State of the States: a CommSec Report

28 July 2014 Life in Australia
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Australia is a very big country, we all know that. But sometimes it might be better looking at Australia as eight pretty big countries as each and every one of our states and territories are run separately from each other. Each has its own state government and each of these states perform differently in key […]

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Cycling on the Gold Coast: The Hinterland, Beaches and Charity

25 July 2014 Australia's Places
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Well, we may have cycled all the major Australian cities over the last few weeks, but we’re not done with our bikes just yet. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the coast. I’ve got three videos for you today, and they are not short, so I will be. Let’s head straight on over […]

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Solar Power in Australia: Does It Work?

23 July 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
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As you probably will remember, one of our previous prime ministers, Julia Gillard, introduced the carbon tax in Australia despite promising “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” On Thursday of last week, our current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, fulfilled one of his election promises by abolishing the carbon tax in […]

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A Foodie’s Paradise at South Bank Parklands in Brisbane

21 July 2014 Entertainment Australia
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This weekend, Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands was turned into a foodie’s heaven. South Bank Parklands, in case you didn’t know, has been through an amazing facelift since the floods of 2011… Yes, South Bank Parklands is our lagoon by the river, opposite the city… South Bank’s Regional Flavours Over the weekend South Bank had an […]

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Cycling in Darwin and Hobart

18 July 2014 Australia's Places
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For the last six weeks or so we’ve been cycling around Australia’s major cities on bikes without using the obligatory cycle helmets. That’s because we’ve been cycling ‘virtually’ from our armchairs via the wonder that is YouTube. We’ve enjoyed bike riding in Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and last week Brisbane, so now there are […]

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London Summers and Brisbane Winters Compared and Continued…

16 July 2014 Australian Climate
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If this were a game of football in the World Cup or in any competition, it would be a fantastic match. End to end, as they say. What am I talking about? Yes, my annual midwinter post where I compare Brisbane’s weather with that of London where, of course, it’s the middle of summer. It’s […]

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Holidaying Abroad: Getting Away from Australia for a Break

14 July 2014 Entertainment Australia
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In Friday’s post about Cycling in Brisbane I mentioned that I was away on holiday with Mrs Bob and daughter Elizabeth; we spent the week in Singapore. Of course, this website is about life in Australia so I am not going to tell you too much about what Singapore was like, except that it does […]

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Cycling in Brisbane: A Mixed Report

11 July 2014 Australia's Places
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Over the last couple of weeks or so, for the most part, I’ve been talking about things to do during the holiday. I’ve been doing that on account that it is winter school holidays here, so we’ve been finding things to do. Last Wednesday I talked about skiing in Thredbo compared with sunning yourself in […]

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