Firstly to blackyboyd - respect to you and what you say. Its just the same for those that have gone the opposite way.
Just like to say have watched this develop and am amazed at some of the things said. Perhaps i have been lucky, who knows! Its obvious that at the end of the day coming to Oz is not going to be for everyone. I feel for those that do struggle and the present economic climate does not help. Those that arrived a couple of years ago do realise that they arrived in a different climate and maybe had the better opportunity to get settled into work and houses than those of us just arriving and those due to arrive shortly, but at the end of the day they did struggle so feel it is unfair to have a go at them when they say they do love it here. I'm sorry to say that too many have those famous rose tinted glasses on.
Since being here i can say that we have had no cause to say that any ozzies are anti us. The only people i have come across with an attitude at work are POMS them selves and can you blame the ozzies for taking offence to it? One of the reasons i wanted to leave the UK was to get away from the Uk mentality of "the big i am and our house is bigger than yours" and too many come across and bring that attitude with them. Sure at work the word POM is said a few times but mostly after some good old fashioned p..s taking! We was told BEFORE we came to expect certain things and not just stand there but give a good old fashioned quick response back and then you get that respect. If you want to take the p..s out of people you got to expect and accept some back. At work the people who get the most stick are from New Zealand but not once have i heard them complain, get used to it! I have heard people mention wogs etc but NOT ONCE has it been said in a bad way, its just the ozzie way.
We have come here not expecting to be rich but to bl..dy work. Too many come here thinking that they can work part time have the big house with the pool and spend half the week on the beach! You tell me one place in the world where anyone in their right mind can expect life to be like that! There is not anywhere that happens!
I work 6 days a week and between 10 and 12 hours a day so if you base it on an hourly rate im worse off here. The only time i worked that many hours in the uk was having to work for cash in hand at weekends and evenings just to pay the bills and have anything like what we have here!
Was i shoked about this? No! I researched it, i asked people, i looked at job pages, i spoke to people who have been there and done it!
Cost of living - what did people expect? Its surprising what a bit of research does! No point just looking at where the best beaches are and where you can hold the most Koalas!
Well according to some we live in the ghetto crime ridden North, an area we will be staying in, we dont have the oppertunity to get together with all the english friends in the south every other night for a barbie as its too far, we are 1/2 hour drive from the sandy beaches, we pay the same bills as everyone else, we do spend a lot of our time with our new great ozzie new friends who will do anything for you and are great company, i work probably harder and longer than i did in the uk but was i shocked? NO we came here with realistic expectations and with the understanding that it would be hard and this way!
I would much prefer to bring my kids up in a country where they dont ban nursery rhymes because the words "black sheep" are said and people have pride in the flag outside and where school kids are allowed to sing their own countries national anthem at school without worrying if it offends someone!
Im sorry if what i have said upsets anyone its just the way i see it but to all those still to get here get those stupid Tinted Glasses off!