Discussion in 'Oceania Discussion Boards' started by beezel26, Feb 17, 2008.
Economically, on the world stage, and internally?
Well your state anyway?
I can honestly say I don't really think about it. Now that you've made me think about it, I can't think how it will be any different to where it is now. Maybe we'll have even more of a housing problem? Maybe we'll be back in the Depression in terms of economics?
****ed if I know, beez.
Why the hell do you ask?
Its strange but the US housing crisis made me realize that your govt does little in the way of reducing consumer debt. Whats really sad is how instead of learning from the mistakes of the US, australian govt seems to encourage the same behaviour even though we see the outcome. The govt seems to have the attitude of sticking its head in the sand and shacking up with the US and sometimes the UK.
but Australian aborigines survived with no help, no native plants to domesticate and yet thrived. I have seen many of the states adopt the same attitude yet the govt still seems lashed to the mother countries. Australia could be a world leader instead of a follower. Sure they lack all the resources of America but they have the means and the people to step up and make themselves a player on the world stage. I dont mean go to war but become an economic powerhouse like China or Japan. Sure there are challenges along the way. The size of Australia prevents alot but in the same instance it offers opportunities in becoming the leader in alternative fuels. Australia could more easily wean itself off of foreign oil then America could ever. In ten years if Australians step up they could be leaders. The australian dollar could even be a currency that is being used by middle eastern countries. It could be on par with the pound or the Euro. But if the govt sticks its head in the sand more and more on major issues affecting it internally and externally then the country will only be a follower tied to a failing American economy.
Enderz...calling Enderz. And Boogie. And Cortex. Hell, anyone but me plz!
come on Jess, I want to hear your opinion too. Dont think your opinion is less then Enders cause your not into politics as he is.
I asked for everyones. Not just the resident govt specialists here?
Count me as one of the uneducated masses then beez - I don't even have an opinion.
Sorry, I shouldn't have even bothered posting, but I was interested in why you asked. Which you answered, though I don't quite get it. Why would Australia want to make itself into a super power?
but Australian aborigines survived with no help, no native plants to domesticate and yet thrived.
The key word there is survival. Which is not the same as thriving. The Aboriginal culture was certainly long-lived (30-40,000 odd years on the long estimates) but, to be very politically incorrect, it never reached the level of 'civilisation' that some native American tribes did like the Anasazi or the Pima, to take two examples. Part of the reason for that, I suspect, was the lack of abundant fertile land. The Australian continent's one of the oldest ones above the water; most of the topsoil's lost the fertility which the American and European continents still retain. Agriculture here has always been a difficult exercise, and confined to the coasts of a harsh desert environment.
America by contrast has arable and livable land pretty much across the entirety of its landmass.
Australia tends to follow the lead of more powerful nations for these reasons, and also because we didn't forcibly break away from England like the US did in 1776. Australia remained fundamentally a prison colony of England right through to the 19th century, with full emancipation of Australia from governance by England coming only in about 1996 if I remember right and the Australia Acts which cut Australia off from England once and for all.
Australia has fundamentally been an agricultural economy, whether "riding on the sheep's back" or the miner's back as we are now. We don't really have advanced or even intermediate industries like the US; the population has never been large enough to justify it, and we are probably the most isolated "Western" nation on the face of the planet.
(Of course, I now await Ender to rebut/wipe out/disagree with/endorse any and all of the above comments... )
actually the only big industries america has is service industries. The other countries just produce our cheap goods.
Id like to see Australia have more independence when it comes to getting its food from other countries.
I see Australia as a technological wonder world with flying space cars and talking robot garbage bins in the year 2000. I see the flag being changed with the hammer and sickle replacing the Union Jack; Sharia Law becoming more recognised and integrated into the Australian legal system; possible national merging with Asia under a regional governance where Australians will have to follow the rules of a more globalised system. Law enforcement will also be streamlined by compulsorily forcing the entire population to be physically microchipped and bar coded, where no-one will be allowed to buy, sell or work without this chip implant that keeps a record of all of your details (even your sexual habits and private interests).
The name of the game is control, and I would love to see the government control everything about you and me because they know what is best. Yes, this is my dream utopia.
Where do I see Australia in ten years?
Due to continental drift I see Australia a little closer to Indonesia.
We will all be riding in flying cars, and wrap-around sunnies will take fashion world by storm... Again
I see Australia in 10yrs being kind of like a mix between The Jetsons and the film clip for Electric Blue by Icehouse.
And that is an Australian cultural reference you can never properly understand beez cause I just freez every time you see through me and it's all over you.
If a boy had a chance -- a chance with someone like you?
No offense whatsoever. I never ever thought about Australia until Steve Irwin. After a couple of years I can't believe he's gone. It still hurts me to this day.
He left us all a legacy in the form of his daughter, Bindi, a creature totally comprised of a raging id, souless and insatiable.
More Asian ^_^
Thank YOU for getting electric blue in my head.
On my knees!
Help me baby, tell me what should I do?
...when everything goes wrong sometimes it makes no sense
Opps, wrong song.
In ten years I see Australia without a queen.
Why? Are you guys going to ban all drag acts?
... just a vision of you....
(it's all over you)
I want more drag queens. And drag kings.
And I want more wine.
But as it's 10.45am I doubt any of that is going to happen