Over governed, over regulated and over taxed - thats Oz in a nutshell right now. The Government knows how much money it can raise with fines and keeps hiking them up. Some of them are simply outrageous - get done for unregistered, uninsured motor vehicle and unlicensed all at the same time and you're up for $1300!! Who can afford that? Speeding less than 10 kays over the limit will set you back $300ish.
The main problem is that driving skills are so appallingly bad in Australia they set the speed limits etc to suit the fuckwits who can't see past their nose. Riding around in traffic, watch how many idiots are staring fixedly at their speedo's - not the road. No -one wants to get pinged for speeding - fuck the rest of the world around their car!
Its not right, I don't agree with it - but we can't stop it. Its the price we pay for being apathetic and having a standard of driving that rivals a third world country. And while we have one of the best public health schemes in the world which the government continues to fund, they'll continue to slug us shit loads of money to pay for it all. Each fatal or serious injury accident costs a fortune - my crash this year (4 days in hospital) cost about $20,000. They sent me the bill to sign and send back - gotta love bureacracy! I think in some country's like the US, if you don't have private cover, you're fucked.
We've got it good here in some ways and in other ways it sucks. Do what I do - find roads no-one knows about and ride them mid week!