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!”


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?


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.


Please feel free to add your views and comments below, but do be aware that bad language and swearing is not allowed on this website. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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  • Вячеслав January 12, 2017, 10:54 pm | Link

    Wellcome to the Russia too)))) And then you’ll adore Australia and kiss her land like mother hands.

  • hope January 11, 2017, 6:42 pm | Link

    hi, i am Australian and this stuff is not true Australians are one of the best country’s in the world and only what peace.they are friendly and try not to be racist(but are sometimes are ) and give lots of items and help lots of other country’s this stuff is not true at all

  • Ainslee January 10, 2017, 12:35 pm | Link

    Fred…. Your an idiot. Most of that stuff is complete rubbish. Are you seriously complaining about our health care? The government pays for the majority of the health care through our taxes, if you have cancer in Australia no worries, the doctors won’t kick you out of the hospital if you don’t have any money because IT IS FREE! Who cares if you have to wait an extra twenty minutes for your appointment for your cough, doctors obviously need to treat more severe patients first idiot!

    Roundabouts everywhere? I don’t know what part of Australia you live in, but if you hate the roads so much GET OFF OF THEM!

    Australia is currently ranking #4 out of the worlds education score, universities are certainly not free and the majority of them have security working there at all hours, so if there is a problem you could easily go to them. Don’t say stuff when you don’t even know if it is right or wrong!

    And seriously, if someone ever brings up how we have ‘scary and dangerous animals’ I will literally slap them. Yes I know we have dangerous animals, yes I’m sure everyone knows that, that’s why so many people don’t want to come to Australia. But honestly it’s not even as bad as you think, and people need to stop pointing it out.

    Bob, you have to agree with me, this Fred bloke is an idiot.

    • BobinOz January 12, 2017, 12:41 am | Link

      Well, Ainslee, I will agree with you that Fred’s comments are idiotic, inasmuch as they are completely ridiculous, but I don’t know for sure whether Fred is an idiot.

      Fred may actually be a very clever person who just likes to stir up trouble for a laugh. He may even be someone who came to Australia briefly and had a very bad series of experiences which made him genuinely hate Australia and everything about it. He could also, in spite of that, have a Masters degree in rocket science.

      Of course, on the other hand, he could just be an idiot. Who knows?

      Only Fred, or maybe not 🙂

  • Michael January 3, 2017, 5:11 pm | Link

    Ahh yes Australia, its great for people who have lived relatively privileged lives, although such people never see themselves that way.

    There is a dark underbelly in Australia, involving elements of society falling into pieces, and phenomena such as ignorant government policy, even persecution by government services.

    Try telling the several people I know who grew up in a severe background of abuse and mistreatment, removed by “Child Protection”, separated from their other siblings barely even able to ever see them, and abused and mistreated in care for years. They deal every day with serious stress and emotional problems due to their experiences- mostly from in Child Protection. This is the experience in the “child protection” system in very recent years as well, not the distant past. Child Protection: We’ll have them smoking crack by age 13, guaranteed, then we’ll stack them into juvenile detention in preparation for their life in prison. Oh and child protection, they don’t really do anything if one of their disturbed 13-14 female wards is having regular unprotected sex with a much older HIV positve methamphetamine addict and dealer. The police? not interested unless you can provide basically video taped evidence, oh and her year old sister pregnant in same type of situation? Nothing done. You can’t but help that suspect that inwardly the police and child protection think “they are just worthless feral garbage anyway, who cares as long as our image is not damaged”.

    Oh and if you remember from South Australia that awful pedophile working for Families SA that was all around the media here, he was one of their carers at one stage. Small world. They were blessed enough to personally know that individual who is imprisoned now for what 30 years?

    My cousin, he is a nice friendly well behaved guy. But he has a legitimate moderate intellectual disability and is pretty obese. He is SHUNNED by society. He is clean, looks after his persona hygiene, polite, and tries to make new friends. But besides me he is alone basically ALL the time.

    Due to his large size, he frequently cops random abuse when walking down the street- and has had various objects thrown at him from cars. Great incentive to exercise. Not that he has any parks or recreational facilities that he can access.

    Many people in this country have a stringent set of ideas about how others should be, and if you don’t fit into that, to hell with you. They will judge.

    My other cousin tells me of serious mistreatment and neglect of age care residents, which is covered up and swept under the rug. But the biggest problem is compromising safety issues to make more $$$,. and $$$ is the most important thing. BTW: Don’t put you parents in anywhere but the best aged care facility.

    Many people here also dramatically ignorant on many issues but arrogantly opinionated, people are stereotyped by common attributes. Many people in Australia won’t necessarily say anything straight to your face- although some will- they will take action or talk behind your back, or simply exclude you.

    Of course these problems are common in other countries- but not all these issues are as pronounced everywhere.

    The reality is, I know various people stuck in situations of severe disadvantage and there is no obvious way out. “Try harder, get a better job”- that attitude is not realistic.

    Hey I am sure Australia is great- like many places, if your not at the bottom of the ladder. And don’t go on about how great our welfare system is, because one of the young people I know is living on the street- he has a brain injury and very serious problems, but centrelink has cancelled his $300 approx payment per fortnight because he cannot deal with the pressure of attending all their job requirement nonsense.At 18 years of age, after many years stacks in a residential care facility by Child Protection, I had to teach him the most basic things: He did not even have any idea what a signature was, could not fill out forms, never been taught the most basic life skills. Recently we discovered that he had been buying a new bus ticket every time he got on a new bus or train, he was not aware that the tickets lasted for 2 hours.

    Tip of the iceberg. You can like Australia, like many places Australia has a unique culture of its own serious issues and injustices.

  • Ivana December 24, 2016, 10:57 am | Link

    I am from Aus. I have always struggled to live in australia, Australians are fighters and will open their mouth as soon as a pen drops. However, I am not a fighter and wish to remain peacefull, but it’s impossible to do this in Australia as nearly every day people are trying to fight even in their cars. Shopping centres are horrible you cannot look at anyone or be prepared to get into a fight. I cannot pickup the phone because the way people talk is so rude and impolite. Australia is just a highly aggressive country, white pride rules here and everyday is a struggle there is no other option left here other than to be a hermit and not go out at all and have no involvement in society. It is very frustrating, I have tried to have thick skin and tried for almost 10 years, that has resulted in me having depression because it’s not who I am .

    • BobinOz December 24, 2016, 6:30 pm | Link

      Whilst I do not wish to undermine the depression that you are clearly suffering Ivana, I do have to point out that what you have said cannot possibly be true. For example, I’ve lived here for nearly 10 years now, I’ve never once seen a fight inside a shopping mall, in a shopping Plaza or in any shop.

      Thinking about it, the only fight I think I have ever seen was in my local pub and was between a father and his drunk son. The world you live in isn’t Australia.

      If what you have said is true, then our streets would be chaos and the press and media would be constantly feeding us images of brawling angry thugs. They are not though, are they? Lara Bingle gets more coverage.

      Get well soon, Bob

  • Adam December 8, 2016, 3:46 pm | Link

    Ahhh shut up losers you are triggering me

    • Scallywag05 December 12, 2016, 10:52 am | Link

      i live in australia and it is **** – i left that to meet the policies of the country.
      you shut up. i desparately want to move to the states. **** australia.
      australia is a ****ing dumb country with bad economy. everything is in the US.
      you are lucky. i would ****ing mail myself to get to another country.

  • CalmHater December 6, 2016, 6:13 pm | Link

    To all those who do not like Australia, the most free, peaceful and prosperous place on earth… Get a life.

  • Fred November 25, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Long time no talk. It’s been around 6 years since my post. It is funny how people mix between us!
    To me the subject is not important any more, because I live far away. I found that it is just a matter of personal beliefs. Some people want to believe in something, they just do. After all, every country has its pros and cons. What is more important is what will happen to us when life is over!

    • Mark November 26, 2016, 1:45 pm | Link

      Fred ahhh!!! The very Fred…I am trusting this is the real Fred and not an impostor..though I feel only you could have wrote the last line. As you can see I’ve had a few laughs at the antics on this page..I had read it a while ago from UK.. Bob’s website had been a big source of info that brought us out here to Aus never told him that but he knows now, I find myself intrigued by this page (a modicum of time waster but nonetheless intriguing and amusing)…I have some questions if I may, for you, feel free to tell me to bu**er off…but they are sincere. Where has made you happy? and Why ? What age range do you fit in 40 to 45, 45 to 50 etc…and the last one and this is sincerely written Your last line indicates a concern for the ‘hereafter life’…have you a particular reason for that…I hope not…

      • BobinOz November 29, 2016, 6:48 pm | Link

        G’day Fred, yes, long time no speak. Like Mark, I wonder if you really are the real Fred, author of the original article. It’s hard for me to tell, you are using a different email address these days and from a different IP. Technically you could be anybody, but also like Mark, I think it ‘sounds’ like you.

        I wonder though, do you still have a copy of your own original article? If so, under reason 4- Cost of Life!, you start your paragraph with two words followed by an exclamation mark. What are those two words?

        Anyway, I’m glad you have found somewhere to live that suits you, Australia clearly isn’t for everybody. It seems to me the title of this post at like a magnet to attract mostly people who do hate Australia, and many of them like to talk about it.

        It’s been great fun.

        Gosh, what does happen to us when life is over? Let’s hope it’s not like your 11- Bonus reason! ‘a lot of bush fires’. 🙂

        • Jillaroo December 14, 2016, 8:23 pm | Link

          Bob. You’re brilliant. Hoping the people who mixed up you and the person who wrote the original negative information (Fred) can finally distinguish between the two. Also that the negative subsequent comments haven’t gotten you down. What a debate!

          Ps any more wonbats or rosses?
          I still giggle when I think of that ???

          • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 9:52 pm | Link

            Somehow Jillaroo, I think people will continue to mix me and Fred up, but that’s okay. Far from getting me down, some of the comments on this page are the funniest on the whole website. This is still one of my favourite pages; where else would you get wonbats or rosses?

  • Oscar November 24, 2016, 4:16 pm | Link

    I hold no particular brief for Australia, but it seems very strange to suggest that you shouldn’t move to that continent if “your favourite hobby is history/archaeology.” This is bizarre. Not only does Australia have over 200 years of recorded history, it also has upwards of 40,000 years of human prehistory and oral histories stretching back perhaps thousands of years into that deep past. Australian archaeology is complex and fascinating – for those interested I recommend in particular .Brian Mulvaney’s “Prehistory of Australia” and Peter Hiscock’s “Archaeology of Ancient Australia.” Those with only a very limited knowledge of the subject will soon learn that the vestiges of Australia’s aboriginal past are to be found everywhere, even in and around what are now Australia’s large urban areas.

    And this is maybe the problem – Australians don’t know (or simply don’t care) about their Aboriginal heritage. Like the author of this blog, they assume Australia has no history, no archaeology, none of the dark and troubling burdens of the past that haunt older nations. And these things are perhaps the real reasons to be wary about life in the Lucky Country. Australia does have a history, and despite valiant efforts both from historians and from Aboriginal agencies in recent years, most Australians still refuse to look their history in the eye. Many of the most unpleasant and disconcerting aspects of life in modern Australia – popular attitudes towards immigration and refugees in particular – reflect this gaping void at the bottom of the (white) Australian national identity.

    • BobinOz November 24, 2016, 9:40 pm | Link

      Well, I have to say, I agree with you entirely Oscar. It was sloppy on my behalf to say that, clearly I am not an historian or an archaeologist. The longer I have lived in Australia, it’s nine years now (was only four when I wrote this), I realise there is a lot of history to this continent that just doesn’t show itself the way it does in Europe or Asia.

