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Half of Australians believe life was worse 50 years ago

Half of Australians believe life was worse 50 years ago

Australians are divided as to whether life 50 years ago had more to offer, according to a global study.

Oh really. Well… that half of the nation probably were not alive 50 years ago. So, the survey canvased mostly people with Iphones who are addicted to face book and receiving some sort of government handout. Fifty years ago they would not have clue about what freedom was. They wouldn’t know that you could leave the keys in the ignition and the car would be there in  the morning, same with your house. They wouldn’t believe that you could jump in the car and travel the coast or inland and stop anywhere you wanted to fish, hunt, barbecue your lunch on a fire on a beach—all without permits and signs ordering you not to camp, stop, run, jump, sing, walk on the grass, laugh or drink.

They wouldn’t know what a joy it was to travel the world without a single thought about an insane Islamist wanting to blow you to pieces in the plane, in coffee shops, the airport, any sporting venue or simple ambling through a market place and so on. Nah, life is much better now, we have leftist thugs bashing good people on the streets who don’t follow their Marxist ways of control—they weren’t alive to know communisms abject failures. But you can slip into your car for a picnic and drive all day, come back home and cook your snags in your kitchen because there was nowhere to stop, expensive parking meters, private, keep off, do not trespass, except at Cronulla where a horde of angry muslims sent you packing. And, you used the the word “nigger” it was on the boot polish tin and wasn’t in the modern Dictionary of Offensive Terms and nobody took you to court suing for your last penny! And the telephone lasted for decades. What did you say the new Iphone cost—and it’s obsolete already? Ha, ha, ha!

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Source: ABC

Half of Australians think life is better now than it was in the Swinging Sixties

The Pew Research Centre often measures global attitudes, but this is the first time the organisation has asked whether life in a person’s country is generally better, worse, or the same as it was five decades ago.

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Overall, 43,000 citizens of 38 countries were surveyed, and in general countries that were more upbeat about their national economy were more likely to say life today was better compared with 1967.

In Australia, out of those surveyed, 50 per cent thought life was better now, 33 per cent thought it was worse, and the rest were undecided.

Those most positive about life today were Vietnamese (88 per cent said life was better), Indians (69 per cent), South Koreans (68 per cent) and Japanese (65 per cent).

Whereas Venezuelans (72 per cent said life was worse), Mexicans (68 per cent), Tunisians (60 per cent) and Jordanians (57 per cent) tended to say life had become worse for people like them.

The global median figure was 43 per cent saying life was better, and 39 per cent believing it to be worse.

50 years ago in Australia

In 1967, Australians still watched television in black and white, the mining boom was just underway and the economy prospered.

The prime minister, Harold Holt, vanished while swimming in heavy surf, eventually triggering a leadership crisis for the Coalition.

Indigenous Australians were given the right to be counted in the national census.

The postcode system of postal address coding was introduced throughout Australia, and the Australian dollar was unlinked from British currency.

Mobile phones and the World Wide Web were still decades away from being invented.

Australia a ‘fairer society now’

Demographer Mark McCrindle said it was easy for people to become nostalgic about the 1960s.

“Kids would ride bikes around, there were no helmets back then, they would head out on a Saturday or Sunday and they wouldn’t come back until dinner,” he said.

“It was that sort of free-range parenting approach to life, a lot less regulation.”

But beyond the technological and medical advancements, Mr McCrindle said Australia was now a fairer society than it was 50 years ago.

“We did not have the equality and the recognition of original Australians,” he said.

“And beyond that, the cultural diversity and the inclusion that has taken place since then.

“So from a social justice [perspective], [we see] far more enlightenment and breakthroughs these days.”

Younger people rank life better now

Australia and the United Kingdom recorded the two biggest gaps in positivity based on the age of respondents.

More than 60 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds ranked life today as better, compared to 41 per cent of those aged above 50 who preferred their life when they were younger.

University student Mark Phillip, 21, said though his generation has gained a lot, it may have come at a cost.

“Today when you’re talking with your friends, half of you are sitting there on your phones — even messaging each other when you’re sitting next to each other,” he said.

