Articles in Australia Update
The Voice Australia continues to discover great Australian singers. This time, a 17 years old legally blind young lady from Adelaide named Rachael Leahcar. The Voice Australia is somewhat interesting as the judges listens to voice first without looking at the contestant. Rachael Leahcar carefully listened to the instructions of the production crew as she was led to the platform to sing her blind audition song ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Edith Piaf.
A news report said that Sydney is the 9th most expensive city in the world! It’s Australia’s most expensive city to live. The report “The cost of a loaf of bread in Sydney has almost doubled in the past decade in US dollar terms, while petrol prices have risen threefold and rice prices have almost quadrupled.” Read more here.
Is this the cost of living in a beautiful city?
Ten News posted this clip on their Youtube channel sharing practical tips on how to save and survive the costs of living in Sydney.
Residents of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales are facing a nervous wait today as flood waters continue to rise. News reports said that the Murrumbidgee River is expected to peak around 10.9 metres this evening.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced and dropped the bomb with his stunning decision to quit as Australian Foreign Minister in a media conference in Washington DC just after 1am local time (1700 AEDT), 22 February 2012. Mr Rudd indicated that He will return to Brisbane and will consult his family, the community, and his Labour caucus colleagues about his future plan. He has not made it clear yet, if he will challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Here is another video shot of the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks Celebrations to welcome Year 2012. This time from a vantage point at East Balmain or the west side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This video was Uploaded by kurvapicsa. If you want to see the televised video of the Sydney 2012 Fireworks Display, please click this link: Spectacular Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display 2012!
Here’s one of the major attractions that Sydney takes the world spotlight, it’s the massive New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display! December 31 is a absolutely a party time for Sydneysiders as many people camped on major vantage points around Sydney just to watch this multi-million New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular. Of course, millions of viewers prefer to stay home and watch the coverage of this popular attraction to officially welcome 2012!
Have you been to the Sydney Central Train Station? Well, it’s a busy place especially during peak hours. Positive or not, Flash Mob Dancers invaded the main area. Oh yeah, some people loved it and probably some didn’t because obviously, they had missed their train and had to wait for another 15 to 30 minutes ’til the next trip!
Anyway, these Flash Mob Dancers did it for charity. It’s called ‘The Move Movement’, a charity program developed by the Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) that promotes a healthy active lifestyle, in the prevention of disease.
The Australian debate on pokie machines reforms goes on. The other day, a Catholic Priest and Youth Off The Streets CEO, Father Chris Riley announced that he is against the Gillard Government’s poker machine reforms. He was concerned that clubs would donate less money to charities if they were forced to install a pre-commitment system. He said that the government should focus on counseling and education.
The Australian Federal Government has announced a range of spending cuts so it can deliver its promised budget surplus in the 2012/13 financial year. Here is a news clip from ABC News posted on their Youtube Channel NewsOnABC summarizing the spending cuts.
Have you heard about this so called Thrill the World event? Well, Wikipedia explains it “as an annual international dance event and world record breaking attempt, in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, and the title of the event is an allusion to another of Jackson’s songs, Heal the World. The dancers perform in unison at locations throughout the world, and can range from pre-teens to the elderly. The idea came to fruition after a group of 62 zombies set a Guinness World Records for Largest Thriller Dance in one location, at a community hall in Canada.”
Channel 7 Today Tonight Show investigated the current status of Australia’s Refugee Program. It’s not a good news. The anchor stated that the Department of Immigration report shows that the current government policy is effectively importing unemployment. Refugees and other migrants are not getting jobs. They are on welfare for at least 5 years or longer. A very disturbing statistics.
It also mentioned that one of the major hindrances is the inability to speak the English language. It seems that integration is one of the biggest issues at hand.
And the Grand Finals of the X- Factor Australia 2011 has finally arrived! The Three Grand Finalists Andrew Wishart, Johnny Ruffo, and Reece Mastin will sing their audition songs again, their best song of the series so far, winner’s single and a duet with one of superstar performers.
First up is 40 years old Aussie bloke Andrew Wishart singing his audition song, Someone Like You by Adele. This song kicked-off Andrew Wishart’s popularity that kept him up to this point of the show.It’s so nice to watch the video featuring Andrew’s family and the people who are supporting him. If all Melbournians will vote for Andrew, they will bring home the X Factor 2011 Trophy.