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  1. Good to hear that there are other people who go on holiday and don't return! I honestly wouldn't be worrying about your daughter going back to Australia in another 20 years or so. She might. But, equally, she might just as likely end up in Surbiton or anywhere between Alaska and Zambia. When it gets to that stage you probably won't want to be trotting around the world after her. If you have a better opportunity in Australia then by all means go back. If your next better opportunity is in UK or Canada or Dubai then move on. You'll probably want to plan for stability while your daughter is at high school but then you're free to wander where you want.
  2. Any counsellor worth their salt wouldn’t take a hatred of their town amiss! If they do, then they’re being highly unprofessional and you can find another! Your GP could facilitate a mental health pathway for you which would be much more cost effective. Having been just where you are I’m firmly in the camp of “bite the bullet and share with partner”. It’s easy not to rock the boat but at what cost to your mental health (you probably don’t notice it from the inside and you may not realise just how bad it is until you don’t feel that way any more - that was certainly the way it was for me). Talking it over also gives you the chance for a compromise scenario and that, in itself, can go some way to making you feel better in that you can begin to feel like these are choices you are making and that you get some sense of self determination back rather than being resentful about being trapped. In my case, we had a good compromise scenario that worked well for about 5 years and I was more able to rationalise my decision to stay as being “here with him was a damn sight better than there without him”. I’m back now with the same rationalisation and it helps somewhat. We have the compromise thing going too and I know that when. COVID no longer has the same impact it will be an even better option than it used to be. Good luck!
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    Citizenship by descent_ infant

    No, it can be passed on if the descent citizen lives for a number of years (varies as to country) in that country before they have a child.
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    Citizenship by descent_ infant

    Good Lord, it's been less than a month. What were you expecting? A response by return mail? Give it 3 months then start worrying.
  5. Precisely, it is the cost of support services in education which mount up (rapidly, unfortunately). I used to help with the VI services here in a previous life and the level of support the VI kids received was substantial and if you factor in just an STA at $40kpa ball park, even for 50% support (which isnt unusual for a beginning learner) that's a lot of money being spent on one child. Obviously, early intervention is vital as educational skills are being established, alternatives being developed and accessed etc. Our budget was very significant for a relatively small VI population. I agree, it is unfortunate but it is what it is and if you know what is likely to occur then you make your decisions accordingly.
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    I did some googling and found that too. Apparently about 10% of SAD cases are Summer SAD. One report I saw was from a bloke who was a psychologist who had it and who was perplexed by it too.
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    I think so - I have it and apparently my granddaughter has it too. No idea what it is called and because it isnt having a dig at Britain's "pathetic" weather, nobody will be bothered to name it. Day after day of relentless blue sky really does add to my depression. If it has the odd cloud then it isnt quite so bad. I hadn't talked about it with my granddaughter at all (happy face and all that) but she raised it with me one day. I think, for her at least, it heralds bushfires and as they lost everything in a bushfire a few years ago that freaks her out. I noticed it first towards the end of the last big drought (which broke here on Valentines Day - 2010 I think) every day the relentless blue sky, watching the bom site for the little blue dots to presage rain (they always split before they got to us) every day just to get some relief which never came. I can see why droughts lead farmers to suicide.
  8. It all depends on the level of support he requires - as soon as he starts to need significant assistive technology or braille if they still do it, plus mobility training etc etc the costs he would incur to the Australian tax payer will mount up and, yes, you are likely to get rejected. Talk to George Lombard or any of the other agents who specialise in medical conditions but usually as soon as a kid gets additional in school support they are likely to fail unfortunately.
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    Midwives / nurses applying for TSS

    You're not likely to get a temporary visa any time soon, if in fact you ever do (they're not issuing them at the moment and an employer has to prove that they cant find an Australian to take the role) If you go on a temporary visa you are not emigrating, you are working for a short time and there is a possibility, not a certainty that you might get a permanent visa down the track but generally you should expect to return home. If you have a kids then the temporary visa is a very risky option, having to chop and change schools etc and possibly pay for their education. First step is to talk to an agent and let them walk you through it.
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    Accessing government schools

    Marisawright has said it in a nutshell. If you do decide on a temporary visa - one assumes you would be looking at a working visa and not a student visa - then some states charge you to put your kids in a government school. At the moment, Queensland does not but just across the border in NSW you would be paying about $6k pa per child and, in NSW anyway, not guaranteed a place in your local school if it is oversubscribed. If you were thinking of going down the student route then I hope you are well heeled because you would be paying through the nose for international fees and you would be paying for schooling for the kids (about $8k+) and not allowed to work more than 20 hpw (unless you are doing a Masters or above). Best talk to an agent and chase a permanent visa though the chances of you moving at the end of this year would be rather slim even at the best of non-Covid times. These things take time!
  11. Apply for it right now (today!!!) and keep your fingers crossed. Far better to arrive on a permanent visa and be entitled to everything when you arrive than hoping to get in on a visitor visa and lingering even longer on a bridging visa. If you've been together a while you shouldn't have a problem. If it hasn't arrived and you desperately need to go then she can go as a visitor and then leave the country when it's approved. Much safer.
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    Asbestos in older properties

    We have.
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    Asbestos in older properties

    Double should be enough. It's actually not too bad at the moment, well insulated except for the windows.
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    Asbestos in older properties

    We just had asbestos soffits removed and replaced because we're having windows replaced (old house). It was very straightforward and not as expensive as I had budgeted. We just got in the professionals to do it and it was done in an afternoon then a morning to replace them.
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    Born in the UK, living in CQ

    Get him a passport - one of each perhaps - if he hasnt already got one. Passports (current) are proof of id