Originally posted by pravdaseeker
reply to post by CrimsonKapital
Hello PravdaSeeker, and welcome to your new country!!
I myself actually live in Brisbane and I LOVE it here, it has everything you could possibly
need. I'm not sure if you've visited Brisbane, but it truly is the most beautiful city of Australia and definately the cleanest.
Theres just something about it that I'm sure you will love, it doesn't have as much old architecture as say Sydney or Melbourne, but it has something
else. A warm community, like a big country town except with 2 million people. Where else in the world would you expect an ENTIRE city to band together
and help everyone out during the Queensland Floods? In Katrina to my knowledge people were left for dead, no one helped anyone else, but Brisbanites
stood strong and got stuck into it.
I know Australia is not literally a dictatorship, and is a far-cry from the state of the USA, but I used it in a more hypothetical sense. Australians
at the moment, have little control or say over our parliament. Julia Gillard is just refusing to listen to the people, we are calling for an election
but our voice is not being heard.
Next November, Labour will end up worse nationally than what happened in the Sunshine State, IMO.
The carbon tax will definately be a bad thing, but its not going to send our country to an early grave. Australia has only surveyed about 0.2% of the
Australian landmass for resources, and only about 0.001% of our territorial waters, and the mines that have been surveyed will last for decades, so
Australia HAS a golden future ahead of it. Especially since it is the Asia/Oceania region that is developing the fastest, so Australia is also
geographically well-placed for the future.
Julia Gillard has stated she wants to turn Australian elections into that of the US, fortunately though Australians are far too egalitarian to accept
And I completely agree with you on the gun thing. In 1989 about 60% of Australian households owned a firearm, today that number is about 10%. There
are about 2.5 million legal firearms owned by over 800,000 Aussies. However there have been estimates there are between 5-10 million illegal firearms
in Australia that were not handed in during the 1999 weapons collection. So households that own guns is probably higher than that figure.
Yes Australia should be able to turn itself around, and the first step to that will come in 2013 when elections return, Julia Gillard has done
something no other politician ever could. Her severe unpopularity has united Aussies everywhere.
Can Australia stay neutral in a sh*tstorm? No of course not, we too will be affected just like anywhere else. BUT we are so far away from America and
Europe, that the falling debris won't hit us as hard.
Wow only 5-7%!! Thats incredible I had thought most early Americans joined in the war. Australia has never had any "war for independence", and it
makes me incredibly proud that we are one of the few nations that was not created under the pretext of a war.
Yeah I can definately see America having major riots pretty soon, could Australia ever have any? Probably not, like I said we are far too egalitarian
to have any care for that sort of stuff. In Australia we really have no class system like the US or UK has, take a look at our Aussie Billionaires
like Clive Palmer or Gina Rhinehart and see how they talk, act, dress, etc.
They share the same values as normal Aussies except they have a larger wallet, and I remember one political editor was saying Australia is different
from the rest of the Western world, our billionaires aren't fat cat wall street bankers, they are miners who regularly give back to the local
Anyway, your most welcome down under. Also when are you arriving and do you personally support the Queen as our head of state?
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