I am an emigrant. I am disgusted by this country of bogan sheep minded people...and I am using that word loosely. Tradespeople are not skilled..build to a price and down to a standard seems to be the ethos. The intelligentsia .... well there isn't any more since Whitlam walked. My fathers generation held optimism of post war modernism with energy,well he was shafted.
I be-moan the fact that second-rate is good enough........my scandinavian ancestors would have a fit!!
I would be absolutely happy to repatriate. This country was and still is a false promise, both culturally and economically. Many of us are stuck with the total failure of Multi-Culturalism in this country. Unfortunately I happen to be one of them. Australia's health, education, housing, manufacturing and cultural systems emulate European, Asian and US failures...Our saving grace is only a small population of people who can actually think for themselves. The rest are a semi-literate, culturally ignorant, cognitively backward population that is easily manipulated and fooled at the voting poll.
This country that continuously goes on about being the "clever country" where the vast majority of kids coming out of schools these days can't even read a price tag or add up past ten, teachers that taught them nothing about world affairs. No One can argue this fact, this month JANUARY 2012, Australia was listed 25th on the list of the 32 OECD countries, tested for educational skills.
Take the ascendancy of Julia Gillard for example, the poms got into the act, but only because she was born in Wales.On the one hand we have Julia d back peddling as fast as she can to appease the racist elements in our country and on the other we have
that vile little ****** Tony Abbott playing the race card for all its worth.
The ***** is ending every speech and every media interview with comments like.."and we will stop the boats.
The fact is, that the overwhelming majority of foreigners who overstay their visas are tourists who arrived on planes.
Those poor sods who arrive in leaky wooden boats are the ones being targetted by the media and racists of every calibre.
Another example of why this shithole of a country is totally screwed.
Last year our federal government decided to bolster the economy to avoid a recession by several ways.
One was to offer subsidies for installation of home insulation.
As a result there were botched installations and several cases where installers died either by electrocuting themselves by stapling insulation to electrical wiring or installing insulation wrongly so it caught fire due to heat from downlights etc. The other great idea of our government was to have a huge spending spree building all sorts of additions to Australian Schools....mmmm a sensible person could see what was coming next......
Sure enough, the rippoff merchants decided to rip the **** out of the Aussie taxpayer by charging unbelievable prices for rooms as big as a broom cupboard. Only the stupid Aussie voter would fall for this. Then in 2011 we had the GREAT CARBON TAX. Now I am an environmentalist but boy were the aussies fooled on this one.
Australia was branded the dumb blonde of the world by the UK Telegraph, and they were not far wrong.
Australia is seen as attractive but one-dimensional as a result of its failure to promote its culture, education and industry overseas. What Australia has is an image of a country that is considered to be very decorative, but not
very useful, except of course to be a puppet to the USA! Aussies love to bet, the Melbourne Cup the favourite event. This time all those patriotic gambling Australians who favour this allegiance with the USA sure have picked the horse with the broken leg.
Revolutions of the people against government are gaining strength around the world. I don't believe it will ever happen in Australia but I wished it would. People here are just to stupid, and if they are not stupid they are welfare reliant, and therefore devoted supporters of the Labour Party. The Liberal Party is no better. Get real people! How short a memory you have, particularly of the Howard years in which Abbot participated as a Cabinet member. So who to vote for, perhaps the Man on the Moon! or some other fictitious character.
The last 12 months have been a shameful chapter in the governance of this country’s affairs. It has been a period punctuated by lies, stuff-ups and contempt for the Australian people.
The litany of policy failures since the Ten Pound Pom seized power, most profoundly abuses against the trust of Australian voters mark this occasion, and will be forever etched in the psyche of the Australian people.
It is regional Australia that will suffer the most.
The ‘new paradigm’ touted by the Independents that handed government to Labor has failed abysmally. Even Independent MP Bob Katter publicly declared that the Independents have failed to deliver anything for regional Australians.
But the Gillard government’s record speaks for itself.
The mining tax hangs like a sword over the heads of entire regional communities. The uncertainty and the confusion caused by the government’s chopping and changing has already deterred investment and circumvented sound business decision making.
