Essays on Australia Has Often Been Called the Lucky Country Case Study

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The paper 'Australia Has Often Been Called the Lucky Country' is a wonderful example of a Macro and Microeconomics Case Study. Australia is undoubtedly the luckiest country in the universe bestowed with diverse beauty, fresh air, and scenic sights of beaches, exceptional flora and fauna second to none. Indeed the vast open land, a suitable climate around the country coupled with accommodative people where immigrants find a place to call home far from their original homes re-emphasize how lucky Australia is as compared to other industrialized countries. One can think of Australia as a perfect combination between the people and the climate of the country.

In essence all features of a lucky nation make Australia a perfect example, its economic status, its golden soil, its peaceful and receptive people completes the picture of a country envied by many in both developed and developing nations. With many stories written about this incredible country, one wonders what really defines Australia as a lucky country and if the “ luck” is sustainable considering the ever-increasing globalization effect that is sweeping the world with its merits and demerits.

What inspires or motivates both tourists and immigrants streaming into Australia year in year out? Is Australia so distinct as compared to other developed countries in socio-economic and political terms? A closer consideration of Australia as a lucky country reveals in detail why many in my opinion still consider the country a lucky nation. Why Australia is called the Lucky Country According to Waldron (2010: 1) the beauty of the land is evident from its breathtaking beaches, its vast and fertile land, and the rich oceans that surround the country despite its isolation from the rest of the continent.

More so, the flora and fauna of the country are as distinct as the country itself. The country is also lucky in the sense that it is blessed with green grass, fresh air, and fertile soil. It is evident from the natural resources that the country is rich, it is hard to forget the Australian Goldrush that the world witnessed in Ballarat, Victoria, who will? The climate is also favorable for rearing sheep as vividly remembered by the famous phrase, “ Riding on the sheep’ s back” (Mclean 2001: 19).

Different types of crops are planted on the plains of the country, the country can therefore sufficiently feeds its people as well as have enough to feed other hungry neighbors like thousands of refugees and immigrants that seek refuge in the country. Wheat from Australia is highly-priced in the world market. No wonder most people across the world envy the country. The iron ore found in the mines of the country earn millions of dollars (Horne 2009:56). As explained by MacCallum (2009: 67) multiculturalism is developed in Australia, it affirms the country’ s acceptance of others.

This has made Australia a better country; people in Australia burst with warmth and friendliness. The richness of cultural diversity has made Australia a unique country. This is so because the difference in culture has not made Australia a hostile country through ethnic related violence like many other countries that have experienced chaos as a result of their ethnic difference. Instead the country has taken advantage of its diversity to affirm the willingness of the people to live in harmony and promote peace within and outside the country’ s borders (Langton & Davis 2010: 65).

Notably, the government and the educational sector has always tried to help and promote the education levels of the aborigines by establishing programs and other community-led initiatives in order to integrate the aborigines into the modern Australian society dominated by the white. Despite the many challenges that have been encountered in the process of integrating these sidelined communities into society, the process is slowly achieving its objectives (Lyons, Mcgregor-Lowndes & O'Donoghue 2006: 7).

There is positive progress in terms of sensitization on the need to integrate these communities into society. More so, the immigrant's programs of integration have been diversified through programs and curriculum in schools that foster these goals.

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