The short-term fix of Olympic glory aside, Essential’s weekly poll suggests Australia is a pretty miserable place right now. We may be living in one of the most prosperous societies in history, but we aren’t happy with how our own lives are travelling.
The majority of us say we are either struggling or just coping financially; we are worried about losing our jobs and expect our personal situation to deteriorate over the next 12 months.
We actively dislike our elected leaders, both PM and Opposition are disapproved by about two thirds of us. We have have not only lost faith in government in most of our public institutions – the public service, the High Court, the Reserve Bank, business, unions, the media, even religion.
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“I was at Town Hall station once and this woman didn’t have a ticket. She was about 22-24 - so young and a bit stupid to run from transit cops who look like Fascist’s anyway. One of the four transit cops (yes four) who chased her grabbed her bag and the contents spilled everywhere and her phone broke. I was just through the turnstile and stopped. Two more transit cops came over and stood over her so there were 6. She was crying and shaking when she stood up and they issued her a ticket.
Should I have gone back in and helped her pick up her stuff and been with her just so she wasn’t alone? I feel I should have. But I had to get to work.”
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BUY MILK flashes the outlook calendar as I robotically press snooze.
‘Buy milk’ it urges again five seconds later.
Outlook calendar reminders have become daily practice for me.
I’m also in the habit of snoozing ad nauesaum until I’m moved to post the same reminder (not always milk, can also be ring mum, do laundry) on my phone.
You know, for later – when I have some time to ‘get around to it’.
Facilitated by an arsenal of ‘time-saving’ devices including scrawled post it notes, an addiction to Google calendar and a filofax, I call it having efficiency in being inefficient.
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