An outspoken American business consultant has revealed why Australia is a ‘terrible place to live’ and warns the country is ‘deteriorating rapidly’.
Rafael Cintron, the CEO of immigration firm Wealthy Expat, explained why he will never live Down Under in an explosive TikTok video posted this week.
“Australia is a terrible place to live,” the Dubai-based consultant’s video begins.
“High taxes, regulations (Covid) as we have seen with the situation around the world. The descent is rapid and many people quickly leave the country.
Rafael Cintron, CEO of immigration firm Wealthy Expat, (pictured) explained why he would never live Down Under in a short TikTok video posted on Wednesday
In a video posted in 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the consultant called Australia “a disaster of a country”.
“Recently they finally opened up Australians to leave the country, they’ve been stuck for months and months,” he said. “The future of the country looks bleaker than ever.”
Australian income rate for residents in 2022:
$0 – $18,200 = 0%
$18,201 – $45,000 = 19%
$45,001 – $120,000 = 32.5%
$120,001 – $180,000 = 37%
$180,001 and over = 45%
Income tax rate in Dubai: zero
Mr Cintron, a US citizen from Puerto Rico who lives in Dubai, told Daily Mail Australia that while Australia has traditionally been a large and prosperous country, many citizens are unhappy with the government.
“Many of our Australian customers are extremely disappointed with the government’s response to the Covid crisis, for example, when Australian citizens were even banned from returning to their home country to control the spread of Covid-19,” said he declared.
“When citizens protested, they faced harsh punishments and physical abuse.”
He said Australians are among the highest taxed people in the world.
The consultant said the tax rate for high earners can exceed 45% of their income and range from 32.5 to 37% for middle earners.
Mr Cintron hit out at other countries on TikTok, including New Zealand, which he said was “morphing into North Korea” due to its strict Covid restrictions.
The consultant also criticized Canada for the same reasons as Australia and said people were leaving because of government rules and regulations.
Mr Cintron (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia that while Australia has traditionally been a large and prosperous country, many citizens have recently become unhappy with their government
He said Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Portugal are the best examples of safe, low-tax countries with minimal restrictions compared to Australia.
However, patriotic Australians were quick to defend their country in the comments.
‘I am an Australian. You forgot to mention high salaries, universal health care, awesome gun control, great weather and happy citizens,” one said.
‘Check out your dream. We are the best country on the planet,” said another.
“Australia is one of the best countries to live in. Especially Melbourne, with plenty of work opportunities and a good place to start a family,” commented a third.
Mr Cintron, pictured with a friend, lives in Dubai, where there is no personal income tax
Mr Cintron (pictured) hit out at other countries on TikTok, including New Zealand, which he said was ‘turning into North Korea’ due to its strict Covid restrictions
It comes after a British woman living in Australia shared a list of pros and cons of each country, with “boring” used to describe her time Down Under.
Deborah moved from East Yorkshire to New York after finishing college in 2001.
After watching the terrifying events of 9/11 from her office window, Deborah decided she needed to be closer to her family and moved to Sydney where one of her sisters lived, and after six years she moved in Melbourne.
The British expat has compiled a list of the pros and cons of living in both countries and shared it with Ping Pong Poms – a Facebook group for “people considering returning to the UK”.
Deborah posted a list of the pros and cons of living in Australia and the UK on a Facebook group on Tuesday for ‘people considering returning to the UK’ (pictured)
“Just got back from the UK and feeling so out of place and homesick,” Deborah wrote.
“Woke up at 1.30am this morning to write down a list of pros and cons as I feel so flat after a lovely summer time in the UK.”
Deborah split the page down the middle and first wrote the benefits for both countries.
Benefits to the UK included family, beautiful countryside, supermarkets, cottages, school friends, universities, history, being close to Europe, more fun things for children, the chocolate, the Christmas atmosphere, the pretty towns and the pubs.
Meanwhile, more space, more opportunities for children, low unemployment, higher pay, schools, the second safest country to live in, restaurants, everything is on its doorstep, a low population density, less public debt, a strong economy, longer life expectancy, delicious tap water and outdoor swimming pools topped the list of Aussie pros.
Unsurprisingly, the list of Aussie pros included year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, low pollution and happy people.
Deborah wrote 11 cons for Australia – two more than the UK – including that it’s boring, so far away, lack of history, rubbish supermarkets, bad chocolate, bushfires, expensive and slow internet , everything wants to kill you, shopping isn’t as fun/as good and crumpets are so bad.
The UK scammers list was made up of horrible tap water, blocked motorways, cold and miserable most of the year, driving standards, hours to a concert/airport, driving times, waits in hospitals, restaurants outside of London are not comparable to Oz and political unrest.
The homesick British expat (left) wrote the list after returning from a trip to the UK where she visited her mother Joan (right)
She told Daily Mail Australia that the items on the lists were thoughts and “nothing is wrong or right”.
“I love Australia for its ‘no worries’ attitude,” Deborah said.
“Australia is an incredible country with incredible opportunities, beautiful rainforests, oceans and beaches and fantastic wine.”
“Unfortunately, what Australia lacks are prawn cocktail crisps, chocolate that tastes good and above all real crumpets!”
Deborah’s parents are regular visitors to Australia and love North Queensland for its “fishing, warm weather and laid back lifestyle”.
She said the post went “a bit bonkers” after receiving more than 300 comments in less than 12 hours.
“Love that chocolate and crumpets made the list lol,” one user commented.
“Just got back from 9 months back home in the UK and couldn’t explain to my work colleagues how bad crumpets are here compared to back home,” another user wrote.
“Chocolate definitely sucked in Oz,” said another.
Other users said Deborah would do well to read the list and “really think about what matters.”
“Like, I don’t think ‘bad chocolate’ or even ‘garbage supermarkets’ are really going to have a big impact on your life,” one user wrote.
The Melbourne resident has lived in Australia for 20 years with her husband Joe
Other Brits were also quick to share what they disliked about Australia.
“People in the UK have a sense of humor and are funny. Flies in Australia are horrible and high UV is annoying in Oz,” one wrote.
Another said: ‘UK TV is better and groceries are much cheaper / more choice (especially crisps and chocolate lol).’
‘We backed down [to England] earlier this year and it was the best decision. Schools are brilliant, academia is better, there are more options for education and college, etc. “, wrote a Briton.
Meanwhile, other users told the mother-of-two to relax and embrace Australian culture.
‘Enjoy Australian architecture, even the charming old Queensland farmhouse. They are simply magnificent. Lots of great Victorian architecture around. England is beautiful but congested. Think of all the good things about Oz,’ one user commented.
Another user wrote that Australia is rich in Aboriginal history: “Aborigines are known to have occupied mainland Australia for at least 65,000 years. It is widely accepted that this predates the human colonization of Europe and America.
Another user wished Deborah “good luck” in deciding between the two countries.
“Decided to play ping pong a little longer…to enjoy the best of both hemispheres…one day I have to choose but not today,” the user wrote.