While living in Australia, John Howard was PM.
While i was thankful of the agreement between Ireland and Australia that ensured anyone from either country on a via would be looked after should they need medical assistance (espicially as i worked my way from hospital to hospital) the sight of people trying to seeking genuine refuge being turned away (having come by boat) and throwing themselves into the sea, made me thankful i was white and European.
I dont see how the world looks to Australia and Canada? Surly with them being British extensions others look towards England first?
I was at the Mardi gras in 2001, it was great fun. However being white, Australian and Gay is a very different thing than being Black and/or non-european.
Perhaps its a different place now, but reports from my friends living there would suggest there is still a long way to go before Australia is a leading liberal light in the world.