The first thing to know about Australian residents is that they are very much like their American counterparts, the first thing we noticed when we arrived was the lack of Australians in the crowd.
We were greeted with a “Hi, this is Mornington” greeting, which was actually a bit of a giveaway as to whether we were to be greeted by a New Zealander or an American.
We also learned that we were in Australia on a business trip.
When we got to the city centre, however, the Australian crowd became more prominent and we noticed that it was not as big as it looked.
“It’s a good sign,” I said to the other Australians.
The city’s streets are lined with cafes, shops and restaurants.
But when we walked through the centre of the city, we could not see anything at all.
“Is it an American town?” a woman asked, turning to me.
“No, it’s Australia,” I replied.
The majority of the tourists were Australians and the locals, with a small group of Americans and British visitors, were there to chat.
They were polite and welcoming, which is what I would expect from a foreign country.
But as we continued our walk in the city we soon realised that the locals were not happy.
“This is a city full of foreigners,” one American told us.
“And you should just leave.”
Another said: “I feel like we’re here because we’re foreigners.
And we’ve got to leave, or the foreigners will get angry.”
The Americans were not the only ones with complaints.
Many of the locals have never met an Australian before.
It was a bit embarrassing when the two of us told them about the Australian flag.
It’s a symbol of freedom and liberty, and it has a lot of meaning to them.
But it also symbolises Australia’s racism, a symbol that is so ingrained in Australian society that the Australians were quite surprised to hear that it had been removed from the flag.
A woman said that it would be a lot better if we could just get rid of the Australian one-star rating, as it’s not only insulting but a bit racist.
And a man with a big tattoo on his chest said that if the Australian tourists could just move to another part of town they would have no problem.
We told them that this was a city we could all live in, and that we could go wherever we wanted.
“You’re welcome here,” a man said, smiling.
The Australian community has been growing rapidly in Sydney, but it’s only a small number of people who live there.
The rest are just tourists.
The residents of Sydney’s outer suburbs are the ones who will be affected most.
The average Australian has never been to Australia.
And it is not just the people of Sydney who are bothered by the Aussies.
They are also the locals.
“Aussie tourists are not a problem here,” one local told me.
Another added: “It doesn’t bother me as long as it doesn’t hurt Australians.
They’re a part of our culture, they’re part of the community, and they’re our friends.
I’m a very big Aussie fan.”
The locals say that the only reason why Australians are so upset is that the foreigners are also foreigners.
The locals were shocked when we told them we were coming from Australia.
“That’s not the way you talk about Australia, is it?” one of them asked.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” I told her.
“But we have to talk,” she said.
“We can’t stay here forever, and we don’t know what to do about it.”
The majority are young Australians who are living in the suburbs, but there are also older people who are the descendants of the people who lived in the cities.
A few are Australian expats.
Many Australians are in their 30s and 40s and the majority of them are from New Zealand.
The local media is full of articles about the recent surge in Australians in Sydney and about the number of New Zealanders living in Sydney.
The article is about the increase in foreigners in the Sydney area, with headlines like “Aussies are a nuisance” and “Foreigners in Sydney could cost the region tens of millions of dollars”.
“The issue is not with the foreigners but with the locals,” one of the Australians told me, and he also admitted that the local media was right to be concerned about the problem.
The Aussias have also started to complain about the New Zealand tourists.
“They’re the ones coming here with the intention of taking advantage of the Aussie tourist, and if we keep on like this, they’ll come back to Australia,” one Aussie told me in an interview in Sydney’s CBD.
“Why should we have foreigners?
Why should we treat them like foreigners?
They’re here for business.
They want to buy the products, and this is not the kind of thing that the Ausies are used to.”