I Am Australian. So Am I

Andrew Quilty for TIME

Left: Simon Sheely, 19, a student born in Australia to native parents. Right: Jimmy Luong, 21, a mechanic and musician born in Australia to Vietnamese immigrant parents.

Mehreen Faruqi, a Pakistani-born environmental engineer, is the epitome of the Australian spirit of "giving people a fair go." Arriving in Sydney in 1992 with her husband and young son, Faruqi earned her Ph.D. and worked in water management. Her husband started out driving a taxi, before scoring a job as a civil engineer. In June, Faruqi made history as the first Muslim woman to be elected to an Australian legislature. "What does it mean to be Australian?" asks the New South Wales state MP. "Besides the indigenous peoples, we all immigrated here. There are 260 languages spoken in...

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