Ask anyone about the Australian Dream, and most people will come up with the same sort of picture: a world of modern suburbs with huge gardens and herds of SUVs. Where everyone is hardworking and prosperous, enjoying endless summers of barbecues and sport. Where the beer and chardonnay are ever-flowing and the only problem is the odd huntsman on the wall.
There’s a lot to like about it: democratic, unpretentious -with ordinary people at last coming into their own. But, unless Australians are very careful, it may be impossible to sustain. Emily Cadman in Bloomberg Green* describes how uncontrolled development in the age of global warming, may be making the great city of Sydney uninhabitable. Already temperatures in the west of the city are reaching 50 degrees, and you can find yourself hit with eighty on the tarmac in a car park. Roads melt, violence soars-and some people die from the heat. That’s before the bush fires.
We at LSS have always admired a lot about Australia. The essential egalitarianism, the blokeish no nonsense spirit, toughness of their sports teams. It is a dream worth preserving- but sometimes even dreams must be adapted.
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we thank Mr Peter Seymour of Hertfordshire for the lead to this story