Australia Is Hard For Families
I have lived here for 22 years; I have never wanted to move overseas than now; I always love Australia as a country but the living cost here is a big joke. If you a stereotype Aussie and never been anywhere; then you may find this as a lucky country; but if you have travelled overseas; then we will call Australia "Super Rip Off Country".
We work so hard each year as a business owner; then taxman comes along and takes 50% of them to feed those lazy idiots - that's the problem for Australia. Success do not get admired or rewarded; there is no incentive to work hard here.
Education here is very back-dated; living cost in Australia had soared by 40% in last 3 years! Not withstanding the currency difference; but compare Living Cost vs Household Income; Australia is so expensive.
A guy on $100,000 salary in US will only pay around 25% tax, he takes home $75,000 home; and cost there is around 30% less (clothes / cars / electronics will be 50% less). In Australia; your tax bill will add up to more than $40,000.
School Fees here is a joke; private schools are about 2 times more expensive than Canada and US! Yet; did you see the income level overseas? No free lunches for childern at elementary school. US is now charging $2.40 for lunch for kids and get bombarded by its citizens: $2.40 lunch includes (Spaghetti, Fruits, Salad and Milk) for their kids; and if your household income is less than $60,000, you get free lunch for your kids..where is our benefit? We paid tax for what??? Council workers who work 2 hours a week??
If you have ambitions and aspirations; don't stay here; if you just want to layback and don't care about what's happening outside your backyard; then you can stay here and rink your expensive beer (about 2 x more expensive) and eat your BBQ (about twice more expensive for meats)...seriously, not a place for family.