      Crikey, we found dinosaur footprints somewhere or other recently, that’s pretty good history. And I in no way, with that stupid two point list, intended to in any way ignore Australia’s aboriginal past.

      Looking back, maybe I should’ve said skiing.

      So I apologise unreservedly for the error, I do hope you can accept that. Thanks for pointing out, Bob

  • Lucy Peterson November 21, 2016, 11:33 am | Link

    LOL! This BobOz guy or whatever the heck his name is, is obviously an idiot. Mate, if you can’t handle the heat then get outta here. If you don’t like Australia, then stop complaining and making up bullcrap stuff about us, keep your rude opinions to yourself because firstly, you are wrong and secondly, your just gonna make us angry and then you’ll have deal with us all. Australia is the best country in the world, get over it.

    • YES!!!! November 21, 2016, 11:57 am | Link

      Lucy, I agree totally with you there, Australia is the best country in the whole world.

      • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 7:27 pm | Link

        Ha ha, it’s very interesting to see that the person known as ‘YES!!!!’ who immediately agreed with your view Lucy was actually accessing my website on the exact same IP address as you are.

        What are the chances eh?

    • Mark November 21, 2016, 7:53 pm | Link

      Dear Lucy Patterson I did say I would hang up my boots on this topic but I just could not resist replying to you, you misunderstand something and then think its right to call the website..I am pretty sure Bob is probably having a good chuckle at your post I am In a nice way. Heck I won a bottle of Jack Daniels and have actually got it today because of lovely folk like you who fail to read, digest and fully understand this website…Let alone this page. Words utterly fail me. Surely no one can be so daft …We all make mistakes I am hoping yours is just that, if you had took the time to actually read the website you would realise that Bob is actually very very keen on OZ…Now Fred on the other hand Ahhh I hear you say “Whose Fred”? mmmm When you have worked out who Fred is then you will have your own answer to what you have done wrong ..;I do hope you can manage an apology…I suspect not

      • Lucy Peterson November 22, 2016, 7:22 pm | Link

        Hey Mark, just letting you know that whatever point your trying to make is obviously shoved right up your a**hole, probably why your acting like one too. Firstly, did I ever mention the word ‘website’ in the comment, no I didn’t, so why are you just assuming stuff (well I’m actually not surprised since it is a sign of arrogance). Mate, good for you if you got a Jack Daniels but I honestly don’t care about your personal winnings when your acting like a d***. For your information, I did take my time to check out this website afterwards and yes, I am wrong about Bob and I did mean to say Fred (sincere apologies Bob) but just commenting acting like a smartass is actually very annoying and I bet every single person who has commented on this blog would agree with me. When you actually decide to be a sincere human being, I guess then you might actually have people that like you. Now sorry for being so ‘daft’ and making so many ‘mistakes’, but at least I’m genuine, I don’t suspect any apologies from you, I guess arrogance holds your head high.
        Ta ta.

        • Mark November 22, 2016, 8:43 pm | Link

          Well Lucy your a fine lady to retort to such language, it helps make your point, maybe it does, I don’t find its really needed, But I appreciate you have to somewhat ram your point home, like posting as YES!!! as well as Lucy ..agreeing with yourself often helps I find.. Anyway I’ve made my point.. I got you, just one person to see the bigger picture and at least apologise to Bob and I got a reaction..means you was reading and understood it after all… Thank you so much for that… So it does prove when pushed folks read things, brilliant!!! If I could Id have bought you a drink to say thanks ..finally not sure what the Indian car manufacturer Tata has to do with this…

    • Oscar November 24, 2016, 4:18 pm | Link

      Perhaps he should add to the list the fact that Australians are incapable of handling criticism.

      • BobinOz November 24, 2016, 9:48 pm | Link

        Oscar, you called me out on something that I did that wasn’t right, that’s in a comment of yours not far above this. My turn to do the same to you now; you can’t pigeonhole an entire nation with the same character trait, that’s just plain wrong.

        Everybody is different in their own way no matter which country they come from.

    • Adam December 8, 2016, 3:51 pm | Link

      Rack off

  • PROUD AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN!!!!! November 18, 2016, 1:49 pm | Link

    WOW!!! this website is completely incorrect!! I have lived here and have for my whole life!!!!!! If you live here you get used to the heat and the UV, get over it. At least we aren’t white snowmen in the summer!!!
    With the pests, if you aren’t going out there to find a snake or spider, it wont come and get you. If you don’t annoy it it wont even know your there!!!!
    Not all our houses look like that crappy shed!!! that not even a house!! Most of us actually live in a decent sized house!! and some of us are rich and have a mansion.
    WE HAVE FREE HEALTH CARE!!!!!! yeah you might have to wait a while for a doctor appointment, but if it is a emergency they are there for you!!

    • Mark November 18, 2016, 4:31 pm | Link

      Sadly nameless PROUD AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN it is you that is incorrect So incorrect you cant even see it…I am tying this with a smile on my face by the way adn if you read this Id love you ti find the funny side of it . You have a valid point about all you have said except the opening line. which kind of ruins everything else.

      This website is completely incorrect..

      Is your opening line ..Once more a person just like RYDOGG and MACEY below who hasn’t read the page, let alone the website correctly…Anyway cheers you have just won me a bet a bottle of JD Why? well, Id said to a colleague who I have shown this to “some other character would come along not paying attention and have a go at the page” .His reply in his words not mine “no surely no one can be that daft,, they will read the last postings first” How wrong he was As many have gone before me and surely will follow trying to point the error of your ways out, read the page properly, maybe even venture into the site as a whole. Me however, I am ‘hanging up my boots’ trying to get folks to read this properly… I am reminded Donald Duck once said “I am going to stop asking folk how stupid can they be, they are beginning to see it as some sort of challenge” “I rest my case m’lud”.
      Have a great day in this wonderful Oz.

    • matthew November 19, 2016, 8:31 pm | Link

      It is 100% correct.

    • KUJO November 21, 2016, 11:24 am | Link

      Australia is a very lovely country, we even get called the land of the free… I don’t expect you all to understand as much as a actual Aussie citizen (I am), DONT BRAG ABOUT AUSTRAILIA IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE,…… simple!…………. I’m sure there would be plenty wrong with your country’s compered to Australia… QUIT IT!!!!

      • Mark November 21, 2016, 9:33 pm | Link

        Hi Kujo You are absolutely spot on Australia is a lovely country 99 percent a great place to live. I have chosen it over USA and UK where I have lived for many years along with 2 in Holland….I think USA has a claim to the Land of the Free or Belize may have something to say about your claim for Australia… However main thing is I am in no way disagreeing with you its a wonderful Country Absolutely wonderful I agree . Now we have established that bit … This website is also saying what a wonderful country Australia is (oh!!! note the use of the word website, as opposed to web page, that’ s critical) So we are all happy… The website says it a wonderful place. Bob says the same in many many ways, he obviously loves Australia and so do I and id say 99.9 percent of the posters on this website all love Australia….A wonderful country…

        • Jeffrey Herbert December 6, 2016, 5:43 am | Link

          Hey there, KUJO and Mark, is it okay if I ask you a bit about Australia? It’s been sort of a dream of mine to go there and maybe even live there, and I’ve always loved the dry type of landscapes you can find there. How good is the healthcare there? I’ve heard somewhere that it’s free. Also, how expensive is it to live there and how difficult is it to get to food stores? Also, anything else you could tell me that’s great about Australia would be awesome!

          • Mark December 6, 2016, 6:20 am | Link

            Jeffrey If you trawl to the top of this page and use the titles across the top, behind each one is a drop down menu There has to be at least a months worth of reading covering all what you ask and more, mostly compiled by our host Bob and with input from folks like us dotted around, Trust this helps for now

          • Andrew December 7, 2016, 6:26 pm | Link

            Jeffery get on google earth and have a virtual tour of australia. I suggest that to everyone on here especially if your interested in anywhere else in the world aside from where you live. Ive been to cities and all other shores but no matter how far or how wide i rome ill always call australia home. Aussie Aussie Aussie. Just throwing this out there but im Pretty sure australia is probably the most diverse multicultural countries in the world. Migrants have made this country. Accepting, generous, courageous. Loyal people. Australia the place i call home.

            • BobinOz December 7, 2016, 7:47 pm | Link

              Hear, hear Andrew, as we would say in the UK.
              Good on ya, as we would say in Australia.
              +1 as Google would put it.
              Like, as Facebook would have it.

              Cheers, Bob

    • AussieHater December 14, 2016, 5:35 pm | Link

      “Lived there your whole life”- well that’s the problem, eh?

  • rydogg November 8, 2016, 10:28 am | Link

    hello Bob,
    you call yourself Australian but your an absolute toolbag mate!!! you obviously have no idea and need to come out of your little hole….go shove your article

    • Mark November 8, 2016, 10:53 am | Link

      Hi Rydogg Have a read of the post below from Macey and my reply below that. I find it incredible neither you nor Macey have read this article properly. I spend my life correcting folks mistakes professionally because they have not read something. Your a prime example! It would be hilarious if Macey knows you and had said to read it. Humour me, call it what you will but please please please read the article again, perhaps a bit slower. You could argue there is some sarcasm on this page from Bob towards Fred (not sure you have noticed Fred) I have been saying for months Aussies dont get sarcasm please prove me wrong. when you have re read the article (properly) We will see if you come back and see what you say….. Dont go off on one ……..read it again !!!! seriously you might spot something.

  • Macey November 6, 2016, 6:50 pm | Link

    dear bob,
    i will try and say this in the best way possible but pretty much none of that is true you are just trying to put people of visiting Australia. BTW ( By The Way) i really dont think Australia has dirty houses and i do believe that mate if you want to say rude things about Australia at least get your facts right because i personally in my 45 years living on earth and Australia have never seen the government pay teenagers to bash people up, that is just barbaric and crazy, and lets be honest who doesn’t love a good Aussie tan during summer. some people may disagree and say i dont know what i am talking about but, i think i would know what i am saying when i live in Australia . i am just stating the facts people!
    yours scincerly

    • Mark November 6, 2016, 8:32 pm | Link

      Macey I am not sure I should reply but ‘hey ho’ I have. Please read the above again, I would go so far as to say FYI, it might be a really, really good idea to read it again. Grab a cup of coffee and read it, from the top, not lightly skim read it as you may have done…. Or trawl down and see another comment by me and Bob’s reply. I do feel you might have missed something. I am posting this with all sincerity, with a smile on my face and no intention to offend you or anything you have said but please read it again. You will hopefully see the funny side. .

  • Daniel D October 21, 2016, 12:10 pm | Link

    After spending some time comparing Australia and other places in the world, I realised that nothing is perfect. To me, nowhere is safe to live in this planet of materials. Even when you think Australia is heaven, bad things do happen to people here.

    Australia is neither “good” nor “bad”. It is just a country where lifestyle is at an acceptable level (“acceptable” means everyone can have a normal life and is not dying of hunger).

    There is no need for judgements because whatever you are saying, the world is still what it is. No matter you like or hate Australia, it is still Australia in its own way.

    It is not Australia’s fault for anyone’s unpleasant feeling. It’s just that this life is out of control. No matter where you live, without inner peace and moral behaviours you’re just never happy!

