Credit Suisse report says median wealth of Australians is the highest in the world

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Australian families are among the most wealthy in the world according to one measure. Picture: Thinkstock.

Australian families are among the most wealthy in the world according to one measure. Picture: Thinkstock.

AUSTRALIANS remain the richest people in the world, by one measure at least.

The median wealth of adult Australians stands at $US219,505 ($A233,504) – the highest level in the world, according to the Credit Suisse 2013 Global Wealth Report, released on Wednesday. Median wealth is the midpoint between richest and poorest.

By the measure of average wealth, Australians fall back to second with $US402,578 per person, ranking behind the Swiss who were the world’s richest on $US513,000.

Credit Suisse chief investment strategist, Australia, David McDonald said the nation’s household wealth per adult grew by 2.6 per cent in the past year. That was slower than the global average of 4.6 per cent, but Australia still had the best distribution of wealth among developed nations.

“Although we are up there at a high level of wealth per adult we’ve also got a better spread than a lot of the other developed countries including, obviously, the Swiss, but also places like the US,” Mr McDonald said.

The number of Australian millionaires increased by 38,000 to 1.123 million people.

The millionaire calculation includes the value of real estate owned outright.

Australians were shown to have a much higher level of wealth held in property and non-financial assets – 58.5 per cent compared to the world average of 45 per cent and just 38 per cent in the US. The US remains the millionaire capital of the world, with 13.2 million people topping the seven-figure mark and nearly 46,000 people in the ultra-high net worth $US50 million-plus category. Australia has 2,059 ultra-high net worth individuals, 2.1 per cent of the global total.

While the Land Down Under has maintained its place at the top in median terms for three years running now, Credit Suisse reported that North America has regained its title as the wealthiest region in the world.

Rising house prices and stock markets fuelled a 12 per cent rise in North American wealth to $US78.9 trillion from mid-2012 to mid-2013, putting the region ahead of the Asia Pacific and Europe for the first time since before the global financial crisis. Credit Suisse global head of research for private banking, Giles Keating, said Japan’s economic slump had dragged down the Asia-Pacific region.

“The fourth annual Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report shows an $US11 trillion rise in (global) wealth to $US241 trillion, with the US as the clear winner, overtaking Europe, while Asia Pacific fell back due to sharp depreciation of the yen,” Mr Keating said.

Letter gives new account of Ned Kelly’s capture after the siege at Glenrowan

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Ned Kelly

A closer look at theletter written by Donald Gray Sutherland to his family on July 8, 1880 which gives great detail about Ned Kellysoon after the siege at Glenrowan.

A MAN who witnessed Ned Kelly’s capture at Glenrowan was haunted by the charred remains of the Kelly gang and the bushranger’s wailing sisters cradling him.

Donald G Sutherland’s previously unknown letter containing a dramatic account of the capture of Australia’s most notorious bushranger 133 years ago has been donated to the State Library of Victoria.

The Scotsman wrote the letter to his family on July 8, 1880, and in it he gives great detail about the bushranger soon after the siege in north east Victoria.

HOSTAGES TAKEN IN GLENROWAN SIEGE

Sutherland’s descendants have handed the letter to the State Library where it has been described as a significant addition to the Kelly story.

Sutherland says the handsome bushranger didn’t look like a killer.

Descendants of Donald Sutherland have donated the letter to the State Library of Victoria.

Descendants of Donald Sutherland have donated the letter to the State Library of Victoria.

“Ned does not at all look like a murderer and Bushranger. He is a very powerful man aged about 27 black hair and beard with a soft mild looking face and eyes. His mouth being the only wicked portion of the face,” he wrote.

KELLY’S BONES ARE FINALLY LAID TO REST

Sutherland sailed to Australia in 1876 when he was 24 and worked at the Bank of Victoria in Oxley, 13km from Glenrowan.

“On hearing of the affray I at once proceeded to Glenrowan to have a look at the desperados who caused me so many dreams and sleepless nights. I saw the lot of them. Ned the leader of the gang being the only one taken alive.

