There's a real insularity (on the biggest island in the world, ha) to some Australians who don't have any experience of the rest of the world that makes some of them pretty vocal/sensitive about identity in ways that we don't see as much here. People have been pretty upset that both Ford and GM-Holden will be winding down local production, for example, as that would spell the end of 'truly' Australian cars, even though both companies have been US-owned for generations (and all other manufacturers have been foreign-owned as well). The government has been focusing on preventing refugees from arriving by sea as if to keep the floodgates shut, but for all the popular sentiment that too many conventional immigrants are arriving and that the country is 'full' (which is weird for such an unevenly populated place), there are probably just as many people who think there's lots of room and that Australia's demographics require immigration.I knew that Australia (didn't know about NZ) had a high percentage of immigrants but I feel like the image given in the media is that Australia is not quite as friendly as Canada in openness towards outsiders such as immigrants, refugees etc. But maybe that isn't fair to judge since this is only something I have heard, and have no firsthand experience either way.
But I feel like something like this would not be as likely in our biggest city. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Cronulla_riots
There is a reciprocal agreement in place between Australia and NZ whereby citizens can live and work freely in either country - in fact for many years the largest group of newcomers to Oz has been Kiwis, but apparently for the first time in about 25 years there are now more NZers leaving Australia for NZ than arriving in Oz. NZ seems a bit more open to immigration overall.
What Australia could learn from becoming a little bit more Canadian
(some eye-opening comments ...)