  • Elena October 6, 2016, 9:12 pm | Link

    Australia is perfectly fine and the people are lovely ~ you seriously need to keep your rude inaccurate opinions to yourself. You make Australia sound like a really terrible place, but you need to know not all people are “rude”! I have lived here all my life and I love it, it’s a nice and calm environment, and nothing you said is TRUE! So next time get your bloody facts right. Not all places are perfect!

    • Carla October 20, 2016, 3:40 pm | Link

      Dear Elena,
      You have clearly not lived overseas. I will have you know that Australia has one of the worst education systems in the world, trust me I have travelled a lot. In other countries that are apparently “less developed” than Australia, the things Australia teaches in the first few high school years are actually the things they teach in primary schools for the less developed countries. A lot of people are rude and racist here, many insult immigrants on trains and shame them in other public places. If you ask me, Australia is not perfectly fine.

      • BobinOz October 20, 2016, 7:20 pm | Link

        Dear Carla

        If you are going to ridicule someone for making a supposedly stupid comment, you should at least make sure that what you say is accurate, otherwise it might make you look really stupid.

        So by claiming Australia’s education system to be one of the worst in the world, I’m afraid you have put yourself into that category. Any simple Google search for something like ‘education systems compared by country’ will reveal that Australia’s education system is regarded quite highly.

        For example, this interactive map and list published by the Independent places Australia 14th in the world for education, a world that has more than 200 countries. By the way, that was higher than both the UK and the US.

        The rest of your comment is also piffle; what country doesn’t have rude people or racists?

        • Faye October 27, 2016, 4:31 pm | Link

          Sorry Bob but I’ve lived in a few countries and found Australia was definitely the worse ….almost breathing seems to be a crime there,everything is truly exhorbitsntly priced and it’s the only western country where racial segregation officially is tolerated ….

          • BobinOz October 27, 2016, 8:36 pm | Link

            Apology accepted. I think you’ve got the wrong country Faye, we don’t have racial segregation here and I’ve never been arrested for breathing in Australia 🙂

          • AussieHater December 14, 2016, 5:55 pm | Link

            Hear Hear Mate- mentality residue from the Penal Colony System is alive and well in Australia. There are three groups:
            1. The Bullies
            2. Those Bullied
            3. Those who stand up to The Bullies and empower Those Bullied
            Which group are you?
            I was in Group #3 which is why I left and never went back.
            People talk about health care being free: the AMA is money hungry. No direct to consumer advertising. “Doctors” are not well-educated and they rush you during you 10 minute maximum visit
            People talk about education being free- free does not equal good quality or even acceptable quality. The world has never heard of Australian universities. They don’t make world rankings. Look at countries who do.
            Diversity? That does not equal no racism.
            Australia is a close minded place with a very young history. Only about 200 years worth since European settlement. They are not equipped to dealing with change at a faster rate like other countries because there is hardly anyone there (approx 30,000 people) so hence are stil living in the dark ages. The place is still pretty lawless simply because they are still handling things like the 1800’s in western countries. Definitely behind the times.
            Aboriginal history of 60,000 plus years is constantly being threatened by Group 1 (see above)
            I could go on and on.
            The place is nice to visit because it’s pretty with nice beaches – if you can handle rude, insecure money hungry people.
            However if you decide to move there, don’t. Or if you do, you are in store for the ride of your life in the Land of Unfair.
            Remember: I warned you! Bring is on Australians: I’m sure you will react to my post: oh yeah: Australians cannot take criticism either not can they face the truth. You will see lots of examples now. Haha- I just find it amusing!

            • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 9:46 pm | Link

              Let me get this straight; you stood up to the bullies by leaving the country? Interesting.

              • jazzmaster February 4, 2017, 9:45 am | Link

                I think BobinOz should take the B out of Bobin and change to BoginOz – would be a more matching choice yea?

      • Shaun October 20, 2016, 7:38 pm | Link

        I have to say I agree with Carla. I’m not sure what criteria the Independent are using to compare education Bob, but my advice is don’t send your children to state school. A nurse friend of mine (Australian) spent $60,000 a year she could ill afford so her 2 kids didn’t have to go to a Brisbane suburb state school.

        There are a lot of drugs in the schools compared to the UK IMO, but is not surprising given the ubiquitous prescribing of opiate based prescriptions by the so called medical profession.

        Although I agree you can come across some rude people, and there is a lot of racism in Australia, one of the good things I found about Australia is they are very friendly people, helpful, will do anything for you; and once they are your friend, they are your friend for life. This is a quality you no longer find in the UK.

      • Peter Jones October 20, 2016, 7:47 pm | Link


        For whatever reason, BobInOz is out on a bender to prove the place is a heaven on earth; maybe he wants the price of his property to go up since it’s in magic land, maybe he gets paid by the government or media to promote it – who knows. Maybe he is from a really bad place in England somewhere, with no family, and Australia to him really is better then there – again, who knows.
        I know what you are talking about education wise though – but you can’t tell Aussies the truth, they’ll just hate you for saying it (I suspect they know it themselves but it is against the social etiquette here to be telling the truth – your supposed hosts (not the real ones – aborigines) will otherwise get offended.

        • BobinOz October 20, 2016, 8:08 pm | Link

          I love the way you people ignore substantiated information, such as that I presented to you which was commissioned by the OECD and produced by economists Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, and instead try to pass off things that come out of the top of your heads (or that you hear from a friend of yours who is a nurse) as fact.

          It’s very amusing.

          Australia does not have one of the worst education systems in the world, that’s a fact.

          If you don’t like the OECD’s report, there are plenty of other sources that have concluded Australia’s education system ranks very highly in world terms. This one from MBC Times has Australia in 13th position, below the UK and above the USA. If you read the article, you will find that for each of the top 20 countries for education in the world they have given some facts.

          Fact and opinion are two very different things.

          • Peter Jones October 21, 2016, 2:52 am | Link

            Fully appreciate you have not experienced anything better and so cannot comprehend it – but the fact you haven’t doesn’t in any way preclude all of us who have from knowing it exists (or sharing those views).
            UK education is pretty mediocre as well btw, and so is American (Anglo world in general seems to be happy to treat people like they’re idiots – you guys do at university what was done in primary and secondary school in Eastern Europe). Studied at Oxford as well, so can tell you that much.

            • BobinOz October 21, 2016, 8:52 pm | Link

              It must be fantastic being you Peter, with that remarkable ability of yours to fully understand other people’s life experiences without ever having met them or without knowing anything about them.

              Did they teach you that at Oxford?

              • Mike October 26, 2016, 7:30 am | Link

                I wouldn’t stress too much Bob, everyone likes to think the place they know best is better than anywhere else. Sending kids to a private school is a matter of choice and some kids need that, in a state school children need to keep pace and be self motivated. In a private school the teachers will ride the students and spoon feed them and some students need that. Having been part of the education system in the US, UK, AUS and the middle east (during the slightly less volatile iran-iraq war era). The middle east actually had the best school of the ones I went to (note this is of the schools I went to) better than the school I went to in New York, better than The Reading school I went to, and sadly better than the state school I went to in Aus. However some schools are better than others, and the schools I went to did not stop me from landing a good job. On the Racism front it’s everywhere and it’s terrible. The worst I ever witnessed was in the middle east, followed by the US. In the UK I was in a white area so gypsies were the target, In Australia I have been a target by people that felt I shouldn’t live in their area, and have also witnessed the abuse that ignorant Australians of all colors attack each other with. No nation in the world is free of it and sadly without the advent of a non-human enemy I can’t see that it will ever change.

                • BobinOz October 26, 2016, 6:38 pm | Link

                  Ha ha, no, I’m not stressing at all Mike, I actually find some of the ludicrous statements made about Australia, and sometimes other countries, a source of great amusement. If somebody says something really quite ridiculous, like Australian education is one of the worst in the world, I feel compelled to disagree.

                  As you say though, no nation in the world is free of all of the problems we’ve mention here, I think each just has varying degrees of each of them. No country will ever be perfect.

              • Peter Jones October 28, 2016, 6:29 am | Link

                A lot more remarkable than being you and having a dig at someone else simply because they have more experience on the topic.
                Presuming you are blind to your own idiocy here?

              • Peter Jones October 28, 2016, 6:31 am | Link

                Also happen to be from a family of both parents being educators – I can’t tell you anything about playing rugby or sailing, but I can definitely tell you about education.
                Why that freaks you out will obvious to all – ever had much of it?

                • BobinOz October 28, 2016, 7:25 pm | Link

                  I am having a dig at you Peter because of the many assumptions you have made about me in your comments, and it’s good to see you have made yet another assumption by declaring that you have more experience on this topic than I do and yet you know nothing about me.

                  Thank you for amusing me further, I really appreciate it 🙂

                • Mike October 31, 2016, 5:24 am | Link

                  Pete – Sadly having parents that are educators doesn’t by extension make you an expert. I often wish science found some way for transfer of knowledge from parents to Children without the need for study..but those days are not yet here.

                  I come from a family of educators, doctors and engineers.
                  Mother, wife, 2 aunts, 4 cousins are teachers, lecturers and professors.
                  Father, 2 uncles and 2 cousins are engineers.
                  2 uncles and 3 cousins are doctors or surgeons.

                  Me I am just a geologist first of the family but that is where my expertise is..not education (though I myself did do education at college and teach for a time), not medicine though many in my family have that expertise, or even engineering (much to my fathers annoyance) what I can tell you from those fields is anecdotal evidence based on the experience others have had in their area of expertise. That evidence tends to come with their particular prejudice.

  • Ash October 5, 2016, 1:47 pm | Link

    Aus is not as dirty in fact it’s quite sterile and our obesity levels are lower than americas also we are in the top 20% for health care and our houses in the country side may be poor but we have regulation checks to make sure everything is okay as well as all that our neighbors are charming aswell as the neighbor hood that come together every year for a clean up!.

  • Franky September 29, 2016, 12:51 pm | Link

    Indeed Australia is a dump. No jobs, no innovation, police state, horrible sterile obese people. Massive government tiny population. Overpriced goods and services. Highest suicide rate, no one wants to be here in reality, they drink beer to drown the pain.

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 7:03 pm | Link

      You are talking rubbish Franky, Guyana has the highest suicide rate according to Wikipedia with South Korea in second. Australia is 63rd. We do like a beer, but it’s not to kill the pain. We just like it 🙂

      • Aussie Hater December 14, 2016, 6:01 pm | Link

        Bobby: Just one phrase: Wake in Fright”
        You will change your mind

        • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 9:47 pm | Link

          The title of an old Australian movie is going to change my mind about the suicide rate in this country? A movie? Movies aren’t real Aussie Hater.

    • jazzmaster February 4, 2017, 9:52 am | Link

      Well said Franky – that is the Truth!

  • Angus September 4, 2016, 3:10 pm | Link

    I live in Aus and these reasons are fake if u live in Sydney or Centeral Coast And Wollongong.Teenage people don’t attempt old people they don’t attack unless u steal their skateboard then ur dead.Secondly we don’t have to wear long sleeve pants and tops we all have tans exempts for baby’s.Thirdly our structures are safe all toilets clean and new we have made lots of progress with structures.And medical treatment is not a lot if u have madicate which every Australian has for themselves and kids
    That is all meh reasons.

    • BobinOz September 4, 2016, 11:30 pm | Link

      I think it’s fair to say that these reasons are also fake for everyone living in Australia, even those not in Sydney, Central Coast or Wollongong.

      And Angus, I won’t come anywhere near your skateboard, promise 🙂

  • Lea August 24, 2016, 3:56 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I like your blog, I believe many people do. I believe those who read your blog feel secured to send their queries and doubts. So as me.

