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  2. Parley

    Is There a Point to Royalty?

    The very fact that Australia is allowed to decide whether we want to be a republic or a monarchy makes it obvious that we are not being ruled. We are able to make our own decisions.
  3. BacktoDemocracy

    Is There a Point to Royalty?

    Sounds like we are subjects Quote The monarchy of the United King dom, commonly referred to as the British monarchy, is the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom, its dependencies (the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man) and its overseas territories. The current monarch and head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne in 1952. Queen of the United Kingdom Royal coats of arms IncumbentElizabeth II since 6 February 1952DetailsStyleHer MajestyHeir apparentCharles, Prince of WalesResidenceSee listAppointerHereditaryWebsitewww.royal.uk The monarch and their immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic and representational duties. As the monarchy is constitutional, the monarch is limited to non-partisan functions such as bestowing honours and appointing the prime minister. The monarch is commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces. Though the ultimate executive authority over the government is still formally by and through the monarch's royal prerogative, these powers may only be used according to laws enacted in Parliament and, in practice, within the constraints of convention and precedent. In the early 1920s the Balfour Declaration recognised the evolution of the Dominions of the Empire into separate, self-governing countries within a Commonwealth of Nations. After theSecond World War, the vast majority of British colonies and territories became independent, effectively bringing the Empire to an end. George VI and his successor, Elizabeth II, adopted the title Head of the Commonwealth as a symbol of the free association of its independent member states. The United Kingdom and fifteen other independent sovereign states that share the same person as their monarch are called Commonwealth realms. Although the monarch is shared, each country is sovereign and independent of the others, and the monarch has a different, specific, and official national title and style for each realm.
  4. Franklin05

    Almost There

    Thank you. I'm keen to be going, and the only way is to keep moving on through it all, despite the stress and lack of sleep.
  5. unzippy

    The Ashes

    Yep, not quite a team performance! Still, it's been a fascinating contest to watch and an awesome summer of cricket
  6. As long as your relationship did not 'break down' before your PR was granted, you will have travel rights for 5 years.
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  8. Parley

    Is There a Point to Royalty?

    We are not ruled by anyone as you know.
  9. tuti

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Guys, All good with my return to Australia, they have fixed the entry date Goldennnn e-mail!!! uhuuuu it was 19 months of tough days and I've learn a lot during this period! I am so thankful and I am wishing all the best for everyone that is waiting your time will come!! Special thank you to @Hex and to everyone that was part of this journey! I will never forget! All the besttttt
  10. Areyousure

    NSW 190 Secondary school teacher

    Shouldn’t the STEM degree be from Aus? To get the 10 points?
  11. Areyousure

    189 Refused

    Were you able to successfully appeal?
  12. Amber Snowball

    Almost There

    It is exhausting, I did it last year. You seem organised and go-getty though so just keep the momentum going! You’ll be back and settling in in no time! Safe travels!
  13. BacktoDemocracy

    Is There a Point to Royalty?

    So you would rather be ruled by someone over who you can exercise no control and have no ability to remove, I don’t like serfdom.
  14. Hi, I have a subclass 100 permanent partnership visa granted to me and spent around 6 months in Australia already. Myself and partner moved back to the U.K. after 6 months in Australia. Although I didn’t like some aspects of Aus, I think we didn’t give it long enough and maybe the location in Australia wasn’t right, not Australia per se. It was mostly my partner who craved to go back to the U.K. and I sometimes wonder whether it was the right choice to return. My question is relatively complicated: unfortunately, I feel my relationship may be breaking apart. I want to stay with my partner first and foremost, so hopefully we can work things out, but I’m also thinking about my options if it doesn’t work out in the end, and returning to Australia could be one of those options. For a fresh start. However, it’s a ‘partner’ visa, and my partner is my sponsor. Where do I stand with this? Again, it’s a permanent visa. All I can find on google relates to relationship breakdown advice either as part of the application process or if I was on a temporary partnership visa. Not an already granted and activated permanent 100 visa. Also, to get an RRV (resident return visa) should I wish to continue living in Aus, I know I would have had to be permanent resident for two years out of five. I’ve spent 6 months already in Australia, so would need to spend about 1.5 years in that five year period to qualify. But would it matter that I wasn’t with my partner anymore? If anyone can shed any light that would be helpful. Again, I love my partner more than any geographic location(!) so hopefully things get better and I don’t need to put into practice any of this advice in the end.
  15. Franklin05

