Australia Once The Lucky Country

Now many live homeless and dreading tomorrow. We must do better for everyone. Choose to be lucky again. Choose to feel better by behaving better. Choosing lucky, always.

Maria Rattray
4 min readOct 4, 2022
Australia the lucky country. Hopefully we can be again.
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There was a time when Australians could be guaranteed a roof over their heads.

People whose incomes were modest chose to live in regional areas, where rent was cheap, and hope was alive and well.

There was plenty of work around and a built-in support system that allowed courage to grow once more, especially if you’d been down on your luck.

But that has changed.

Regional areas are thriving and landlords are cashing in on the boom, raising their rents, in some instances not renewing leases because they want to ‘renovate’, and in others refusing to do basic maintenance because they have plenty of people lining up to take your place.

Empathy is absent.

Making a quick buck is everything!

I watched a 4Corners program on ABC last night and I felt totally ashamed.

How on earth have we moved from being the Lucky Country, to one where people young and old, are sleeping on the street, or hiding in the…



Maria Rattray

Writer, author, teacher, fun-loving poet. Trying valiantly to make the world a better place. Helping you to guide the future. Find me at: