Australia Day

On April 15, 1997, I arrived in Australia as a Permanent Resident. On June 25, 2001, I became an Australian Citizen.

Today is January 26, the day that Australians are supposed to celebrate their great country. Now, I’m pretty fond of Australia. It is quite a good place to live. The weather is generally good (except for the month of rain we’re apparently just about to experience) and the job prospects aren’t too bad, but cost of living isn’t fantastic. The natural beauty is great (although I do really love the mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa and nothing in Australia comes close to those). Things are a lot better than other developed countries – and far, far better than the developing world.

However, we still have a long way to go. And in particular, we have a big gap to close between the quality of life many indigenous people live and what most nonindigenous people enjoy. Today I pray that we can see more money, time and effort put in to making things better for every single person who calls Australia home – not just the ones who have arrived in the last 200+ years…

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What am I doing today? Writing up case studies. And hoping our roof doesn’t leak with all the rain we’re getting. And being thankful it isn’t flooding around here.

Photo credit: from my flickr collection, taken in Melbourne in 2007.

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