or anyone who has been to or is familiar with the aussie world... I am an American in the fortunate position of having an opportunity to relocate to Sydney (Double Bay, to be precise) for business. I have always been extremely intrigued by Australia but don't really know that much beyond the laid-back, easy-going image that most Americans have in their heads about the Aussie people. My question is, how is your society being transformed by the recent developments in the world (i.e. terrorism, Iraq war, all of this junk)? I am not happy at all with the direction America is heading. In light of Bali, has your government, media, and society maintained its openness and friendliness? Has your society on the whole become reactive and fear-driven like ours, or begun to lean in that direction? For the record, please no responses from anyone in America like @hole. Your gloating is not welcome in my thread. Thanks in advance, mates!