“[Sometimes] you don’t even know what to say to each other, when the conversation stops you just get on your phone and do something else.”

Robyn Lloyd was in her 20s in 1967 and said she felt life now was much more sedentary and restrictive for young people such as her grandchildren.

“I do encourage them to be more active … I get out and play soccer with them,” she said.

But she said there were aspects to modern life she definitely appreciated.

“Probably mobile phones, unfortunately yes, I couldn’t live without my mobile phone,” she said.

Vesna Stankovic said her kids were missing out on many of the things she enjoyed at their age — thanks to technology.

“You could make an idiot of yourself, nobody took a photo of you, so there was no evidence,” she said.

“There was no social media, not everybody saw it, someone sitting in Tokyo couldn’t laugh at you for falling down when you were drunk.

“You made a phone call, you sent a letter and you waited three days for a response. You didn’t send an email and expect a reply within three minutes —nobody’s patient, everybody wants everything yesterday.”

Ms Stankovic said along with changes brought on by technology, issues such as affordability had only become worse.

“I grew up in a one-income household in the city and my parents managed to pay off the home, we weren’t rich but we lived a comfortable life,” she said.

“But now, unless both parents are working there is no chance you can pay anything off, or even afford a mortgage.”

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Lorraine 07/12/2017, 7:10 am

    My Grandparent’s lived thru the depression and yet told me they had the best of times, my Parents told me they had the best of times, married in the 40’s raising families. My Husband and I that lived thru the 60’s with rock and roll and the freedoms we had back then, we believe we had the best of times. My children are raising kids and have a good life. We have 1 life and we better enjoy it. I believe all generations lived a good life and will in the future adapt to all challenges that await them

  • TommyGun 07/12/2017, 7:44 am

    If someone asks me where and when I would prefer to live I always say “London in the ’60’s”. It was the best of times without the dangers of terrorism, AIDS, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, “ice” etc etc. England was still white.
    Australia was great, too, in the ’60’s but a bit behind in technology.

    • Albert 07/12/2017, 10:06 am

      And just what 60’s technology were we behind in, Tommy?

      As I recall we in Sydney had electricity to burn, TV and radio, electrical appliances of all sorts, the best tram system in the world bar none. Then there was a manufacturing industry second to none, produced the worlds finest steel, produced our own motor vehicles, a thriving agricultural base, a dairy industry that produced all we needed, a nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights doing medical research I believe, a world class airline, a ship building industry electric trains and we came up with many world firsts even in simple things like the Victa motor mower, the Hills hoist and a small factory in Mascot that produced rat and mouse traps using fully automated machine that was built from bits and pieces by the factory owner, A. W. Stanfield.

      Admittedly the country regions didn’t have much more than the basics but neither did regional UK.

      • Bushkid 07/12/2017, 1:27 pm

        I once spent more than hour in that mouse trap factory (Supreme, I think was the label). It was next door to where my sisters racing car was having some work done, and as a kid I was keen to see where our mousetraps were made and how. It was the most fascinating process to watch, as the various bits (few in essence, just a piece of wood and some wire bits) were cut, shaped and coiled into the mouse traps. If I remember correctly, it was all steam-driven too. Now, our mouse traps are made overseas, and are as effective as a piece of wet paper.

        I grew up in the queensland bush, and we had the 32V generator and battery system that Dad built, radio, records, electric iron and washing machine, phone (no TV, but we didn’t miss it), books by the hundred, some robust toys (and imaginations to use them), a huge veggie garden, trees to climb, horses to ride, a dairy, chooks and a huge “back yard” to grow up in. Compared to todays kids and their options – I was rich and happy beyond measure.

      • Albert 07/12/2017, 2:12 pm

        Bushkid, my mother, father, maternal grandmother and aunt all worked in that factory and in those days myself and my cousins could freely walk in and around the factory. Great memories, but I can assure you that the wonderful machine was electrically driven.

        Albert Stanfield was a very clever man who invented all manner of mechanical wonders from a machine that made the stays for corsets (called busks) to diecast pencil sharpeners.

