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  1. Please leave me out of the pathetic point scoring list out of 10 that you have posted, I don’t care about your opinion, you have lost my respect.
  2. That puts any volunteering by all ‘the old folk’ into perspective. Or perhaps many of us are contributing and benefiting the community in a totally different way, that is beyond the comprehension of a younger poster? Can work only be described as work if it’s paid? I help in a charity that no one gets paid anything, all volunteers who in many cases call on their ‘outdated’ work experience to make it work! Are we then not contributing anything by helping victims of domestic violence, or teenagers who fall pregnant, to restart their lives, so they in their turn hopefully are given a chance to contribute. i genuinely don’t understand your attitude or reasoning, are you just trolling? or bored with very little in your life as you appear to have so much time to spend on PIO. Have I got this right? if you retire at 55, then that’s it you can never vote again? but if you continue to work till 70, or older as a few do, then that’s ok you can still vote, even though you are by then ‘old’ It’s purely based on either being 18+ or earning a wage that entitles you to vote?
  3. Many retire at 60 as my husband had to do, if he had stayed in the forces it would have been 55, it’s not unusual to then live another 20 30 + years these days, so it’s not unreasonable to to have input. I don’t know what retirees you know, but they seem unrepresentative of the many many I know, as one of them. No one I know has ever said damn the future, I’m protecting what I have? What have got against us? It’s very odd and its so ageist, that I almost feel sorry for you,
  4. Go Bobj, there’s still life and fun and adventure ahead for many of us.
  5. I’m interested in exactly who the ‘older generation’ are that are holding us back ? The new labour leader Anthony Albanese is 59, Richard Marles is 54Penny Wong is 53, Scott Morrison is 55, and Peter Dutton probably the new leader of the liberal party is 51.
  6. The written word is open to interpretation
  7. Our generation that you are looking forward to die off, might in our time as the younger generation also have bought in many changes, especially for women, please a) give us some credit, and b) don’t lump us altogether as dinosaurs. For instance many women weren’t allowed to work when they got married, and weren’t allowed a bank account. It really was a man’s world, In the airline world that I was in, women ground staff were not allowed to apply to progress after the lowest promotion, and we all including cabin staff had to leave when we married. We were equally excited to see so many changes to the good in our lifetime, that I take offence at your desire to see my demise. Don’t forget Every age has its time for change, it’s nothing new, it’s a natural progression, , off with the old and on with the new is not a new refrain. I wouldn’t be surprised when to see a similar reaction to the present day thinking in 30/40 years time.
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    Medicare re bridging visa

    People I have known, from UK, on the bridging visa for the 804 actually had no problem getting anything that was needed including a hip replacement on Medicare, I don’t know if they were just lucky? bot no one ever said there was a problem, but please don’t take this as definite advice. however the last person I know received their PR a year ago, so I don’t know if conditions will stay the same or tighten up. There is always private health insurance, not cheap, but perhaps worth it for peace of mind? I wonder if being on a bridging visa for PR has different conditions to just being a visitor with reciprocal rights? I know while my daughter was on a bridging visa for the partner visa, she had absolutely no problem accessing everything on Medicare, and had fantastic treatment when needed. I would advise getting ambulances cover, depending on which state you move to.
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    The Official Weather Thread

    Not sure it’s ever going to stop raining ? It poured nonstop all day yesterday, last night and still pouring now. Haven’t seen any reports of flooding yet on the news, but areas must have been re impacted yet again, just awful Weather report from the not Sunny Coast!!!
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    Parent visa

    We don’t get prescriptions for $6 on the 143 visa until we reach the PBS safety net.
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    Still here and still feel the pull

    The decision of where to live can become harder when you are in your late 70’s - and early 80’s, than in your 60’s.and whether you have children or not, which influences your advice. We have always been a very independent couple and still are, we decided to retire to Australia aged 60, with none of our children here. Two of our children decided years ago to follow us here, completely their own decision to move to Australia, and I have to admit even though we and they live our own lives, it is lovely to have them relatively near, now that we are older, realistic not just selfish. We have been lucky so far with only a couple of times that their help has really been appreciated. One sad thing to point out, is that as we age, so do our friends, so the support friendship group seems to diminish all of a sudden. It comes as quite a shock when with a group of long term friends, you realise you are one of the youngest in your late 70’s!! where have all those years flown. and although l we all claim to be fairly healthy, the truth is that most do have increasing health problems. The familiarity of your lifestyle and support of your friendship group is very important, and it’s a very hard decision to make, whether to continue with that or move nearer to family. My only observation to make seeing friends in their late 80’s facing that dilemma, is perhaps consider moving closer to your children when younger? as it’s probably easier to establish yourself in a new area in your 60’s than feeling lonely without your friends if you move much later in life nearer your family, who I’m sure love you but lead busy lives. Its such a personal decision, especially if moving countries, if all your children live overseas, some will say don’t, other’s will say do it, others say your children should give up their lives and move back to be near you. Ultimately only you can make the decision, and hope it’s the right one.
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    Parent visa

    We were on a temporary long term self funded retirement visa ( no longer available) for 17 years before getting pathway 143 PR visa 2 years ago. Our visa had different conditions to the 804 visa, but even though we could technically live here long term, I never quite felt safe. The government is notorious for changing visa conditions retrospectively, leaving many potential immigrants lives shattered. This happened to our son, and thousands of other students when on a student visa. To me it’s a no brainer, a PR visa every time over a temporary insecure visa, yes it’s not cheap, but so well worth it to feel finally really settled, without the slight continuous concern in the background that perhaps one day visa conditions might change and we would be made to leave.
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    I wasn’t actually trying to prove anything and I admitted my memory was hazy, but I think you are right about the first example, because she had been out of the country for unfortunately just over the three months in the year prior to applying so her application was rejected. she re applied as soon as she was eligible and got her citizenship. She was just annoyed with herself that she she could have come back a week earlier if she had realised. I seem to remember, that the other friend to be honest was in and out of Australia so much that he either exceeded the number of days allowed over a certain number of years to be eligible to apply, or just the previous year as well. All I know is that application was rejected? Better word application rejected rather than canceled.
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    Still here and still feel the pull

    I am genuinely interested in your post, as all retired Australian friends have the Seniors Health card, I must ask others in the same position as us. We are citizens, moved here when retired but only have the regular Medicare card, and a seniors card. Is the Senior Health card income related? For instance we don’t have superannuation, I don’t know if that makes a difference as all our income comes from UK and is fully taxed. No dispensation for the house and our assets? Is that the same for an Australian with retirement money in their superannuation? So are you saying a seniors card is the same as a Senior Health card? I’m confused. If this doesn’t really fit the thread we can ask for it to be moved, it might be of interest to many posters