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  1. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has tracked the rise and fall of skill sets (occupations) as well as of industries on a quarterly basis for more than 30 years. Some occupations have disappeared, others have appeared. At its core this dataset tells the story of the demand for office, industrial and retail property. There are 20 occupations in Australia that support almost four million jobs, or one-third of the Australian workforce. These 20 jobs have been in demand for 30 years or more, although some are now very much under threat. Take, for example, the most common job in Australia — sales assistant, which accounts for 434,921 jobs, or 3 per cent of the workforce. Technically, this job is up 133,100, or 44 per cent, on the 1987 figures but it is down 126,174 jobs on 2016 figures. The most common job in Australia peaked three years ago and is now subsiding, which could well be a metaphor for the strategic planning of retail property portfolios. There is growth in the retail workforce but not in the everyday salesforce. The fastest-growing job in Australia over the last three years (since 2016) has been checkout operator and cashiers — up 91,000 positions, or 69 per cent, to 223,901 positions. Yes, self-service check-outs are becoming more common in supermarkets, but a far more common trend is for shops to offer fewer on-floor sales assistants and to reassign (fewer overall) staff to the checkout process. The logical extension of this trend is for the checkout process to eventually be fully automated. In the last three years there has been a diminution in demand for chief executives and managing directors, down 31,648 positions, or 52 per cent, and for retail , down 14,868 positions, or 31 per cent. General managers are also on the back foot, down 11,327 positions, or 20 per cent. Sure, there’s been a diminution of workers such as handypersons (down 22 per cent), bank workers (down 15 per cent) and secretaries (down 13 per cent), but the biggest structural losses in recent years have been in management. (This is possibly because the big structural shifts in worker jobs took place before 2016.) Even the pharmacist workforce is down 11 per cent since 2016, possibly as a consequence of pharmacy products and services now spilling into a smaller number of bigger formats. The workforce’s rising elements are spread across a grab-bag of industries and skill sets. Yes, shops are morphing into big help-yourself warehouses behind a bank of soon-to-be-automated checkouts. But elsewhere there is rising demand for office space for tenants employing accountants (up 28,493 jobs, or 16 per cent, since 2016), software and applications programmers (up 32,941 jobs, or 32 per cent, since 2016) and advertising, public relations and sales managers (up 41,731 jobs, or 32 per cent, since 2016). For the full list and article please read here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/adapting-to-the-shifting-jobs-landscape/news-story/7f6378f3b124bf577afae2910736ba36
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    Dr.Martha Baz - Anyone consulted her??

    Martha has an excellent reputation. You can contact her here https://www.visamedicalassociates.com/
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    How does my plan look?

    Sorry to hear that, yes you will have been hit bad. Every time there is a natural disaster in FNQ tradies fly up from Brisbane or interstate with their inflated quotes to get the jobs. I hate it, to me they are vultures praying on the vulnerable. Their excuse is that the home owners doesn’t pay it’s the insurance companies. What they don’t realise is that building and contents insurance in somewhere like Cairns can be around $3,000 - $15,000 a year (that’s not a misprint). We got ours down to $3,000 I think it was but the excess was ridiculous off the top of my head I think it was $5,000. So with a lot of prices like that, a lot can’t afford insurance.
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    How does my plan look?

    Never got over to Magnetic, regret it now.
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    How does my plan look?

    Wouldn’t be too sure on that I’ve seen plenty with rust damage especially where the stone chips hit on the bonnet. ‘Paint fading is another.
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    How does my plan look?

    @Snowball2 you need to have posted so many times before the pm system is enabled. This prevents people coming on to spam.
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    How does my plan look?