Ned Kelly in chains, 1880. Picture: State Library of Victoria.

Ned Kelly in chains, 1880 Picture: State Library of Victoria.

KELLY’S LAST STAND

“He was lying on a stretcher quite calm and collected notwithstanding the great pain he must have been suffering from his wounds. He was wounded in 5 or 6 places. Only on the arms and legs. His body and head being encased in armour made from the moule boards of a lot of ploughs.

GALLERY: KELLY THE AUSSIE HERO

Ned’s infamous armour protected the bushranger until the police began firing on his legs.

“The police thought he was a fiend seeing their rifle bullets were sliding off him like hail. They were firing into him at about 10 yards in the grim light of the morning without the slightest effect. The force of the rifle bullets made him stagger when hit but it was only when they got him on the legs and arms that he reluctantly fell exclaiming as he did so I am done. I am done.”

Ned Kelly

A look inside the Discover Ned Kelly at SLV free app that is available on Android devices via Google Play and is also free to download from Apple’s app store for both iPhone and iPad.

After his capture, the sight of his sisters wailing and cradling his head stayed with the 24-year-old bank employee.

KELLY HANGING JUDGE WAS MUCH MORE

“Poor Ned I was really sorry for him. To see him lying pierced by bullets and still showing no signs of pain. His 3 sisters were there also, Mrs Skillion Kate Kelly and a younger one. Kate was sitting at his head with her arms round his neck while the others were crying in a mournful strain at the state of one who but the night before was the terror of the whole Colony.”

KELLY’S MYSTERIOUS REMAINS

Sutherland also said he saw the charred remains on Steve and Dan Hart.

Ned Kelly took his last steps across the catwalk from this condemned cell at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Ned Kelly took his last steps across the catwalk from this condemned cell at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

“They presented a horrible appearance being roasted to a skeleton. Black and grim reminding me of old Knick himself. Thousands of people thronged to Glenrowan on receipt of the news and not one of the crowd there had the courage to lift the white sheet off the charred remains until I came up and struck a match – it being dark – pulling down the sheet and exposed all that remained of the two daring & murderous Bushrangers.”

A lock of hair from Ned Kelly’s horse was enclosed with the letter.

Sutherland noted the horse was Kelly’s “favourite mare who followed him all around the trees during the firing. He said he wouldn’t care for himself if he thought his mare safe”.

State Library of Victoria chief executive Sue Roberts says it’s a remarkable document.

“This letter is a very personal account of events that have become part of Australia’s folklore,” she said.

KELLY’S DYING WISH

“It will join Ned’s armour, Jerilderie letter and other important items in our Kelly collection – one of the largest and most significant in the world.”

The letter will be on display in the State Library’s Changing Face of Victoria exhibition from Monday.

TIMELINE: A BUSHRANGER’S LIFE

A TIMELINE of events in the life of famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly.

June 1855 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly was born at Beveridge, Victoria, to Irish parents John “Red” and Ellen Kelly (nee Quinn).

December 1866 – Kelly left school after his father died to assist grandfather James Quinn with the family cattle runs in northern Victoria. The Kellys and Quinns were often in trouble with police over cattle and horse theft, but were never found guilty.

1869 – Kelly,14, was arrested and served seven weeks in jail for the alleged assault of a Chinese pig farmer. It was also alleged Kelly was an assistant to thief-turned-bushranger Harry Power, although police found no evidence to prove a connection to Power’s crimes.

1870 – Kelly was jailed for three years after assaulting a hawker and being in possession of a stolen horse. He claimed to have borrowed the horse from Isaiah “Wild” Wright and did not know it was stolen.

1878 – Angered by laws he believed victimised the poor, Kelly allegedly shot Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick in the wrist after becoming too friendly with his sister Kate. Kelly’s mother Ellen was sent to prison for three years after Fitzpatrick gave an inaccurate report.

