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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #013
July 01, 2010

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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June News

June was a very cold month in Sydney but very hot on the political front. We have a new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. She is the first female Prime Minister in Australia's history. This is quite a big achievement and media covered the topic extensively. Australia was the second country in the world, after New Zealand, to grant voting rights to women, in 1901. But it lagged behind other countries when it came to promoting them to leadership roles. It took another 109 years for a woman to lead the country.

The government announced a number of changes to the general skilled migration program starting on July 1. If you are interested in what these are, make sure to check the Department of Immigration website at

New Pages on Our Website

With the cold weather there are fewer outdoor activities so our interests went to cultural events and comfort food and we blogged about them.

Australian Museum

We are still wondering how come we didn't visit the Australian Museum earlier. We probably thought it was more for children and students. We couldn't have gone more wrong. It is for young minds but there are so many interesting things that adults can see there too, about science, geology, birds, animals. Surviving Australia is really a great section where you can get so much information about all the venomous animals in this country and not only about them. See for yourself here.

NSW Art Gallery

We did not stop there with our cultural exploration. Not far from the Australian Museum is the New South Wales Art Gallery and we found six reasons to visit this great museum. In addition to all these reasons, for a limited period of time during this winter, the Gallery is a venue for the Sydney Biennale. So this tempted us into seeing more of the Biennale. We took the ferry and went to Cockatoo Island which is hosting a large amount of works of Australian and international artists. The island is quite a cool and unusual environment.

Australian Food Culture

Australians love their food, which is extremely varied and multicultural. But not many people elsewhere know about the Australian cuisine and its delicacies.

But it was not always like this. Australia food changed a lot with times and people coming into the country.

Here are some thoughts about typical Australian food and Australian diet which includes a lot of fast food. But a lot of people are increasingly choosing the healthier options.

Questions from Readers

Sandra from Portugal wants to know more about social workers and the skills required. We searched the internet to give her some hints. If you know more about social workers and their line of activity, please contribute and write your comments to help Sandra with her research on how to start in Australia.

That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

To get them visit our website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter.

Until then, all the best,


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