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Meeting people

When meeting someone for the first time, it is common to shake the person’s right hand with your right hand. People who do not know each other generally do not kiss or hug when they first meet.

When meeting new people, many Australians are not comfortable being asked questions about their age, religion, marriage, children or money. In the workplace and with friends, Australians usually call each other by their first names.

Many Australians look at the eyes of the people they are talking with, as a sign of respect and to show that they are listening.

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