10 Reasons Why NOT to Move to Australia

As you saw from Wednesday’s post, the OECD has found Australia the best country in the world to live in. But that is not an opinion shared by everybody.

For some time I have been working on a post called ’10 Reasons Why NOT to Move to Australia’. When I say “working on”, what I mean is I have had the idea, created a notepad with the title and every now and then, when I think of a reason, I add it to the list.

In three years, this is as far as I have got…..

1. Your favourite hobby is history/archaeology.
2. You are allergic to golden sandy beaches.

That’s it!

But where I have struggled with this, a guy called Fred has had no problems in compiling his list. Fred contacted me recently via my YouTube channel with a request for me to allow his video as a “video response” to one of my videos.

I emailed Fred back and told him what I would really like to do is a feature post about his blog, even though I did not agree with a single thing on his website. I also explained I would very likely be taking the Mickey out of what he has said and asked if he was okay with that. I also mentioned that I could not work out whether his website was serious or a complete joke.

Fred replied he was happy for me to go ahead and also said “My website is just a tool to make prospective migrants know some facts before making their mind. I am just trying to do good here. Don’t forget that I mentioned that I have met some good people in Oz as well. To me the main problem was nature, not people. So the only fix was to leave. Wish you a good life in Oz.”

So, he is up for it and, apparently, his website is serious. So let us get stuck in.

On occasions  I have been accused of looking at Australia with rose tinted glasses. I have never really understood that idiom, but I do know it means I only (apparently) see the best side of this country.

Well, here is Fred with his view which is surely the worst side.

10 Reasons Why NOT to Move to Australia

What I am going to do here is run through each of Fred’s 10 points, summarise them in my own words and give you one short Fred quote from it. But to get the full flavour of Fred’s wonderful website, you really should visit it for yourself and read it all.

It’s only a one-page website and will take you less than 5 minutes and that includes pauses for laughter. Here goes…

1- UV Radiation

Apparently, to protect ourselves from these dangers, those of us here in Australia have to avoid the sun, wear long sleeves and trousers, big hats, slap on the sunscreen every couple of hours and wear dark glasses.

Mooloolaba Sun AvoidanceWell, I’m not buying that one.

It is not just us people who suffer either, according to Fred “Trees look sad.”

2- Pests

Cockroaches, snakes, rats and spiders are mentioned here and Fred feels that not even pest control can stop “the spider from building its home so quickly every day. They can’t stop it from checking your mail…”

Spiders checking my mail?

3- People

Fred’s general opinion of Australian people isn’t good. A top contender for best quote in this section was where he mentions the likelihood of being attacked with glass or something. But my favourite sentence of them all was the one just after he mentions having met some highly educated people who he thought were normal. He continues “However, the rest of them are divided into old people and young people. Old people are OK because they can’t fight!”

4- Cost of Life

Fred thinks Australia is expensive. He has some ideas why this is and explains it with this…. “One reason behind it is that the government pays for babies.”

5- Location

It is not just Australia is a long way away from so many other countries, but even getting about within Australia is tough because there are “not enough gas stations either.”

6- Health Care

sickOur health care system is funny and dental costs crazy. Waiting times are too long; expect to wait all night at ER. And, according to Fred, “Some small service centers are at par with developing countries.”

7- Roads

Bad, bad, bad roads! Roundabouts everywhere, even on the highways. You must visit his website if only to find out about our terrible roads. As he says “I have seen better roads in many places except Srilanka!”

8- Education

Universities are public and everyone studies for free, apparently. But the bad news is they are not safe and, according to Fred, you will probably be raped at night. Which leads me to my favourite quote from this one. “Of course there is no punishment or law.”

9- Housing

aussie houseBad, bad, bad housing! Houses are old and badly maintained because people want to spend their money on drink instead. But that is not the real problem with houses. No. There is a government conspiracy. According to Fred “Actually the government forbids new buildings so as to keep the price high, but the quality drops!”

There is a lot more information on Fred’s site about the housing, and I know I have already said you must visit his website if only to find out about the terrible roads. But now I am thinking, maybe you should only visit his website to find out about the terrible housing.

Hey! Why not visit his website to find out about both?

10- Crime

In Australia, teenagers attack old people all the time. It is a risk to go out at night. These teenagers get money directly from the government. And if you think all that sounds horrific enough, as Fred says, “There is no arrest, no law enforcement, nothing!”

Dang!

So there you have it. 10 reasons why not to move to Australia according to Fred. I don’t agree with any of it. Having said that, I think Fred’s site is as funny as any I’ve seen. So I thank him for making me laugh.

But this really is just a very brief overview of his 10 reasons; Fred puts it so much better than I do. I highly recommend you pop over to his website and take a few minutes to read and digest it all.

Fred also gives a bonus 11th reason which I won’t reveal here. So why not go to go to NotAustralia?

Update:

No point in clicking that link anymore, Freds website was taken down by the hosts. Last time I was able to click through, I saw the following message…

“We’re sorry, this site is frozen.
If you are the site owner, please contact our abuse team regarding the status of your website.”

Seems we weren’t the only ones who found Freds opinions offensive 🙂

Here’s his video:

No it isn’t.

Update 2: Fred removed his video from YouTube and explained why in a comment on this very page. You can see that comment somewhere below, a long long way below, underneath all the other yummy comments. Look for one by Fred sometime in June 2014.

Now, for those of you who can’t sleep at night worrying what that 11th bonus reason was, I’m going to reprint it here.

From the now taken down Not Australia website, this sums it all up really…

11- Bonus reason!

Most of Australia is dry and there are a lot of bush fires and house fires. An additional reason is the abnormally high intensity of sun radiation which makes this risk even bigger. Sandstorms come from the desert as well.

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  • McKinley July 14, 2018, 6:39 pm | Link

    i am an Australian and i know you were getting this form someone else but the people from other places that moved or traveled to Australia need to lean that every thing can’t be what u expect yea there might be things that even Australians agree that are bad but all countries are different and have things that u don’t like but dosn’t mean u have to hate it for ever and tell everyone that it is a horrible place. Also when people say that we are rude and racist we are not Australia is a nice,kind,friendly country. So if u don’t like Australia and u are from some where else u probably don’t like it because u are not used to it and Australians are if Australians like go visit the UK we will probably not like some things there but we won’t hate it forever.
    Thanks
    McKinley

    • BobinOz July 16, 2018, 7:05 pm | Link

      Fair point. It makes me laugh when people accuse Australians are being rude and racist, as if we ALL are. Like any country, we do have some rude people and we do have some racist people, but they are in the minority.

      That said, some of the accusations thrown Australia by some of the commenters here are even more laughable, making this page actually one of the most entertaining on this website. I’ve got more laughs out of this one page than all the others combined I reckon.

  • Is June 25, 2018, 11:04 pm | Link

    What do you mean Australia has no history? You do realise Australia has one of the oldest histories? Have you never heard of Aboriginals – the true Australians??

    • BobinOz June 26, 2018, 5:47 pm | Link

      With all the ridiculous statements made about Australia in the above article, that’s your complaint? A slightly tongue in cheek comment about Australia’s history? That’s funny!

      For the record, I have not stated that Australia has no history, I’m just saying it’s not one of the top places in the world where historians/archaeologists would head to. Places like Egypt, Italy, Greece and many more would be of greater interest.

