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    I watched Palaszczuk recently telling everyone at the end of a meeting, I think it was in Mackay? could be wrong as the meeting was about the Burdekin Hydro Electric Scheme? to stand up if you are voting yes to the Voice referendum. The impression was that everyone stood up. I think its out of order, for a politician irrespective of which party to put a group being filmed for tv on the spot to say what their potential vote will be. Who knows of course whether they will vote yes or no, or not sure but some might have felt forced to stand up, so the overwhelming subtle impression to the tv audience was everyone is voting yes,
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if the no vote is larger than that, people put on the spot by someone doing a survey will probably feel the need to agree with the voice.
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    Hi mxh The point you make in bold is in relation to UK CGT not OZ CGT, there will be a UK calculation to be done as well as an OZ calculation to be done. I'd suggest that you engage a Tax Adviser as Steve mentions above who is qualified here and in the UK to do some preliminary calclations for you, such as Alan Collett. There really is unlikely to be much that you can do from a HMRC perspective however there may well be from an ATO perspective by utilising superannuation contributions and this is where a licensed Australian Financial Planner can come into play (I have worked on this basis in conjunction with Alan in the past for clients of mine). Regards Andy
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    This isn't a question for a financial advisor and most financial advisers aren't qualified to answer your question as providing "tax financial advice" requires the adviser is registered with the tax practitioner board in Australia. The answer to your question will no doubt be found in your tax residency status and the relevant timelines. Thus, you really should be talking to an accountant who is familiar with both the UK and Australian tax frameworks. Good luck.
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    Today is a good day. I have received my 143 visa. Application February 2017 Request for medicals/police clearance/AoS November 2022 - all submitted Nov/Dec 22. Request for second payment last week and payment made. Visa granted 1st June. Grateful to Alan Collett and his team at Go Matilda. They have been fantastic. Excellence at its best. 
  7. 1 point
    Frankly, I think using Brexit as an excuse is pretty lame. What has Brexit to do with individuals residing in Australia ...? Onwards!
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    I follow the old adage, s/he who asserts must prove. So where are the regulations that are driving this? Until I see anything to the contrary I surmise this is internal policies, or compliance putting it in the too hard basket. Why can Wise open an account for non residents with a UK sort code and account number when the High St banks are moving in the opposite direction? Best regards.
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    What's the legislation to which you are referring please? Best regards.
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    Most odd. A forty something bloke taken into custody, then released. A boat, Dorset Belle seems to be of interest. Could it be wash from the boat brought on something? As I said, most odd. Days have passed and still no update.
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    As noted above, that's not possible. British banks are not allowed, by law, to open new accounts for non-residents. That's been the case for at least 8 years. Nothing to do with income or assets, it's the law. If you still have an account with a British bank, you'll find you can't even open a second account with them.
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    The trouble is the RBA only have one tool in their tool bag - interest rates. There is a saying that if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. All the RBA can do to try and boost or dampen the economy is fiddle with interest rates.
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    There are simply no such thing as an assurance come money and interest rates. It was more than clear that interest rates were kept far too low for far too long. Besides that we are still not being told, with clarity, just how bad things are nor how high interest rates will go up. Wishful thinking in the extreme, if people believe rates will come down towards the end of the year. I doubt next year either. One should keep in mind 7% was the long term average rates. Not really sustainable now with the inflated housing , at least not without a housing market crash, which incidentally should be allowed to happen if managed correctly.
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    You say it yourself: Einstein would have been assessed as high-functioning autistic and therefore not requiring long-term disability support, therefore his parents' visa would likely have been approved. Whether high-functioning autistic children should have long-term support is a different question. If Australia becomes desperate for migrants then I'm sure there will be a change of attitude. They'll open the door to more parents and dependents, even infirm ones. But right now, there are far more people applying for visas than there are places. Given the choice between two equally-qualified doctors, they'll pick the one with the lowest cost burden. It's a sensible business decision.
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    No elders were harmed in the performance of this drag queen bingo and none will be allowed to cross Bass Strait to corrupt you, Parley.
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    My parents were ping-pongers and moved from Aus to the UK when I was 13. I resented the move at the time but long term there was no affect on me whatsoever - my age cohort at school had a lot of questions due to my accent (mainly along the lines of "what's happening on Neighbours?" - this was when the UK was 2 years behind), but there was never any bullying or anything. My autistic brother adapted very well also - he would have been 16 but because of his special education exams and things weren't an issue. As previously said, you know your kids and how adaptable they are.
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    What were your hobbies/pastimes in the U.K?
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    We are regular customers of Country Cob Bakery, have yet to try the Fish Amok Pie; we have tried several others, my wife's favourite is the potato pie, my favourite is the the Chunky Compo Beef and I am looking forward to trying the Cowboy Beef Pie, https://countrycobbakery.com.au/
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    Prime example is BLM, reporters where asking people if white lives matter and people said no haha. Imagine if whites started saying black lives didn’t matter.
