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  1. 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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    PetAir UK - Pet Travel Service

    Bob at PetAir http://www.petairuk.com/ has teamed up with Pomsinoz to bring you all the ins and outs on shipping your loved ones to the other side of the world. As Bob is a qualified vet I am sure he will also be happy to answer any other worries or concerns you may have during this process. Bob can also explain all the latest updates in regards to the rabies vaccination etc. To ask Bob a question please visit his forum at http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/shipping-pets-ask-pet-air/
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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.
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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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    Photos from your garden

    I can’t remember if we have had a similar thread but I thought it would be nice to share photos of our gardens and flowers. Here are some of the flowers growing in one of our garden beds closest to the house. Can anyone help identify them. Sent using Poms in Oz mobile app
  12. Now I do not want this thread turning in to a V's thread but thought it may be a good place to have advice for new arrivals, for example: 1) You have to park in the same direction as the flow of traffic. 2) Manchester is not the place in the UK it is a name for bedding and towels 3) Flybys is a loyalty reward card https://www.flybuys.com.au/flybuys/content
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    Photos of Queensland

    Continuing from the Tasmania photo thread I thought we could have one in Queensland. I know a few members are great with their camera and take excellent photos so I'm hoping they will join in. A few that spring to mind are @Johndoe @Bobj Cape Hillsborough- North of Mackay
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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.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Please don’t be going near the shark. I’m going to need my heart meds increasing at this rate haha
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    I Just Need To Get This Off My Chest,

    Sorry to hear about your dad @Quoll I often wondered how he was doing.
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    Mackay, Townsville or Cairns

    I’ve lived in Cairns and Townsville, I’ve children in both, I’ve visited Mackay. My favourite is hands down Cairns. You say it’s a tourist trap but unless you live on the front or do the tourist attractions you won’t ever see any. ‘If my Health was perfect I’d be back to Cairns tomorrow ‘What you need to consider is employment opportunities, Cairns will have the least chance of work
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    I Just Need To Get This Off My Chest,

    Personally I’ve needed people to tell me it’s going to be ok. An example was we had 3 specialists in one day last month, 2 basically told me I wouldn’t be allowed to live outside of the hospital again, that I was going to die, blah blah, it’s nothing new but it’s still depressing. Then I have one Specialist who has been by my side since the beginning, any off the label treatment he will try, he refuses to give up on me and I look forward to him coming on his rounds. Then I got rushed in to a local hospital where the dr told me I was going to probably die whilst there, and went on a long spiel about prayer and death. I found it so depressing and he brought me down. People will tell you that despite everything I always look for the positives and if I’m feeling down I need a huge kick up the ass to get back up again. It’s been thanks to some wonderful members on here checking in on me regularly that as kept me going.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Oh no, you need a safe path out there
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Like our chicken fingers/strips
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    I Just Need To Get This Off My Chest,

    Like Cal, I will respond to this, but then I will ask that you get back on topic and start your own thread. This is about supporting people with cancer not blaming them I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I’ve had cervical cancer twice and cancer of the esophogus. All of this led to complications and a rare disease of which I’m probably the only one in the world with. But according to you this is my fault and I’m a joke and a bit sad if I think otherwise.. oh ok @Perthbum .... I suppose you know more than my 7 specialists that treat me. Or the others that have treat me over the years. NOW BACK ON TOPIC PLEASE
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    I Just Need To Get This Off My Chest,

    I fully understand this. My mum was, sorry I can’t deal with this, goodbye, kind of attitude, she won’t talk via video chat as she finds it too upsetting looking at me and how I’ve deteriorated. So she will only talk via text and then if I talk about health she just doesn’t respond to my messages at all. She stopped talking to my husband and my boys who also needed her support. In regards to close family who live with you, it is hard it seems common for a husband to leave or want to leave a wife who he has become a 24/7 carer for. It usually starts off with finding someone else who will listen to them and comfort them as they have to be brave in front of their wife, and then it moves on from there. ‘It’s hard on children in the family, you think they are coping, they also put on a brave face around the parent but deep down they need help and support. A school is the best place to start asking for help for them. My son ended up on suicide watch last year. It was the hardest thing And to know it was because of me and I couldn’t change anything made it worse. ‘Sometimes as well you may find she doesn’t want to talk to anyone. I’m sure I’ve upset a lot of people these last 12 months. I’ve just had bad news after bad news and to continue trying to fight and to support my family as been hard. All I’ve wanted to do is curl up and sleep, in fact 95% of the time that’s all I’ve been able to do. So if she doesn’t talk to you please don’t think it’s personal, she will still think the world of you. Thanks to everyone on here, friends/family after complications I finally started the new treatment in June, he has said it will take 2-4 months to start working but I’m getting there.