    My daughter is 11years old now, she is going to year 7 next year. I would love to arrange her to Adelaide study if possible.

    My worry is will she be downgraded to year 6 in view of her age study in Australia ? Can she study in public school as a foreigner ? I am a homemaker, am I to be her dependent during her schooling there? How do I get PR if I dun have job there. My husband is in media publishing business, he will not come along in the beginning years, so that how much do I have to prepare for the school fee and living cost per year by living in Adelaide?

    Also, can you link me to related link that I can get more assistance from your services.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon. Great day ahead to you.

    • BobinOz August 24, 2016, 9:01 pm | Link

      Yes, these are questions that need to be answered by an expert in this field. May I suggest you have a read of my page about Student Visas and get in touch with the expert there for answers to these questions.

      Full instructions are on the page.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Ash October 5, 2016, 1:50 pm | Link

      Yes that should be fine

  • kevin August 22, 2016, 12:07 am | Link

    From my standpoint, someone who have been reading forums about how difficult it is getting use to the culture in Australia, I decided to leave my job and move to Sydney to experience it first hand. Well, what can I say? Students coming to Australia speaking only broken english and work their way up and became a branch manager. Some tempted the employer to underpay them, so they can land the job. I know, its the mentality that as long as they can land a job, that is all that matters. They won’t think about long term effect or anything else but themselves. There are also those who genuinely plan to migrate to Australia for better lifestyle (so they were told). Its pretty frustrating when days passes and no one seems to appreciate (or even bother) your skills that you can offer to the country. It is just so hard to understand why, it defies logic why doesn’t employers hire (or even call for an interview) candidates that have all the qualifications and qualities over someone who barely been in the industry for a year, or to be more obvious, someone with local experience. To be concise, you will hear the same excuse (a loop to be precise) it’s either you do not match what the employer requires (instead of saying you are over qualified) or you simply do not have the local experience. Well, yes, exactly what the employers are saying, that a one year fresh graduate with one year local experience is more suitable in performing a job compared to a ten to twenty years experience professional that just migrate to Australia. Now all the facts has been laid infront of me (which I believe, some might argue that it is untrue, and they have experienced differently… Obviously, because there is no way to generalised the whole of Australia…), stay, do something about it and stop complaining OR point out how horrible this place is and leave (realistically, why stay if it is really that bad?). In the end, choices that is made are not always the best for everyone. If it didn’t work out (haven’t work out for me at all) then, too bad and figure out what do we have to do to blend in, networking, study a short course and apply for internship (internship… yes… but with good capabilities, very sure will be at a managerial / senior executive position in a year or two) or whatever is best. I might not understand what specific individual might have gone through and may find what I am saying irrelevant or offensive, I apologise in advance. To me, whether a place is liveable or not, depends on respective earning capability.

    • BobinOz August 22, 2016, 4:22 pm | Link

      Your comment is clearly all about the difficulty in finding a job here, but I can assure you it’s not just new immigrants that are struggling to find work in Australia, these days many Australians born and bred are having the same trouble. See…


      Yes, it’s true to say that many employers say they are looking for ‘local experience”, but there are also many employers who don’t care about that, they are happy to choose the right person to suit the needs of their company whether they are newly arrived in Australia or not.

      Australia is not the only country where work is hard to get, so I don’t think we can singled this out as an Australian thing.

      • Ron October 11, 2016, 4:25 pm | Link

        With all respect, how can you deduce “so I don’t think we can singled this out as an Australian thing” from the text above?! Kevin never stated that anywhere. Actually, should I have read such comment a year ago, I would not have come in Australia in the first place. Everywhere, you can only find comments generous with praise. The 457 visa with many years of experience is useless when you’re not “local”. People are not treated equally here. And yes, it’s the same all over the world, but we are talking about Australia here…

        • BobinOz October 11, 2016, 11:52 pm | Link

          No, I know Kevin never stated that anywhere, but he is clearly complaining about the difficulty of finding work here in Australia. This website is about Australia. This particular post is about 10 reasons not to move to Australia. Kevin is stating the lack of work opportunities in Australia as another reason.

          I think it’s fair for me to say that this isn’t limited to Australia, there are plenty of countries where work is hard to find at the moment. And yes, it is a shame you didn’t read this comment year ago, or in particular the post that I referred to which was written in 2015.

    • Tim August 22, 2016, 5:58 pm | Link

      Yes Australia is ok but the people are nasty as hell in ragards to most people, just remember an a** hole that drives a white Range Rover with QLD rego R** *** or T** *** QLD rego number plate he is a coward but once approached will get frightened.

      • BobinOz August 23, 2016, 4:38 pm | Link

        I have edited some of your comment Tim for obvious reasons, but I’ve left as much of it as I can online simply because it is so ridiculously funny on so many levels.

  • William August 14, 2016, 12:42 pm | Link

    The expense and Australians in general. I assumed that Aussies were essentially ‘Brits with funny accents’. How wrong was I? They’re much more akin to Americans…..ones from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

    I’m fed up paying $10 a beer, lack of urgency with everything, lack of humour, lack of culture, lack of manners, lack of decent internet/mobile service and lack of living in 2016. This place feels like 1986 compared to just about anywhere else I’ve lived.

    • Daniel Black August 14, 2016, 3:23 pm | Link

      I totally agree with you about “paying $10 a beer (opportunistic rip-off), lack of urgency with everything (it is highly bureaucratic), lack of humour, lack of culture, lack of manners, lack of decent internet/mobile service and lack of living in 2016”. These are the most of the most obvious to my eyes for many years of living and studying in Australia!

    • Linda Ding August 22, 2016, 6:33 pm | Link

      What the hell are you doing? Prancing in the outback? If you want to experience Australia, how about you go to place where there are actual people?
      In all my years of living in Australia I have never experienced a single thing you said. Australia, as well as being traditionally Aboriginal (a 40000 old culture, one of the oldest anywhere), Australia is a culturally diverse country with people from everywhere.
      We cost a lot for beer because we have a lot of stupid people in stupid road accidents and we are trying to tone that down. How about you stop buying beer instead of blaming us for the high beer prices.
      The only purely racist people are our versions of rednecks (which by the way live way out in the outback) our corrupted politicians. Which we ignore because they can be easily pulled down.
      We were the first to invent Wifi and we gave to the invention to everyone else so don’t chastise us about bad internet connection.
      Finally, may I just say how rude it is to assume we are ‘Brits with funny accents?’ You obviously do not know anything about the British and assume they are tea-drinking scone-munching earls when in reality, they are the America of Europe. if you actually know what ‘Brits’ are like than you wouldn’t have been disappointed. Don’t come to us expecting biscuits and tea revolutions and get mad when we can;t lve up to your expectations.

      • Ron October 11, 2016, 4:14 pm | Link

        Thank you Linda for confirming the “lack of humour, lack of culture, lack of manners” 🙂

    • Robert September 13, 2016, 9:42 pm | Link

      I agree about lack or urgency. Have you ever tried having a parcel delivered? It will take almost a week for something to be delivered from Sydney to Melbourne. This is mostly because the delivery drivers could not care less and like to knock off at 3pm to go to the pub. They don’t care because they are on union wages and are protected.

  • Firefly August 1, 2016, 4:09 am | Link

    I’m Canadian, but have lived in Australia for two separate 6-month stints (once to study, and one failed attempt at a working holiday – let’s just say the holiday part went better than the work part). I’m married to an Aussie, and it looks like a move back over there may potentially be in the works as he’s graduating and looking for a job.

    And, well, obviously this guy’s being overly negative about some things, but I can understand some. I can tell you that one thing I love about Canada that you can’t have in Australia is the ability to go outside for more than 10-15 min without risking sun damage to your skin. I learned this the hard way the first time I went there – it was February, and that being winter in Canada, I didn’t have sunscreen & figured I’d just buy it there. I spent about an hour and a half outside walking to the mall and back, and in that time, I got a sunburn on my lower back so bad that it blistered, I could barely move for a week, and I had tan lines for like 2 years (no exaggeration). The strong sun and the heat are definitely reasons one may not like many parts of Australia (personally, if we do move there, I’m hoping to end up in Victoria, where it runs a bit cooler).

    The pests can be a legit reason to not like it as well. I can’t say I’m a fan of having to watch for cockroaches if I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom… or finding dead ones in your coffee machine…. or finding them in the suitcase you accidentally left unzipped on the floor. And spiders, spiders everywhere. I hate spiders, but I got used it, I guess. That doesn’t mean everyone will.

    Also, I actually laughed out loud about the bit where he said you were more likely to get attacked with glass. I used to go out dancing & for karaoke nearly every weekend, and I can honestly say that in the 6 months I studied there, I saw more fights involving broken drink bottles than I had seen in my entire life back in Canada (which is to say, I had never actually seen one in Canada, despite going out just as often).

    One thats’ not on the list that drives me nuts is that restaurants won’t split bills for your table, which is annoying, PLUS it results in you needing to carry cash all the time… and the fact that many houses don’t have proper heating can be a pain, cos it does get chilly in the winter.

    That said, there are lots of lovely things about Australia. Criticizing the people isn’t really fair – true, I found their culture to allow for more bluntness and value outgoingness much more than in Canada, which can take some getting used to (especially if you’re more introverted or sensitive). But it’s not really the end of the world. And I’ve met very many friendly, kind people there, many people who have been really open and welcoming.

    And living in Canada, there are things I do miss about Australia – walking along the beach and looking into the tide pools, all the cool birds and lizards, the abundance of flowering trees, cheap groceries at Aldi, and the widespread availability of good, cheap Thai food 😛 The lack of a 6-month winter is nice (I like winter, but where I live, it does last about 5-6 months, and often gets down to -30 or colder).

    I guess there are good and bad things about every place. Australia is no different.

    • Tom August 1, 2016, 9:39 am | Link

      I like apples

  • crikeym8 July 29, 2016, 1:55 pm | Link

    Well if so many dont like our 100% water and sewer quality, first world food quality, first world medical , first world legal and first world economic systems then we also have a first world ” get the … remainder deleted by admin.

    • Daniel July 30, 2016, 6:33 am | Link

      Well, people have different opinions! I believe that nothing lasts forever! Do you ever think that your superior attitude will bounce back to you one day? I’ll leave it to life from now!

      • BobinOz July 31, 2016, 9:46 pm | Link

        Crikeym8, you may notice that I’ve deleted the final two thirds of your comment. I know it must be frustrating for an Aussie who clearly loves this country, as I do as well, to listen to people who have come here from elsewhere slating it and putting it down.

        So I fully understand your desire to defend this country, you have that right, just as people have the right to say what they don’t like about Australia. What I don’t allow though, under any circumstances, are racist comments and that includes any comment that offers the advice of ‘go back to where you came from’ as you have, albeit rather more bluntly.

        Please feel free to defend Australia in these comments whenever you want to, but do always be sure to comply with my comment policy.

        • AussieNot July 31, 2016, 10:14 pm | Link

          Comment deleted by admin.

          • BobinOz August 1, 2016, 12:51 am | Link

            AussieNot, I’ve also deleted your comment, mostly for being repetitive and boring.

            You appear to have a hatred for Australia and Australians that is borderline racist, so if you wish to continue commenting, you’ll need to pull your head in. It might also help you to understand how we roll here if you were to read my comment policy. You do not have the right to pigeonhole all of the Australian people based on your limited experiences.

            This post has been up for some five or six years, it has over 600 comments, by and large we’ve managed to keep it lighthearted and jovial. It would be nice to continue on that way going forward, without all the hate.

