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  1. The Pom Queen

    Christmas in July

    Do any of you celebrate. It definitely feels more like Christmas when it’s minus 6 outside and the log fire is roaring. Is there a certain date in July it is suppose to be?
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    Current mortgage rates and special offers

    Have a wonderful Christmas in July Carol.
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    Moving to Oz - the emotional rollercoaster

    You just need to remember you aren’t alone, we have many members who have been or are going through that emotional roller coaster. Please keep us updated.
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    Apple App Store 10 Years Old

    This week I read that the Apple App Store is 10 years old. Where did the time go. It started off with just 500 aps. Now it’s over 2.5million. Are you on an IPhone or Android? What are your favourite apps and how often do you use them. My Top 5 apps at the moment are: Pomsinoz Evernote Facebook Camera+ Words with Friends
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    I know no one will care but...........

    You will be able to run a marathon after.
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    Pet Quarantine

    After waiting over 2 years and having the wonderful help/support from Bob at Petair (even though he didn’t ship from the country my boy came from) I’ve finally got my boy home. ‘I would like to say though that I was disgusted at the state he came out of quarantine in. Another breeder had her boy from America released from quarantine the same day and he was in an emaciated state with every rib bone showing and tail bone protruding. Thankfully mie wasn’t that bad but put it this way if the rspca saw a dog in that condition they would be taking action. He went in to quarantine weighing 10kg and came out just over 6kg. I know from,working in the quarantines that dogs do lose weight, they can stress in their new environment and refuse food. This boy though, since arriving with us has not stopped eating and he will eat everything in front of him. It’s going to be a long process getting his weight back on and getting him out of the timid stage but he is here with us now and that’s all that matters. When chatting with the breeder with the American import she said a lot of dogs coming out this last month have been malnourished so please, if you are sending your dog/cat feed them up before they get here. We have both put complaints in but being a government body I can’t see us getting anywhere.
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    Australia’s Migration Lowest in 10 Years

    Wow, 46% increase in visa refusals
  8. AUSTRALIA’s migration rate is the lowest it’s been in 10 years, largely due to Peter Dutton and the way the Department of Home Affairs has cracked down on “fraudulent” migrants. In the past financial year, the nation’s migration rate has dropped by 10 per cent with 21,000 less people being allowed into Australia. Speaking on the Today show this morning, the Home Affairs Minister said the drop was about “restoring integrity to our border”. “Looking more closely at the applications that are made. Making sure that we’re bringing the best migrants possible into our country,” Mr Dutton said. Mr Dutton said the people who were being rejected the most were those making “fraudulent claims”, admitting some people trying to gain access to Australia were “overstating their qualifications” with false documents. The nation’s immigration intake hasn’t been this low since John Howard was prime minister. The 2017/18 intake plummeted to 162,417 and there has been a 46 per cent increase in visa refusals, while skilled migrant numbers dropped by more than 12,000, and the family stream was cut by 15 per cent to 47,732. “I want to make sure we scrutinise each application so we’re getting the best possible migrants,” Mr Dutton said on Today. “People who are going to work. Not be on welfare. People who will integrate into our community.” Mr Dutton said one area the Department of Home Affairs was specifically cracking down on was false relationships and accused the Labor government of “ticking and flicking” through applications to meet the annual target of 190,000 migrants. “We want to make sure particularly that people coming through the spousal program that they are in legitimate relationships,” he said. Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese agreed with Mr Dutton, telling Today the government had toughened up the system. “Of course it’s a good result if there’s more integrity in the system,” Mr Albanese told Nine. Despite the drastic drop, Today host Ben Fordham insisted Australia’s migration system was still “pretty generous” — a claim Mr Dutton agreed with. “We still have a pretty generous approach to things though. It’s not like we’ve turned off the taps. There are still plenty of people coming here because they want to live in the greatest country on earth,” Fordham said. Mr Dutton replied: “Of course. We’re a destination for many people. 65 million people in the world that are displaced. “Our country is built on migration. We’ve had wonderful people who have come to our country over a long period of time. We have a lot to protect. Lot of values that those migrants believe in strongly. Ultimately apart from our indigenous population all of us are from migrant stock. We want to make sure we get the best people into our country so we can protect our values. As you say we’ve been listening to concerns that Australians have had.” Australia’s deportation rates are also on the rise after the Migration Act was amended in 2014 that enforces all migrants pass and maintain a “character test” to stay here. The amendment gave Mr Dutton the powers to expel anyone he deems a risk to Australian society and has resulted in thousands of deportations since December 2014 when the law was changed.
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    Moving to Oz - the emotional rollercoaster

