An Australian teenager (C) covers his face with a paper as his father (R) stands behind him in a makeshift "children's" courtroom decked out in SpongeBob SquarePants curtains, in Bali, Indonesia on November 25, 2011. (Sonny Tumbelaka /AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian court, set up in a room featuring SpongeBob SquarePants curtains, has sentenced an Australian teenager to two months jail for buying marijuana in Bali.
A woman (L) walks past a model showing a human fetus (C), which forms part of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition Da Vinci Secrets "Anatomy to Robots" at the Sydney Town Hall on May 20, 2010. (Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)
An Australian hospital has accidentally terminated the wrong fetus while treating a woman carrying twin boys, one seriously ill.
Sri Lankan asylum seekers engage in a hunger strike after their boat broke down on the way to Australia's Christmas Island, at Cilegon on October 16, 2009 in Merak, Java, Indonesia. Australian immigration policies and the topic of illegal immigrants have become increasingly controversial in the past decade. (Oscar Siagian/AFP/Getty Images)
The 60,000-odd illegal immigrants in Australia — mainly Americans and Brits — should cause Aussies far more angst than the 4,700 asylum seekers. So why doesn't it?
A man is given oxygen by ambulance staff after a fire engulfed a nursing home for the elderly, killing at least three and seriously injuring eight, near Sydney on November 18, 2011. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Details have emerged on Sydney's alleged nurse-turned-nursing home killer
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (R) shares a light moment with US President Barack Obama before a parliamentary dinner in Canberra on November 16, 2011. Obama said economic powerhouse China must 'rethink' its attitude to trade if it wants to be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. AFP PHOTO / POOL (Photo credit should read ALAN PORRITT/AFP/Getty Images) (Alan Porritt/AFP/Getty Images)
Obama tried to speak a little Aussie English during a visit to Canberra on Wednesday night with some choice phrases from Down Under.
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.