Is Australia Still ‘The Lucky Country’? – Part One

Over the last month I have travelled to Bali,Thailand & Singapore and whilst I was primarily holidaying to recharge for an exciting second half of 2016, and running (some might say like a little baby) away from the cold of Melbourne’s winter, I can’t help but do a little detective work whilst in a different country.

Let me start by saying that I love travelling in Asia. Stepping off the plane you are immediately enveloped by what I can only describe as a warm, sweaty embrace as the heat and humidity of Asia seems to just cocoon your whole body and invade every sense you have. Quickly exchanging Melbourne’s winter wear for a pair of shorts, slapping on a singlet, and donning a pair thongs and I am ready to enjoy another Asian adventure.

One of the first things that I do, language permitting (P.S being a native English speaker and relatively mono-linguistic, I am acutely aware as to how spoilt I am, given that the rest of the world generally does a pretty good job at speaking my mother tongue), is to chat to the locals to try and get a feel for their day to day lives.

  • Are they happy?
  • What is a normal working week?
  • What sort of services do they have access to?
  • What are their costs of living?
  • Do they own or rent their homes?
  • What sort of expectations, goals and dreams they have for their lives.
  • I genuinely want to know what makes them tick and what it’s like to live the way they do!


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Now far from being a comprehensive scientific study or complete census of any of these populations, what I am going to share with you over the next few emails are just personal observations, experiences & conversations whilst I was away. Where I can, I will provide some research or data to support my claims, all with the view that I aim to add value to both your investing and your own lives here in Australia over the course of this blog series. As always I have a bit to say, and some of it may be a bit controversial.


So Over The Next Parts Of This Series Here Is What I Will Cover:

Tuesday 30th August:  Do We Really Work Hard Here In Australia?

Wednesday 31 August: How Unaffordable Is Australian Property On A Global Scale?

Thursday 1 September: What Does Asia Think About Australia (and Australians)?

Friday 2 September: What Can We Do To Benefit From The “Asian Century”?


Until next time,

Matthew Bateman

Matt has successfully transitioned from establishing and operating a string a successful health & wellness businesses, to being a full-time property investor & developer. Matt has been involved in the development of over $100M worth of residential real estate. Matt is a sought after presenter and educator covering all areas of real estate & regularly wows audiences across Australasia with his knowledge and passion.


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About the Author:

Matt has had a long and varied career which has led him to become a highly sought after Property Mentor. Matt and his team currently have over $150 million worth of property under development, and have successfully taught hundreds of clients how to build a large property portfolio to suit their lifestyle.