The Australian battler can be described as a person who has no incentive to earn above a certain amount of money, where that amount is defined by the maximum earnable, while still being able to get as many government benefits as possible. This situation is fairly unique to Australia, and is furthered by the national celebration of the battler. One could say that any person who achieves is celebrated less than the visage of a battler. To truly understand, one must both have knowledge on Australian politics, and live in Australia.
Bat"tel*er (?), Bat"tler (?), n. [See 2d Battel, n.]
A student at Oxford who is supplied with provisions from the buttery; formerly, one who paid for nothing but what he called for, answering nearly to a sizar at Cambridge.
© Webster 1913.
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