  • AussieNot July 23, 2016, 7:14 pm | Link

    I wonder if Oz is becoming the new USA where people who live there are told they live in the best country in the world. The rest of the world believed this about the USA for decades. And then you visit there and you see how behind the USA is in everything. USA is an awful place to live with a low standard of living. Now Australia was probably great post WWII to the mid 90s. If you are a white male looking to make money etc. So my message is stop believing the BS. Australia is far from the best place in the world. Those days are long gone.

    • Swede July 31, 2016, 2:03 pm | Link

      I am a born and bred Aussie who lived in the USA for most of the past 25 years. Back in OZ for a while to look after my very ill sister. I have never experienced the low standard of living you speak about. All my children have had quality tertiary education and now have professional careers. We have a very nice (larger) house we built in 2008 for less than what you would pay for land in most outer suburbs in Australia. Food is much cheaper and we found health care to not only be great but also not expensive (despite what the media may tell you). Great natural wonders and beautiful places to visit. I live in the Rockies among some of the best snow on earth. If you visited the USA and found a low standard of living, you probably didn’t get out of LA. Get out and see the real USA.

  • AussieNot July 23, 2016, 1:05 am | Link

    I can easily give 10 reasons Not to live in Australia. We migrated when I was 7 and I basically got the hell out as soon as I could. Back to Europe for me. Sorry but Australia is a very rough place. Backward culturally. Racists. Expensive. Closed minded. I’ve lived in Australia most of my life and been to 30+ other countries so I have a fair idea what I’m talking about. A good place to migrate to in the 70s to make some money. Migrating there now is nothing short of financial and cultural suicide. Forget it.

    • Daniel July 23, 2016, 6:45 pm | Link

      Hi AussieNot
      Even though not all people are the same, I somehow agree with your opinion. Australia is beautiful but… I am not really sure about big cities like Sydney/Melbourne (I found people in Sydney very rude though), but in my place (Darwin), asians are not really respected and most decent jobs are given to white australians. I think its different everywhere!

      Yes, Australia is no longer a place to earn to money like it was in the past. I guess most people think Asians/other nationalities came here to take all their jobs for lower pays.

      If it weren’t for my parents and the money they have lost to my study here, I would have escaped it a long time ago. To me, Australian education is just satisfactory!

      • AussieNot July 23, 2016, 7:18 pm | Link

        You have to keep in mind that Australia is one of the most racists countries on the planet. The White Australian policy is for all intents and purposes alive and well. Not the best place to live if you are a woman too. Though most of the Aussie women are more masculine than the males in Europe.

        • Michael July 23, 2016, 10:24 pm | Link

          For a while now I’ve been looking for a way to get out of Sydney and possibly Australia all together ! Everyone around me seems to be happy telling themselves lies rather then dealing with reality !
          Everything is expensive, working 40+ hours a week is just enough to pay bills … I don’t want to spend the rest of my like in this rat race .. and I’m 25 now so better take action now..
          Any advice, tips on how to get out ?

          • BobinOz July 24, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

            I’m confused by your question Michael, ‘tips on how to get out?’ Is somebody holding you captive? Are the authorities preventing your freedom of movement?

            As far as I am aware, anybody with a valid passport is free to leave this country whenever they want.

            • AussieNot July 24, 2016, 9:30 pm | Link

              Michael here are my tips.

              1. Start up your own business which you can run from anywhere
              2. Find a place where you don’t pay any taxes
              3. Find a place where buying a house doesn’t require you to sell your soul.

              Australia doesn’t provide #2 or #3. You will make and save millions by following the above steps. If you are out of Australia 6 months of the year you don’t have to declare your worldwide income. I left Australia in 2007 basically penniless. Now I own a few homes, have no debts and can basically retire at age 47. I do live in the best country in the world and its definitely NOT Australia. I did have thoughts about taking my family to live in Australia but then found out the government wants to charge me $8000 AUD for the my wife’s visa. Stuff that. I also realized I don’t want my kids growing up in such an aggressive environment. My kids are sweet and will stay that way.

              • Michael Habib July 25, 2016, 6:31 pm | Link

                True no one is “holing me back” but it’s not easy to just pack up and leave ..
                For a while I’ve been cutting down on clutter (after reading http://www.theminimalists.com/ ) and doing some research on countries to move to and costs ..etc.
                I have few skills I can rely on; I’m a website & graphic designer ; I’ve exp in Form Work and Cunstruction ; and exp as a Barista doing all kinds of Latte art .. I’m also willing to learn new things and get my hands dirty so making money shouldn’t be a problem.
                My main concerns are:
                – Which countries should I move to ? somewhere with cheap lands, low/no tax, English used as 1st/2nd language and no laws restricting migrants from buying land and/or property… If I can find this, I will be out of here by the end of the year .. my things are packed .

                • AussieNot July 25, 2016, 6:44 pm | Link

                  You might want to look at Spain as land is very cheap and the cost of living is very low. You will need to pay tax on worldwide income however. The UK is another option as they have a non-dom status for worldwide income. If it needs to be an English speaking country I don’t think you’ll have much luck. Low tax countries include Uruguay, Panama, Caicos Islands (English Speaking), Bahamas (English Speaking), Cayman Islands (English). Most of those are zero tax.

                  • Berto August 12, 2016, 12:38 am | Link

                    Hi AussieNot,

                    I don’t get it. As a Spaniard that is trying to take the opportunity that my company is giving me to live and work in Australia your comment comes as a surprise. Land in Spain cheap? Where? Spain is only cheap in places without good jobs. Don’t forget our low wages, long working hours and expensive housing! C’mon, what Spain are you referring too? Should we discuss unemployment in especial for people under 30s?

                    I’m trying to move to a country where my children have a good opportunity to live… and here in Spain is not easy at all.

                    • BobinOz August 12, 2016, 9:21 pm | Link

                      Berto, AussieNot has clearly had a bad experience here in his view, rest assured though, most people who come here end up loving it. If you are moving over here with your company, I assume that means you have a job to come to, so that’s the biggest hurdle taken care of.

                      I’m sure you and all your family will have a great life here in Australia. Good luck with your move, Bob

                • Frank July 25, 2016, 11:49 pm | Link

                  Well, I never thought that I would recommend this. But what about Texas, USA? The housing is very affordable and taxes are extremely low. Plus jobs are plentiful. Of course, there’s the gun culture and backwards right-wing thinking (republican Trump lovers). And there’s no single-payer health care system. Either you have to get a full time job that will give you insurance ( that they deduct from your paycheck), or get on Obamacare. But overall, it should be quite affordable for you to live there.

                  • AussieNot July 26, 2016, 12:50 am | Link

                    USA is an interesting choice and yes Texas would be a good option. Plenty of Internet related jobs etc. There is no obligation to take out health care right? Just fly back to Australia if you have something major. I lived in Florida for a couple of years and can tell you the service side of things is amazing. Amazon alone is enough for me to want to live in the USA. The restaurants in Dallas are amazing. Not sure how you would go getting a visa into the country though. The other option is to live the PT lifestyle and stay only 3-4 months in each country.

                    • Frank July 26, 2016, 1:35 am | Link

                      Well, if you were to find a full time job, your health insurance would be provided by them, via a deduction from your salary. Otherwise, unfortunately, Obamacare would be mandatory to have. That is part of what has made it so controversial. They’ll get you at tax time if you’re not signed up to Obamacare. But I believe it’s about 1-3% of your yearly salary. But yes, Texas has excellent food. And the best Mexican food in the US! And you’re also correct about Amazon. My wife is an Australian citizen, but we have both decided to stay in the US because she’s a self published author and uses Amazon to sell her books. Plus the Internet is much more advanced here in the US than it is in Australia. At least that is what she’s found when we were thinking of moving to Australia at one time. It was more feasible and cheaper to just stay here.

                    • AussieNot July 26, 2016, 4:31 am | Link

                      I think you made the right choice Frank. Being able to order basically anything online and have it delivered to your door the next day is amazing. It will never happen in Australia. The prices of goods and services in the USA is also significantly lower than Oz. Just about everything is better in the USA though the yanks love Australia too. They’ve bought the marketing spiel. Oz is a great place to visit don’t get me wrong. To live there though? I’d put it at about #25 behind a lot of other countries.

                    • Frank July 26, 2016, 8:54 am | Link

                      To have stuff delivered quicker you have to move to Amazon. Lol. I hope you’re able to make the big move soon. You could probably get a working visa and eventually work your way to become a permanent resident or even share dual citizenship with Australia.

                    • Marko October 21, 2016, 12:23 pm | Link

                      Funny how Mr. Australia Sucks is advising you to come live in Texas but if you get seriously ill run back to Australia for the treatment. How hypocritical of him… Here is what you need to know about the good old US of A. If you are the kind of a person who wants to pay nothing to government and in return get nothing from the government then US is ideal for you. Bear in mind that this means everything falls on your back from healthcare to your children’s education, to life insurance, even who cleans the snow from your community’s roads. You will have a full control over your money, but you will be paying a lot for pretty much everything. The only thing not privatized here is police and firefighters although I am pretty sure that is next in line as soon as they manage to completely privatize social security and elementary education. That is the state of mind in USA, even among those who have nothing. I can’t tell you how many times I heard people who are on welfare say: “I like what Bernie Sanders is saying but I can never vote for socialist…” Indeed when you hear such stupidity uttered you can’t help but wonder where exactly is this amazing american education that everyone talks about and how did it completely miss these people.

                    • Frank October 22, 2016, 4:34 am | Link

                      You’re almost right about the US, Marko. The only thing you got wrong was the part of pay nothing get nothing. The fact of the matter is that we pay quite a bit in taxes, and then get nothing. That’s the truth of the matter.

        • Firefly August 1, 2016, 4:28 am | Link

          “most of the Aussie women are more masculine than the males in Europe.”

          That’s funny – a friend of mine had that exact same sentiment; he wanted more of a traditionally-feminine lady and had a hard time finding one. I can’t say this sentiment is untrue. But whether or not it’s so bad or not is really a matter of personal taste, I think.

          • BobinOz August 2, 2016, 12:43 am | Link

            Yes, I know what you mean, I thought Nicole Kidman was a bloke until somebody pointed out that she is actually a girl. Who knew?

        • john August 7, 2016, 7:54 pm | Link

          Jesus Christ this whole website is deluded. Why are you saying ‘everyone’ is a racist, that’s like saying Muslims are all in ISIS which they obviously not, the people that join ISIS are just extremest.
          Where’s the respect why do you have to make this page about how bad Australia is what about the positives, ever think about that.

          • BobinOz August 8, 2016, 5:17 pm | Link

            John ‘this whole website’ comprises of (currently) more than 1300 pages, maybe you should read some of them before you ask if I’ve ever considered the positives.

        • Hello August 11, 2016, 5:34 pm | Link

          The White Australia Policy was outlawed in the 70s. That was 40 years ago, in case you didn’t notice. 40 YEARS! I immigrated to Australia when I was 11 from Vietnam and was never subject to any racism whatsoever. Australia is a very accepting place and, at school and university, my peers wanted to learn about my culture and were fascinated by it and always respectful to my beliefs.

          • LastTime August 11, 2016, 5:56 pm | Link

            Wow I’ve NEVER heard of an immigrant having an experience like yours! They wanted to learn about your culture? I almost fell off my chair. I have a lot of Asian friends and for the most part they are the butt of jokes etc. I’d say you got lucky.

            • BobinOz August 12, 2016, 9:03 pm | Link

              Well LastTime, a.k.a. AussieNot, now you HAVE heard of an immigrant having a wonderful experience here. Incredible, isn’t it?

