Welcome to Australiasia – may the force be with you!

Welcome to Australiasia – may the force be with you!

It’s Star Wars time, thankfully not an argument with Tango top and the rocket man of North Korea but the latest instalment of space opera from Mr Skywalker and company. In the news today, I read that there’s a bit of bickering going on amongst fans with an online petition calling for Disney to "re-make Episode VIII properly". My goodness, really? Really?!

Anyhow this got me thinking about all things Star Wars and a funny thing that happened in the Australian Census a few years back.

They’ve made your bed, you’d better lie in it.

They’ve made your bed, you’d better lie in it.

Oh my, somethings just never seem to go away.

Is it just because we have been fudging our way for aeons, or is it because with the leader of the new world won his position by warped truth and factual distortion that it’s now fashionable; this belief that it’s now totally cool to lie, cheat and deceive.

I still shudder when I look back at the GFC, an event mostly set off by the repackaging of subprime mortgages market in the US, compounded by banker greed and excessive risk taking. One wonders have we ever learned our lesson?

Is it because of this that we somehow our DNA has picked up in the same willingness to win at all cost, albeit usually to others? How long can we get away with all these little fudges? Do we keep pushing till one cataclysmic event tears the fabric from society and leaves us counting the cost again?

Pray tell… just where are the city limits?

Pray tell… just where are the city limits?

If you’ve had any experience in some of Sydney’s Western Suburbs you’d quickly understand that perhaps the state of our housing market isn’t as good as it’s cracked up to be. I remember meeting a couple in their just completed brand-new house, in a ‘new town’ located about 70kms south west from the Sydney CBD, which was being offered for sale cheaper than you could build one next door. Alarm bells yes but professional concern no, as on a higher level we avoid these areas when it comes to investment. In my experience the last places to rise in value become the first to fall, so when looking for a stress free and steady growth path, these areas aren’t highlighted on our radar.

Generation 'F'; the rise of the fur baby!

Generation 'F'; the rise of the fur baby!

Statistics show that in QLD only 10% of property owners allow tenants to rent with pets, a staggeringly low number considering that 62% of all households in Australia have an animal friend. The numbers speak for themselves; that’s about 33 million pets including approximately 4.8 million dogs and 3.9 million cats and we indulge over $12 billion on them annually.