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Questions tagged [australia]

Questions that have a specific focus on people in the Australia or Australian culture.

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What is the etiquette for smalltalk in a workplace when the context and person is always the same?

Every single day at 3:45 PM Bob rings the doorbell at work. Every single day I answer the door and hand Bob a small amount of paperwork. Every single day there is about 10 seconds as Bob flips through ...
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How do I convince my parents that I'm doing my best in class?

I'm in middle school, and by my school's standards, I get fairly high marks (90%, maybe a bit above or below). However, my parents believe that I'm not doing my best. I'm also undergoing exams, and ...
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How to inconspicuously distance myself from an unwanted friendship at work

Background I've been "good" friends with a co-worker for 2 or so years now. We have lunch together, from nearby food vendors, every day. After some recent events, I've decided I want to create some ...
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What is the etiquette for responding to “Don't worry about it” with something you are sorry about

I was meant to buy travel tickets for somebody, but they all got sold out before I could. There were reasons for them not being able to buy the tickets themselves. I was helping out, they asked me to ...
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Ask coworker out on casual retail job

I am a casual part time retail employee in Australia. I work there once or twice a week, more on holidays (I am in high school). I occasionally see this girl there. We don't really know each-other, ...
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How to deal with someone who doesn't learn?

tl;dr My boyfriend's friend Bill always goes too fast when sparring with me at longsword. How can I tell him that he should slow down or I will refuse to spar him in future? Background As a hobby, I ...
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How do I talk to a work friend about their constant no-shows for catch-ups?

I have a weekly catch-up with two people from my old team (Sarah and Kate) as we all committed to lose weight together, so we meet up to check on each other's progress. It's a casual thing, like ...
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How can I politely refuse to help classmates with their work?

I am the smart guy at school and people always want my help. I don't want to be rude, but they pester me and I try to escape but I can't -- I end up spending a lot of time helping them to do a ...
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How to convince a family member to stop victimizing themselves?

Situation: My grandmother moved away from the bulk of our family almost two (2) years ago now. As the flights are expensive, she only tends to visit a few times a year. However, every time she visits ...
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How can I tell my aunt that I won't be 'Santa' next year

My family has a very large Christmas get-together every year in which there is a tradition where one of the cousins (aged 20-30) will dress up as Santa (Edit: "Santa" for this is very gender neutral - ...
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How to tactfully ask someone to adjust their shirt for a photo?

I was taking some photos for a work function (it's my workplace, I'm not a professional photographer) and I was taking a photo of a group of people. One of them was overweight, and his shirt had ...
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How to deal with someone who won't leave me alone?

My partner works in a book store. Because of the way the company is set up, she mostly works alone (95% of the working day). She has a regular "customer" (I use quotes because he never buys anything) ...
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How to acquire information from a confrontational stranger

I recently encountered a situation where I felt it was important to ask a stranger what they were doing/if everything was alright or prompt them to explain themselves, however, after they acted ...
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How to set up interactions with someone you are interested in after long time without contact?

I am a 20 y/o guy and I would like to spend time with a particularly nice girl who I only saw occasionally and it has been 6 months since the last time. Past interactions These have always been ...
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How to ask your girlfriend to pay her share of the rent when she moves in?

I am on the cusp of moving to a new part of the country (1000km from my current location) and start a new job. I have just signed a lease to an apartment (that I am able to pay by myself if need be) ...
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Is it acceptable to order food at a restaurant if a group of people is waiting for someone who is late?

When at a restaurant with a group of friends (3 or more), and one person is running late, is it OK to order without them, and if so, how long should you wait before doing so? Considering that with an ...
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Is it acceptable to order food at a restaurant if the person you are meeting is late?

In the past, I've waited for over an hour, and I spent most of the meal feeling irritated at my friend. I feel I would have been able to enjoy their company more if I had just ordered. I also felt ...
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Sty on my eye, how to handle a meeting with my lecturer?

Today I had a rather larger sty on my lower eyelid, big enough that you could unmistakably see it within a couple of metres. I also had a meeting with my lecturer, that I needed to go to in order to ...
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How should I approach a situation in which I made a female roommate uncomfortable?

I am renting a room in a large, shared house with people from all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and nationalities. I was informed by the housing manager that there had been a complaint against me by a ...
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How do I explain to family members that I don't like to be greeted with a kiss?

I have an Asian background, and I live in Australia. My husband is European, and at family gatherings, his family members tend to greet me with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, which makes me ...
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Is it okay to talk about a blind person's guide dog to the blind person? [closed]

Obviously it's wrong to talk to a guide dog instead of the person: Don't talk to then guide dog instead of the blind person, this is insulting and the dog never answers. For some reason I was ...
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Talking over my family and interrupting them

I have a tendency of talking over my family and interrupting during conversations. It's a bad habit and then I break the other person's concentration and often miss out on what they're going to say. ...
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Lift etiquette - Should I talk to people who get in our lift?

We have lifts in our apartment block. Our lift goes to approximately 13 apartments, which is not a huge number. Some people I recognise, as they've owned their places since it was built (like me), ...
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Confronting a friend about a betrayal of a confidence

I had, what I thought, was a close friend. I told her something in the strictest of confidence and made it clear that it was personal and not to be repeated and that I had told no one else, which was ...
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Using reserved “disabled parking” with a disability people cannot see

I have a disability that cannot be seen (diffuse scleroderma and a recalcitrant and relapsing polymyositis). I seem to walk around ok, but my muscles are wasted and continue to rebuild and waste, ...
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How do I politely end a cold call I've received?

I've kept my phone numbers out of the public domain now, as I really do not like being cold called by businesses or charities. I have found that I used to try and be polite, but then the person ...
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How to manage someone flirting with my partner at a party?

When at a party with my partner, someone was flirting with him and kept putting her hand on his leg. I found myself becoming very jealous, but didn't say anything, and got more and more angry, as he ...
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How to deal with someone accidentally spitting in my food while dining out

This is a true story. I was dining out with a friend and an acquaintance (who was close friends with my friend). Back story: the acquaintance was jealous of how well her friend and I were getting ...
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Managing a bad temper in close relationships

I've always had a short fuse. I've been quick to rise and lose my temper, but on the flip side I'm quick to get over it when others lose their cool. The problem is that others usually are not, ...