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 [...]

Cooking on Gas: LPG and Natural Gas in Australia thumbnail

As you know, we recently moved to a new house. Our previous house was all electric, which wasn’t such a bad thing, especially after we fitted our solar panels. One drawback though was our cooker, it was electric. Mrs Bob would tell me whilst it looked like a normal cooker, it had one major difference. [...]


I’m not generally known as a “save the planet” kind of guy, I suspect because of my fierce opposition to the carbon tax. That’s not to say I am against being kind to the environment; I make great efforts to ensure that every single one of my empty beer tinnies and stubbies are placed in [...]


Weeds. Three months or so ago, the front of my house was part jungle, part driveway. I liked the driveway bit as it was, but I was keen to get rid of the jungle part. It was a long story, one I told in my post called Gardening in Australia: A Tale of Two Gardeners. [...]


I wrote a post called Cost of Living in Australia: Electricity, almost 3 years ago. Since then electricity prices have soared as you will read in my imaginatively titled post Australia’s Soaring Electricity Prices. In that second post, I explained that prices had increased by 35.8% in Queensland over the last eight years and that [...]


Today I am supposed to be on holiday. Actually, I should already be there. It’s a long story, but I suppose that’s what I do. So here goes…. A long, long time ago we booked up to go camping over at Rainbow Beach, which is about three hours drive north of Brisbane and between Gympie [...]