The good news is that despite everything that is wrong/bad with this country, it is still a FAR BETTER place to live than many others.
Sure, you could argue we should aim high and that comparing ourselves to Uganda, Philippines or Egypt, and feeling good about it, is fool's gold, and you would be right. But we all need to feel good sometimes.
I don't want to rant or start a heated political debate, so I will be brief :)
I could point to a lot of things that are - IMO - wrong. But I doubt this is useful. The only "way out" I see is by playing to our strengths - our human capital - and by having political leadership which is genuinely interested in what is good for the
country (and a political constituency at a level a tad above halfwits). We need (digital) infrastructure, not submarines. We need R&D not manufacturing. We need one government not 8. Teachers and doctors are heroes, not athletes. but hey, what do I know? :)
How could people get so unkind?
From: Kate Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: [powderworks] KotM
No worries at all. The bigger question is - how the hell can Australia survive like this? I work in retail and it is beyond salvation - salaries are so high we can't afford to put more staff on. The staff I look after are scraping by on reduced hours.
Let's not even talk about health care and education which the rest of my family is in - if we could import labour into Australia trust me, the employers would jump at it. And essentially that is what BP has done, except the processing plant happens to be
based in Singapore.
Someone tell me some good new!