Hazards of Oz

Instead of the kangaroo, Australia’s national animal emblem should be the platypus, an odd duck-billed, water-dwelling, fur-wearing, egg-laying mammal. In much the same way, Australia represents European values, or at least tries to, in a region suffused with either Confucian ethics, Islamic mores or spiritual transcendentalism, depending on which Asian country you choose for comparison. […]