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    * AUSTRALIA is the second best country to live in, say correspondents in Bangk

    Australia second best place to live - UN


    • From correspondents in Bangkok, Thailand
    • From: Reuters
    • October 05, 2009 2:21PM


    AUSTRALIA is the second best country to live in, according to a measure of global living standards.

    Norway retained its status as the world's most desirable country, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) index released today, followed by Australia and then Iceland.
    Niger, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone scored worst in terms of human development and the poorest performing region was sub-Saharan Africa, where states are afflicted by war and HIV/AIDS.
    The index was compiled prior to the global economic crisis and used 2007 data on GDP per capita, education, and life expectancy.
    Marked differences were still evident between the developed and developing world.
    "Despite significant improvements over time, progress has been uneven," UNDP said.
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    "Many countries have experienced setbacks over recent decades, in the face of economic downturns, conflict-related crises and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and this was even before the impact of the global economic crisis was felt."
    Life expectancy in Niger was 50, about 30 years shorter than Norway, according to the index.
    Half the people in the poorest 24 countries were illiterate, compared to 20 per cent in nations classed as having medium levels of human development, the index showed.
    Japanese people lived longer than others, to 82.7 years on average, with life expectancy in war-ravaged Afghanistan just 43.6 years.
    Liechtenstein has the highest GDP per capita in a tiny principality home to 35,000 people, 15 banks and more than 100 wealth management companies.
    People were poorest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    Five countries - China, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and France - climbed three or more places from the previous year, driven by greater earnings and longer life expectancy.
    China, Colombia and Venezuela also scored better due to improvements in education.
    UNDP, which has published the index annually since 1990, said human development had improved globally by 15 per cent since 1980, with China, Iran and Nepal the biggest climbers in the chart.

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    It's not the UK???

    How surprising!


    Speaking of flags:





    Not bragging, mind you!

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    hehehe...see the Union Flag is still flying proud in the corner.

    Grow a fucking spine and have us kicked off......55555

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    Why have 'you' kicked off?

    I fully support keeping the Union Jack in the corner. Nothing to do with 'growing a spine', rather acknowledging our history.

    Why would you have a problem with that?

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    Tino rangatiratanga bitches!


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    Hmm...not the typical Australian view me thinks..........

    As for us, we're embarrased at what we created....

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    Yes I would be embarrassed also......imagine....giving away the greatest country on the globe...

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    Second greatest, stats above.

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    Ok, now that's worth a green!

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    Why do those dullard Scandanavian countries always rate high on such lists? Have to be the most numb and stoic societies on the earth.....

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    Its the naked saunas that get em every time...we canno compete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Why do those dullard Scandanavian countries always rate high on such lists? Have to be the most numb and stoic societies on the earth.....
    agree; Norway? FFS!


    where was unzud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Tino rangatiratanga bitches!
    Let's get BG's view on this before we discuss the greatness of Maori Power!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    Hmm...not the typical Australian view me thinks..........
    Actually the population is divided about 50/50 but in the end it will be replaced due to the changes in the population

    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    Its the naked saunas that get em every time...we canno compete
    Hey, we have all our lovely topless beaches

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Tino rangatiratanga bitches!
    Let's get BG's view on this before we discuss the greatness of Maori Power!
    Actually I would actively encourage blackgang to voice his opinions on "niggers"; "darkies" and the like to a Maori audience. I'm sure that they would be quite receptive to his theories on the subject.

    Something tells me however that he wouldn't be quite so forthcoming with his views without the shelter of a keyboard and monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Something tells me however that he wouldn't be quite so forthcoming with his views without the shelter of a keyboard and monitor.
    You're dead wrong there, Ant. As he has stated many times, he is one and the same in person as on an internet forum.

    He'd be picking up the Maori midgets and throwing them around the room . . . all without having to re-arrange his oxygen mask.

    Maoris? Bunch of midget wimps! (Must be as they are of a darker hue . . . never invented anything either did they? Ha! Got you there!)

    Now, as to AWESTRALIA being simply AWESOME!!!!

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    How is it that a thread about Australia, has the midget crowing on about noo ziland?

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    A great result for a great country.

    And the only reason the Union Jackal is still on our flag confirms the love and respect that the Anglo Saxon and Baby Boomer Aussies have for Queen Elizabeth II.

    Once old mam goes so will the Jack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    How is it that a thread about Australia, has the midget crowing on about noo ziland?
    When looking at a map of our region it becomes obvious that NZ is a mere dag.

    (thankfully writing this at the office and ensuring Mrs Hat doesn't see it)



    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Once old mam goes so will the Jack!
    I hope not. We should keep it or at most change to an Aborigine design . . . not come up with something like the rainbow nation crap the Yarpies have to put up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    When looking at a map of our region it becomes obvious that NZ is a mere dag. (thankfully writing this at the office and ensuring Mrs Hat doesn't see it)
    yup, and like a dag it outta be cut off.


    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    We should keep it or at most change to an Aborigine design
    agreed, I once, saw a decent effort that combined the colours of the Aboriginal flag with the union jack, southern cross elements. I think both are important.

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    not come up with something like the rainbow nation crap the Yarpies have to put up with
    or the bladdy canadian flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    agreed, I once, saw a decent effort that combined the colours of the Aboriginal flag with the union jack, southern cross elements. I think both are important.
    Australia's earthy colours, southern cross and a boomerang-effect

    Problem there is that it tends to look like a tinpot African country . . .



    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    or the bladdy canadian flag.
    Excellent choice, I believe . . . let's pick something up off the ground and use that as an emblem . . . lucky they didn't first pick up a dag

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    I fully support keeping the Union Jack in the corner.
    Continue to do so. Never know what you might end up with as a flag.

    Take a lesson from Canada.

    Before. Rather nice I think.



    Then along came this to appease Frog Canadian opposition to having the Union Jack on the flag. Some sort of bastardized French flag with a foking maple leaf in the center. Butt ugly ain't it.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Before. Rather nice I think.
    Very nice indeed . . . as for the current one . . . a bit simplistic and kind of funny

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    Nice flag Norway is home of Trolls Vikings in Big girls sweaters and unafffordable beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    How is it that a thread about Australia, has the midget crowing on about noo ziland?
    Just reminding you bitches of your proper place in the grand scheme of things, bitches!

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    Dag!!

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