              Maybe your experience isn’t representative of all of Australia after all.

            • Mike August 13, 2016, 9:32 am | Link

              I think it depends on where you live and what you are doing, and if you are making fun of your asian friends or at least sitting there doing nothing about it or laughing along then you are part of the problem rather than the solution. I have lived in the US, be under no illusions parts of the US are horrifically racist, UK too, sadly I must say the least racist country I lived in was Bahrain not enough expats for people to exclude based on race. The locals were a different story Indians, Malaysians and Filipinos in particular were seen as the lower service class regardless of actual position and not worthy of respect. Tax was however low, English widespread.

  • ruby July 22, 2016, 11:48 am | Link

    australian houses are not bad
    and all of this information is lies

    • AUSTRALIA LOVER July 27, 2016, 10:45 am | Link


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  • Mark July 4, 2016, 10:15 pm | Link

    Incredible First off I should perhaps complain to you Bob Let’s face it Fred and some of the others would as I should have done some work about an hour ago but I started reading this and Im still reading it so in line with some characters on here Id be justified complaining I have not done my work. Before anyone thinks Im serious, reading some on here they might think I am. This is compelling reading this bit Jillaroo summed it up I think, but how so few can misread things misinterpret is incredible. Still that’s what keeps me in a job generally the odd bit of stupidity. Before anyone mucks this up anymore. This site Bob In OZ is about helping people come to Aus Fred on the other hand decided to try and put forward reasons for not going to OZ so Bob in the interest of free speech put his comments on here but its only one page, the rest of this website is about helping people get to OZ, Most it seems got it but a few didn’t and Id hate anyone else to not understand. Bob is only allowing someone else to say why not to go to Aus Those reasons why not to go seem inadequte. But just like Brexit from those in UK …Cameron gone Boris gone Farage gone Oh and Roy Hogson That would surely count in Freds eye of another incredibly related reason not to go to Australia Now this place in all reality is not the be all and end all as in Utopia If you find that let me now me an 200 million others will be there. In Australia the land is not free neither is the water but the weather the atmosphere the civility is. Houses are affordable living is affordable and salaries are good and I speak with experience of living in USA West Coast, Holland, UK and travelled extensively. This is a whole bigger website than this page.with some comments verging on the lunatic. If you are looking at coming to AUS do not read this page and judge its the website Its Not.

    • BobinOz July 5, 2016, 1:03 am | Link

      As I am sure you probably noticed Mark, I went to great efforts to explain in the above post that these were Fred’s thoughts, not mine. What I have realised, and learnt, since making this post in 2011 is that a lot of people don’t read everything, they skim read.

      So they ignore all the first boring bits without pictures and headlines and they start to engage (in the example of this post) after the nice bold orange headline about 10 reasons not to move to Australia. For that reason, they believe it has been written by me.

      What I hadn’t counted on though, is how much amusement that would give me. I love Australia, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, and yet we have a situation where many people think I hate the place. And I find that hugely amusing?

      No, I’m not sure why either, but I don’t think that matters, as long as I’m smiling 🙂

      As for Cameron, Boris, Farage and Hodgson, thank you for everything you’ve done for Britain/England, but please don’t come to Australia.

  • Jen June 27, 2016, 3:27 pm | Link

    OZZY AND PROUD! Good and bad in every race. In no way could I be racist, I work as a chef, with all ethnic backgrounds. It’s simple I hate everyone equally lol. Love AUSTRALIA MATE!! ??

    • BobinOz June 28, 2016, 1:27 am | Link

      Yes, correct, good and bad in every race. It really is that simple.

      Good on ya Jen 🙂

  • Chris June 26, 2016, 8:04 pm | Link

    Australia is only good in comparison to developing countries. As a 30 year old who was born in Sydney from immigrant parents all I can say is Australia is not good and not bad. The problem is the people are rude arrogant selfish with a colonial imperialist character. Not only ignorant dumb white Australians who know nothing about other cultures. But also other sneaky annoying Ethnic groups like Aboriginals or white Aboriginals who are desendents of the stolen generation who tend to be the rudest in Australia along with the arrogant recently arrived English, Irish and Scotish, then the decades ago Italians, Greeks, Lebanese, Turkish and the self hating Indians and Asians. All the ethnic groups I have mentioned above have slightly different characters from each other but all are considered unethical and disloyal when dealing with them as they are using false manipulative superficial attitudes when going to there business or when wanting something from you. As for the roads yes they are bad in comparison to other developed countries because of the weather and dodgy road workers not doing there job properly as an excuse to do the job again to earn more money. As for vehicle drivers driving with loud exhausts and four wheel drivers who like bullying people on the road they are all coward vehicle actions and they are not tough or intimidating at all. Other than that such as the people and racism. Life is very expensive in Australia especially Sydney were nearly all your income will get wasted on rent or mortgage, food, fuel for vehicles and income taxes. On top of that it depends who you are such as your ethnicity and which area or city you live in order to enjoy Australia. Generally Europeans in Australia have life very easy and comfortable by experiencing little or very minimal amounts of racism. But non Europeans such as Indians, Asians, Africans, Lebanese and other non European Ethnic groups experience life harder than people from northern European backgrounds who have settled in Australia. My adivce come to Australia for a vist only but don’t live here it’s not that pleasant or enjoyable.

    • BobinOz June 26, 2016, 11:31 pm | Link

      You complain about racism in Australia, and yet your comment is about the most racist comment I have on this entire website. That’s quite an achievement, I think I have somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 comments here at the moment.

      This thread just gets better and better. Thank you for adding to the entertainment.

      • Mike August 13, 2016, 9:48 am | Link

        I was assuming that Chris was being sarcastic, otherwise he has labeled all Australians but himself as racist I laughed the whole way through. Housing though is a sad sad state of affairs for people that are hell bent on living in places like Sydney. I feel for those people, when friends in Sydney tell me their 2 bedroom apartment cost them $650,000 and its great because it only takes 45mins to get to work..I do the rough calculation for 650,000 I could be living in a 6 bedroom house on the river front sipping my morning coffee on the back deck watching the river until 8:25 and still get to the office by 8:30 at which point I can wonder about the next trip I can go on with the money I had left over from buying the place that wasn’t a 2 bedroom Sydney apartment. Seriously on the racism front though, it’s all through the world, the problem being that an upper class Indian doesn’t notice it because it isn’t directed at them in India, a Chinese person in China doesn’t notice it because in China it’s directed at others.

        • BobinOz August 14, 2016, 6:42 pm | Link

          If Chris was being sarcastic, then yes, his comment is very amusing and well worth laughing all the way through. Unfortunately though, my suspicion is he was being deadly serious.

          Totally agree about living in Sydney, obviously some people are drawn to it, but for me it represents everything I moved to Australia to get away from. I live about 30 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD, yet I live in a large detached house more or less in the countryside for much less money than you have mentioned here.

          Sounds like you have found yourself quite a sweet spot as well.

    • Frank June 27, 2016, 3:46 am | Link

      I guess I would be affectionately referred to as a wog in Australia. At least that’s the term my wife and her family used to describe all non-Anglo Europeans. My dad is from Napels and my mom from Sicily. But in all seriousness, I’ve never exerperiemced any type or racism when I’ve been to Australia. My only disadvantage perhaps is just being American and having to explain George W. Bush or our gun epidemic. I’m sure if we are foolish enough to elect Trump as president, I’ll have to explain what the hell is wrong with us again.

      • BobinOz June 27, 2016, 11:54 pm | Link

        Well, I’m glad to hear that you haven’t experienced any kind of racism here in Australia, but I’m not surprised you’ve been given a hard time over George W Bush and I think it could get worse if The Donald gets in.

        That really would take some explaining 🙂

    • Anthony November 6, 2016, 8:20 am | Link

      Pretty spot on assessment, it’s a dark undercurrent that is extremely difficult to describe.

  • clorax bleech.... June 24, 2016, 10:01 am | Link

    hay….. you need friends. i havnt seen more inaccurate information since i saw an article on how donald trump supports Mexican massaging.

    drink me

    • clorax bleech.... June 24, 2016, 10:14 am | Link

      no literally, but seriously this is stupid

  • Daniel June 19, 2016, 7:38 am | Link

    After 4 years studying in Australia, I have come up with a conclusion – What makes me dislike Australia is the “Australian attitude” that most white Australians are having. As they don’t care about the outside world, they believe they’re superior to any other races/nationalities. I would say that they don’t know they’re taking everything for granted.

    Nethertheless, some Australians have been very kind and helpful to me and I really appreciated it. Not everyone is the same, actually.

    It’s true that Australia has a free healthcare system, higher salaries and cheaper education for local students (it’s a debt to the government though).
    As people rely on free healthcare, they don’t usually keep a health lifestyle with the belief that hospitals/doctors will fix everything for them. The higher the pay is, the more expensive your living costs become. I am pretty sure that Australian qualifications are not globally recognised like those from UK, US & Canada. Apart from wealth, the level of innovation and technology is quite limited.

    For me, free healthcare is not everything. If I am meant to get sick and die, no healthcare system can save me. However, I want a potential career and development. I want to live in an exciting culture, and travel. If I can choose to migrate to a country that I want, it will be England (London) or Canada. Definitely not the boring Australia.


    • BobinOz June 19, 2016, 11:54 pm | Link

      No innovation in Australia? Here’s what Brett Courtenay had to say about that to somebody else who thought the same.

      You may also like to read my post on Australian inventions…


    • Mike June 20, 2016, 8:51 am | Link

      UK has free healthcare….so suffers from the same problem you have indicated Australia suffers from. Australian qualifications are recognised overseas. As long as you get them assessed. Just like people coming from the UK, US and Canada get their qualifications assessed for many occupations here. Of course if you go to some private college or one of these new educational facilities that have turned up to make money of the uninformed..those aren’t even recognised in Australia. One thing I miss about being in the UK is travel, cheap travel.

    • MC June 21, 2016, 7:28 pm | Link

      America is the most obese nation, they no free health care, so it has nothing to do with healthcare but the culture of eating habits. Japan and Italy for explain have a much healthier and thin population. Yes, your qualifications are recognised and are linked with UK Universities and others. I’ve yet to meet some one who isn’t somewhat chauvinist about their race/ethnicity/nationality/sexuality/height/hair colour/etc…, but if you mean outright racism, I can’t say I’ve particularly seen any epidemic. And lastly Australia is just a nation with a small population and is young, so it’s innovation is dwarfed by nations like near by Japan who have over 5 times the population.

  • Boat June 17, 2016, 3:53 pm | Link

    I totally agree with what you wrote BobinOz. I went to High school and Univeristy in London for many years before I decided to move to Melbourne. I know I should not compare the cities but they both are totally incomparable. I visited Sydney Last month but still…. did not like it that much. I am Asain and being not racist here or anything but Australia is basically China, especially in Sydney. just being trustful. For me. I am kinda feeling like living in China but spending my living cost in London. Now I am doing postgrad in Melbourne but not sure if i would like to leave the country before. And its not only looking alike China, There are so many things i find not worth living in Australia.

    • BobinOz June 17, 2016, 7:51 pm | Link

      I think what you are actually saying Boat is that you agree with Fred. The 10 reasons why not to move to Australia were all thought of by Fred but just presented by me here for discussion. Fred said some strange things, but I don’t think he said that Australia is basically China.

      Maybe I can add that to the list is another reason?

