(a) I haven't been to Australia.
(b) I have never been to Australia.

What do you native speakers think is the difference between the two? Is (b) just an emphatic form of (a)? I think there might be more than that.
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Well, that was my first reaction, but then we got into contexts. I think we've gone full circle on this.

Taka, if you want to pursue it some more, that's fine by me, I enjoy the discussion. But I think you'd need to restate the question now as clearly as you can, in order to refocus the discussion.

Well, actually, my first reaction was the same as MrP's: I thought 'S haven't ...ed' and 'S have never ...ed' meant basically the same thing; it's just, when you use the latter, you are more conscious of a spectrum of time. But then this Mr Anonymous came in, and said something which confused me a little. I guess that's why we got into the context things, and our discusson has been derailed a bit.

I think my problem has been solved, so I won't put any further question.

Thank you, Clive and MrP!
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