      I think you’ve managed to miss the attempt at humour here, I was just trying to illustrate how difficult it was for me to come up with a list of reasons why Australia is not good place to live. Never mind.

  • bitbot June 21, 2018, 4:08 pm | Link

    Half of these aren’t true…

  • Brandon March 28, 2018, 7:05 pm | Link

    It is actually disappointing for me to see people trash talking Australia. While I was reading through these comments, the main reason was because of the shootings. David, specifically, said that Australia has a lot more shootings in comparison to America.
    Do you really think he reads or watches the news?
    It is also a known fact that insects, such as spiders and bugs, only harm you only when you try to hurt them.

    I, personally, believe that Australiais a great place to be in. Sure, it’s not the perfect place and sometimes it can be dangerous. But there are law breakers everywhere, not just in Australia.
    Thank you everyone for taking the time to read my comment.

    Regards,
    Brandon

  • Alicia March 13, 2018, 9:25 pm | Link

    I’m a Californian currently visiting Australia. I came for a total of 3 weeks and I’m on a count down of when I am due to go back home (a little over a week left). I googled opinions for Australia to see if anyone else had a…not so positive experience.

    I realize that 2 weeks is not a fair enough of time to make solid generalizations, but it’s plenty of time to form an opinion. My personal experience here in Sydney and the local cities has been tolerable but not in a way that would make me want to return.

    1-people stare at me. I’d like to point out that I’m not sloppy, and I’m not slutty. My dress code is clean, neat, simple and elegant. On the other hand, I’m notoriously Hispanic with dark hair and dark eyes. The stares I get are not welcoming stares of admiration or friendliness, they are stares that border disgust and dislike. This has been the case several times, with the complete opposite being of people who think I’m a local up until I open my mouth and reveal that my accent is different.
    2- Perhaps this is because it’s the city, but driving around some parts of Sydney, Maroubra, Matraville etc remind me of Ukraine, México, England and San Francisco compiled into one-Australia’s most iconic region.
    3- it’s the start of Autum and I feel like I’m melting. Where’s the AC? Why does a 500mL bottle of water cost me over 2 dollars?!
    4- maybe it’s the specific individuals I have met, but I find the culture to be quite arrogant. Yes, the people here are beautiful, but I’ve noticed from afar that guys act in a condescending way unless the female they are dealing with is dressed….or wait, hardly dressed. I also find women to be a bit more rough and aggressive. Calm down! I was sitting at the pedicurist, and a lady walked in and sat down. She looked quite impatient. They had already assigned her to a chair which comes with a massage remote, and plenty of magazines to glance over while she waited. What does she do? Not even 5min later, she literally walked up to the worker fixing my nails and asked “am I going to have to wait until everyone here gets done? How much longer do I have to wait?!” This of course caused the staff members to hurry, lowering the quality of their work on the clients who they were currently working to appease to an unpleasant, obnoxious, impatient Australian women. From that moment on, I paid close attention to how women here interact with others, and I didn’t like it. Hopefully it’s just the city life, I would hate to think that this is the truth for most Australian women. Why be aggressive when you can be polite and lady-like?
    5- my experience here has been alright despite of little nuisances. The accent is a bit cute provided that the person speaking is otherwise pleasant and polite. The culture is relaxed and overall friendly. The Opera House looks nice and the water appears clean. I wish all tourists coming to Australia the best experience. I also wish love and peace to all Australians.

    • BobinOz March 14, 2018, 5:48 pm | Link

      Hi Alicia

      Firstly, I am sorry to hear that you haven’t had such a good time whilst here in Australia.

      I have to say though I am a little bewildered by the stares, we are a country built on immigration, we are all very used to different coloured skins. More so in Sydney and some of the other big capital cities. So I really can’t make out why so many people were giving you looks of disgust.

      The heat, well that’s just the way it is sometimes, Australia can be a hot country. It can also be quite cold in the winter in some cities, including Sydney. I do agree though that two dollars for a bottle of water is quite ridiculous, although if you go to a supermarket like Coles you can get a 24 pack of 600 mL water for just $8.40 which works out at 58 cents per litre.

      Not very convenient though when you are just wandering around town.

      Now, you are not the first person to mention to me that the people of Sydney can come across as a little arrogant. I’ve been to Sydney myself on three occasions, maybe four, and I didn’t notice it personally, but a few others have. Maybe it was the people you met, maybe it was the people that the others who have said the same met, and maybe I didn’t meet those people. I don’t know, but I do know that Sydney is definitely our biggest city and is also definitely not representative of all of Australia. I live in Brisbane and I think the people up here are pretty friendly and laid-back.

      The first time I went to Sydney was for six days, and I quickly realised I could never live there, the place is just too busy and too fast pace. It reminded me too much of England and the things I was trying to get away from. Things like people being impatient and being in such a hurry, which is what you encountered in Sydney.

      Personally, I think Sydney is the place to go to find a job, it’s not the best place to go for a holiday. Worth a visit, but not three weeks, I would recommend five or six days and then move on to somewhere more relaxing. I know you don’t feel the need to come back at the moment, but if you decide you will do that at some point, I’d go to Byron Bay first, then Gold Coast, then Brisbane, and then Sunshine Coast all spread out over two or three weeks.

      That would be, I’m sure, a much better Australian holiday. Love and peace back at you. Bob

  • Andrew February 7, 2018, 11:43 am | Link

    This is all very fascinating really and I can’t help but just keep reading on and on, and possibly foaming at the mouth and falling over backwards, but honestly I am trying to learn something or three legitimately useful about Australia. Living in the US, where I come from, and having lived in China for a few years also, I can’t deny the allure of Australia. Though I have my concerns about toit, and will be researching further.

    BobinOz thanks for the post and the tongue-in-jowl responses. Very apropo. Pity I could never find dear Fred’s response anywhere… and some of the commenters had their heads at least half way straight before their keystrokes got saved to the page. Can’t say I read them all though either…

    Still not sure ad to whether it would be worth contemplating a relocation to the Great and Wondrous Oz, though I certainly intend to take a holiday, hit the beach and hug a koala. Any, actually useful and intelligent, not completely crackpot advice would be quite welcome.
    Cheers mates, Andrew

    • BobinOz February 7, 2018, 8:52 pm | Link

      Well, I came here 10 years ago from the UK and I’ve not regretted it once. No country is perfect, but for me Australia has everything that I want. Great weather, open spaces, outdoor lifestyle, laid-back and fantastic beaches and hinterlands. It’s also a great place to bring up kids.

      If I were you I would definitely give it a try by taking a holiday first to see what you think. I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

      As for this page and the comments here, I have read them all, and as I’ve said before, this page has probably given me more fun and laughter than any other on this website. Glad to see you got the humour in it and fully understood it, many people don’t which is why it so funny.

  • Don Muthuswamy January 13, 2018, 9:37 pm | Link

    I have lived in Australia, Ameria, Singapore and London and I’d like to say that Australia is the best country that I have lived in. Bob, if you or any others here don’t like Australia, you guys are free to leave, try living in places like Singapore and you’ll know how lucky Aussies are to leave in this beautiful country.

    • BobinOz January 16, 2018, 10:25 pm | Link

      I love Australia Don, I’m not going anywhere. If you read the article more carefully, you will see that I am just reflecting the views of somebody else who has long since gone back to where he came from.