Jobs in regional areas will go. Our international competitiveness will be and is already being diminished
It is a kick in the teeth for regional Australia that the $800 million for regional projects promised under the 2011-12 federal budget has yet to come through.
Over half of the $800 million provided in Labor’s Regional Fund ($450 million precisely) has been allocated to the roads around Perth Airport – hardly what I would call regional Australia.
Even worse, the Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean has declared that even more of the money will be spent in the cities.
The carbon tax will hit regional Australia hardest. Recent research by the Australian Farm Institute exposes that an average grain farm in Western Australia will be up to $37,000-a-year worse off under a carbon price .
Farmers drive $155 billion a year in production and $32 billion in annual exports and support 1.6 million jobs. That is a lot to sacrifice on the altar of a carbon tax.
It confirms what farmers and their communities instinctively know: that even the indirect costs will make many farms unviable. Regional people will carry a bigger burden under the carbon tax simply because they have to travel further and their costs will, therefore, be much greater.
And did'nt the Prime Minister say ‘There’ll be no carbon tax under a government I lead.’
Those words will live in infamy and will haunt this government to its electoral grave.
Labor’s NBN is another fiasco and setback for regional Australians, with $50 billion being spent with no benefits what so ever to anyone!
The Australian public did not, as Gillard attempts to claim, vote for a minority government and they most emphatically did not vote for the carbon tax, which she and her minority government partners, the Greens and independents, are now determined to inflict on the economy from July 1, 2012.
So, the public might ask what does it matter if Gillard or Rudd is at the helm if command of the ship is in the hands of a pack of fools!
Today I woke up to the headlines=
Welcome, asylum seekers - Chris Bowen and Julia Gillard's ship of fortune:
To fulfil a promise to move an influx of families out of detention, the Gillard Government is now fitting out each home with up to $10,000 worth of furnishings and electronics this includes a television at a minimum size of 53cm. They are given food hampers upon arrival at rented homes (also free) where they wait for their claims to be processed. The revelation comes at a time when middle- and high-income families are struggling with cost of living pressures and bracing for cuts to private health rebates and the impact of the carbon tax. Special consideration is given to providing computers, internet access, mobile phones, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, iPods, games consoles and sewing machines. The assistance is on top of free doctors' visits, dental care, pharmaceuticals, education and payments of up to $433.25 a fortnight to sustain 1 asylum seeker. Now multiply that by a family of 5,that is a pretty sum of $ 2166.25 per fortnight. We have paid taxes all out lives and get nothing, only the knowledge that we have supported masses of lowlife who never wanted to work, they live in free housing, they get free medical and we face a future of huge price increases. All because we have had idiots running this country!!
Everyone should realize that we have been hoodwinked, manipulated and ripped off for years now. Believe 10% of what you hear, 50% of what you read and 100% of what you see. What I see is not good. I would not believe a single word uttered by any politician, regardless of which party they represent. We follow the USA on most other issues and trends and our turn is coming quickly. Statistics can be massaged and the result is only as accurate as the datas integrity. My prediction is that 2012 will be tougher than 2011 and will get worse. Just like the economy of the USA so ours will be sooner than you think. Finance and Banking industry laying off in 2012 to maintain profits and a 'positive' outlook, more lay offs announced in the industry this year. The government obviously hiding these figures. GREAT FINANCIAL CRISIS will hit the shores of OZ SOON. Politicians are trying to pump the housing profit bubble for all it's worth before the executives and ceo's do exactly what happened in America and walk away with your money. After this bursts. We're going to have a complete break down. The government wont be able to support the amount of welfare recipients and immigrants that live in this lucky country. Society will break down and we will reap the result of what Australia has become. Australia the Stupid Country!! You could move to one of the most expensive countries in Europe and it's still much cheaper than the lucky country. Wake up Australia. Oh you did? Then get angry and demand change. After all, you have a choice. Or perhaps you don't care, perhaps your beer, your pub, club, the beach, the bingo and the footy are more important. I think this is the case with most Australians. Fortunately I will not be here when the crunch really hits you, but I would love to be a fly on the wall when it all comes tumbling down! I am heading back to Scandinavia!!!!!