History UsefulNotes / Australia

7th May '16 12:56:01 AM CH4S
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Economically, again we find paradox. Although the economy is stable (though you probably won't hear that claim very often), and the country has managed to avoid the riots resulting from austerity measures which have plagued Europe in particular, one thing that is consistently commented on by international visitors, is that Australian food prices are among the highest on the planet.

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Economically, again we find paradox. Although the economy is stable (though you probably won't hear that claim very often), and the country has managed to avoid the riots resulting from austerity measures which have plagued Europe in particular, one thing that is consistently commented on by which the right credits big business and mining for, while the left credits Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's economic stimulus for it. On the flip side, international visitors, is visitors often notice that Australian food food, property and energy prices are among the highest on the planet.
planet. Ironically, Australia is a major food exporter, [[https://theconversation.com/australia-cant-feed-the-world-but-it-can-help-11269 producing enough food to feed 60 million people]], and exports minerals and energy (for example, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_in_Australia half the coal Australia produces is consumed locally, the rest is exported]]). The reason that food and energy prices are so high include:
* Australian agriculture receives [[http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-14/malcolm-turnbull-correct-on-farmers-subsidies/5252596 very little, if any, in the way of subsidies]]. Compare with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Agricultural_Policy EU]] and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food,_Conservation,_and_Energy_Act_of_2008 USA]].
* The Australian dollar was overvalued during the terms of Howard, Rudd and Gillard, causing the prices of Australian goods to remain the same for Australians, but cost more by foreigners' standards - and thanks to a mining slowdown for the last 2 years, the Australian dollar's value is plummeting, bringing Australian food prices within normal levels for a 1st world country.
* The price of Australian labour is amongst the highest in the world: $17.29 AUD per hour, for a 38 hour work week. Granted, the work week isn't as generous as many EU countries, but the minimum wage is the equivalent to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_wages_by_country $11.4 USD per hour]], at purchasing power parity, which Australia has a relatively low level of.
* Energy is expensive despite more than enough Coal or Uranium for everyone because a very strong Anti-Nuclear sentiment in Australia prevents the construction of nuclear power plants, a strong opposition to further coal power plants also exists, and renewable energy projects have slowed under the Federal Liberal government elected in 2013
* Most of all, Australians will complain of petrol (what Americans call "gas") prices being too high, which results from Australia [[WeaksauceWeakness being oil-poor]] - [[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/adam-creighton/australias-oil-dependency-is-high-and-rising/news-story/8a9bc36a07767a457a45f50b9fbe0f91 Australia needs to import 75% of its oil needs]]. The petrol is [[http://www.aip.com.au/pricing/internationalprices.htm lightly taxed]], however, and thus is not as expensive as in [[http://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/ much of the EU]].
26th Mar '16 12:06:13 PM MarkLungo
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*** Main/CricketRules

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*** Main/CricketRulesUsefulNotes/CricketRules
25th Mar '16 2:07:04 PM MarkLungo
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** Main/{{Cricket}}

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** Main/{{Cricket}}UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}
18th Feb '16 11:20:03 PM Ominae
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** Main/AustralianTelevisionShows

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** Main/AustralianTelevisionShowsMain/AustralianSeries



* UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney was the basis for Australia's old currency with Australian pounds, shillings and so forth. Australia decimalised and addapted the dollar in 1966, but the old currency is used in period pieces like ''Literature/PhryneFisher.''

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* UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney was the basis for Australia's old currency with Australian pounds, shillings and so forth. Australia decimalised and addapted adapted the dollar in 1966, but the old currency is used in period pieces like ''Literature/PhryneFisher.''
5th Feb '16 11:20:16 AM Berrenta
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[[caption-width-right:330:The country that kills everybody.]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:The country that kills everybody.]]
5th Feb '16 5:13:35 AM Berrenta
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* EverythingTryingToKillYou, as there is ''significant'' TruthInTelevision with just how close to a DeathWorld Australia, or at least the Outback, can be. Especially when trees and even the ''ground itself'' have been known to cause casualties.
3rd Feb '16 4:56:58 PM MarkLungo
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** Main/AustralianRulesFootball

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** Main/AustralianRulesFootballUsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball
18th Dec '15 10:57:33 AM MarkLungo
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* Main/SportInAustralia

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* Main/SportInAustraliaUsefulNotes/SportInAustralia
30th Oct '15 6:47:25 PM CH4S
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* UsefulNotes/TheBlueMountains

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* UsefulNotes/TheBlueMountains
UsefulNotes/AustralianWorldHeritageSites
16th Oct '15 7:14:11 PM eroock
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-->--'''Music/TheCatEmpire''', "Wine Song"

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