READER REPORT:

Grass not greener in Australia

Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014
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NOTHING TO SEE HERE, FOLKS: The Australian outback.

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We moved to Brisbane two years ago because family are here. We are happy to be with our family, but we miss New Zealand greatly.

We found everything about settling in here to be very complicated, they could learn a lot from New Zealand. Completing an application with Centrelink (now called Human Resources) to have our New Zealand superannuation transferred to here needed dozens of pages and a degree in stupidity.

We wanted a new car, and decided before we left Auckland which it would be, but the same model here lacked many of the features - no wonder it was cheaper.

What do we miss? The lovely scenery - green almost wherever one goes, hills, trees, rivers, something to see. And places to walk and enjoy. And no nasties to be wary of. And the genuineness of the people. And the better health system.

We don't feel we are any better off financially. There are hidden costs which you may not know about until faced with them - stamp duty when you buy a house (ours was $A17,000 on moderate home). When we received our bill for house insurance recently, there was A$88 GST and A$88 stamp duty.

What don't we like? The attitude towards the Aborigines. The corruption in various professional services we have encountered. The complaints that Kiwis steal the Australian jobs (if they get employed because they will work better and be more reliable - is that the fault of Kiwis?). The boring landscape, the endless kilometres of dead grass and scattered gum trees.

If our family wasn't here we would be back in New Zealand immediately.


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