R's sister works full time, including weekends at an old age person care place in the north of England. Using today's exchange rate, her weekly wage is AU$296. Surely that must be after various deductions. She likes the work and has her own place and received a decent settlement from her ex husband, so she can manage, but she gets nothing extra for weekend work. It is not really comparing apples and apples if you take into account their free health care, as against our 'free' healthcare. Regardless though, it is a pitiful wage. Isn't our old age pension a good bit more than that? Perhaps we in Australia aren't so badly off at all.
She found Australia expensive this visit but not on her previous visits. Not surprising really as in the past and when we went to England, it was about 47 pence to our dollar. Now it is 67 pence to our dollar. The tables have turned.
As is the wont of Tory Prime Ministers, Cameron is doing a fine job of taking from the poor to give to the rich. Taxes are lowered for the rich while services, pay, working conditions and pensions are cut for the poorer. And they wonder why people riot.