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    This is my 56th year in Australia and in that time, have only spent about 2 years in cities, And I have lived a full and very happy life in the Kimberley and Pilbara Regions in WA, New England in NSW and retirement in theWhitsunday Region. Cheers, Bobj.
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    You would be surprised how many do. They want to migrate but are scared to move without a job, or they can’t afford to pay the relocation costs, so they see the temp visa as a way to get around that - which they often live to regret
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    https://medium.com/the-politicalists/the-17-cognitive-biases-that-explain-brexit-894ec10e03b8 Tribal Epistemology. I've said this before. If the stupid don't know they are stupid, they will carry on rolling their way to complete destruction, and they'll smile about it.
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    During the past three years I have been infuriated by the many posts on social media referring to “baby boomers” and making wild claims about what “they” (the baby boomers) do / think / say. You are doing exactly the same thing here - referring to “young people” and then telling us what “they” always do / think / say. Yes, every age group has well known traits, that’s where stereotypes come from - but people are still individuals and it is not possible to discuss any serious issue (if you expect to be taken seriously) by means of stereotypes. Climate change is a growing problem, we all know that. People are dying because of poor air quality. The oceans are becoming choked with rubbish. We all need to pull together on this, whatever age we are - and if it takes a sixteen year old in plaits to make us all sit up and take notice then good on her.
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    So, in your opinion Aboriginal people have a predisposition to die younger and spend time in jail because they have a different physiology to white people? I think you can stop digging parley. I think you've hit bedrock.
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    I know from direct contact with many aboriginal families that some would find your use of this word offensive. I tend to defer to people's knowledge of their own situation and I therefore avoid this term.
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    That's the trouble with nut jobs, you don't get to cherry pick, you have to take the full package.
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    Did the Crusades pass you by? Or were you wagging it that day?
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    No they are not. have a read of this @simmo, you never know, it might help you: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/fake-news.htm
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    Exactly. Many people opt for temp sponsored visas when they could apply for PR independently. There are still PR visas available and employers can opt to sponsor for PR without a temp visa to start. This has more to do with the occupation lists and what is available for which visas.
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    She is 16 and will have to live with the consequences of decisions made by 65 year olds intent upon lining their own and their mates pockets. She has more brains and more principles than any of the old farts trying to denigrate her, she has clearly pointed out that just keeping on sucking up to capitalism will inevitably see her generation experiencing a very tough time and will affect her life choices significantly. All of the people of the far north of Europe are going to see their lifestyles and livelihoods disappear within less than a hundred years as the permafrost and tundra thaws and snow and ice retreat southwards, that is not supposition, that is already happening. You live on a continent where desertification is happening, the desert is advancing in Australia, you are already facing a choice between allowing uncontrolled water abstraction to slow that process down and drying out rivers and habitats or allowing rivers to actually run and maintain natural habitats and allow the desertification to simply happen. None of your politicians dare tell you the truth because they know it will cause uproar but that is going to be your reality and very few are prepared to face the truth, yours is a country which potentially faces chaos from climate change quite early on in the piece. Immigration as an answer to Australia's economic problems will have to be curtailed dramatically as agricultural production falls back and water becomes a scarce resource
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    Sounds like she'll be a shoe in Quote As an MP, Widdecombe was known for opposing the legality of abortion, her opposition to various issues of LGBT rights such as an equal age of consent and the repeal of Section 28, her support for the re-introduction of the death penalty, the retention of blasphemy laws and her opposition to fox hunting. Early lifeEdit Born in Bath, Somerset, Widdecombe is the daughter of Rita Noreen (née Plummer; 1911-2007) and Ministry of Defence civil servant James Murray Widdecombe. Widdecombe's maternal grandfather, James Henry Plummer, was born to an Irish Catholic family of English descent in Crosshaven, County Cork in 1874. She attended the Royal Naval School in Singapore,[3] and La Sainte Union Convent School in Bath.[4] She then read Latin at theUniversity of Birmingham and later attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).[5] While studying at Oxford, she lived next door to Mary Archer, Edwina Currie, and Gyles Brandreth's wife Michèle Brown.[6] She worked for Unilever(1973–75) and then as an administrator at the University of London (1975–87) before entering Parliament.[4]
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    I think during big public events it is fine to recognise the original owners of the land, just a mark of respect. It does get a bit meaningless when it is spouted out at every little function though but I think it is well meaning so I have no issue with it. As for the racist people mentioned- I wouldn't give them the time of day. Very few Australians I have met have been like that, they sound like a bunch of lowlives. Definitely to be avoided.
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    Totally agree, we did similar back when we migrated, and are just under an hour from the city in a semi rural area. So much more value for value and never struggled for work. Cal x
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    I think this last hurdle is worse than the past 3 1/2 years waiting for the request for additional documents. 70 days were up last week and no word from DOHA and have no idea how long this next stage will take...
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    The media can’t really help - other than calm, or spread fear and foment . The people who can do something about it - security and intelligence forces are doing their job (the current situation in Sri Lanka not withstanding). So what’s your beef really? Are you satisfied that this hasn’t turned into the ‘holy war’ that these nut bag ‘end of dayers’ are spoiling for? Are you a nutbag ‘end of dayer’ yourself? Just from the ‘ other side’? You seem to be spoiling for it.
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    Sorry for the delay in replying! My understanding is that the bond payment is supposed to cover any need for social security for a 10 year period. After 10 years when the bond is returned they can then claim social security such as a pension similar to any other Aussie. With grant dates now looking around 5 years, that means your MIL would need to support herself without an Australian pension for around 15 years. If she is eligible for a UK government pension you can get it paid over here (that's what my parents do) but the amount remains fixed and doesn't increase with inflation. My parents work pensions increase the same as it would in the UK. I don't think there is any other particular costs you should be aware of, just that general cost of living is more expensive here than in the UK so you should be comfortable your MIL can support herself I'm glad we made the decision to apply for the on shore visa particularly as visa wait times have blown out. I know there is always a risk of them having their visa rejected and then having to return to the UK but them being here has been amazing. Good luck with your decision! I'd recommend making it soon as the longer you wait to apply the further down the list you go
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