There’s a bit of a hullabaloo going on here in Australia at the moment about tax on petrol which is due to rise on November 10th. When that date arrives I will have lived here in Australia for seven years, barring for just four days. In all that time, I’ve never heard any mention of [...]

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One of the main concerns for anyone considering moving to Australia, especially those who aren’t so young, is the cost of health services here. As you know, we had a federal budget not so long ago which I wrote about in my post The Misery Index 2013: a Response to Australia’s Budget. Top of my [...]


On Monday we had the Better Life Index in my post Reasons to be Cheerful: Part Three which is about listing the happiest countries in the world. Australia romped home on that one for the fourth year running. So, that’s it then, Australia = happy. Or does it? Let me introduce you to… The Misery [...]


When considering a move to any country, whether it’s Australia or elsewhere, it’s a good idea to be aware of the country’s economical standing. Have they got their finances in order or not? Well, we know there are quite a few countries that haven’t. Ireland, USA and the UK seem to be in an apparent [...]


Tomorrow, here in Australia, it’s budget day. So, how’s that going to go for us? Well, two years ago I wrote a post called BobinOz’s Probably Wildly Inaccurate Australian Budget Special 2011. I’m sure you remember reading it and I’m also sure you no doubt remember that in it our Treasurer, Wayne Swan, said his [...]


I’ve written quite a few posts about beer… Australia’s Best Beers and Lagers by BobinOz The Price of a Night Out With the Boys Lights, Heavies, Mids and Schooners Explained Cost of Living in Australia: Alcohol. This Week: Beer Australia Versus England: Beer and Pubs Cheap Australian Beer Anybody? … to name but a few. [...]


I say that because I didn’t watch the budget or listen to it in any shape or form. Let’s face it, they can be a bit boring. I’ve seen quite a few in England, they are all pretty much the same. The Chancellor mentions words like million, billion, since, increased, improved, deficit and previous many, [...]