While the media last week fixated on the political “divide” in Australia, with vastly divergent views expressed on the carbon tax at the forums and some confrontations between people with passionate viewpoints, it’s worth remembering that every day of every week, Aussies are getting on with their lives and doing remarkable things.
It’s worth remembering that there is so much more that unites us as a nation than that which currently divides us.
All that is great about Australia was on display in a rain-soaked corner of Queensland last weekend.
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You don’t have to travel far for an out of this world experience.
Indeed, the driveway of any caravan park is a doorway to a parallel universe: the universe of camping and caravanning. Within this universe a unique society operates: one with its own hierarchy and behavioural norms.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this micro-society is its reversal of a central tenet of mainstream society: whereas in the outside world we are so often defined by what we have, in the kingdom of canvas you are defined by what you have not.
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