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  • Once again, this is a naive ex pat view of Australian English.The Cultivated Australian accent of the 1960’s and 70’s has almost completely disappeared from Australian society and the working man’s strine (please not that word, it came and went with Prof Afferbeck in 1964!!!!) has slowly blended with the middle class Australian which is the dominant accent. Nowadays, accent is established by education, region and suburban drift. Steve Irwin is a dying breed in accent and appears in the North and regional Queensland accent, particularly in the over 50’s.We have come a long way from Patrick White’s British accent.

  • Apparently the number of people speaking broad Australian English is decreasing, according to Bruce Moore (“Speaking Our Language”, 2008 – Great read!), and so is the so-called Cultivated variety. General Australian seems to be what most Australians speak, ethnic or non-ethnic (being ironic here; everyone’s ethnic unless they were born in a desert island in another planet).. And there’s also been talk about politicians adjusting their accent and making it more broad like John Howard, for instance, in order to attract working class votes by sounding more ‘true blue’ (pure populism)..

  • This article is completely wrong. I’m not even Australian – I’ve been here two years and I can identify a number of distinct accents which vary from region to region and several within the city of Sydney.