    Almost There

    I cannot believe how quick things are coming together for our UK return. Flights booked, car hire sorted, dog transportation booked (through Petraveller, who've pulled out all the stops as we were having issues with Jetpets), shipping booked and a lot cheaper than expected, potentially have a tenant signing a lease the rent the house and have places to stay with friends and family once we get to the UK. Getting things in place for our daughters medical care and schooling. It's stressful and hubby and I are worried about getting all the loose ends tied up properly, but I think we will get there, we have about three weeks to go. We are ticking off a few touristy things to do around here, helped by some visiting friends from down south. Still a few great unknowns once we get to the UK, but hubby and I have a great sense of relief at the thought of returning and being back in the UK. We know it won't be easy at first, starting over again, but it's got to be easier than having done it four times around the wide expanse of Australia. We've switched off from everything Brexit as there just seems to be so much fear mongering going on (still). Looking forward to seeing family, friends and having some familiarity around us. We even have a playdate set up with a friends and her daughter who will be travelling through the UK just after we arrive home. I guess this post really is just a brief over view of our progress so far. It's amazing what you can accomplish in a little over a week, and only a few more weeks to go and we'll be heading back home. We've had many ups and downs in Australia, and have given it a good go and travelled far and wide, but home it calling, it is time to go - in a way it's like reaching the end of an exhausting holiday where everything is still pretty to look at, all the palm trees and blue/green ocean and heat makes you feel like you're somewhere special and that you should be enjoying it, but you're not anymore and you really just want to get home and relax. Our trip back to the UK in March really cemented returning home for us, and now half a year later we're doing it!
  16. BacktoDemocracy

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    What I don't get is the govt announces that they are going to allow 458,000 students to compete for top jobs over the next 3-4 years, no checks, no vetting and not a murmur!. Ho, I forget they'll all be competing for middle class jobs, as if ! Well lets see what Cameron has to say in his book, whether he takes some responsibility for his f ups and admits Austerity was a major one of those.
  17. bunbury61

    The Ashes

    Well done australia and especially steve smith in retaining the ashes . A bradmanesque performance The steve smith ashes 2019 Hes been the difference
  18. Tracey Small

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    Yes, my daughter already has PR but from talking to Paul we might be classed as former PR. I am going to talk to Paul tomorrow, seek further clarification and best way forward. Either way my daughter dislikes her job immensely, it was only meant to be for the year before she started uni. This might give her a push to actually think about what she wants to do with the rest of her life... No pressure Thought parenting was meant to get easier
  19. Marisawright

    UK police officer moving to NSW Australia

    I suggest ringing them to ask. Both states struggle to recruit people to work in remote areas but city postings are plum jobs
  20. Marisawright

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    If I understand the situation correctly, the daughter already has PR, she just needs to apply for a RRV in her own right. I’m pretty sure of that’s the case then it doesn’t matter whether she’s dependent or not - that would only be an issue if she didn’t already have PR
  21. Tracey Small

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    She only started working as she deferred uni last year as she is unsure what career path to take and whether the uni course she had selected was the best option. She was due to start uni this month but decided against going as we said we were most probably going to move back to Australia (my just is very homesick) Enrollments for courses are from September in the UK, so for her to enrol now would not be unusual, she has been toying with completing a 1 year business management course. I am speaking to Paul tomorrow. We are very sad to lose our beautiful dog
  22. Tulip1

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    Very sad news re your dog. I don’t think your daughter suddenly enrolling on a course will work. I believe they ask for many months history in order to stop people changing their situation to fit the criteria. She probably should have done that straight after her A Levels. I would speak to Paul if I was you. You need to know exactly where you stand and what you can do and he will provide that for you. Good luck
  23. OzinEire

    Shipping furniture IKEA

    Chest of drawers. They're all screwed together and we used wood glue as well so won't be able to flat pack.
  24. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Of course not. They just want to control their borders, but not to stop immigrants, no, we want heaps of immigrants, we just want to be able to choose them, or rather the government will choose them, and pay very little attention to what the people actually want, but we will have taken back control, sort of.
  25. newjez

    Shipping furniture IKEA

    Can you take them apart and flat pack them? What do you mean by dressers? Most modern Australian homes have built in storage.
  26. Amber Snowball

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    Yes, you sound busy! I can’t help with the RRV but Paul has provided a lot of assistance on the forum in this area, so you are talking to the right person!
  27. Tracey Small

    Applying for RRV from outside Australia

    Thank you. Trying to get my head around RRV's and sorting out my lesson plans ready for next week has kept me distracted. Just absolutely devastated he was such a beautiful dog.
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