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Why I’m leaving Britain

My native Australia is a much more modern, meritocratic and equal place than Britain

By Nikki Gemmell   March 2011

Women in charge: Julia Gillard (right) and MP Kirsten Livermore survey recent flood damage

On 6th April, my daughter, two sons and I are getting on a plane to join my husband in Sydney. Our tickets are one-way. We’re leaving Britain behind for all kinds of reasons—not least because, as one British expat friend recently put it: “In Australia, no one can box you into a corner unless you want to be boxed into that corner. That’s just not the case in Britain.”

She has a point. Look at the people who run the two countries. In Australia, it’s an…

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