Fearing the police wouldn’t believe their account of the events, Kelly went into hiding at Stringybark Creek with his brother Dan. A shoot-out began between the brothers and police and as a result three policemen were killed.

After the shootings the Victorian Government declared the outlaw of the gang and offered 500 pounds for each of the gang members, alive or dead.

A month after the shootings the Kelly gang committed major robberies of National Bank branches at Euroa and Jerilderie. They held police and civilians hostage while stealing all money from the bank’s vault. At the Jerilderie robbery Kelly wrote the famous letter telling his side of the story including the ill treatment of his family and the Irish Catholics by police.

1879 – The Kelly gang created their famous armour made from metal plates.

June 26, 1880 – The gang’s outlaw status expired and Aaron Sherritt, a friend-turned-police informer, was shot dead by the group.

The gang, who had since held 70 people hostage at the Glenrowan Inn, became aware a train transporting police to their location was on its way. Kelly ordered the tracks to be ripped up to cause a derailment. The attempt failed after a hostage escaped and alerted the authorities.

June 28, 1880 – A shoot-out erupted between police and the gang that continued for almost half a day. It left Kelly seriously wounded, and killed all other members of his gang..

November 11, 1980 – Ned Kelly was hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol. Newspapers reported his last words to be, “Such is life.”

True Kelly Gang afficiando, history buffs and students can also learn more about the life and times of the nation’s most famous bushranger through a new free app developed by the library.

Discover Ned Kelly at SLV contains over 60 pages of documents and photographs which cover the gang’s early influences, their outlaw careers, the siege, Kelly’s trial and his place in Australian folklore.

The app also includes rare material on the Kelly Gang and 220 zoomable images for users to explore.

Has Today Tonight presenter Helen Kapalos put her foot in it again?

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Today Tonight presenter Helen Kapalos suffered through a TV presenter's nightmare in June. Picture: Supplied

Today Tonight presenter Helen Kapalos suffered through a TV presenter’s nightmare in June. Picture: Supplied

HAS Channel Seven presenter Helen Kapalos stuffed up again?

After she was let go by Channel Ten last year, Ms Kapalos agreed to appear as a “reporter” in a mock current affairs show called Tomorrow Whenever.

Ironically, both the short film and its title are blatant parodies of Today Tonight, where Ms Kapalos now works.

In the film, Ms Kapalos pretends to report on Senate legislation subsidising caravans in Australians’ back yards to house asylum seekers.

She interviews a human rights advocate, a bogan couple, a group of refugees and a parody of former Greens leader Bob Brown.

Caravans for Refugees

The mockery is merciless. “Bob Green”, the fake Greens Senator, is in love with a tree in his back yard. He tells Ms Kapalos she “should see the size of its trunk”. The human rights activist has crafted an Islamic prayer mat with an in-built compass to find Mecca, and the bogan couple really, really hates Collingwood.

The fake current affairs report was the brainchild of Adrian Cappola, the owner of Aussie caravan brand Elite Caravans. Hence the plot involving subsidised caravans for asylum seekers.

Ms Kapalos wrote a blog post about the film in January. She was impressed by the concept.

“There are some emails that jump through the page and hit you in the solar plexus,” she said. “It was like that when I first heard from Jim Shomos, a film director whose words fired up my synapses and tickled my funny bone at the same time.

“I had never even met the guy so I was impressed he had the balls to connect in such a direct and entertaining manner.”

Obviously, she realised the subject of asylum seekers could be controversial.

“The issue of asylum seekers has become, with good reason, one of Australia’s most pressing social debates, with a frustrating dictum of boundaries and conditions attached,” she said. “I was happy just for a day not to see it treated as a political handball.”

Ms Kapalos experienced every news presenter’s worst nightmare in June when she was caught on air with no script or autocue. She stumbled disastrously over her words in a cringe-worthy 90 seconds of television.

At least she was trying to make people laugh this time.