COMPARISON BETWEEN NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA

  • The north and the south of Australia has been locked in a cultural war for quite some time now. However, there seem no to be a major difference between the two regions. As far as the climate is concerned, the north seems to have a better vegetation cover than the south. This is most likely due to the fact that there is reliable rainfall in the area enough to support both plant and animal life. The south however has part of its land covered by desert thereby hampering steady agro-business. Even though the south discovered and started mining activities before the north, recent statistics indicate that large deposits of various mineral resources have been discovered in the northern part of Australia. Deposits mentioned above are said to be lying in government owned land. As a result, the north of Australia is coming up very strongly as an economic hub. Generally, this must have caused the population in the north to bulge due to laborers intruding in search of working opportunities in the mines. It is not clear whether the migration of laborers was massive enough to lead to unemployment cases in the north, but what is clear is that there are no instances of unemployment in the South.

    Both the north and south brag of substantial production of agricultural and horticultural products. Although it is evident the north is likely to produce more due to fore mentioned facts. North Australia in addition has nowadays taken over from the south as the major income generator region in the whole of the continent. Tourism revenue is enjoyed in both regions although most sources claim that the south scoops more revenue in tourism as compared to their northern counterparts. This is obviously because they have better vegetation cover which is mostly needed for wildlife foe food and shelter.

    In Australia, motor bike riding is a culture with a very long history. This riding culture also is a threat to public security as states the Australian government citing cases of violent fighting among rival groups. This led some federal government slapping partial and total bans on the groups thereby rendering them outlawed. Rumor has it that the riders still continue with their illegal practices secretly. Sources allege that south Australia hosts a big number of these riders.

    Just like the riders are a time bomb in the south, so is bad weather to the north. The 1974 cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin killing sixty-five people leaving behind a trail of damaged infrastructure and essential social amenities.  History indicates that the north was vastly inhabited by many ancient tribes like the aborigines some whom still live there and speak their native language to this day. It is said that the natives of north Australia were traders from very long before the south. They established trade links with Indonesia even before the arrival of the Europeans. The north is also home to Australia’s biggest national park; the Kakadu National park. It is a World Heritage-listed National park. It covers a generous 19,804 km2 making it one of the most depended upon tourism facility in north Australia. It has diverse landscapes occasioned by rainforest, and rugged rock formations, including wetlands, waterfalls and waterholes. The southern part of Australia is governed by a constitutional monarchy and a premier while the northern government has a head of state as the head of government.

    Below is an interview of Alan Tudge done by Sarah Tomlinson

    SARAH TOMLINSON:  What is the expected impact of, proposed changes to immigration laws?

    ALAN TUDGE: Sarah, how's it going?

    SARAH TOMLINSON: What changes you are proposing?

    ALAN TUDGE: The issue of people coming to Australia and land in a regional area because they have a business sponsorship. Some quit the sponsoring business after attaining residence and return to big cities.

    SARAH TOMLINSON: And what makes people move to the city?

    ALAN TUDGE: Some of them have family and friends living in the big capital cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Most migrants are from China and India. They are the biggest number of migrants and account for biggest populations in Melbourne and Sydney especially.

    SARAH TOMLINSON: Unemployment rates in regional areas are much higher than the capitals. What is the plan to ensure the system ensure sufficiency of jobs to lure them to stay?

    ALAN TUDGE: The problem is sometimes you find, as in places I visited recently, there are jobs but the people simple shy away, whether it is skilled work or unskilled work.

    SARAH TOMLINSON: Mostly skills that come out Australia aren't recognized or it takes them a while before getting acceptance into an education system and then afterwards, job openings surface in car and energy industries where we are realizing scarce job availability. Has that been considered?

    ALAN TUDGE:  Most people coming into the country, in fact 70 per cent of them come in and become permanent residents come through the Skilled Migration Program. In essence, they are business sponsored or they have quite considerable skills. That is how our program has been working., because we end up getting uncertified people, typically, from around the world coming here to bring their skills in.

    The remaining 30 per cent is in relation to family reunion – that is typically international matrimony aimed at making that person a citizen of Australia or, you can sponsor your close relatives into the country as well.

    SARAH TOMLINSON: Minister, at the moment in most regional areas there are people jostling for places in facilities like childcare. There's increased health services. What funding or resources will regional towns be able to provide to have this changes?

    ALAN TUDGE:  In relation to migration or…

    SARAH TOMLINSON: For migration, yes,

    ALAN TUDGE: Typically, when families go to regional places, mostly it is because a particular business in a regional area will sponsor that family into the region, they sponsor them with a job wise. But unfortunately some of them abandon the jobs soon after attaining a resident’s permit. Then the quit the regional areas for the bigger and more affluent cosmopolitan cities

    The interview goes on unmasking the reality unveiling gradually as the interview advances. This interview also reveals evidence of random migration from one regional area to the city and fro. It also reveals the influx of foreigners plying the continent for greener pastures.

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