As if kids weren't confused enough... the Woolworths supermarket chain has launched a virtual store in Sydney. Shoppers can now use an app to choose and scan product barcodes off the virtual supermarket wall, pay for their order and have the products delivered to their home or work. (Marianna Massey/AFP/Getty Images)
Many Australian school students are unsure of the origins of common foodstuffs, and that has one former rock star very worried.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces that Bob Carr (L) will replace Kevin Rudd as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs at Parliament House in Canberra on March 2, 2012. (Cole Bennetts/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's Prime Minister has pulled off a deft political maneuvre in her appointment of a former state leader to replace Kevin Rudd, who resigned dramatically as Foreign Minister a week ago.
Kevin Rudd addresses a press conference in Brisbane on February 24, 2012. Rudd formally declared he would contest Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the leadership of the Australian Labor Party, in a caucus vote on February 27. (PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's prime minister has urged voters to avoid likening Australian politics to an episode of "Celebrity Big Brother." Fine, but surely she meant "Survivor"?
Kevin Rudd, whose shock resignation as Australian Foreign Minister has sent the media into live blog mode, is using Washington D.C. as a staging point for his next move — a likely challenge for the country's top job.
US Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd during happier times, at the APEC Disaster Resiliency Meeting during the 2011 APEC Summit on November 11, 2011 in Waikiki, Hawaii, when Rudd still had a job. (Kevork Djansezian/AFP/Getty Images)
What did US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say to Australia's embattled Foreign Minister during a private chat at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Mexico?
You think you know a little about the typical Aussie, right? Kangaroo-riding, croc-wrestling, beach-dwelling people with a genetic predisposition to having no worries, mate. Okay, so Australia has an abundance of furry — and sometimes fearsome — wildlife, year-round sunshine, and laid-back people. In fact, it's the happiest place on earth, according to a recent OECD report. But it is also a country that routinely locks up asylum seekers, sells its military services to the U.S. and everything else to the Chinese, and worst of all worships that ridiculously long and complex game, cricket. Through Down Under, we invite you to explore both the delights and the darker side of Australia.