      • Joe Blogs 07/12/2017, 4:20 pm

        Albert, if he were still operating today he’d be thinking of switching from electricity to less expensive and more reliable wood-fired steam.

        Thanks for the nice stories, folks.

      • Bushkid 07/12/2017, 9:14 pm

        Thanks for the update/correction, Albert. It was a kids memory, and maybe the wonder of seeing all the workings of the factory just evoked the idea of steam power. It was a wonder and a privilege to be able to see it.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 07/12/2017, 8:20 am

    The rot set in just about then when they invented chicken. All of a sudden there were motels and chicken, morning, noon, and night, chicken. Mind you, motels were a novelty and reasonably safe places to stay, for a lot of outback pubs used to suffer spontaneous combustion during the dark watches.

  • Smoko 07/12/2017, 8:23 am

    The issue is NOT material things, but freedom. Freedom to speak, freedom to vote, freedom of movement.
    The suffering blacks of America in many cases were worse off material after freedom, but nobody ever wants to go back.

  • Jack Richards 07/12/2017, 8:52 am

    Fifty years ago I was just about to finish High School – year 10 actually. I hated school. But there was plenty of employment in plenty of dead-end factory and clerical jobs. There was hardly any obesity; none of the “nanny” laws we now have; we could buy guns and ammo at the local café and fish the rivers – all without a licence. There were no “no go” areas that I recall. the TAB had started then but there were still plenty of SP bookies in every pub in every town that didn’t have a TAB. The music was much better; the girls were prettier; and there weren’t any politically correct thought police ever eager to dob you in to your employer or the HRC thought police.

    There are a lot of positives about life today that makes it better, in many respects, than 50 years ago. On balance … I’m not sure. There are a lot of things I’m nostalgic for from the 60s and 70s and a lot of things I’m glad to be rid of.

    • Joe Blogs 07/12/2017, 11:55 am

      Thought of you this morning, Jack. On the news, some female person exhorted people to avoid salty food at Christmas parties. Now you can add “salt wowsers” to your list of people trying to tell you how to live your life.

  • Albert 07/12/2017, 9:46 am

    We have discussed this subject here at MM a number of times so I don’t want to repeat it all except to say that I could forego much of today to return to a time when I was safer with more freedom, a time when respect, discipline, morality and principles meant something.

    I think that the Pew Research Centre and its findings stink because it is a good bet that the majority of those polled wouldn’t have a clue as to what it was like living 50 years ago.

    • Joe Blogs 07/12/2017, 4:28 pm

      Agree, Albert. Lack of experience => lack of perspective.

      They wouldn’t know what it was like to walk 5 miles to and from school barefooted – and uphill both ways.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 07/12/2017, 10:09 am

    About the worst thing that happened 50 years ago happened on the 12th of May precisely. Bill Shorten was born!

    • Joe Blogs 07/12/2017, 11:59 am

      Didn’t he slither from the sludge and float up in a bubble of toxic swamp gas?

  • Eliza 07/12/2017, 10:38 am

    50 years ago we still had common sense, freedom of speech and most of us were able to get employment in jobs of our choice. 50 years ago we also had a lot more integrity and honesty in our society .

    • Bushkid 07/12/2017, 1:37 pm

      Same from my perspective, Eliza. it really was a different world. Not so many whizz-bang gadgets, but I don’t recall feeling that I lacked for anything. Now, there’s a whole side of an aisle in supermarkets dedicated to varieties of potato chips, or Coke and soft drinks, yet try to find more than one (expensive) brand of good dried fruit for example, and you’d be lucky. All things sweet and full of preservatives and things that are numbers rather than food ingredients, yet not so much fruit and veg, or inexpensive cuts of meat. Then there’s chicken that’s pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics, the poor birds having been pumped so full of feed that their legs can’t hold them up – and the meat from these poor things is tasteless and slimy. I could go on, but I daresay everyone can get the picture.

      Gadgets and gizmos are one thing (until the power goes off), but guaranteed freedom of thought and speech, common sense and personal responsibility are better foundations for contentment.

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