Australia: a lucky country

Today’s the day Australia decides on a new government. However, we’re going to end up with a crap government either way.

BUT.

We should consider ourselves lucky to be living in Australia, regardless of how crap our government is/will be.

We have a great economy here – we were lucky to not go into recession when the stock market crashed a couple of years ago. You may remember Tony Abbott saying a while ago that we’re in a budget emergency. What emergency? The public debt Australia has is VERY small compared to America, Japan, Greece and other countries with much larger public debts. Hence, the great economy.

Living costs may be higher here, but we’re still lucky.

We’re also lucky to be given access to quality education, health system and everything else here. Surely, these needs some work, but let’s all remember not to take these for granted because there are people out there in other countries who would LOVE to get what we have.

We’re lucky to be living in a diverse & multicultural country. If it wasn’t for that, we wouldn’t have learnt about different cultures and people around us. The downside is that Australia has a crappy policy for refugees – we need to welcome them here with arms wide open.

We’re lucky to obtain employment, but there are times we take it for granted and complain about our crappy jobs. Don’t take your job for granted because you are lucky to obtain employment – the unemployment rate is quite low here compared to other countries. I met a couple of deaf people from Eastern Europe and they were telling me that they only had two job choices upon leaving school – men: mechanic or printer; women – cleaner or seamstress. Now, we should consider ourselves lucky to be able to apply for any job here – provided that we are more capable of doing it.

Australia is lucky to have the National Relay Service, especially that its accessible via TTY, Internet and SMS. I was astounded to find out that the UK does not have any such thing like that, and it’s rare as hens teeth in Europe as well. We’ve got to thank the Australian Government for funding it.

Overall, Australia is a lucky country. Before I started my international travels, I took Australia for granted. Three years later, I consider myself lucky to be an Australian citizen, and I appreciate the simplest things in a better way.

Just don’t let fears cloud your judgement. Vote for humanity.

Over and out,

S xo

2 comments on “Australia: a lucky country”

  1. Yes its pretty good here ~ there are a few things in UK law that surprised me eg: Defacto rships are not recognized and one still has to purchase a yearly ‘licence’ to watch tv at home..

    Since 1 April 2010 the annual licence fee has been £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for black and white. ~ wikipedia

    1. shezzahead says:

      I agree – was astounded to learn about requiring a licence to watch TV in the UK – although I like their range of channels. Works out to be a lot cheaper than getting Foxtel here…

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