… and other miscellaneous bits.
1. Something else to brag about
AUSTRALIA has the second best quality of life in the world and could pip Norway for top spot next year, the author of a UN report on migration and development says.
Australia was ranked second among 182 countries on a scale measuring life expectancy, school enrolments and income in the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2009, published yesterday.
The US slipped a spot to 13 and Britain was steady at 21, based on the latest internationally comparable data from 2007. Niger ranked lowest, followed by Afghanistan and Sierra Leone…
2. Who’d be Malcolm Turnbull right now?
The latest Newspoll isn’t good news for the Libs.
3. Gerard Henderson gets it right!
In my opinion anyway, and I quite often disagree with Gerard Henderson.
… The 60th anniversary of the Communist Party victory in the Chinese Civil War was celebrated last week with an ostentatious display of military power of weapons and personnel.
Contrary to some views, the Rudd Government’s 2009 defence white paper is not directed at China. Yet the Chinese leadership should not be surprised if nations such as Australia focus on the possible reasons for China’s military build-up.
Australia’s one-time infatuation with Mao’s China is a thing of the past – as is evident in Bruce Beresford’s fine film Mao’s Last Dancer.
It should not be replaced by passion born of China’s wealth and the business and cultural possibilities this provides.
So far, despite criticism from the likes of Palmer and Hanson-Young, Rudd has got Australia’s China policy about right.
4. Local but global: October’s South Sydney Herald.
Nothing by me in this, but many good articles as usual. It’s been getting better, the old SSH.
Here is your copy: SSHOCT09.