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    Getting broadband with no Australian credit history

    Optus are a big supplier so if Telstra are difficult I would go to them. They all use Telstra infrastructure anyway so not a lot of difference. You can also get prepaid phones anywhere, even places like Aldi. I wasn't aware that they even look into credit ratings for phones etc.
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    Australia 2019 Federal Election thread

    Maybe under Ita the ABC might improve? Time they got a bit of a balance going, it is supposed to give both sides of the political story but listening to them you would think they are paid up members of the Labor party. Very predictable and very boring and I just can't stand the absolute superiority and condescension that they dole out to anyone with a different view from themselves. Time to do a bit of culling?
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    Australia 2019 Federal Election thread

    Nah - it will be global cooling by then...
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    I'm glad I'm not a women in Alabama.

    Sometimes a broader perspective is needed though- thinking of the Germans 1939-45. We could have left them to get on with it. Thank God we didn’t. Personally I could live with the Alabama philosophy but my ideas tend to be very bible based and I don’t think I have the right to impose them on others.
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    Australia 2019 Federal Election thread

    Oi- leave those Queenslanders alone. A huge proportion of them are ex-Victorians fleeing from the cold anyway.
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    I'm glad I'm not a women in Alabama.

    The puzzling thing is that many of the females who support these draconian measures are way, way past childbearing themselves. I have never liked abortion but really it is a private matter as far as I am concerned and 'to each his own'. How dare they interfere in someone else's life? Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.
  7. Why is it that we have no decent politicians around these days? I remember back to Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, even John Howard- all good politicians who actually were responsible for some good changes in the lives of everyone. Even the dreaded Thatcher- at least she got on and did things. The only good current ones I can think of is Jacinta Arden in NZealand and ( shock, horror) Putin. Are they not paid enough? Are the universities not teaching the right stuff? Are they being brought up badly?Why? Why? Why? You could put all the British and Australian ones in a big box and dump them out at sea for all the good they do.
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    Low, low quality of politicians worldwide

    uh-oh I need that sick bucket again....odious creature.
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    Australia 2019 Federal Election thread

    The real reason the Labor party lost was Bill. Not a credible or likeable person. I listened to Tanya Plibersek after the results were in- what a miserable moaning minny she is. I used to like her and think she would make a good leader but not now - hope they go for Albo or Chris Bowen but knowing them they will look at the females just to prove a point. Three years of sanity ahead.
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    Australia 2019 Federal Election thread

    He's out- Tony's gone. A Well deserved loss.
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    How often did you see family once immigrated?

    I don't want to go to London anymore now because it has changed so much, I don't know anyone there , they have all moved so I am only interested in pretty little villages etc My daughter goes to London for work sometimes and she seems to like it but she is in the art set so I guess she gets chaperoned around and misses the funny bits.
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    Life in Australia

    It very much depends on whether you are going troppo or just to the Brisbane area. Different attitudes really to what you might have experienced before. Wonderful wildlife etc up there but most of the locals just take it all for granted and don't get it when you pause to look at a parrot or something. We find that is particularly so in Queensland for some reason. I personally think people are more friendly here than in the UK but that is just my experience.
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    RIP Bob Hawke

    Sorry parley, I didn't see your post. I feel most upset about Bob's death, I had met him a couple of times.
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    Bob Hawke has died

    Very sad that Bob has died- he was a wonderful union leader and later PM. Larger than life, he will never, ever be forgotten . What a big personality he had- a true Aussie Larrikin.
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    early voting

    Most people we know have already voted- it seems many have voted really early this time. I can see some dangers in this-emerging news being one of them ( some voted for candidates who have now withdrawn). I think there should actually be a good reason for voting early and feel uneasy about the security surrounding early votes. I voted early last Sat and we queued up for an hour to vote. The polling officials were hopeless and I could see that several people put their votes in the wrong box ( green forms where they should be white and vice versa). No supervision . The place was a mess, to boot. Litter all over the booths which they hadn't cleared out ( different how to vote papers mostly). Not happy with the whole bumbling and amateur scenario this time.
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    Help to return to uk after 30 years

    Have you got people you know well in the UK Livvy apart from your brother in law? I think he is right to say check it out with a holiday first before you commit. Is there absolutely no chance of restoring relations with either of your sons? It is a big step to leave them and never see them. In reality as you get older you may find the long distance to travel to and from Australia is just too much so you do need to be very sure that you are doing the right thing. Not too helpful, I know, but do think very carefully. Qld is very hot in Summer- maybe you are missing the cooler weather?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    We'll be in the North of England when the deadline comes- should we prepare for a Civil War?
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    early voting

    If they didn't have compulsory voting here I think the number of people voting might be about 15-20% on a good day. I am sure that is the reason.
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    early voting

    No sausages last Saturday- just drizzle and cold. Still- we met a friend of ours and had a good yack in the queue waiting.
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    Last minute jitters

    One thing you may notice is that there are not so many kid's toys around unless you are thinking beach toys and swimming things. You have all the legos and dolls etc but not the variety you get in the uk. They don't seem to worry about it though.
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    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    Ain't that the truth?
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    Moving back and just looking for advice

    A lot can happen in 3 years- I would wait until you are 12 months away. Two of your children will be almost adult by then and they may well have fairly different views ( it happens!)
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    Last minute jitters

    We have been here most of our lives now (45 years) but I can still remember the scary feelings when it all becomes 'real'. It is a fantastic country and Noosa is a fantastic place though we actually live in Victoria .We haven't regretted our move for one single second!
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    Perth is just one small part of Australia . There are lots of other places just as in any big country- and not nearly as isolated, either. Personally I wouldn't last 5 minutes over there, I know that and I really admire those who make it their permanent home.
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    Last minute jitters

    Where are you going to kerry? I think it is quite normal to have jitters, most people do. It is a big step after all.