a stereotype is classed as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. two main stereotypes that are made about Australian people are that we are a very easy going country. This in my view is a relatively accurate view of what the majority of Australian people are like. Another Australian stereotype is that everyone wears thongs and singlets, has barbeques all the time and everyone eats things like vegemite. this isn't really true in my opinion, although a lot of people do these things there is still a lot of the population who don't so it isn't entirely true.
a stereotype can be damaging to a group because it can put a label on that group or person that isn't true but is just assumed. this can affect people because it might be a bad image that they don't wont or aren't intending to get but people place it on them anyway.
three different Australian accents that I have heard this week are Standard Australian English, Aboriginal English and Ethno-cultural Australian English. the accent that I believe that my accent is standard Australian, I think this because I am a normal Australian and to other people I don't have an accent so it is just standard Australian. I have this accent because of the way that I have grown up around other people with the same accent as what I do and as a result I have just copied the way that others speak around me.