July 2017

Australia’s Economy: CommSec’s State of the States Report July 2017 thumbnail

If this were a horse race, the commentary as they crossed the line would probably go something like this: "NSW romp home having led from start to finish, gallant effort by Victoria towards the end to grab second slot. ACT simply ran out of legs after a promising start. There's a bit of a gap [...]

Australia Compared with the US, UK, India and Canada for… thumbnail

How safe is Australia? How reliable are the police here? What about the drinking water? And healthcare? Where is Australia on internet and communication technology? How does the labour market compare with other countries? Is Australia as expensive as I'm told it is? What is Australia like for environmental sustainability? Okay, there are a lot [...]

How Do Brisbane’s Winters Compare with London’s Summers? thumbnail

In a post last week I complained about the cold, and asked Australian Winters: How Cold Can They Get? If you read that article, you will know that I was in Kingscliff in northern New South Wales walking along the beach... As bright and sunny as it looked though, it was quite a crisp day [...]

Kingscliff

I've just spent a short weekend, as opposed to a long weekend, (just Friday afternoon and part of Saturday) down at Kingscliff, a seaside town in northern New South Wales. This is how it looked on the Saturday, that's Saturday, 1 July 2017. July is, of course, the middle of winter here in Australia. Here [...]

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