      • Raj January 26, 2018, 4:39 am | Link

        He didn’t get it. 😀

        • Ra's al Ghul January 26, 2018, 9:57 am | Link

          Oh my gosh is this post still active? I read it last year and laughed so much and it’s still active?
          Lollll

          • BobinOz January 29, 2018, 7:08 pm | Link

            Yes, it’s still going, and it’s still just as funny hehe

        • BobinOz January 29, 2018, 7:07 pm | Link

          @ Raj: Lots of people don’t 🙂

  • Richard December 16, 2017, 2:18 pm | Link

    Hi, I am a UK person living in Australia, I cannot wait to move back to the UK. Australia is a horrid country to live in with rude, racist people. The racism is not obvious, but it is clearly present everywhere, meaning people dont admit it, but they are. Infrastructure has to be at least 30-40 years behind uk, roads, hospitals etc. No schooling is free, you pay thousands of dollars a year for fees, uniform, books etc. Australians are very rude, and this shows on the roads where it is officially reported that they are among the worst drivers in the world (google it). Education standards are abysmal. This place is also the nanny country of the world with repressed people with no freedom and governments and a police force that constantly takes the p##s out of people and treats them like children. The governments have no vision and Australian politics is a laughing stock of the world (very childish and petty). I am a white UK person living in Melbourne, I have a good job but I cant afford to buy a house as prices are so over inflated (driven by the government to artificially stimulate the economy by allowing mass foreign investment etc, this place should have collapsed years ago and indeed it needs too). It is easily twice as expensive to live here than in the UK. There is much more I could say. To say Melbourne is the most liveable city, in my opinion is crazy, I would rather live in any town or city in the uk.

    • BobinOz December 18, 2017, 4:55 pm | Link

      Yes, I took your advice and googled ‘worst drivers in the world’. Three YouTube videos appeared at the top of that search, no time for that, but in fourth position was one called ‘The Ten Countries With The Worst Drivers – Jalopnik’.

      Here are the countries they listed in that top 10, starting at number 10 which was Vietnam, followed by Italy, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, USA, China, India, and in the top spot, Russia.

      No Australia, sorry.

      There was another top 10 list a couple of places below that, still no mention of Australia. Yes, I saw one headline asking if Australians were the world’s worst drivers and another suggesting Melbourne drivers are the worst in the world. But they were written by Australian newspapers and in the case of the latter, a Melbourne-based newspaper.

      What d’ya think?

      For the truth about school fees see Cost of Living in Australia: School Fees.

      Richard, there’s nothing wrong with preferring the UK, but there is no need to do a ‘Fred’ and string together a load of false accusations against Australia. Yes, sure we have rubbish politicians, and houses are expensive in Melbourne. But good luck with Theresa May and the mess that is called Brexit (a vote which was largely based on racism, you can google that for yourself) and I’m sure you will find everyone extraordinarily polite when you get back home.

      • Richard December 20, 2017, 6:08 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, thanks for your response. None of my accusations are false, you obviously have blinkers on in your attitudes, which given the nature of your web site, I fully understand. My views are shared by almost every British person I know regardless of of there wish to stay or leave. Of cause most of the countries you mentioned will be worse, but for first world western countries, Australia is among the worst. I am not sure I agree with the USA as I have driven in many parts of the USA and find the drivers to be more courteous than Australians.
        I also find your comments on brexit very narrow minded. Although there were some racist reasons, the majority was the fact that people are not happy with foreigners taking there jobs and getting better treatment from the government that British people. I could go into this more but i don’t have the time. I agree Teressa May is not the right person to lead Britain through this temporary turbulent times, in fact I believe Borris is the best man for the job, he has the guts to do what is needed. My wife is Asian, but brought up in Australia. We have visited the UK several times and she cannot believe the difference in acceptance and how much more comfortable she feels around British people and how much more friendly and genuine they are. The UK is much more multicultural than Australia. Please do not accuse me of writing false accusations, it is not within my nature to do this, and as I previously said these are common views. I believe you must understand a lot of what I have written but maybe choose to ignore it or not admit it. Thank you. Richard.

        • BobinOz December 22, 2017, 4:43 pm | Link

          Richard, we are all entitled to our opinions, but you have appeared to have stated your opinions as if they are fact and when something is misleading to my readers, I have a duty to point it out.

          It is not, for example, easily twice as expensive to live here. Where did you get that figure from? You have no data, it’s just your opinion. On the other hand, I have written 89 price comparison articles on this website so far and I know for a fact that Australia is not twice as expensive as the UK. In fact many things here in Australia are cheaper than in the UK. Petrol for example.

          I’ve lived here 10 years, the very small amount of contact I have had with the police has always been very pleasant, so I don’t really know why you are saying those sorts of things about the Australian police either.

          Public schools do not cost thousands of dollars each year, to say they do is misleading. Some people who live here are incredibly polite, you seem to be implying everyone is rude and racist. It’s just not true.

          I’m just pointing out that much of what you say is misleading. Like I say though, you are entitled to your opinion, your opinions are not fact though, and I needed to point that out.

          • Richard December 22, 2017, 7:03 pm | Link

            I may exaggerate slightly to get my point across, but in essence I am correct. Australia tops the UK by 4 places in cost of living, this is a fact. Much of what you put on your website is misleading, biased or half truths as with your education expenses for example. I will not reply to anymore comments after this, but I feel you need to ensure people know the unbiased truth. I am not saying the UK is perfect either, but there is definitely more going for it than Australia. Maybe in a couple of hundred years when Australia has had some proper time to develop and mature, it might be a good place to live, but for now. no thanks. As I said this is my last response, but please do not lead people into falsehood, this is irresponsible, they have a right to know all aspects and truths of life in Australia. Your statement about not being able to write anything bad about Australia in 3 years clearly shows how bias you are as no one can possibly love somewhere that much. I much prefer the UK, but I am sure I could come up with a list of things I thought were not good in a short space of time just as I am sure you can with Australia. Do not deceive people anymore. Thank you. Richard.

            • Richard December 22, 2017, 7:09 pm | Link

              Just the one more comment, for my 2 children to attend school for one year cost about $800 dollars in book packs, about $500 dollars in school uniforms and varying amounts for subject cost (for both about $600) that’s $1900. As you say the class costs are not compulsory, but they simply will not let your child attend if you don’t pay them. UK cost, maybe a couple of hundred on school uniform, all books, writing material and subjects included and free. Petrol is the only thing that you will find cheaper in Australia than in the UK, thats it from me, no more.

              • BobinOz December 24, 2017, 4:53 pm | Link

                The great thing about you Richard is the more you comment the easier it is for people to see that it is you who is attempting to deceive people, not me.

                In your first comment here, you stated you “pay thousands of dollars” for schooling in Australia, which gives the impression of at least $2000 a year per person, probably more. Now you are telling us it’s just $950? That’s deceiving.

                You also stated that it is “easily twice as expensive to live here than in the UK” and now you are telling us “Australia tops the UK by 4 places” for the cost of living? Four places would not equate to twice as expensive, in fact I’ve just googled “worldwide country cost of living index list” and numbeo tells me Australia is 13th with a cost of living index of 85.96 and the UK is in 25th with an index of 76.02. So on the face of it, Australia is more expensive by about 11%. But if you look at the local purchasing power index, Australia is fifth and the UK is in 15th, so effectively Australians earning an average wage here can buy more than somebody on an average wage in the UK because wages are higher here.

