The BLS put out their monthly CPI lie last week. They issued the proclamation that inflation is dead. Did you know your costs are % lower than they were one year ago. They then used these deflation numbers to proclaim your real wages soared last month. It’s all good. The American consumer is so flush with cash, they decided to spend less money for the second month in a row. The Wall Street shysters are so happy with declining consumer spending, declining corporate profits, and a global recession, they pushed the NASDAQ up to 5,000 for the first time in 15 years. Hey!!! That was the year 2000. Things really got better after that milestone.
12% of Australian universities are in the World University rankings compared with % of UK universities. A Masters in Australia lasts 1 or 2 years: most NZ Masters are 2 years comprising a year of coursework and a year of research. THe academic year is from February to November. Fees range from $17-55000 in Australia and $17-45000 in New Zealand (ie start at around £12000). Students can work 20 hours a week in term-time and full-time in vacation. The Australian government is introducing a post-study work visa that will allow international students to work for up to 2 years after completing their degree. There are scholarships available but these are highly competitive – students need a First and even this is no guarantee. Loans are difficult as neither the UK nor Australian/New Zealand government will support these. Financial support is based on academic criteria and not on need.