Actually I think this has turned out really interesting and Ihave learnt a lot. Not whineing just people all in the same boat trying to know what is the best to do for their children and making the best of it when you can never have all the info to hand. The truth is we are ina different situation now with teh whole world financial system close to melt down and the world environment in trouble. Who knows where is best?
My take is this if you can afford to come come and get the passport knowing it will not be cheap and then you have choices. Be aware it will be expensive. For me the exchage rate changed when we arrivd from 2.3 to 1.5 as we came and that caused finanial chaos, would I have done it in hindsight not sure? If you know this though and come you are walking in knowing it will cost atleat you are aware.
I think if you can face it come and get the passport and then make your choice. If I were younger I would get the Canadian one too. It is true that both Canada and Australia would have to try hard to muck up their economies, not many people and loads of land etc. So get it for that reason alone.
Just be aware though as stated it is not all rosey there is debt here too just personal. It is a two tier economy with teh miners doing well but the ordinary person does not benefit but has a very high cost of living so you need to earn quite a bit. In teh next few years I think Australia may fare better than Europe, long term not so sure all the mines and farms are fast going to other countries and will not belong to Australians in ten years time then you can exit. Also some mines have big environmental impacts that will have affects
But if you can come get the passport and have the choice. Do think about pensions though, I did not enough and one final caution, if the world economy gets worse and I sense it will you may haveto stay out here as going back may not be easy so make sure you are comfortable with that.
I genuinely thank everyone though because I have found this so educating and yes I will be getting a car bill in detail ad advised.