A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Australia’s Ever Changing Economy; Have Sydney and Melbourne Peaked? It was based on the latest State of States report from CommSec and my conclusion was that maybe the days of Victoria and New South Wales being the powerhouses of Australia were coming to an end.
A reader called Peter gave us his thoughts in the comments…
Two very succinct statements, but are they true?
First, just to check, obviously because if anybody needs to know the answer to this one, it’s me, I googled “Is Bob an idiot“.
Prominent in the results was American rapper Bobby Ray Simmons (more widely known as B.o.B) who apparently, sometime in 2016, declared to his Twitter followers that the world is flat and he could prove it.
I couldn’t find anything about me being an idiot, so I’ll take that as a win.
Now the more complex issue and one that is important to more people than just me, the question of whether Australia is finished? So, here are the headlines from a Google search for “Is Australia finished“.
Is Australia finished?
Looks like the Aussie dollar is struggling, there’s a bit of talk about various sports and even a TV show called ‘Australian Ninja Warrior‘, whatever that is, gets a mention.
Crikey, the second top result is about Australia’s seasons!
Other than that, nothing much going on here.
Is the UK finished?
Obviously this website is about moving to Australia and as such, I compare Australia to other countries, most notably the UK and in some part the US. So for comparison purposes, I googled “Is the UK finished“, and that was a different story.
As you can see from the headlines, quite a few people think that it is.
What about the US?
Is the US finished?
Same search, here are the results…
Looks like season 3 of “This Is Us” is finished and the men’s national soccer team finished 12th in something or other. From the looks of the other six headlines though, there is much talk about the possibility of the US being finished.
So I have decided to dedicate today’s post to Peter and call it…
The grass always looks greener on the other side
No, sometimes it doesn’t.
I thank you.
A better explanation
Maybe I should try and explain that a little further.
The way I see it, all countries are declining these days, no place seems to be going from strength to strength. If you stay in one country you can only judge it by comparing it with how it used to be.
When things aren’t as good now as they used to be 10, 20 or even 30 years ago, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that the place is finished.
I think it’s all comparative, every country is going through the same kind of decline, so the only comparison is one country against another.
On the basis of the unquestionable science of using Google search and the results that has given us above, I think we can see that Australia is still doing okay compared with its peers.
Australia is not finished yet, despite our politicians best efforts (see breaking news).
My thanks to Google for its infinite wisdom.