What’s wrong with Australia?

What’s wrong with Australia? That was the question posted recently on Quora.com, and it attracted some interesting replies.

Brisbane. Nothing much wrong with that.

As an Aussie myself, I guess I’m expected to say that there is nothing wrong with Australia. But that would be untrue. It’s just that the faults I find are not necessarily the ones others find.

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A smarter way to fly

Smart gates at airports — designed to allow passengers to get out into the arrivals hall as quickly as possible by self-scanning their passports rather than queuing to see an immigration official — may seem like new technology. But the fact is that Australia already has plans to phase them out.


Don’t panic. It’s all good. They will be replaced by even newer tech that promises to make life easier for frequent travellers.

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Being in Brisbane

Brisbane City Hall

It may be hard to be objective to write about your home town, but I’m going to try.

First, it’s true that Brisbane, where I was born and I’ve spent more than half of my life, is not the immediate “go-to” Australian city. Sydney is that — because of the harbour, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Manly ferry and so many other attractions that all would-be tourists associate with the land down under. Continue reading Being in Brisbane