                Maybe that’s why The Telegraph, in an article containing a list of The 20 most expensive countries in the world puts United Kingdom in 12th place and Australia just below in 13th suggesting Australia is, in fact, slightly cheaper than the UK.

                So, again you have tried to mislead my readers by suggesting it is “easily twice as expensive to live here than in the UK” when it clearly is not.

                You even misled everyone when you said you were going to make your last comment here on the subject, and then six minutes later you made another comment! 🙂

                You say “I may exaggerate slightly to get my point across, but in essence I am correct.” No, you’re not correct, your exaggerations are completely deceitful which is why I had to respond. This is the last time I will reply to you though, and unlike yourself, I’m going to stick to my word on that.

                Have a wonderful Christmas, Bob

      • Peter April 3, 2018, 2:32 pm | Link

        BobinOz you sound like yet another misinformed arrogant bogan. Brexit is not racist driven you tit ,in fact it’s the Brits that just want self determination and away from the EU’s failed policies. Maybe you should go study what the word “racist” actually means you idiot.

        By the way the world has moved on since Trump being President to a less politically correct one. Pity you still live in the past(much like your country as well….so backward).

      • Dad fill June 24, 2018, 9:44 pm | Link

        Aussies are arrogant, seriously lazy and constantly take short cuts.
        Driving in Melbourne is horrible, full of jumped up meat heads in Ute’s who never use their trays to put anything in.
        The Women, so unladylike they may as well be men.
        Racism and alcohol abuse everywhere.
        If it were not for my 11 year old daughters who has succumb to the Aussie way we would have left this place, I feel for her as she does not know anything else.
        I really don’t know what to do, but I can’t take much more of it.

        • jane July 4, 2018, 3:32 pm | Link

          i totally agree with you Dad fill

          • jane July 4, 2018, 3:58 pm | Link

            People in Australia are rude bogans, boring weather unlike England where you get a real cold winter. Australian television is horrid, full on atrocious reality shows (all scripted of course) Australia can’t put out a good movie unlike the UK, simply because they can’t act and are a bore, UK comedy shows are the best in the world and are great to watch, watching Doc Martin makes me want to go back. I love the gloomy grey sky’s , the british humour, the cold dreary weather where you can rug up and get cozy. (unlike in Australia) School fee’s here are through the roof compared to UK school fee’s. Australians are racist, where you either get looked at twice when you open your mouth and they hear your ancent, or they give you some wise crack joke about the country your from. (especially NZ or UK and India) British people are kinder, friendlier and have more decorum in general in the way they speak. UK actors seem more natural and relaxed in tv interviews unlike australian actors who look uncomfortable and nervous. (talk shows im referring too) I have to agree with everything Dad fill and Peter have just mentioned. Australia is a racist country so get your rose colored glasses off and wake up BobinOz !! UK beats Australia in every way. Go ask all the Australians that have moved there and NEVER come back to Australia. I would go back there too if it wasnt for my kids who are all older now wanting me to stay close to them in Australia. Oh how the weather is sooo boring in australia .

            • BobinOz July 5, 2018, 9:04 pm | Link

              I’ll take Australia’s ‘boring weather’ all day long over the UK’s cold and dreary. That’s my personal choice, nothing to do with rose tinted glasses. And seriously, the quality of movies and TV shows is an issue?

              It would be a sad day for me when the quality of the telly shows dictates where I want to live. And these accusations of Australian racism are getting boring now. Of course, they don’t have any racism in the UK do they?

    • Aus citizen December 20, 2017, 7:27 pm | Link

      I completely agree I’m 36 years old and I was born and lived in Australia my whole life I have never been to another country but I’ve heard everything over in other countries is better then Australia.
      The government of rude they control and dictate over there people and treat most citizens like scum the whole place is extremely expensive I make good money but can’t afford to buy a house and barely have money left at the end of the week to survive the legal system is a joke you are guilty till proven innocent here unless of course you are a rapist or are youth then you get off scot-free I can’t wait to sort out my visa and leave Australia and never to return.

      • BobinOz December 22, 2017, 4:44 pm | Link

        Well, once you have been to another country you will be in a better position to compare and just maybe you will realise that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

        • Black January 21, 2018, 8:26 pm | Link

          Lived in three countries. Still dont like Australia. You need to accept tht people do not like it.

          • BobinOz January 22, 2018, 7:07 pm | Link

            Nothing wrong with not liking Australia, but to say things that are completely untrue about the country because you don’t like it is a different matter. So when somebody makes false accusations, that’s when I feel the need to respond.

            Happy to accept that you don’t like Australia, but thankful that you haven’t said, for example, it’s because “It is easily twice as expensive to live here than in the UK” (as said above somewhere), because that is just nonsense.

            • Peter April 3, 2018, 2:49 pm | Link

              Just because you own this silly little page does not mean you can dictate the truth you dumb Bogan ,you come across as a very LOW IQ individual. Why don’t you just shutup and let people express their opinions. I doubt you ever got 8th grade or have travelled outside of convictville. Yes?

              • BobinOz April 5, 2018, 8:28 pm | Link

                I lived in the UK for nearly 50 years before moving to Australia just over 10 years ago. I’ve travelled quite a bit, I’ve been to many places including France, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, USA, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Cyprus, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, Czechoslovakia and probably more, these are just the places I can think of off the top of my head.

                Did the Mensa IQ test back in 1976, can’t remember the exact score, but it was 140+, and the letter they sent me said that placed me in the top 2% of the population.

                Just goes to show how wrong you can be, doesn’t it?

      • Terry Baccus June 24, 2018, 11:43 pm | Link

        I work in uk and have been here for years the grass is always greener until you get there then it’s browner and redder rhan the outback. Unfortunately my work keeps me in uk as cant get the same job in Oz
        Oz is definitely a better place look on the HDI on google to see where Oz places in world ranking.
        UK is very capitalistic and not a place you want to be poor or old in.

    • Suzy December 29, 2017, 11:39 am | Link

      You are so right, you should have gone to NZ such a nicer country!

    • Trace January 22, 2018, 3:52 am | Link

      I totally agree with this comment. I was born here in Oz and I’ve seen how the last 30 years have changed a once lucky country into a basket-case ! Everything costs money..a lot of money. Buying a home, educating yourself or your children has become unaffordable for many. My daughter is a doctor and still rents! The roads are constantly being worked on and speed limits are down to 40 km/hr…on the freeways !!! And if you think that’s stupid, you’ll pay an enormously big fine if you get caught ignoring speed limits, no matter how ridiculous. The politics and public service are extremely corrupt, however no political will to introduce any sort of watchdog…the game’s too good for the pollies here..they all end up in cushy jobs overseas after they’ve done all they could to wreck the economy. There is no generosity toward the poor, most people seem to think the poor deserve what they DON’T get..such as dental care unless you can wait 12 months, or a decent education that would help you get out of poverty, or even a job.We pay less in welfare (%GDP) than the USA, but our pollies tell us we spend too much on welfare..phhht! We spend too much on politicians more like it. Our politicians are paid more than every other country except Hong Kong. The unemployment rate is so understated it’s quite ridiculous how much effort has gone into hiding the real numbers. We are told we’re a democracy with all freedoms that come with it, except if don’t want your child brain damaged by a vaccine or some other medical mishap. BTW no compensation schemes in australia if you or your child suffer any medical mishap. Most other countries do. But if you don’t get your child all vaxxed up, you can’t send them to school !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What democracy??? I live in Melbourne but I’ll be taking my measly super and retiring in Thailand like many aussies do. The worst part is that aussies deserve it all because they never rise up and complain…and even when they do, the media downplays the numbers and politicians happily ignore it.