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    Agree 100% with what you have said, so are there struggles down to not having “a voice” in parliament? I just don’t see how having “a voice” is going to change anything when there issues are more social than anything else. Which young lad wants to go to school when they see there friends messing about and getting pissed all day? People have told me that in NT they are given brand new houses but they destroy them and end up sitting in the living room with a fire in the middle. (Don’t know if this is true). I didn’t know if schooling is there for them hence me asking the question. If education is available to them and they choose not to take it then the problem lies with them. Similar to travellers in England, they could change if they wanted to but they don’t, they want to live that lifestyle. I grew up in foster care and children’s homes, everything was available to me just like other kids, but I just had to work a little harder to get what I wanted and didn’t always have the same support which other kids got. Everyone has issues to deal with but ultimately there are 2 paths to choose from, either blame the world for your misfortune (which my older brother did and died of a heroin overdose at 33) or choose the other path (like me) and work hard and enjoy the rest of life (hopefully).
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    @Lavers like I did, you grew up in an area of socio-economic disadvantage. I'd imagine you observed a lot of the same things that I did too. Some multi-generational families pretty much living off the welfare state. Amongst those working, aspiration to something "other" wasn't the norm. Everyone around us went to school, got a job, paid the bills, spent the weekends in the pub, buy a modest home and repeat until retired with no real savings and a state pension to live off. Some families managed an annual holiday (not mine though - break out the worlds smallest violin ). That was normal. That's what pretty much everyone did. There were exceptions for sure, but this was typical of everyone I knew. Normal for people is what they are surrounded by. I'd imagine the rich folks, the lawyers, the doctors, the successful business owners, the city traders etc, all looked at my family and my neighbours and wondered why we didn't try "to live a normal life" (to borrow your words). We their normal was nothing like mine. Such things didn't seem attainable and it just wasn't what people did. Not the people we knew. If you apply that experience to the question that you asked above, would that influence your thoughts on the answer?
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    It is weird how people have changed their thinking in recent years. One poster on here even opined a person could have a penis and still be a woman
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    Well hello to you all at PIO, I have missed you and the group but I have deliberately not posted until now as I wanted to give myself sometime to get over the initial shock of moving my worlds…literally, I have been so very very busy with new job / divorce 🥲 / saying goodbye 🥲 / saying hello / trying to settle / British life again and just feeling like I am back home and belong it has been the hardest thing I have ever done, I knew it would be but until I sat down in the single room in the shared house and the door shut it didn’t really hit home, I sat there in silence, no more voices of my children, no more cooking meals, dancing to music with my daughter, being a silly dad……Australia for me was with the people I love with all my heart, but not in the place that I love…….and that is eventually toxic to your soul I cannot pretend that it has not been a bumpy ride, I have had moments when the aching to see the children have been so bad that I started packing a bag and looking at flights…after all I could just do it, I could just get a cab, get a flight and go back…..but even though that’s what my heart wants my head is telling me to stay, I should explain that when I came to Australia I was very homesick from day one, but I decided to not just cut and run, I needed to keep going to ‘ see it through’ to ‘ stick it out’ …ten and a half years later I finally left so how has it been, other than the difficult bits, missing my children, new job, new people etc Amazing….I can only describe that the feeling of being back where I belong has been like a weight lifted of my shoulders…like I have been released from a prison, like I had never left…really…I knew that somethings will have changed, the people I knew would have a few more wrinkles, houses and roads would now be in places that they where not in before, but on the whole ten years have not really changed that much, since being back I spend all my time when I am not working exploring…not only does it help to keep my mind occupied, it helps with mental health to have an interest outside of work, something totally separate the food….the food …..honestly the choice and the food….. the places every town, every village, every city is individual and different…. the pubs ….say no more…there are hundreds of them each one different the beaches…the mountains…the long country drives …the late nights …..the late sunsets I have met some really lovely people, I forgot how friendly people are, and how they are willing to help you or check in on you, I have just got back from camping around the lochs of Scotland, every spare moment I get I go camping and exploring….I can’t pretend it’s all roses I have to admit it would be nice to share my time with someone…it can be lonely at times A couple of things I have found really difficult, I have gone from being with someone and serving a purpose as a dad, to being not needed as such, it’s a weird unsettling feeling, I have had to try and get used to no one being there when I get in from a journey or work, it doesn’t matter what time I get in no one is waiting for me, I do find this hard a song came on you tube whilst I was listening to Coldplay yesterday it’s called ‘daddy’……it really got me….I cried and that doesn’t happen often on a plus note the work here is so very, varied and I feel like I have already made a difference in my patients lives, when I am at work I am totally committed to my job and the patient before me, I switch off my personal life and switch on my paramedic head, to say I have had some eye opening jobs is an understatement, My next move is to get a mortgage, I have to wait until I have three months wage advices so I can approach a lender….I am working around Manchester which is not where I want to be, but I got ‘put here’ so will have to stay for now….however I will be looking to get a place back in North Wales as soon as possible, as that is my home i have a post stick note on my cupboard in my room …I look at it most days ….i wrote it when I arrived, ‘ one step, one day at a time’ I realise there is a long road to go, but I am getting there…..slowly, ………is it all great nope, nothing ever is, is it home absolutely
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