  • Gemma June 15, 2016, 11:07 am | Link

    OMG. what is this crap. you have never been to Australia or you would know that it is fantastic. i am now 43 years of age and I am currently a brain surgeon. Australia is a wonderful country and has way more positives than this guy is mentioning. It is ridiculous how some people can be so jealous of a wonderful country you rude ignorant person!!!!!

    • Frank June 15, 2016, 12:53 pm | Link

      While I’m not disagreeing with you, I’m pretty sure that being a brain surgeon would give you a wonderful life in most first world countries.

    • Daniel June 19, 2016, 5:35 am | Link

      I agree with Frank. You feel awesome with your life because you’re a brain surgeon. If you’re me or someone else, well… Not sure if you can be proud like that. In this case, being extremely lucky really counts…

      • BobinOz June 19, 2016, 10:47 pm | Link

        You do not get to be a brain surgeon by being extremely lucky. It takes a lot of hard work. What doesn’t require any work is being a whinger. Anybody can do that, for example you, or someone else, with no effort whatsoever.

        • Daniel June 19, 2016, 11:19 pm | Link

          Hi BobinOz
          So you believe that hard work will always lead to success?
          And you think I have never made any effort to become better in life?
          Thanks for your advice!

        • Frank June 20, 2016, 3:01 am | Link

          While I appreciate the faith you have in all of us, I don’t believe that just anyone can become a brain surgeon. Of course, I’ve never tried, but a person needs to have a very high degree of intelligence to become one. It’s not rocket science..but…. perhaps it’s close to or equal to it. 🙂

          And speaking for myself, I would do anything to move Australia. To me the affordable healthcare, and actual gun control where there is not a mass shooting everyday like there is here in the US makes me want to pack my bags and move. But my wife, who is an Australian citizen, is a independent and published author. She says the Internet technology in the US makes it easier for her to get her material published. So I guess the Internet technology in Australia is lagging a bit behind?!

      • Mike June 20, 2016, 8:43 am | Link

        I am glad I am not a brain surgeon, long hours, high insurance..sure the pay is good but I like my time off. I have a great life in Australia, sure my house isn’t massive, that comes in a year or two when my wife and I upgrade. However I don’t know that luck has much to do with it, unless you are saying being born intelligent is luck but that is really more genetics.

    • Moga September 12, 2016, 10:34 pm | Link

      I smell a rat here. As far as I know ‘Brain’ surgeons don’t call themselves brain surgeons. They call themselves ‘Neurosurgeons’. Gemma, are you sure you are a ‘Brain Surgeon’.

  • Will June 3, 2016, 2:24 pm | Link

    Obviously you haven’t been to Australia, next time write a better website about how your a retard and next time sound more believable.
    P.S. Go to Australia and you will see what it is like

    • BobinOz June 3, 2016, 9:37 pm | Link

      Well, I’m not sure who you are talking to Will, but I write this ‘website’ and I’ve lived in Australia for eight years now. Fred, on the other hand, who contributed the content to this single page on my website maybe did or maybe didn’t live here, we will never know.

      But that’s all part of the fun.

  • Zadah Wakefield May 31, 2016, 6:39 pm | Link

    This is absolute crap! I live in Australia and I am soon attending the worlds second best university in SA and let me tell you it’s sure not free ! And if your worried about radiation , Australia has never ever had any dangerous radiation mistakes as we don’t even have any power plants here , are housing is in credible !! And amazing ! In fact we have the second best houses in the world!! , you can’t get any better than the Adelaide hills and the Murray river a stud golden coast !! Don’t trust this website it is soooooooooo untruthful , Australia is a gourgeous place . The only bad thing is how hot it always is ??

    • BobinOz May 31, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

      No, this is a wonderful website, full of lots of great, truthful and positive information about Australia. It’s just this page, but then if you had read it properly, you would know that. Never mind…

      • MB8626 September 16, 2016, 8:51 am | Link

        I would like to build you a wall…a brick wall…all of your very own….so you can openly and whole heartedly bash your head on it every time a comment gets uploaded that proves the page, nor your website, has been read, mulled over or digested completely!
        You have the patience of a saint, in this deluded messed up and haphazard world of internet forums/comment sessions.
        Keep strong! ??

        • BobinOz September 16, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

          Thank you, but any chance you could pad that wall? It’s just that I think I might use it quite a bit, and padding would make such a big difference. 🙂

  • Shaun Favell May 28, 2016, 4:40 am | Link

    I think think that it is very important for anyone consider moving their lives to Australia to consider both sides of the coin. This site is very informative, but is also often heavily biased in favour of Australia, which is fine as long as people perusing realise that.

    I, and many others, found Australia not not be the Utopia many would have had us believe it is, and since leaving nearly 18 months ago have continued to research the pros and cons of returning, and still find Australia to be less attractive than the UK in many ways. I even developed a scoring system that gave 3 points for the UK, 0 for Spain, and -8 for Australia. Look around the net, there is a ubiquitous amount of quantitative data that can be found, for example Australia does have one of the highest costs of living in the world, and Numbeo rates the quality of living in Brisbane lower than in Sheffield, and interestingly rates the climate in Southampton better than Brissy too. Before I get berated on these points, please realise that there are horses for courses, and although many of you may prefer the hot humid ozone-less climate of Australia to the UK, many others don’t, and there’s a fair chance people viewing this site deliberating won’t either.

    My own observations working in health care saw more violence, more drugs, and a worse health care model than the UK, despite it having more money. Criticism of Australia (even constructive) from anyone, especially a non-Australian, is not welcomed at all so unless you want to say Straya is awesome, keep stum. I got slammed badly for suggesting that KFC in both countries (UK and Oz) was junk food, and whatever you do, don’t criticise the chocolate no matter how bad you think it is.

    While Australia has many positives that have been explored ad infinitum here, please realise that it also has many negatives. If Australia was such an obvious Utopia it wouldn’t have such a significant skills shortage despite a declining population growth since 2009.

    I think the case in point is this: There are Brits in Oz that wouldn’t go back, and there are Aussies in the UK that wouldn’t go back neither. There is no clear cut best for anyone, and I urge anyone considering Australia to also look hard (if not harder) at the negatives and make an informed decision that is right for you, and only you.

    Good luck!

    • Frank Accardo May 28, 2016, 2:07 pm | Link

      We were considering a move to Australia, as my wife is an Australian citizen. But the housing is way too expensive, and therefore, unaffordable to us. Sad, because we love everything else about Australia. But we have to be realistic. We can get five times as much house in the US, for five times less. Don’t get me wrong, we love that there is actual gun control and affordable healthcare in Australia, but what good is that if you don’t have a roof over your head?

      • BobinOz May 30, 2016, 2:51 pm | Link

        Shaun – Yes, I think it’s very important for anyone to consider both sides of the coin as well, that’s why I set up this website; to help people make an informed decision. You say my website is heavily biased in favour of Australia, it’s not, it is influenced entirely by my opinion and experiences since moving to Australia from the UK.

        If there is something I don’t like about Australia, I write about that, it just so happens that mostly I really like this country. What you will also find on this website are thousands and thousands of comments where everybody, like yourself, is free to offer their opinion just as you have done here. And you are entitled to your opinion, same as I’m entitled to mine.

        Frank – I think it’s a little bit of a stretch to suggest that housing in Australia is that much more expensive than it is in US, unless, of course, you’re talking about house prices in Detroit :-). I can currently buy a very large four-bedroom detached house in a Brisbane Metro suburb for around $500,000 (and for much less than that if I want to go rural), are you really suggesting that you can buy a house five times as big as that for the equivalent of around (at current exchange rates) $72,000 USD?

        I really don’t think so.

      • Zadah May 31, 2016, 6:46 pm | Link

        If your wife is an Australian citerzen than she would have a house there so you could just live with her !! This is also crap!!

        • BobinOz May 31, 2016, 8:31 pm | Link

          Every Australian citizen has a house in Australia? Really? That’s marvellous!

        • Daniel June 19, 2016, 5:45 am | Link

          Hi Zadah
          I hope you know what you are saying. It’s possible to have a house in Australia but not anyone can afford it right away. Most of us have to work really hard for years (even 20 years or more) to pay for our mortgages. However, it does not mean houses are available to everyone. Australia is not utopia/heaven. I hope this helps with your understanding 🙂

          • Zadah November 18, 2016, 1:23 pm | Link

            THERE IS THIS THING CALLED RENTING!! hope that helps your understanding 🙂 BTW I LIVE HERE I THINK I KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT IT THAN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUCK IT

        • Frank June 20, 2016, 3:40 am | Link

          So it’s that impossible for your mind to comprehend that my wife, who’s from Australian, and is still an Australian citizen, lives here in the US with me? Zadah?

  • someone May 17, 2016, 2:26 pm | Link

    Dont move to australia then you heartless doggs

  • Jillaroo May 8, 2016, 9:20 pm | Link

    Bob, I’ve got to tell you. About midnight (UK time) last night I came across this post (had read it before however not the comments in any particular detail). There I was, a good hour later under the covers (to not wake the husband) trying to snuffle out the smirking noises, giggles and right out roaring laughter at the comments.

    I adore how so many posters mixed up your/Fred’s comments and the arguing that ensued. The rip roaring laughter however sprung loose and echoed across the town when I read about the about the kangaroo eating the “rosses” and getting wombats stuck under the car.

    Seriously, who needs therapy. Just spend an hour reading the comments and laughter is all you need.

    Seriously funny.

    • BobinOz May 10, 2016, 12:09 am | Link

      Yes, therapy, I think you might be onto something. I was definitely feeling a bit down when I (with the help of Fred) wrote this post, but since then, I’ve been really really happy 🙂 This could be big. I need a name for it though, something that will catch on, maybe ‘The 10 bad things’ technique?

      There are some real corkers in here, as you say, the kangaroo eating the “rosses” was a classic, but it’s even funnier than that, because he actually got “wonbats” under his car. I missed that the first time I read it.

      But my favourites are when people make ridiculous comments about Australia and then post again using a different name to agree with themselves. I’m thinking of Barberode/Henry along with possibly D.Graham and Candy/Mali. Great fun. And that so many people think I am Fred just makes it even more amusing.

      This is, without doubt, my favourite comment thread on the whole website. I’m glad it has tickled you as much as it tickles me Jillaroo.

      Cheers, Bob

      • Jillaroo May 10, 2016, 12:59 am | Link

        That’s the thing with the internet…. you’ll always find someone who disagrees, or agrees and anyone can almost post anything they wish to. Majority are keyboard warriors with nothing else to do!

        I think your website is great. You don’t have to defend your enjoyment of Australia to anyone and it’s great to see someone from abroad making a great life for themselves and their family out there. Here here to more of it.

        With regards to people using different usernames .. don’t they realise you can see their IP addresses! heh heh… just shows the ‘keyboard warriors’ complete idiocy.

        • BobinOz May 10, 2016, 9:50 pm | Link

          That people do disagree about so many things does make the world a much more fun place though, and people using different usernames makes it even more fun. Here’s to those warriors with a hat tip to Fred who is a leader in that field 🙂

  • Ned April 21, 2016, 10:41 pm | Link

    You said not to swear, so I have to keep this clean. This despite the fact that you left out “swearing” as one of the reasons not to move to Australia… cos we love our swearing.. Now: this has been one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read… I can’t believe that some people actually took you seriously…

    • BobinOz April 22, 2016, 7:07 pm | Link

      The verdict is still out as to whether Fred was serious or not, I don’t think any of us will ever know for sure. Of course, I’ve asked him, but why would he give me the right answer?