      • Trace January 22, 2018, 12:06 pm | Link

        Addendum.
        Australia has a very….. restricted democracy. I can’t think of any other way to describe a society where it’s citizens have just one democratic function: to vote Red or Blue into power. The voting system ensures that only those parties will ever gain power. That’s it, nothing else we do sways the government except to form new lies and cover-ups.
        It appears we remain convicts..and we celebrate it on the 26th…Governor Phillip created a penal colony on the 26th, not a nation…and it’s remained so in some respects ever since. We have things taken from us through manipulation and we never say a word. The solariums that delivered controlled doses of UV for a dose of sunlight in the middle of winter or just a great tan…banned in Australia. I’m banking kids will now go back to sun-baking.
        The E-cigarettes we’re not allowed to have because the TGA states it contains toxins ..nicotine (minus the other more harmful chemicals contained in cigarettes).
        While I’m onto the TGA…I just wish they’d take a serious look at the adverse reactions recorded on their own website for vaccines ! For heaven’s sake..more kids killed by vaccines than whooping cough, measles etc combined.
        ..and what’s going on with the media in this country? Why aren’t things like that and the recent autism studies ever published???
        Ok…so it’s clear I’ve completely lost faith in our country..and that makes me sad.
        My kids are growing up here.

        • BobinOz January 22, 2018, 7:27 pm | Link

          Crikey, you really do have the hump don’t you? Trouble is, almost everything you say here could apply to many many countries, they’ve all changed dramatically over the last 30 years. As for our ‘restricted democracy’, what choice do you think they have in the UK or the US other than red or blue? At least we do have a choice of two, some countries only have one.

          Anyway, I’m certainly not going to get into a debate with anybody who seriously believes that vaccinations are not a good thing, so that’s me done, I’m out of this conversation.

          • Trace January 23, 2018, 2:17 am | Link

            …and there you go. That’s the mentality of many australians. Implicit trust in authority because it saves doing your own research into what they’re doing.
            Deeply frustrating for people who actually see the injuries.
            Australia is one of very few countries in the developed world that has no vaccination injury scheme. WHO in fact recommends it.
            We’re also still fluoridating the water. Only a few countries in the world still do that. Europe outlawed it many years ago.
            The reason we’re still being poisoned is because of people who never question.

    • Brad February 28, 2018, 5:47 am | Link

      Richard,
      I don’t believe you’re living in Australia OR you just have no real idea about your own country. Forgetting a massive list of things that are also wrong/worse with the UK, let’s just talk numbers. London’s minimum wage (and unlike in Australia, where most business’s will almost always pay way above minimum wage) is only £7.5 / hr and the average professional’s salary in London (which is significantly higher than anywhere else in the UK and in fact Europe is only £33,000 (a full qualified/chartered accountant, engineer, lawyer, architect with 10+ years experience will be lucky if they are taking home £40,000 (that’s only a scummy $72,000 AUD). That’s the first thing, that pay for the average educated middle class person is almost double in Australia. Second thing, you won’t even be able to get a scummy 2-bedroom apartment in zone 3 of London for less than £500,000 and chances are it’s not even going to be a freehold, it’s this disgusting thing sweeping across the UK called ‘leasehold’ (because let’s not forget that it’s a country with an aristocracy)… so majority of land is being re-bought by “a company…” aka an aristocrat. (a reversal to what happened after WW2, where aristocrats had to sell off massive amounts of their land). I could go on to tell you everything that’s wrong with your NHS and education too, but I think income ratio to realestate is enough.

      • Jon February 28, 2018, 1:36 pm | Link

        Brad,
        I cannot let your anti UK diatribe go unchallenged.
        I have lived in several countries and travelled and worked in many more.
        I have yet to find “heaven on earth”
        All countries have their own individual causes of frustration, most including both UK and Australia, have many attractions. For you London housing prices are obviously the big issue, but if you think you are alone try talking to any young professional in Sydney.
        Blue collar wages are much much better in Oz and provide a higher standard of living. Professional salaries, not so much so, although medical professionals do much better. For professionals, Australia’s small economy is a frustration.
        You also talk about cost of living and housing.
        Petrol is certainly cheaper in Oz, so is housing generally if compared with the London extended commuter belt.
        Meat and fish can be a bit cheaper, but fruit and veg appears extortionate in Oz. Plus the variety available is so, so much more limited. Tropical Fruit is the clearest example, because UK imports cheaply worldwide, mangoes, avacados, kiwi bananas etc are in season somewhere worldwide and always cheaper than Oz production because even in your season your costs (labour) are so high. Meals out are very expensive! (Labour costs again!)
        However as you point out wages are higher, so both in UK and Oz, we can afford to eat!
        Good advice in Oz is to be teetotal, since the price of both beer and wine is so high even in relation to wages.
        Housing in Sydney and Melbourne commuter belt is comparable with London suburbs. Thus very high! However given higher wages, maybe not so unaffordable. Housing around UKs other major cities is cheaper than Oz, although the houses will also tend to be smaller.
        Leasehold is a racket which got out of hand over the last 10-20 years and legislation is now being brought in.
        I don’t live in the cold North East nor wet West but near the sunny South coast. Australia is hot…very hot often!…dry and sunny, but on balance I’m not sure the climate is better. Although planning a BBQ is problematic in UK, I feel I lose fewer days per year to weather here than in Oz. What can anyone do at 35+ except hide in AC somewhere.
        Which is better, will depend on individual circumstances and preferences.
        On this site, people argue vehemently for both sides, but mainly they are all falling into the trap of thinking the grass is greener elsewhere. It isn’t!

        • BobinOz February 28, 2018, 9:42 pm | Link

          Well, I live in Oz, obviously, but I’m not teetotal. So forgive me if I ignore your advice Jon 🙂

          Seriously though, as someone who lived in the UK for the vast majority of his life, I was 49 1/2 years old when I moved to Australia, I think I’m in a reasonable position to judge if the grass really is greener elsewhere, or more specifically from the UK to Australia.

          For what it’s worth, here’s what I think. Both the UK and Australia are excellent countries to live in. When I moved from the UK to Australia, I thought and still do think now that the grass here is definitely greener. I love my new life in Australia, every bit of it, and I wouldn’t go back to the UK for all the tea in China. As they say.

          That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my 49 and a half years in the UK though, it’s also, as I said, a great country. But sometimes a change is as good as a rest, and it gives you a new lease of life, and therefore it makes the grass feel greener.

          If I had lived in Australia until I was 49 and a half, and then moved to the UK, I suspect I may have just found the grass in the UK to be greener, and for the same reason; because it’s different.

          As for wages, cost of houses, the weather, the people, the lifestyle and all that stuff, it’s all swings and roundabouts, you win some and you lose some, but for somebody who does take the plunge to move to another country, it’s just being somewhere different that can often make life more fun.

          One thing I am extremely pleased about though, and that is that I was born in the UK and lived there first, and enjoyed living in that country in the 1960s through to the 2000’s, and then came to Australia to enjoy a country with much less population density, much more of an outdoor lifestyle and a more laid-back way of life. For me, it was just the right way round of doing it.

