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drae
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:33 am    Post subject: Aussies are whiners Reply with quote
A new survey has come out and said what people have known for a while now. Australia may no longer be the friendly country, but we have become the whiny country.....

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So it’s official: Australians have overtaken the Poms in the whingeing stakes. And not content with being world champion whingers, we’re working up our worrying act as well.

Never mind Australia being an island of great relative prosperity, calm and opportunity in a stormy sea of developed world recession and austerity, the spirit of Hanrahan is strong upon the land.

Despite their higher unemployment rate, greater poverty, miserable weather, inferior food, greater obesity, lousy beaches, lower life expectancy, warm, sudsy beer, bleak economic prospects and Coronation Street still being in production, Brits on average are more satisfied with their lives, more likely to think said lives are “worthwhile” and considered themselves happier and less anxious than the average Australian. It must be the cricket.

The latest NAB Australian wellbeing index compares the local March quarter findings with a similar survey conducted by the British government statistician last year. It confirms my previously expressed opinion that Australia’s gift to the Queen for her jubilee was to take over the World Whingeing title, allowing Britain to have a happy jubilee despite the weather. We quickly proved that by being the nation that complained about winning silver medals at the Olympics.

Australia is indeed the poor little rich country, a nation that has lost perspective after more than two decades of unbroken growth. The last time Australia experienced genuinely hard times was the 1990-91 recession. The steady misery chorus about life and business being “really hard”, “the worst I’ve ever seen”, is a testimony to either youth or memory loss or both. Australians need to get out more.

The politicians are still telling us that we’re doing it tough, that our lives are miserable and that we deserve to get more from government, which of course involves more spending that, somehow magically, we won’t have to pay for. Oh please.

No, life in Australia isn’t as easy as it was over the several years leading up to the GFC shock. As an earlier Prime Minister might mention, it wasn’t meant to be. The rose-coloured glasses with which we collectively view that dangerously unsustainable period leave us with a warped view of our present lot, fuelling a sense of dissatisfaction.

Not that there’s necessarily anything too much wrong with that. Yes, we could do with a collective dose of harden up and give some thanks for our good fortune, but feeling a little anxious, worrying a bit about our future, encourages us to save and prepare for it. Deliriously happy lotus eaters tend not to be the prime drivers of change and improvement in society. A touch of misery can be a wonderful motivator – it’s pain more than pleasure that drives productivity.


http://www.smh.com.au/business/australians-whingers-and-worriers-20130404-2h8gg.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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What is the friendliest country in the world for overseas visitors? It's not Australia – not by a long shot – a new study has found.

Australia placed only 27th on a list ranking countries' friendliness towards overseas visitors.

In the list of 140 countries ranked by the World Economic Forum, Australia was beaten by countries such as Yemen, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.


http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/friendliest-country-in-the-world-named-20130404-2h920.html

What is happening to Australia?

I blame Victoria and their anti-Indian campaign of violence and terror.....

EDIT: Iran's ranked 134th on that list. Which means 6 countries are ranked lower Shocked

How anti-foreigner do you have to be to rank lower than Iran Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
drae wrote:
What is happening to Australia?

I blame Victoria and their anti-Indian campaign of violence and terror.....

Australia is unfriendly towards foreigners? This cannot be!

That was sarcasm FYI Wink

Yeah, considering the racially-motivated violence news stories that's been steadily coming out of this country, it's no surprise. It kinda makes me wanna move somewhere where the people are more friendly and welcoming to outsiders than Australia is. The deep south in the USA for example.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Rankings don't matter, only raw friendliness does. Australia is 27th, but does that mean we are half as friendly as the #1 Iceland? 70% as friendly? If we're 95% as friendly, who cares.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
On a scale of 1 to 7, Iceland was 6.8; the lowest ranked country (Bolivia) was 4.1. Australia was 6.5. Make of that what you will.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
How is friendliness measured?

Bottom line: Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan places on this globe.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Standardised units of friendliness, obviously.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Seriously though, who cares?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:
Seriously though, who cares?


People who want validation for their sense of inadequacy and something outside of themselves to blame for it?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That, and any industry that relies on tourism. Kinda hard to draw in tourists when your country's reputation is one of racism and unfriendliness.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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That, and any industry that relies on tourism. Kinda hard to draw in tourists when your country's reputation is one of racism and unfriendliness.


The number of foreign Indian students enroling in Australia has declined 25% from 2011 to 2012. The high Australian dollar is partly to blame but the fact that the (very dodgy and sensationalist) newspapers in India were portraying Australians to be descended from Satan has undoubtedly accelerated the decline. How much? Over the same period the decline of Chinese students was 7%, Malaysian 5%, Korean and Vietnamese 4%. So it's safe to assume that it accelerated the decline fairly significantly. Good thing Melbournites have been gathering in mobs and descending upon Korean students. Because the multi-billion dollar foreign education industry needs another substantial hit.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The number of foreign Indian students enroling in Australia has declined 25% from 2011 to 2012.


[citation needed]
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Because the multi-billion dollar foreign education industry needs another substantial hit.


So, how does voting for Tony Abbott factor into that, then?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:

[citation needed]


What, my word not good enough Twisted Evil

The Data comes from the Monthly Summary of International Student Enrolment Data – Australia – YTD June 2012 (I used the June 2012 figures but the 'YTD Sept 2012' figures and the 'YTD Nov 2012 figures' show similar data with respect to the rate of decline in enrolments.) Sadly my memory sucks and my Korean, Vietnam and Malaysian figures were wrong. But it doesn't change things to much. The decline in Indian students is still far greater than the other countries.

YTD June 2012 enrolments for China was 115000, down from 125000 the previous year (8%), India 42000, down from 55500(24%), S.Korea 20700 from 22800 (which is a decline of 9%, not 4) Malaysia 18600 from 19900 (a decline of 6.5%, not 5) and Vietnam 17100 from 18700 (a decline of 9% not 4).

Nargun wrote:
So, how does voting for Tony Abbott factor into that, then?


Eh. Tony's policy on slashing foreign students is stupid. But I'll vote for him because, imo, he's the best of the available choices. It's like walking up to a Labor supporter who believes in a great education system and asking how voting for Gillard and her NAPLAN testing (which doesn't work and narrows the curriculum among other things) and her myschool site factor into that decision. They obviously had a difficult decision to make between two pretty awful candidates and some compromises on ideals had to be made.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
drae wrote:
The Data comes from the Monthly Summary of International Student Enrolment Data – Australia – YTD June 2012


For future reference, you can use the [url] bbcode tag to put in a link to the article you're quoting. You don't have to write an entire paragraph justifying your source.
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