|Bond University, Robina, Queensland|
|The wily kookaburra|
|A fellow tourist captures gorgeous Gold Coast shoreline|
|View from Elephant Rock, Carrumba (photo credit: R. Doley)|
The infrastructure is so much healthier than in my homeland, with its crippling debt, astronomical incarceration rates, tightening police state apparatus, and legions of homeless roaming the streets. Everything's not perfect; aboriginal incarceration rates are 15 times higher than those of other Australians. (One in every four prisoners here is aboriginal, although aboriginals are only about 2 percent of the population.) But in general, the social safety net is much more solid. Australians find it mind-boggling to hear of an advanced nation without universal health care. Service workers are paid a living wage, so they need not grovel for tips. And I've only seen two presumably homeless people so far, and I've been keeping my eyes peeled.
|Lifeguards in training, Broadbeach|
|Sunrise from my apartment|
Next up: Honolulu. It’s a rough life.