          • Jon March 1, 2018, 1:01 am | Link

            Bob,
            Agree with all of that and with your personal judgement. My main point is there is a lot of miss information and miss conceptions on both sides.
            As for where the grass is greener, of course in Queensland, like Ireland it’s the rainfall. So you are undoubtedly correct.
            I can never though get over the shock that I can buy a wide range of Aussie wine more cheaply in Tesco than I can in the big liquor stores next to Coles….often, judging by the label, the identical wine.

            • BobinOz March 1, 2018, 7:05 pm | Link

              Well, I tested your wine theory online, the first bottle of wine I saw that was available in both Tesco’s and Dan Murphy’s was called Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon and it was £60 versus $125 respectively. Of course, at today’s exchange rate of $1.75 per GBP, then the wine in Australia is about three dollars a bottle more expensive. If you hadn’t voted Brexit though, the pound would still be worth (probably) in excess of $2.20 and the wine would have been cheaper here 🙂

    • Emily May 5, 2018, 8:35 pm | Link

      Hi Richard,
      You saying that Australia is a racist horrid country, is actually racist statement. If you want to go back to the UK then go, no one is exactly begging you to stay. Lol 😏😏

    • amira July 4, 2018, 12:41 am | Link

      yeah australians are very rude,mocked and bullying us .
      I really hate aussies.they disrespect our hometown,Philippines.

      • Oliver July 10, 2018, 2:43 pm | Link

        Tbh EVERYONE is rude.

  • Amber December 8, 2017, 12:37 pm | Link

    I hear Australia is great if you’re white.

    • BobinOz December 8, 2017, 5:47 pm | Link

      No good to you then Amber 🙂 sorry, couldn’t resist. To clear that up for some of you, just in case, here is the definition (or one of them) of amber:

      a honey-yellow colour typical of amber.

    • Trace January 22, 2018, 4:09 am | Link

      Wrong…..its great if you’re a dog or a cat maybe.

    • jane July 4, 2018, 4:06 pm | Link

      Bang on right there Amber. If your white you’ll blend in.

  • Nicola November 29, 2017, 11:29 am | Link

    Who is the Fred person the writer keeps talking about?
    And if australia was so bad then why is Melbourne in Australia the most liveable city in the world 🗺 the roads here aren’t bad bad bad! There better then anything Americans have

    • BobinOz December 1, 2017, 3:46 pm | Link

      You know about as much as I do about Fred, which is his name is Fred. As it says above, he contacted me through YouTube wanting to spread the word about his thoughts on Australia.

      So I gave his ideas a platform here, and look how much fun we’re having 🙂 I think, actually no, there is no doubt this is the funniest comment thread on my website.

      • Michala December 5, 2017, 9:05 am | Link

        this is bs! i live in australia and this fred guy knows NOTHING. abosulute bs this is! i cant believe someone would say this about home country which i prefer over any other. Everything said above is total lies and false info.

  • HORRIBLE November 20, 2017, 7:58 am | Link

    You cant leave your suburb to work, or buy groceries as we have no roads or proper infrastructure. Its really an embarrassment and im ashamed. Yet we will keep developing new suburbs and bring in people by the truck loads. Very expensive and over taxxed place yet we see no improvements to society or infrastructure with all those taxes. ITS BAD.

    • BobinOz November 20, 2017, 8:52 pm | Link

      According to the World Bank collection of development indicators, Australia had 817,089 kilometres of road in 2009. IBISWorld tell me that supermarkets and grocery stores in Australia have a combined revenue of $101 billion and employ 362,102 people.

      Where is it you live exactly?

      • ShauninOZ December 4, 2017, 12:07 pm | Link

        You mix apples and oranges, as usually. Your reply is misleading, as usually. Demagogy 101.

  • no November 12, 2017, 2:55 pm | Link

    where the heck in Australia did you go?? “theres pests in Australia” Theres bloody pest where ever you go!! “teenagers attack old people all the time”. I don’t know one person who has even attacked someone our age, let alone an elderly person. “not enough gas stations”. What the hell are you doing in your car that you need a gas station every few hundred metres??

    • BobinOz November 13, 2017, 5:39 pm | Link

      I hope you didn’t mind me making a small (two tiny little letters, no prizes for guessing anybody) amendment to your comment no in order to get it approved, we have a strict no swearing policy on this website 🙂

      Your comment does remind me of a signpost I used to drive past in the UK when I lived there, it said ‘Last petrol for 50 yards.’

      I kid you not, and it was true as well, two petrol stations very close together. Very funny. I fully agree with you though, getting petrol isn’t a problem here in Australia.

  • Ozimandias October 28, 2017, 6:39 pm | Link

    So we have racist roads, racist UV, racist health care, racist housing, racist people, racist crime, racist pests, racist cost of living, racist location. Did I mention everything is pretty much racist?

    Here a racist, there a racist, everywhere a racist, racist.

    Old McRacist had a farm. Ee i ee i o.

    A strange fact, a lot of people want to live in Australia, even though it is so racist.

    “Fred” seems well endowed with Marxian class-consciousness ideology. In other words, a TV sucker.

    • Westren Bulldogs November 13, 2017, 4:43 pm | Link

      Im reading these comments in 2017. Im from USA and visiting Australia to meet family and Ive been here for 5 months heard 0 racist comments, Im staying in Adelaide I think some of you guys must live in America and are just feeling jealous or you live in some crazy place in Australia. Then crimes I just don’t understand that was stupid, in fact my family started laughing! Comparing crimes from Australia to USA thats not funny, duh their are stupid people everywhere, add least not all Aussies have guns! I agree weird! Ps I tried to spell words like Australian do so might not be all right.

      • ShauninOZ December 4, 2017, 12:17 pm | Link

        1) People, brainwashed by their TVs, exchange “racism” with “xenophobia”. Most Australians are not racist, the are afraid of all that is foreign.
        2) You said you visited Adelaide. South Australia is not the exact image of the rest of Australia. Adelaide was built up by hard working settlers from Germany. This part of Australia highly reminds of mainland Europe and it has a similar style (compared to the rest of Australia which is more”bogan”, UK-like, no offense).

        But you are right indeed, stupid (as well as kind) people are everywhere.

  • Connor October 25, 2017, 12:52 pm | Link

    This is very racist and not true.😡

    • BobinOz October 25, 2017, 8:40 pm | Link

      No, it’s not true, that’s why I personally find it so amusing. It’s not racist either, because Australians are not a race, it’s a nationality. I do get what you mean though 🙂

  • Sam October 2, 2017, 7:51 am | Link

    Some of the things on the list are true, some aren’t. It is true about UV, pest, cost of living and location. However, I know education here isn’t free, and they actually have a great health care system. But the biggest issue here is people. It is indeed multicultural, but there is generally a lack of respect for non-white people. Too many racists, especially towards Asian people. Having lived here for 4 years, I have encountered countless rude racist comments and was even attacked one time. Nearly all my Asian friends have had the same experience. Of course not alll Australians are racist and rude. This statement will never be true. There are wonderful people here , too. But I am talking about the percentage and the frequency of occurrence. It seems to be higher here from my experience compared to other places I have been to. I don’t feel very safe walking on the street. There is no gun issue here and people don’t get shot as often as in the US. However, I can get verbally abused for my ethnicity on a daily basis, and I feel I have been treated differently at my workplaces. I think that is the biggest drawback of Australia, and that is my opinion.

