion of the laid back Aussie worker taking it easy on the land, is one that is quickly fading.I would invite any one of you present today to say to any of our farmers that their life is easy and I guarantee you will not be given a civil reply.The extremely stereo typical view of the True Blue Aussie which Paul Hogan epitomised in advertisement for tourists screening in countries over seas is slowly diminishing. We do not all throw shrimps on the BBQ, speak in a slow, relaxed and monotonous voices nor do we have kangaroos running down the middle of our capital cities!Australia according to the statistical study states ranks only second to Belgium for the highest population living in urban areas....

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