Too much bad press

After a near brush with having my visa cancelled, my graduation postponed… and dodging the endless issues settling into my new home – I am actually still alive.

Let us consider this winter.
What is up with the state of everything recently? (And I am being rhetorical here.)

Qantas had its THIRD unscheduled, unplanned landing. Sure, so they have never had a good job keeping to schedule (“We are having issues with the in-flight entertainment systems…”), but this is just pushing it a step too far.

Starbucks is massively downsizing (not that I actually care). Other major organisations are cutting jobs and shutting down factories.

Truckies went on strike (how rare is that?).

Alleged racist attack on an Asian in the CBD. By Asians. More unreported, but observed violence involving Asians in the inner city.

ANOTHER body found in the Yarra River.

Optus fouling up (and you only knew just when you really needed to make that call).

Unemployment goes up. Traffic bogs down. Services clogs out. Premier blames the migrants. (What, did you expect something else?)

So, seriously – is this simply the winter blues, or are we having a really bad one?

3 Comments so far

  1. andrew on August 4th, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

    I read it as Premier blaming population growth of Melbourne, and I so agree with him.

  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on August 5th, 2008 @ 8:18 am

    I’m only interested in your first sentence Darren lol.

    What visa are you on? And, is that a home you purchased or are you renting?

    Getting a visa (not student or temporary work) is a real chore and involves a lot of heartache. One has to invest a lot of emotional and financial pain to score a visa. I feel your pain.

    It pains me when I see Aussie nationals taking their citizenship for granted. They don’t know how wonderful the country is and how easy they have it.

  3. Darren (darrenliz) on August 5th, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

    I’m only just renting… and in the first week everything in it was falling apart. Fortunately, we’ve managed to fix the water heater, the pipes, the lights, etc… the only thing that bugs us (literally) now is the endless visits by silverfish/firebats (still can’t tell which).


    I was on the student visa – it nearly got cancelled due to a processing error in uni that delayed my graduation. Coupled with the fact the 485 visa (TR) is still rather new, it is funny when you fall out of the established system – the immigration officer panicked and said, "We’ve… never had a case like your’s before."

    I am on the Bridging now though. But I have a sinking feeling my Arts degree isn’t going to take me very far through it.

    Anyways, it actually now pains me to see new migrants – and in "new migrants" I refer to the ones who score permanent residency quickly through their degrees – take it very much for granted. If you think about it, it’s rather ironic that many of them do not actually want a life in Australia and are just in it for the generous exchange rate and well-paying jobs, while some of us genuinely love the culture here and want to be a permanent part of it, and not just be some passing phenomenon.

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