    • BobinOz October 3, 2017, 7:05 pm | Link

      That’s sad to hear you are being treated like this Sam, you shouldn’t have to put up with that stuff. Whereabouts in Australia are you? Not that it makes much difference, racism shouldn’t be happening anywhere. Hopefully the wonderful people massively outweigh the idiots.

  • Bil September 17, 2017, 7:46 pm | Link

    It’s like a blog for the touched

  • Mahboobe September 10, 2017, 5:16 pm | Link

    Good day every one
    I applied for PHD last year and am going to travel there soon. but, I feel stressed about the condition and the environment, after reading blogs… like above…. I’m scared the Australians don’t like foreigners.
    I don’t mind the hot weather or Snakes 😐 🙂

    • BobinOz September 11, 2017, 6:58 pm | Link

      Australia is a very multicultural society, the vast majority of people here are very welcoming to foreigners. Like any country though, we do have a small minority who are racist.

      Have a read of the following post and the comments…

      https://www.bobinoz.com/blog/11904/is-australia-racist-racism-in-australia/

      Don’t be scared, enjoy Australia 🙂

      • Mahboobe October 2, 2017, 3:09 pm | Link

        😀 Alright …. Thank you so much for the motivate 😉

    • Linda Walsh September 26, 2017, 7:55 am | Link

      Hi, there is good and bad everywhere. Much depends on your keenness to fit in, and Australia is very multicultural, especially in the cities. I must say however that for most folks, there’s no place like home.

      • Mahboobe October 2, 2017, 3:08 pm | Link

        You’re right. Thanks for the response.

    • ShauninOZ December 4, 2017, 12:22 pm | Link

      Good luck with your PhD. You soon learn what was plain whining and what is reality… the hard way 😉

  • Bobby July 29, 2017, 2:38 pm | Link

    I think the law in Australia favours the criminal where the punishment is to leant and the victims are the one that suffers. This doesn’t matter which law system.

  • Lime July 14, 2017, 4:14 pm | Link

    Please, please, always check your facts when writing this kind of thing. most of the things you described are no longer a problem or just not true. we have very good internet with NBN and if you use sunscreen, sunburn is not a problem. there are no sandstorms unless you live in the desert and although there are rats in some areas, all the other things you described are either not here or not pests. The Australian community is amazing and everyone is friendly, there is a very high standard of living and education and there is HARDLY ANY CRIME! Infact, 3 out of the 10 most livable cities are Australian, and the top one is Melbourne!!! Seriously, it’s almost like you’ve never actually been to Australia.

    Please, make sure your country is better before you start spreading false information about other countries.
    Thanks, Lime.

  • Liv July 5, 2017, 10:55 pm | Link

    Please get your facts straight before writing such a blog. Universities in Australia are not free nor are they unsafe. Plus, we have a public health care system for all to access unlike the US. If there is one thing you can’t accuse us of, it is having a poor health care system. Almost all of these arguments are completely inaccurate and ignorant… But yes, it does get hot down here. Peace out mates

    • BobinOz July 6, 2017, 7:22 pm | Link

      Actually, I disagree with you slightly, I think we have an excellent healthcare system here. I have, unfortunately, had quite a bit to do with hospitals lately, both private and public, and they have all been absolutely marvellous.

      Peace to to you too Liv 🙂

    • Connor October 25, 2017, 1:25 pm | Link

      I completely agree

  • marko July 4, 2017, 3:02 am | Link

    Lol have you even been to australia?? The roads are among the best in the world. Better than anywhere in the world I’ve been.
    Miles better roads then the US for example.
    And Universities aren’t free.
    Come on dude do some research at least if you’re not going to visit

    • Tim October 20, 2017, 7:17 am | Link

      Australian roads are worse than most countries I have been to and roadworks take forever to be completed. The reason is it is a very large country with not many taxpayers. So where in Australia do you have the German type autobahns? It may sound hard to believe but Turkey definitely has much better roads than you do.

      • Terry October 28, 2017, 10:17 am | Link

        When people write that Australia has roads I wonder which bit of Australia they have seen and what other countries for they have been to. Australians have only been making roads for two hundred years. Don’t believe the negatives others say, come and have a look for yourself. There is reason why Australia always gets good reviews.

        • Mark October 28, 2017, 3:51 pm | Link

          I will start with I like Australia Terry as can be testified from my comments on Bobs site. I have also travelled the world extensively and could not resist replying in humor to your comment as I fully agree Australia has been making roads for 200 years sadly some have them though have not been touched since 1817…Though I suspect there are some potholes in Deptford UK about the same age as well as other parts of the world.

  • Mark June 27, 2017, 10:40 am | Link

    This is a big lie Australia is a great place and u should 1000000% come here

    • Mark June 27, 2017, 10:46 am | Link

      Also were not the only country that has rude people ( we don’t have rude people ) and were also not the only that has bad houses and we don’t have radiation. Maybe he’s thinking of a different country.

  • Mark June 5, 2017, 11:48 am | Link

    Well, I think your overview of Australia is a bit unfair, though Melbourne is way way overrated, here’s why : https://www.facebook.com/Opposing-everything-because-Im-from-Melbourne-1571492209530380/

    • Lime July 14, 2017, 4:20 pm | Link

      Melbourne’s great, although housing is a little on the expensive side

      • Frank Accardo July 15, 2017, 3:15 am | Link

        Actually, I’ve been looking at some houses located just outside of Melbourne like Craigieburn. They’re a lot more affordable. My hopes of moving to Australia are still alive.

        • ShauninOZ December 4, 2017, 12:36 pm | Link

          Housing in Australia has not changed since the first settling days. You are cold in winter and you are hot in summer (in fact, there are no other seasons in Australia). Forget about cozy sitting in front of a TV in winter (unless you have electric blankets and heaters all over you) and in summer (unless you have your air conditioner running the whole day). This is not mainland Europe, the houses are still being built up from wooden frames and plasterboard.

          Feel free not to trust my comment. You can always come here and experience yourself, the hard way.

  • Brooklyn May 26, 2017, 9:33 am | Link

    Are you kidding? You cannot possibly say that the people of Australia are rude and mean! I think maybe 5% are rude but you just can’t generalize an entire country like that. And if we did in fact “claim” that pavlova was our own creation, we told the internet it wasn’t; how would you know otherwise? And the only expensive part of Australia is Sydney, because of the amount of tourists there are immigrants. Check your facts, there isn’t one true statement in this site.

    • BobinOz May 29, 2017, 6:59 pm | Link

      Pavlova? Who mentioned Pavlova?

      Anyway, I think you will find there are some true statements in this site, just not on this page.

  • Austin May 21, 2017, 8:49 pm | Link

    Your knowledge of Australia is lacking. Crime rate here is as low as it gets. Compare it to other countries and you’d be blown away by the information before you. It’s one of the safest countries to live in. You clearly didn’t do your research before making this.

  • i don't like Australia May 19, 2017, 1:04 pm | Link

    Hey,
    this website is sooooo true. Australia has the worst heat and i got so sunburnt. and there are the weirdest animals e.g snakes.
    in the shopping centers there were way to many people every where

    • BobinOz May 19, 2017, 7:51 pm | Link

      Ah, yes, thanks for adding that one which somehow slipped the net, bloomin, snakes in the shopping centres! They’re everywhere, especially when the sales are on!

