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  • Because they are only some of our ancestors. And yes we are all really, really nice!
  • Because we killed off most of the indigenous people! Yay!
  • because Australia is a beautiful sunny continent, and there are 20 milion Australians, just a little more than population as Switzerland, in an island that is 100 times bigger:)
  • Because we have a really great sense of humour, we don't take ourselves too seriously, everyone is a mate and we believe in a fair go. So come on over the barby's hot and the beer is cold.
  • Australia started as a British prison colony. Historically it was full of criminals. But obviously, just as with the United States it has evolved into it's own country. As others have migrated for whatever reason it can no longer be called a land of criminals and outcasts.
  • Because we don;t send the criminals there anymore
  • The state of Georgia started out the same way. They're pretty nice there, too.
  • It wasn't hard to become a criminal 200 years ago. Steal a little food to feed a family or look at the wrong person in a wrong way. They probably weren't all that bad.
  • 1. Criminals can be nice people, too. 2. They stopped sending criminals in the 1840s, and a lot of non-criminals emigrated there since. 3. The crimes they were sent to Australia for were pretty small - stealing 1 book - and some we would consider hardly crimes - stealing a loaf because your children were starving.
  • most of the time we are cool and most of us are nice ..why? because of the mix of races and cultures we have now , true in the early days we we convicts and crims but 95% were sent out for stealing a loaf of bread and not much more and the class system was very quickly broken down ...thats why we have 'the tall poppy' thing ...anyone that gets to big or to snobby soon get cut down to size and we normally give everyone a fair go
  • Most of the so called "criminals" sent out here were sent here for stealing food to feed their families and minor things like that. And anyways, that was a long time ago. I have no idea why we are so nice, i guess thats just the way we roll :D
  • Because dammit they just are, so get over it.
  • Historically, Australia was a British prison colony. It was at one time a land of convicts and criminals (The white colonists anyhow) But, of course this is no longer the case. So when this remark is made it can be taken as an ofense to decent Australians.
    • Sue Scarcella
      Here, here. Australia was begun as a penal colony, but that was over 200 years ago, so the descendants of convicts only make up a small percentage of the population. It might surprise a lot of Americans to find out, though, that the place the British sent their convicts before Australia was the USA. Many of the early settlements (such as Virginia) were built on convict labour. When the colonies declared independence in 1776, it created two problems: one for Britain and the other for the new USA. Britain had to find another place to send its convicts (Australia) and the USA needed cheap labour. So black slavery became the best option. Whereas Britain reformed its society to reduce the need for convict colonies, and declared slavery illegal in 1807, the USA didn't reform its attitude to slavery until after the Civil war forced the issue in 1865. Even then, the treatment of African-Americans remained shameful until the 1960s and still does make the rest of the world cringe. We, in Australia, acknowledge our past. We embrace our convict ancestors and we have said sorry to our black people. Before making stupid comments about Australians, Americans should examine their own heritage.
  • Who says the Crims are nice. They are fucking racist and arrogant. Ask Muralitharan or the South African cricket team about the racism. And they have been systematically wiping out the Aborigines. A criminal is a criminal. Anyway if the authorities felt it necessary to send the crims to an island, it means the crimes were serious. Stealing food 200 yrs ago is probably equivalent to murder today.
  • Who says the Crims are nice. They are fucking racist and arrogant. Ask Muralitharan or the South African cricket team about the racism. And they have been systematically wiping out the Aborigines. A criminal is a criminal. Anyway if the authorities felt it necessary to send the crims to an island, it means the crimes were serious. Stealing food 200 yrs ago is probably equivalent to murder today.
    • Sue Scarcella
      Ignorant person. I have Aboriginals living in our street, in a house just like ours. Things were done in the past, but we are trying to make thing better. Tell me whether things are going well with the black population of America. They really seem happy with the way they are being treated in the USA
  • Mehhh Mehhh,Mehhh "We hate the English". Fucking Crims.
  • Yeah, people from Georgia are basically nice; but Georgia was never a penal colony. I don't know why Wikipedia prints that junk. If you want to know the truth, google the name James Oglethorpe.
    • Sue Scarcella
      Georgia was proposed to be a settlement for British 'worthy poor' by James Oglethorpe, but that never happened. HOWEVER, the British DID send convicts there to relieve pressure on the British prisons, as they did to other US colonies. It is something that the USA doesn't like to admit, but it has grown on a supply of free labour, first white, then black, now Hispanic.
  • there are still plenty of cons and crims in australia. hells angels, banditos, gypsy jokers, car rental companies etc
  • Because it's not a land of convicts and criminals any more. That was about 200 years ago.
  • Australia was begun as a penal colony, but that was over 200 years ago, so the descendants of convicts only make up a small percentage of the population. It might surprise a lot of Americans to find out, though, that the place the British sent their convicts before Australia was the USA. Many of the early settlements (such as Virginia) were built on convict labour. When the colonies declared independence in 1776, it created two problems: one for Britain and the other for the new USA. Britain had to find another place to send its convicts (Australia) and the USA needed cheap labour. So black slavery became the best option. Whereas Britain reformed its society to reduce the need for convict colonies, and declared slavery illegal in 1807, the USA didn't reform its attitude to slavery until after the Civil war forced the issue in 1865. Even then, the treatment of African-Americans remained shameful until the 1960s and still does make the rest of the world cringe. We, in Australia, acknowledge our past. We embrace our convict ancestors and we have said sorry to our black people. Before making stupid comments about Australians, Americans should examine their own heritage.

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