JOHN GLOVER: Hello and welcome to another Pendragon Straight Talk. This week I’ve been asked the question, you know, why should you come and live in Australia, why should people come and move and work here for instance.
So, this is just a personal view of mine obviously on this occasion, after being an immigrant myself and living here for twenty-five years, what I’ve noticed is Australia is an ever expanding country, unlike others it has room to grow, and it’s got a lot of room to grow. It has only twenty-four million people living here, so there is a lot of space at the moment and clean air. It has water, sun and a lot of land, so we are good for food, we can produce a lot of food. We are the fourth largest exporter of wheat in the world.
It is a fantastic place to bring up kids, it’s great for kids, an outside life.
Very few people also know we have the second largest amount of cranes in the sky at the moment, in New South Wales, in the world. So, our infrastructure and our buildings are huge there is a lot of work in that area for plumbers, electricians, etc
We have the fifth busiest airport route in the world between Melbourne and Sydney and I dare say that is why Sir Richard Branson set up Virgin Australia all those years ago so he could tap into that market.
We invented wi-fi, apart from other things we invented wi-fi, there is a lot of IT guys here, there is a lot of intelligence in this country, so we have got a lot that we can give businesswise to the world. Tesla has just set up the largest, or is setting up, the largest lithium ion battery in South Australia and has been given a challenge, or he has challenged South Australia, that he’ll have this up and running within one hundred days or they won’t pay for it. And this will actually power the whole of Adelaide, which is huge, so that’s sun power. So, once he gets that done, then I daresay the rest of Australia will do the same thing.
Everybody I know who has moved here has said that they have done better here than they think they would have done in their own country. I think it’s because there is a constant expansion here in Australia, there is always something, there’s another company going up, there’s another building going up, a business centre, whatever, there is always a lot of stuff going on here. So, it gives you the opportunity to give it a go, as they say here in Australia, which is a great [phrase].
Australia has gone for twenty-five years without a recession, so that’s really cool. By the way our banks did not go bust at all during the global recession when a lot of other banks went bust.
I believe that the standard of living is excellent here. Obviously, once you earn Aussie dollars you have a reasonable standard of living in Australia, and to be perfectly honest, wherever you go, wherever you want to live, you’ve got to be committed to give it a go, you’ve got to give it your best shot. However, Australia is very receptive to people giving it a go, so it’s not hard to come into this country and try and get on with it and give it a go and do your best.
I think to finalise with this, I think if you are coming to live here, or thinking of coming to work here, why don’t you just pop down for a holiday, have a look around, have a chat to the locals basically and just see if it suits you.
Thanks for listening, I look forward to talking to you next week.
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