Just interested if this is something that comes with time, or whether some people start to feel like "locals" quicker than others - perhaps it's to do with their character, or how often they've lived abroad previously, or whatever.
I'd have said - despite having lived here for over eight years and actually havng been born in Australia - that I was one of the least Australian-feeling persons: I still listen to British radio through the PC, still watch mostly British TV, still read British newspapers online, still support British (well, English!) teams in support.... but today I realise that insiduously I've actually become more Australian than I thought!
One of the things that I liked about this country most when I came here was the fact that your average Australian-in-the-street feels no compunction about being openly and loudly patriotic about Australia. Flags are flown on Australia Day, bad behaviour is referred to as "un-Australian", and there is a general feeling of being "proud to be Australian" - whatever the ethnic background.
Well today I realised (after reading another thread about bringing in food produce from half way round the world rather than sourcing it locally, that left me feeling slightly uncomfortable and ashamed to be British in many ways) that without even knowing why, given a choice between Australian and overseas produced food, I will choose Australian every time. Given a choice between South Australian produced and rest of Australia produced, I will pick South Australian. I would rather shop in Foodland than Coles or Woolworths - South Australian. I would rather pay a bit extra for my meat and fish from a local butchers or local fishmongers - supporting local jobs.
I don't know if this is because I prefer my food to have less airmiles on its report, or a lower carbon footprint, or because I do genuinely believe that Australian food production standards are mostly better to those in somewhere like Europe (pretty sure they've not found any undeclared horse in any Aussie meat products yet!) Or perhaps it's because buying Australian food means that I am supporting the Australian economy in more ways than one, and this is the economy that is supporting my family these days! I have even been known to complain in Coles when they are selling US-grown lemons, rather than local ones (let's face it, people with lemon trees here usually can't even give them away, they are so plentiful!) I know everyone complained about the price of bananas and wondered why Australia couldn't import some cheaper stock from the Windward Isles like Britain does, but if my family was making its living from banana-farming in Queensland, I would quite understand and fully support the monopoly. Speaking to many Australians here, they seem to feel exactly the same. Perhaps why Buy Australian has worked a lot better than a similar Buy British campaign was a few years ago. Perhaps it's an ingrained, and acquired feature of being Australian that makes you want to be more supportive of your adopted country, which is something that seems to be missing in British people - or is that just English people?
So looks like I'm more Australian than I thought I was - but I'll still be supporting the Lions in the upcoming rugby tour!