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Saturday, January 21, 2006

What does the future hold?

The face of Australia is changing:

"Melbourne population is growing more than that of any other Australian city, and over the past five years, Victoria's economy has had the biggest growth in output of any state.

"But while Victoria has become the nation's engine in absolute terms, in percentage terms it is Queensland.

"Brisbane's population is growing faster than any other capital city, and Queensland and Western Australia are enjoying the fastest growth in jobs and economic activity.

"Sydney's role is shrinking as high house prices strangle its growth. In the past four years, the NSW economy has grown by just 6.7 per cent, less than half as fast as Victoria and barely a third as fast as the rest of Australia."


Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I'm glad to see Austrailia is prospering. Hopefully it will help ease your islamaniac problem.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 3:17:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Ten years of Bob Carr have turned Sydney into 1970s New York...we've got the race riots, the massively powerful public sector unions, inflation (in the form of property prices), now all we need are some crippling strikes and a fiscal calamity, followed by a Rudy Giuliani - style white knight of course

Saturday, January 21, 2006 4:53:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

I seriously doubt you can blame Carr for the housing boom - at best an indirect case could be made. Immediate causes seem to be low interest rates and the First Home Owner Grants (both of which are controlled federally). That is then probably facilitated by a whole host of factors relating to "irrational exhuberance" (for which no government is directly responsible). One could argue that Carr is indirectly responsible by not putting in the hard yards required for long-term expansion that would have to some extent lessened the blow of ever-rising demand by effectively expanding supply.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 1:23:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Housing booms have nto been unique to Sydney. The whole of the US has been in the midst of one and market failures, liek the fiasco has attracted peloepl to bricks and mortar.

Sydney is a damn cool place to be and also attarcted wealthy immigrants, whom were able to bif higly on premium locations. Certanyl many South Africans flocked to Australia when appartheid fell too.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:33:00 am  
Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Our apparent fascination with economic growth is in itself unhealthy. The single minded concentration on more and more economic output is destroying our environment and changing the climate on the planet.

Witness the recently concluded climate change conference in Sydney which refused to sacrifice growth to protect the planet's climate instead providing "voluntary" targets for industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Crazy stuff...

Shouldn't the aim be moderate economic growth and concentration on alternative energy resources?

Sunday, January 22, 2006 9:17:00 am  
Blogger violet said...

This is something that could have occurred in Sydney... they are already burning down the churches...Muslims Beat Pastor After Attending Church --Deny Jesus or I'll Kill you

Sunday, January 22, 2006 12:38:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Does this have antying to do with the topic Violet, or are you just satisfying an urge?

Sunday, January 22, 2006 1:16:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

violet said...
"This is something that COULD HAVE occurred in Sydney"

It must really cut you up that this sort of thing HASN'T occurred and DOESN'T occur in Sydney. Please, give us all the examples from Sydney. (Oh, and you're examples are not allowed to be Adventures Into The Imagination of Violet.)

Sunday, January 22, 2006 2:42:00 pm  
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Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:02:00 pm  
Blogger violet said...

addamo & eddie

You two are really very silly

1. addamo

Go back to Antony's original post for this thread:

What does the Future Hold? The Face of Australia is Changing

If you are running this blog now, you had better let Antony know.

2. eddie

You really are clutching at straws.

Forgive me for not drawing a direct corelational link between my comment and your train of thought. As you cited yourself, I said "could have" -- I had no idea you needed simple words and concepts. I'll remember to post links to dictionaries and refer to definites only.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:13:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

violet said...

"You really are clutching at straws."

A good example of "clutching at straws" (even no-existent ones) is that one has to invent counterfactuals and pretend they are real examples.

"This is something that could have happened in Sydney"
"This is something that could have happened in Fiji"
"This is something that could have happened on the Moon"

Of course it is all supposed to be leading up to: "This is something that will happen in the future". Your most fervent desire, no doubt.

Nonetheless, keep the imagination fired up Violent. It's informative to see how racism and bigotry "reasons" things through.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:17:00 pm  
Blogger violet said...


This is something that could have happened in Fiji"
"This is something that could have happened on the Moon"

So now you're making things up?

WOW, I so wish I could do that.

And you're calling me a racist again because I object to a culture. Typical dumbo dribble. Try and think beyond your prejudices Eddie.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:02:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

violet said...

"...I object to a culture."

Yeah, yeah, we cal know the code words.

Sorry - I was just slipping into an Ibrahamavic frame of mind. I'll try to avoid it in future.

Monday, January 23, 2006 12:06:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...


Listen to Violet and "Try and think beyond your prejudices Eddie."

Or risk sounding like an Arab.

Monday, January 23, 2006 4:37:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Addamo_01 said...
"Or risk sounding like an Arab."

I keep forgetting which one it is I sound like

Arab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no, Arab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no, Arab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no...

Monday, January 23, 2006 10:16:00 pm  

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