      As for the people though, yes, they are EVERYWHERE! I remember reading somewhere that there’s one person for every 7 square miles in Australia. Ridiculous!

      Bloomin’ Australia!

      Thanks for your comment i don’t like Australia, you made my day 🙂

    • Brooklyn May 26, 2017, 9:35 am | Link

      Ooooooh sunburn. Really? Wear sunscreen, wear a hat, put on a shirt. Pretty simple.

    • Lime July 14, 2017, 4:17 pm | Link

      Hey, maybe if you used sunscreen you wouldn’t have gotten sunburnt. It’s not that hard.
      Don’t say you did, because you wouldn’t have been sunburnt otherwise.

    • Martin November 27, 2017, 7:17 am | Link

      Hey, do you think snakes don’t deserve Black Fridays? How can you be so insensitive? 🙂

      • BobinOz November 27, 2017, 7:29 pm | Link

        Do you mean Red-bellied Black Fridays? 🙂

  • Lillianna April 30, 2017, 2:21 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    You are way of course Australia is nothing like that and while the government is bad half of the things you said were exaggerated or plainly not true. i have lived in Australia a long time and have not heard or seen some of those things you talked about!
    Even though some of those things were silly i must agree with the 2nd one and a few others. Some other things you talked about were very true i was talking about them for ages!

    • BobinOz May 2, 2017, 6:40 pm | Link

      The things I said? I think you need to read it again to find out exactly who said what 🙂

      • Frank Accardo May 22, 2017, 9:29 am | Link

        This an open letter to all who are on this forum. I live in the US with my wife who’s an Australian citizen. After visiting Australia for the first time in 2001, I had an epiphany and realized that Australia aligned much more to my personal beliefs about healthcare, gun control, and other issues. My question has always been, how do we make the move to Australia? I’m a respiratory therapist in the US, but the field is not recognized in Australia. My wife is a writer, so she’d have no trouble moving. But what can I do? I guess my question is, could I study for anything in the US in relatively short order, and use that knowledge to find a job in Australia? Any ideas? Any former US citizens who have managed to make a life in Australia? Thank you for anybody who might be able to offer some advise.

        • BobinOz May 22, 2017, 7:05 pm | Link

          Frank, I’m not sure what you mean by ‘not recognised in Australia’, because I have just googled ‘respiratory therapist jobs in Australia’ and quite a few vacancies have shown up. Obviously with your wife being an Australian citizen, she won’t need a visa, but if you can successfully apply for one as her husband then I see no reason why you shouldn’t find work in your field when you get here.

          I have a page about Americans in Australia, you might like to read it and take a look at the comments made on it, there are quite a few stories of people who have moved from the US to Australia. Here’s the link…

          https://www.bobinoz.com/blog/13748/americans-in-australia-do-australians-like-americans/

          • Frank Accardo May 23, 2017, 12:41 am | Link

            Hi Bob. I’ve googled those same respiratory positions several times in the past. Unfortunately, they are all either Saudi Arabia or US locations. Plus, I’m not actually worried about the actual filling out of the visa, because I know I would have little trouble getting in with my wife and her family being Australian citizens. I just wouldn’t want to be any type of burden on the system by not finding work.

  • Geft February 25, 2017, 2:07 am | Link

    Guys am about to move to Australia and am guessing i can hear from you guys if it’s really bad down there as Fred claims… Help

    • Jillaroo February 25, 2017, 4:32 am | Link

      No it’s not. Do you believe everything you read? “Fred” is, shall we say, just a bit unhinged. He’s jealous of those who have a wonderful life in Australia… and so many do! He is trying to bring people down with complete and utter lies for no other reason but jealousy. I actually feel sorry for him and his delusional ideas.

      • Geft February 25, 2017, 6:27 am | Link

        I feel much better now.
        I don’t believe everything i read but to be on the safer side. Am a Nigerian, some part of my country has very high level of violence and it’s for real

        • Jillaroo February 25, 2017, 6:52 am | Link

          Australia doesn’t have zero crime but it’s no where in the scale of Nigeria. Have you a visa already?

          • Geft February 25, 2017, 8:07 am | Link

            On the process (visa)

            • lillianna April 30, 2017, 2:27 pm | Link

              Hi geft
              I agree with jillaroo, australia is a great place to live. while the heat can be awful at times it is a great excuse to go too one of the stunning beaches.
              Lots of the things said above by “Fred” were so exaggerated i laughed. From my experience i would move here if anywhere.

              • Geft May 1, 2017, 12:34 am | Link

                Thanks a lot for your comment… Am more convinced

    • Lime July 14, 2017, 4:19 pm | Link

      Don’t stress man. You will love it in Oz, and we all know that this site is complete bull.
      It is a great place and you get to know people pretty quickly.

      BTW, where are you moving to?

      • BobinOz July 14, 2017, 7:52 pm | Link

        Well, I think this site is pretty good, it’s just this page that stinks 🙂

  • David February 3, 2017, 4:13 pm | Link

    G’day Bob,
    My ex-employer has an American wife, so they travel back to America annual to see her family. He told me he was speaking to his brother in law and when asked why he dose not come to visit Australia. His American brother in law told him “I don’t want to be shoot”.

    He was asked what he meant by that, the response went some thing like this. “The amount of shootings that happen in Australia, its a wonder all Australian aren’t dead”
    .
    (So I guess they just accept the (OCCASIONAL) shooting that happens in America is just part of there Life. Is his information spread by Americas NRA so the will not have restricted gun laws ???)

    He was shocked when my ex-employer told him that this was not the case and we only have possibly a couple of gun related deaths every year.

    This could possibly be put in as a reason not to move to Australia???

    Regards David

    • BobinOz February 3, 2017, 7:51 pm | Link

      Well, these are actually Fred’s 10 reasons not to move to Australia, not mine, but I’m really surprised that Fred missed this one out. I think it would have fitted perfectly in amongst his list.

      ‘Don’t move to Australia because you will almost certainly be senselessly shot in the street for no reason, unlike America where this sort of thing never happens.’

      I don’t know who on earth managed to convince this person that Australia has a problem with shootings and that it is safer in the US, but whoever it was, he is the Prince (or maybe she is the Princess) of propaganda.

      Trump should have this person on his team; maybe he already does?

  • Cameron January 24, 2017, 7:39 pm | Link

    Depending on which blood line you look at, I’m a 4th generation Australian, 4th is the minimum, I could just as easily claim to be a 6th, and frankly if I could leave this over governed, over taxed land I would. We must be the only country looking at the States at the moment and thinking “well he might be objectionable but at least he’s brighter than our lot”. Governed by self serving, snout in the trough bell ends who are so indignant when they get their hands slapped yet will still happily put rules and regulations around every thing a person might reasonably want to do in a society. But that’s ok because 95% of Australians don’t bother with the law anyway, it really is a society where only the stupoid follow the rules. Christ I hate this place

    • BobinOz January 25, 2017, 4:25 pm | Link

      Well Cameron, it’s actually interesting that you have picked on my two pet hates about Australia, and I really don’t have very many at all. I have to agree with you about our quite hopeless and often greedy politicians and the ridiculous nanny state rules that apply in our various states and territories.

      But my word, the day I looked towards the US with envy, whether Trump is in charge or not, will be the day I make arrangements to quickly return with my family to the UK. It’ll probably be the same day that Darwin has snow at Christmas.

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