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I don't believe that Australians are at great economic risk compared with Africa, compared with countries in south east Asia, compared with some countries in South America. Compared with the sort of global economy, Australia is not at risk. I think within Australian society though, the biggest threat to stability is happening to the division of society created by extremely unfair and very prejudicial economic systems. They favour rich people and they don't favour the disadvantaged poor people. I think that's probably the biggest threat that faces Australia now. We lack vision in our leadership. I wouldn't say society is controlled, but politics is controlled by selfishness, by politicians' desire to be in power and they will do anything, including putting people's lives at risk, for the sake of retaining power.
different risks in Australia, so you enjoy your car, you enjoy your computers, emails, CDs. I have two computers, I have all sorts of things, but I think financially my life is full of worries. And it's quite serious. It's quite real because banks are quite ruthless, you know. And those financial companies, they're ruthless. You don't pay them for two months and they come and repossess everything, whereas in the Soviet Union it was quite different.
Australia's a wonderful country, a nice place and generally friendly people, and in provinces people are friendlier than in Sydney - while the opportunities are fewer there. But, anyway, there's still you know, sense of community and in some neighbourhoods people are not so alienated and they socialise. And also of course there's a lot of freedom on the street compared with many other countries.
The education system has, I think, worsened and instability, I think, in some aspects of downsizing and lots of temporary jobs are created. So some people like it, some don't like it and I sometimes like it, sometimes I don't like it. So there are advantages and disadvantages. But of course it's a very sudden and rapid change and sometimes it's not really justified by technology. I think sometimes it's just desire to introduce something new at whatever cost without thinking about human consequences. And also I think that employers now, particularly in large organisations and institutions, not value much their staff so they just sack them and there's not enough recognition for many people so you're on your own, you know, just surviving the jungle. So you have more freedom, of course, but at the same time we're losing the sense of community.
You understand what is risky here and what is not, and some Russians who come here of course could do some stupid things because they don't understand the Australian situation, and it's quite acceptable there but it's not here, so it's a risky behaviour here. And vice versa I suppose, an Australian coming to Russia. So much depends on the cultural and social setting.
We are very poor. We have no house. We have no clothes. We were not gipsy because we come from really high, but when you have everything and you lost everything, nobody wanted to know anything. We couldn't pay our rent; we had to live in the street. My mother coming very sick and die from there. No medicine or nothing. My father, he always work in the oil factory, and he paid with blood because he never stop. I working very hard, I have to broken the water with a hammer, ice, to wash the baby of my brother's children, and my sister-in-law and I working so hard.
From then I have work all my life, I have been in the asbestos mine and in the north where is very, very hot. I'm ironing for the people clothes and then you are so hot. We're living in the little room like a hut with the bed like the grass, and the copper one pipe with the water and then the only place we can live in. And was terrible. And then from beginning I think my son have like the meningitis. For the heat I have to come back six months after. We come back from Perth and my son is already very sick. And from then I have trouble, I always have trouble with Johnny [her son]. And my daughter Maria is beautiful person, I love her very much, only she's temper, so temper. And she make me cry, really does. But my reason I thought, she one of these like to hurt. Very cruel. [Rosanna is crying increasingly as she talks]. So I have no family. Oh my health is big mess now. But I worry about my son, think you know, he's gone worse. My husband is sick too with diabetes.
I think through the years past in Australia many, many terrible for jobs. For I work for nearly 27 year now -- cleaner in the nighttime. My husband come and do a little bit. I been working so hard all my life. And they were going pictures, dancing, dinner, and me never. All the while I'm working, keeping the money for the family. If we're improving, I think they give respect, very respect. But I think I should enjoy more my life and I can be more healthy because I been too hard for myself, and now is too late. Hard to work all time.
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