    Hi @stokie123 unfortunately we have all been in that situation. It was the biggest roller coaster of emotions we have ever dealt with in our life. The first 3 months here will feel like the honeymoon (holiday) period and then you will probably go through the next stage of what on earth have we done. It is worth it so hang in there. Remember all the reasons you started this process in the first place. i think sometimes it’s easier for us to give in and not step out of our comfort zone. What I will say is that if you don’t do it you will always live with the “What if’s”. As for family, for the first 4 years of our life here in Australia my mum never spoke to me, then one day out of the blue I received an email and she was on the next plane over. Since then she has visited around 10 times and each time she tells us it was the best move we ever made. i have 3 children and they have all enjoyed their life here and non would want to return back to the UK. I think it has lots of opportunities for our children and I 100% feel it was the best move we made for them. ‘Thankfully your children are still young so haven’t started with the boyfriend/girlfriend stage, or going out with their mates. They are probably excited and looking at it as one big adventure. Huge virtual hugs and honestly we have all been there and come out the other side.
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    Lightning Ridge for Tourists

    I just need to get young Squarepants using the 4x4, then he can tag along with you. It’s no fun being stuck in the mud in a Mazda sport or hitting a kangaroo and damaging the front end, bonnet and light Here was the view when I tried to open my door whilst stuck in the mud, needless to say it took 4 four wheel drive vehicles and 8 strapping guys and they couldn’t get us out for hours. In the end they went to retrieve some plastic ramp things and they worked first time. Oh dear, us amateurs. We could have been stranded for days lol.
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    shopping in oz

    I found H & M for the first time a few months ago and love it. Ally, Portmans, Forever New are all good, Myers when they have a sale. We have TK Max but it’s expensive compared with overseas. Obviously you have KMart, Target, Big W who do cheap clothes but they don’t last.
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    Lightning Ridge for Tourists

    Lightning Ridge is off the beaten track so not somewhere that you would probably be passing through whilst travelling Australia. It is 727km from Sydney, 730km from Brisbane and around 1,180km from Melbourne. Accommodation wise, if you have a caravan you have a few options available, for those who need a motel then your options are limited. We went to the Outback Resort and Camping. It was run by backpackers who had no customer service at all and we were not made to feel welcome. I thought accommodation was steep for the quality we received. It did however have a bar, restaurant and pool on site so I’m sure that’s what draws most tourists there. Lightning Ridge has a few shops selling opals and other tourist products along with a Super IGA for the essentials. There is also a hardware shop if you have forgot to bring your fossicking gear. There are a few cafes scattered around but be warned they are all over priced. We ordered a takeaway pizza, a tea, a coffee and it came to $55. Here are some photos of our time there
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    Lightning Ridge - Could you live here....

    I hadn’t realise how they tunnel for opals, with so many miners together in one area you would think they would end up digging in to another tunnel network. We heard that most tunnels are 30 - 40ft down some as far as 80ft and it costs them to drill around $30 per foot. They need two drilled one to provide ventilation. I think if you were retired then it could be a good hobby to have but I wouldn’t be giving up my day job.
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    Best TV service in AU?

    We don’t bother with Foxtel as it is expensive for what you get. Instead we subscribe to Netflix and if we want a change we will watch something on ITunes.
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    Hobart may no longer be Australia's most affordable city

    That’s what media does, I don’t think there is anyway to control it unless you remove yourself from the Internet full stop. Personally I stick over articles that I don’t feel will add any value to my situation