    Sorry to hear the floods caught you out. Where in Townsville do you live? We had a house in West End. My son in Douglas and one in Annandale. Thankfully their houses were saved but the youngest decided to go out in his car of all things to help people the night the dam wall was opened and ended up stranded on the roof.
  8. Well I wasn’t around back then, but they seem to have risen dramatically during my 15 years in Australia A never-ending topic in Australian public discourse is about 'cost of living pressures'. Everyone feels like they pay more now for the same things that their parents and grandparents bought. This is despite mathematical evidence that Australians are wealthier now than they have ever been. Yahoo Finance found Australian Bureau of Statistics research on 1901 prices for common household items, and applied 117 years of inflation to see how much that is in current terms. So now we can see if things were really better in 'the good old days' or if we just have higher expectations now. . 1901 grocery prices First the raw prices in 1901 – note the ABS already converted pounds and shillings to dollar amounts, for our convenience: 1901 prices Average weekly wage, adult males $4.35 Gold (1oz) $8.50 Loaf of bread $0.02 Flour (2kg) $0.04 Sugar (2kg) $0.09 Coffee (150g) $0.05 Tea (180g) $0.06 Rice (1kg) $0.05 Butter (500g) $0.13 Potatoes (1kg) $0.02 Onions (1kg) $0.03 Rump steak (1kg) $0.14 Eggs (1 dozen) $0.12 Bacon (1kg) $0.19 Jam (500g) $0.04 Milk (1 litre) $0.03 Packet of cigarettes $0.05 Soap (600g) $0.03 Cough medicine (200ml) $0.25 Daily newspaper $0.01 Game of football $0.10 Just two cents for a loaf of bread – what a bargain! But that price tag is entirely meaningless, considering the average weekly wage was $4.35, and most families were on a single income. It starts making more sense when inflation is applied to see what the prices are in today's terms. 1901 and 2000 grocery prices in today's dollars Yahoo Finance has applied inflation to both 1901 prices and 2000 prices, so they can be compared to today's costs: Most grocery items are cheaper now than it was in 1901 – especially for raw produce like flour, sugar, coffee, rice and potatoes. Why? Because of globalisation. Consumers in 2019 can buy the cheapest product available internationally, rather than be limited to what's grown locally, as was the case 118 years ago. And this is all while the average wage has gone up spectacularly. The ABS also notes that, for pretty much everything, price isn't the only improvement to what was offered in 1901. "Although the brands and range of products have changed over time, many of the items commonly used at the turn of century are still everyday items. However, in many cases there will have been changes in quality, presumably for the better." Cigarettes will kill you Cigarettes are an exception – they are far more expensive now than in the past. Even compared to the year 2000, a packet of cigarettes is almost double the price. The awareness of harm to health is the big difference here, with recent governments increasing taxes on cigarette sales to deter Australians from taking up the habit, and to raise funds for the health system. According to the ABS, in 1901 tobacco was even seen as good for health. "Of course, cigarettes carried no health warnings in 1901. In fact, an advertisement for a brand of cigarettes appearing in an issue of the Sydney Morning Herald of the time carried the endorsement that they were 'guaranteed not to harm the throat or lungs' and, perhaps more disconcertingly, 'recommended by doctors'." View photos 2019 is a far better world for Australian shoppers IBISWorld senior industry analyst Nathan Cloutman told Yahoo Finance earlier this month that Australians now have far more choices when grocery shopping compared to previous generations. Even purchasing the supermarket's cheap in-house brand didn't involve a sacrifice. "Consumers can now purchase private-label organic and 'premium' products for low prices," said Cloutman. While everyday items have come down in price, real estate is a significant chunk of Australian household budgets that have ballooned in recent generations. Yahoo Finance reported previously that, since the 1970s, wages have increased about ten times but housing in Australian capital cities have shot up more than 30 times. But then, the huge increase in property values have also made many Australian homeowners very wealthy also.
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    Post a random picture of your day

    I love the colours, if you removed some of the sky it reminds me of a beautiful painting my parents had
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    I know no one will care but...........

    That is fantastic. It sounds a great club to be part of.
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    UK Pensions

    @Andrew from Vista Financial
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    I know no one will care but...........

    It may also be worth a second opinion before opting for the eye removal. Although I presume she is at the specialist hospital and not just the vet. If it’s just the vet then please ask her to see a specialist. Saying that I’ve known veterinary specialists with varying opinions/treatment plans
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    I know no one will care but...........

    @ali did he get to go out on Saturday
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Oh @ramot I’m so sorry, your daughter must be feeling terrible. There is nothing at all she could have done to prevent this happening give them a huge hug from me.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Unfortunately it is very common, especially when they splinter.