November 13, 2014

NO ONE HAS IT HARDER THAN THEIR FATHER DID, MATE:

Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run (Mikayla Novak and Dom Talimanidis, October 2014, Insitute of Public Affairs)

Australians have come a long way over these past two centuries, as evidenced by the numerous
improvements in our health, education, and material living standards.

As diseases are increasingly being conquered thanks to medical technologies, nutritional
improvements and cleaner living environments, we are surmounting the perilous hurdle of
infant mortality to live, on average, to an older age with each passing generation.

Successive generations of Australians are even growing taller, thanks to our generally improving
health status.

This country has also enjoyed remarkable economic progress in the long run, with average
Australians today benefiting from the fruits of rising national incomes, wages and household
wealth which are unprecedented in a historical context.

There are more people employed by the private sector now than in any other period in
Australian history, and more women than ever are making an active contribution to the
workforce.

Our land is yielding even more food to feed ourselves and a hungry world, and our capacity to
deliver mineral resources for domestic and global advanced production has never been as great
as today.

The vast improvement in Australian material living standards are arguably no better evidenced
than by the historically high extent of motor vehicle usage, and the electrical appliances and
electronic devices which fill up our larger homes.

The present generation of Australians are the most educated in history, with more people
enrolling in universities and other higher education institutions than ever before.

Life has been getting better for most Australians, and it could be even better today if it were not
for intrusive government regulations and wasteful spending which makes housing less
affordable and contributes to cost of living pressures.

Reducing the size and scope of government will be instrumental to securing rising living
standards in the future, as this will harness opportunities for enterprising Australians to discover
new ways of improving the economic and social circumstances of others.

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