Car-as-home is not just a North American thing.
Geelong’s homeless forced to live in car amid housing crisis
Now and then we feel a certain concern for our perspective at suburban-poverty.com. Poverty is serious stuff. Are we maybe missing something, here? Are we barking up the wrong tree? Do we apply a healthy skepticism to our point-of-view often enough?
Then we read stuff like this: data on life expectancy from Australia.
Living in the suburbs could take three years off your life. But it doesn’t have to. The further you are from your state’s parliament house, the more likely you are to be disadvantaged. But greater local control of policy can change all that
The stench of fraud wafts from Australia’s for-profit employment agencies according to the findings in a recent documentary. Really blatant stuff, too; based on forged signatures and big invoices for public money. Australians in social difficulty are manipulated in the most rotten and cynical manner and they are not moved into employment. The results are scandalous and shockingly expensive to the tune of billions of dollars. We found this interesting watching. Firstly, for the suburban location of interview subjects living in Elizabeth, near Adelaide. More important, virtually identical systems turning the unemployed into a profitable commodity exist in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.
The Jobs Game
Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Four Corners – 45:25
One thing about having a blog of one’s own is that you can say anything you want on it. To wit: Gina Rinehart is a vile sack of dogshit. Worth $30 billion dollars, the richest woman in the world, and all she can come up with is wage cuts? No imagination whatsoever, …and this is supposed to be some great global era for business, for the art of deals, for entrepreneurship, for people like Gina. Book shops are jammed with corporate histories, volume after volume about leadership and making money. The language of business, free trade and supposed efficiency of markets dominates everything now.
So much privilege and opportunity at the top and this is all we get?
photo: NASA via Wikimedia Commons
Is it just us or does a diagram of the human brain look like a map of a suburban neighbourhood, replete with winding cul-de-sacs? Perhaps, after a full year on the topic at hand, we simply need a vacation? Not speculative, of course, is the general relationship between where a person is and how they feel. Two items from Australia and one from Ireland indicate that depression is not just an economic term.
Sick suburbs theage.com.au
What price a home? theage.com.au
The photo attached to the article linked below could have been taken in any of the English-speaking countries. What a drag that is! The fact that very large, resource-rich countries like Canada, Australia and the States see working people struggling with crap wages, a high cost of living and the threat of downward mobility is bad news. I wonder if they have Dollarama down there?
FEED MELBOURNE: Hunger in our suburbs Diamond Valley Leader
Feed Melbourne Campaign
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development produces a host of data directly useful for assessing social conditions. Do we need a supercomputer to connect rising inequality and the stacked economic gains of the rich with suburban poverty and downward mobility?
Notes for individual countries are found on the OECD site (.pdf files):
Better than many for a long time but no reason to be smug: Canada
Faltering after some improvement: United Kingdom
Forget it, only Turkey & Mexico are worse for income inequality: United States
Some improvement but could do better: Australia
Word is that Australia has some of the most suburban-ey suburbs in the universe. Real full-on, over-the-top, highway-to-hell ones. If you think about it, why should North Americans have all the bloody fun, mate?
Herald Sun (Melbourne):
Our outer suburbs are poverty traps