Oops, here comes another new migrant to Australia, every two minutes and twenty seconds we add another migrant to our population. Through migration last year we added 250,000 new migrants according to the Bureau of Statistics with most settling in NSW (98,600) and Victoria (86.900). That’s an increase on the previous year of 31% and 23% respectively.
Migration & our jobs
According to the OECD we are the fastest growing country with the population heading to 25 million within months. Some say we are heading for disaster with high unemployment with millions never having a job and a burden on welfare that we may not be able to sustain without crippling taxes.
With automation, robots and increased IT usage and less meaningful jobs, our young will find themselves acting as caddies to rich Chinese or mowing golf fairways. Mass migration makes our politicians look good with improved GDP figures, but this false image will bite their backsides if productivity doesn’t improve. We need more houses, improved roads, increased growth in produce to feed the growing population, increased transport, ethnic groups come with large families looking for jobs for their young, our own kids will face difficulty in this area and because of increased unemployment several will fall into the homeless basket. Sydney is reported to be losing residents and being replaced by migrants about 14,000 residents left last year. Overcrowding on our streets, on our roads, trains and buses, increased crime and pollution. This is a recipe for disaster and a revised migration policy is vital before it is too late.
Can anyone imagine the utter frustration, despair, the feeling that they have lost the reason to live, or sorrow their tormented mind is going through that they decide to end it all by committing suicide.
Men’s suicide more than double that of women
Every single day nearly 8 people in Australia reach that stage and make that fatal decision. Preliminary data shows nearly 3000 people make the decision to end it all, with over 2000 are male and about 800 females every year.
That fact is so sad so depressing that we were unable to pull them back from the brink, and that there was no one to turn them around, take their hand and say, ‘come with us, we will help you’. The highest age specific was in the 85+ age group, higher than other age groups.
Next highest was the 30-34 , then 40-44 and the 35-39 age groups. Suicide is not restricted to adults as there are 0-14 and 15-19 age groups also affected. Losing our young with their whole life ahead is particularly disturbing.
People with a history of suicide were at greatest risk, alcohol abuse, drug overdoses and mental disorders, major depression, psychotic illness and eating disorders also contributing to the suicide figures. Lifeline, Salvation Army and others are extending the hand to help depressed suicidal people- but it is hardly enough. Financial pressure, mortgage stress, personal experiences, legal situations and family losses or break up can drive one to make that final decision. We as a compassionate country must do more to help our fellow mates when they stumble in life. Our governments can also assist.
Call Centres – what does it mean for local jobs?
Many of us are surprised when we ring up a company call centres for assistance or information and we find ourselves talking to someone in the Philippines, India, South Africa or New Zealand.
More and more companies like NRMA, Telstra, CGU, RACV and others have call centres abroad because it is less expensive and more profitable. However, this means hundreds of local jobs have gone off shore and our work force suffer.
Companies don’t have to put up with silly union strikes, wage increase demands, work rules and other union demands. In addition, wage differences are immense, for example, an Australian contact worker will demand over $50,000 a year in wages, in comparison an employee doing the same job will earn $5,573.00 a year in the Philippines.
Apart from an accent difference the call center employee is likely to be more friendly and competent at resolving the problem than the local person. On this basis we cannot compete regardless of how hard we try; many manufacturing businesses have also found operating off shore and exporting their products into Australia is far more profitable than operating in our country. The militant unions, high wages, business tax, strict operating restrictions are some of the reasons for closing operations over here and starting up off shore, where raw materials and wages are lower.
Suggest lower business taxes and Labor Party blow a fuse, suggest reducing wages and scrapping penalty rates and the unions threaten walk outs and strikes. The result high prices for locally manufactured products, dominant unions, high wages and more companies packing up and moving off shore or contracting call centres abroad. In other words, we are our own worst enemy.
A single drop of rain can start a massive rain storm that floods the land below.
What we didn’t know is that bacteria can form rain and is found all over the world. The same bacteria that causes frost damage on plants can help clouds to produce rain and snow, this suggests that bio-precipitation might be more common than first reported.
Apparently before a cloud can produce rain or snow, rain drops, or ice particles must form. This requires the presence of aerosols, tiny particles that serve as a nucleus for condensation. But air born microbes, fungi, bacteria or tiny algae can do the job just as well. Unlike mineral aerosols these living organisms can catalyze ice formation, even at temperature below 0 degrees Centigrade. These tiny microbes have been found all around the world in snow.
Well there you have it these tiny rains making bacteria are responsible for flooding our cities and heavy snow disasters in the UK and US.
To think it all started with a single bacterium ridden drop of rain, perhaps we will look at a rain drop differently in future.
Can a casino boost income for the economy and improve tourism for the area?
There is no doubt a casino can attract mega bucks and that is good for traders in the area. Whether it is good or not can only be viewed by countries that have casinos. Las Vegas has been a major draw card for tourists in the US and pumps millions into the country’s economy via their casinos. Not only does casinos attract gambling dollars but are excellent venues for entertainment and good quality restaurants and sales of many retail products. Look abroad for an answer i.e. Since the liberalization of casino licensing in 2002, gaming revenue reached a massive US $45,09 billion dollars in Macau.
In Singapore revenue reached $4.1 billion US dollars. Taxation of the casino industry has become a significant source of economic funds for the Macau government. Yes, there is a risk of increased crime rates, but it can be controlled and as the Gold Coast has proved, not destroy the city. If we expanded the casino industry billions of dollars will pour into our country, boost our tourist business and attract some of the best artists in the entertainment industry to our shores. To some people the mere mention of casino sends them into a frenzy, gnashing of teeth and a major bout of criticism, only thinking it will drive people to gambling beyond their means and put them in debt. Hey, you don’t need a casino to do that as the humble poker machines are already achieving it.