16 December 2020 - Aussie Primary Industries - Labour Shortages & Tarriff Threats
Australia's primary industries are going
through turmoil on multiple fronts, with low migration numbers keeping foreign workers away and ongoing trade disputes with China becoming an all-out war. Multiple industries are feeling the pressure, including beef, wheat, barley, wine, and fruit growers across the country. Australian honey, fruit, and dairy producers are also on high alert over potential tariffs, and cotton and timber
producers are caught up in a variety of trade disruptions. The entire primary sector will have to adjust to a more insular post-COVID world, with the Australian economy likely to take a big hit.
14 December 2020 - Average First Home Buyer Age Rises
The average age of first-time property
buyers continues to rise in Australia. It's increasingly rare for couples in their 20s to snap up their first home, with the average Aussie well into their 30s by the time they get a mortgage. This puts Australia near the bottom of the list compared with other nations, with Aussie first-home owners slightly older than those in the UK and USA but dramatically older than those in many European countries. While housing affordability is the obvious factor delaying entry to the property market, other influential factors include people studying for longer, travelling more, and waiting until they can afford their "dream" home.
7 December 2020 - How Much Meat is Ideal
In a modern world saturated with information, confusion, and endless goodwill, knowing what to eat can seem like a major challenge. When it comes to dietary advice, there's nothing more polarising than red meat, with some people advocating meat-centred diets and others recommending almost no consumption at all. Let's take a look at current healthcare advice on red meat consumption from around the world, and try to understand just how much is considered 'safe' when you balance the risks with the rewards.
4 December 2020 - Famous Private Islands
There's nothing like relaxing on a tropical island, swimming through pristine waters, and letting the worries of the world fade away in the cool breeze. For most of us, island holiday life is very much a communal affair, with the vast majority of small islands owned by large resorts or shared by multiple citizens. There are lots of private islands dotted around the world, however, and a number of high profile owners who don't need to share with anyone at all. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Pamela Anderson, from the Bahamas to Dubai, let's take a look at some of the most famous private islands in the world.
1 December 2020 - Household Density around the World
Household density around the world is widely dependent on where you live, with global differences highlighted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Household type also differs widely between nations and cities, from solo households to nuclear families and extended family groups. Let's take a look at household density rates in different countries, and try to understand the size and shape of the modern home with respect to population changes and city growth rates around the world.
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