  • Ashleigh April 21, 2016, 6:16 am | Link

    Bro, there is not A SINGLE university in Aus which is free. It’s a similar system to the US and UK, you have to pay thousands of $ in tuition, but you take out a HECS loan from the government, once you earn a certain amount then it’s automatically taken out of your wage. It’s not cheap like American universities. A cheap Bachelor of Arts can easily go over $30 000 and this is at a public not well ranked university in the Brisbane suburbs. If you go to a higher ranked one, say in the top 10 in the country, or a private one, expect to rack up a looooot more. This is just in the social sciences – one of the cheapest degrees, business, engineering, environmental science and even education can be a loooot more. The highest I’ve heard of is an aviation student having to pay $120 000 for his bachelor at a not well known university in the forest, imagine if it was ANU. And a masters degree? expect around $20 000 or more for just a year of study at any university.

    The rape thing as well depends on the university location and they don’t usually occur on campus but near the university as they walk home – day or night. This is generally because there are a lot of nature trails (that may be shortcuts home) but due to Australia’s small population they are not as frequently visited as a foreigner may assume so all sorts of things happen (also where many murders occur). Universities are often proudly beside national parks if they have quality environmental studies or want to be seen as a ecological uni. Others in the city could be near bad areas of cities, such as the University of Sydney is next to Redfern (not the safest area). The uni’s themselves have security guards and cameras, and tend to be safe at night (idk what happens if you walk around at 3am though, but why would you want to?).

    As for schooling children, yeah thats free, but you still have to pay for the manditory uniforms, text books, sometimes computers, and general school fees for the use of equipment in certain classes, such as cooking equipment or wool for sewing in home economics or the borrowing of equipment for sports.

    And I don’t know where this Fred guy lived, but while he’s right about our medical system being a bit weird (but quite similar to Europe), and yes you will have to wait all night in the ER if you have a headache or a cold (because this is a waste of time for doctors when you can take paracetamol), but a broken leg or painful chest will be seen within the hour, our medical facilities, experience and level of care is among the best in the world, and I encourage anyone worried about medical treatment to not worry about this, they are legit super professional, have painfully high standards for nurses and doctors, and are usually up to date with the latest technology. This of course costs you a lot (and I mean A LOT), but its very high quality.

    Teenagers attacking people? yeah so this happens in the lowest socioeconomic suburbs where teens dont finish school, have bad parents and have a drug addiction and a couple of kids before their 16th birthday, but this is an extremely small percentage and is anything but the norm. Where on Earth did this Fred guy live? The most bogan area’s of the country? Teens are more likely to help elders cross the street than push them. And yeah some of these teenagers do get money from the government, the ones in poorer households, and its a very small amount, which many parents expect them to pay rent and public transport (super expensive) with, or the parents just steal it.

    the comment about the people being aggressive and wanting a fight, dont even get me started, I ask again, did he live in the most bogan community in the country. Australians are big teddy bears, unless they’re drunk.

    The housing? again, did he live in the land of bogan?

    The gas thing is legit….if you don’t live in a city, which majority of the population do, while our train and bus infrastructure sucks, we have a large widely used, frequent and successful plane network. Otherwise yeah this point is right

    The one about the pests is dead on too, though in winter there is some respite unless you live in the north.

    and man the UV thing, you get burnt walking 10 minutes to the bus stop or train station, that sun is no joke, stay at home.

    Life is horribly expensive… you get a good wage compared to other countries, but for the cost of living its not enough. Australia is a country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or leave.

    • EllyMae July 27, 2016, 1:29 am | Link

      Just to correct you on the cost of university in the USA: the actual average cost is closer to $30,000.00 per year as the majority are designed for students to live on (required for first year students) or around campus and not at their parent’s home. (The numbers on the internet typically don’t include these extra cost that is required by the majority, they sugarcoat it by only averaging out tuition and “fees” for all institutions giving more of an apple to orange comparison.) Add to the ridiculous 4/5 year system that other countries do not have and you are looking at approximately $90,000 on average for a 4 year degree or more if extended beyond that. This design adds greatly to the overall cost! A $30,000 overall university education sounds like a dream to my wallet, what an amazing savings I would have had with my daughter’s education, ha! The dynamics in the Australian university system are much better for students being able to get a good start after graduating for those that need federal loans. Our student debt load (bubble) is overwhelming our system and students that can’t afford to pay them off! I’d say that’s a plus for the Aussies Fred!

  • Prab April 20, 2016, 12:32 am | Link

    It’s been a year since my arrival here. I arrived here with a job and have jumped to another even without a residency at the time.
    I like how Australians play it down in general.
    What am happy with and what really bothers me?
    I’m happy with the culture of exchanging ideas on what to do over the weekend or how to barbecue the meat. I love it whenever we all have drinks and chill out. I love the nude beaches. I love it when people use gender neutral language such as partner instead of wife/husband. I love the way people give importance to fitness. Just because there’s free health care doesn’t mean that people eat away high calorie food. In fact, it’s the contrary. Free health care promotes people to be healthier. The environment is more collaborative than competitive. People have never asked me what religion I follow, which is a very common question asked in America.

    What I don’t like?
    A colleague told me he found a house in a certain suburb. I asked him if the owner was Asian. Instead of saying that the owner is Caucasian, he told me that the owner was Oz. This mentality of tagging Oz as Caucasian is what most people are insensitive about. Now, don’t ask me why I asked if his owner was Asian!
    The cost of healthy products are much higher than unhealthy ones.
    If an article is spreading on social media about the benefits of avocado, then the immediate effect of that would be a rise in the prices – $4/avo. Similarly, gluten free food is expensive. Really, the government must either control such pricing or provide a tax benefit for us not burdening the healthcare system. I struggle to understand why healthy goods are highest priced. I’d argue the contrary. If unhealthy food is priced high, then everyone eats healthy food and overall burden on healthcare will be reduced, eventually phasing out unhealthy food from the markets. Just akin to how cigarettes are priced high.

    The quality of life is bonza.

    Overall, I love Oz and am waiting to become a proud citizen.

  • Emily Schinella April 16, 2016, 10:15 pm | Link

    Our healthcare is bad? Please! Go see how great America’s is.

    • BobinOz April 18, 2016, 5:28 pm | Link

      Very true, I’ve been most impressed with the Australian health care system since I’ve been here.

  • laloli April 13, 2016, 8:58 pm | Link

    Baaad, bad people, you say two kinds; in other words: mooslims & arabs. BOOH-YAAAAHHHH! 😛

    PS: ” visit Fred’s blog”… yet fails to hyperlink it anywhere these words are typed.
    LMAO.. LAME-O!!

    • BobinOz April 14, 2016, 12:00 am | Link

      If only you had read the update, then maybe you wouldn’t have made such a fool of yourself.

  • Yogesh March 26, 2016, 7:48 pm | Link

    After staying in Australia for 2 years… I have a few observations. This is just my personal opinion and experience. These points may not be applicable for others.

    1. Insisting on Local Work Experience: I have Aussie companies insisting that applicants need to have Local Aussie Experience. If the applicant is a migrant, then this is discriminatory and not practical. Its a vicious cycle. If they do not give migrants a job… then how on earth you will have local experience. A bit funny in today’s globalized world.

    2. Selective Law Enforcement: Police and other law enforcement agencies, tend to avoid any kind of interaction with people of certain religious and regional background. (I will live the group and their names to reader’s intelligence). Even if the culprit is a habitual offender, police turn a blind eye.

    3. Super-expensive Child Care: Most young families… who are in their late 20s, early and mid 30s… have to spend nearly 25% of their earnings on child care. This punches a big hole in their finances for 4 to 5 years per child per family. Government need to start consultative discussions with all stakeholders and ensure child care cost is brought down.

    4. Ultra-Expensive Housing: The housing cost is out of reach for most families. If you are single earning household, then it is really difficult even a buy a 2-bed unit. Real Estate in Sydney and Melbourne is too hot… because of overseas investors who buy Aussie real estate by looking at the property on Skype. I don’t call them investors, I call them Speculators.

    5. Restaurant food is Good, but again expensive: The quality of restaurant in Oz is really good, but again expensive mainly because of expensive real estate, rents and then minimum wage rule implementation.

    I have only highlighted points affecting average individuals… Hopefully I will learn more about this beautiful country.

    • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 5:20 pm | Link

      Interesting points, here’s my view.

      1. Yes, I’ve heard of this, but it also seems to me that once somebody has landed that first job and got the local work experience, then they find it much easier to find further jobs later on. So I don’t think it’s racism, I think it is genuinely that a lot of employers prefer to see local work experience. Some don’t care though, and that’s where you can get a step up on the ladder.

      2. I’m not really aware of this and I haven’t seen any examples of what you’re talking about.

      3. The figures you mention seem extremely high to me, but again I have no experience, we have not needed to put our daughter into childcare.

      4. Yes, foreign investment is a bit of a problem particularly in Sydney and Melbourne and it has driven up prices. I’m in Brisbane though, I find housing cost here on a par with the UK and you certainly get a much bigger house for your money than you could ever get in England. I think the problem you mention is pretty much restricted to selected areas of Sydney and Melbourne.

      5. I recently had a holiday in the US and eating out in restaurants was dearer there than it is here in Australia, mostly because in the US it’s rude not to tip at least 20% where as here in Australia tipping just isn’t a thing.

      Sounds to me from your final sentence that you have maybe not been here very long, I do know that some things including prices can seem a bit of a shellshock when you first arrive, they certainly did for me. Then, when you adjust, and realise that earnings potential is much higher here and that some things are cheaper, you realise it all works out.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Moto man March 8, 2016, 5:45 pm | Link

    That’s all a lie Australia is a Beautiful Country the land of the free home of the Great barrier Reef much more this is just a Another bunch of bull you fine on the Internet

    • BobinOz March 8, 2016, 8:32 pm | Link


    • laloli April 13, 2016, 9:01 pm | Link

      Seriously, bitch! ” land of the free home of the Great ” hey bitch! That’s USA!

      HA!HA! Envy much)? 🙂

      • BobinOz April 14, 2016, 12:15 am | Link

        What an amazing misquote, he didn’t say home of the great, he said “home of the Great Barrier Reef” which is, of course, absolutely correct. I’ve changed my mind since my response to your other comment above, you really are quite capable of making a fool of yourself under all kinds of circumstances. Congratulations.

  • paige March 7, 2016, 2:08 pm | Link


    • BobinOz March 7, 2016, 5:30 pm | Link

      That really should have had a comma in there somewhere, just to make the meaning clear. Otherwise it could be:

      Lies, I tell you lies


      Lies I tell you, lies


      • LOL!!! November 18, 2016, 10:13 am | Link


        • BobinOz November 18, 2016, 5:18 pm | Link

          Yes, it is, and no, I’m not 🙂

          • NotTooLate December 14, 2016, 6:05 pm | Link

            Are you ok with living in Australia? or did you have to create this website to try to reassure you that you made the “right choice”? You can still get outta there. It’s not too late, Mate
            You will probably answer in a sarcastic way that will speak loads – which is what was already figured out above. It’s amusing, Bobby. But still not too late to get outta there!

            • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 9:52 pm | Link

              Thank you, I am aware that I am not being held hostage here and of the airports sprinkled around this country which can take me to other places. I’m staying put though, because I have already made the right choice.

              Does that make sense to you?

              Or do you really prefer to believe that I hate it here in Australia, so in order to justify my move, I stay for 10 years and write about it website saying how great the place is. Secretly though, inside, I’m miserable, really miserable.

              If that does make more sense to you, you go with that, I’ll go with mine.

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