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  1. Skani

    Australia’s Best Fish and Chip Award

    King Edwards grow here in Tasmania and is the variety we have always used for roast potatoes at home. However, the varieties used for most commercial chip frying is dominated by considerations such as potato shape. Russet Burbank used to be (and I think still is) the one most popular for commercial chips in Oz as its long cylindrical shape produces the most chips per potato.
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    The weather in Tasmania today

    Hi Libbye, The picture here shows the river (Mersey) running through the town of Devonport and the proximity of the beaches to the town: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-of-tasmania/north-west/devonport
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    I wish that I'd taken...

    Yes - some areas of Hobart have had it since 2010/11. (Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point were the first NBN connections in Australia).
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    Bringing Cat into Brisbane Area

    The roll bar system Marisawright mentioned above ( 3 separate rotating rods which roll when the cat touches them so they cannot get a grip): https://oscillot.com.au/ You can cat proof quite large areas - especially if you use a "floppy top" design attached to the top of a fence which bends inwards and over. It also prevents possums getting into the garden. Some examples shown under "Fenceline" here: https://catnets.com.au/pages/gallery We didn't have any fences at our place so below is what we erected in the back garden. All the bird attracting trees are outside the fence so the cats can have cat TV but can't get at them. No cats have escaped in the 12 years it's been in place.
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    Bringing Cat into Brisbane Area

    You won't have any problems with the special diet - Royal Canin products are sold all over in specialty pet stores, online and veterinary clinics. For your own peace of mind it would be preferable to confine him to your garden or a cat run: it will keep him safe from cars, dogs, cat fights - he may not be confrontational but others in the neighbourhood may be - and people who hate cats and trap them. You can check regularly for ticks and at least one of the common anti flea treatments (Frontline Plus) includes a tick deterrent.
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    Tasmania

    I'm not in that category but am a long term resident of Hobart. Happy to answer any questions down the track.
  7. Have a read of this thread from October 2016: https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/189422-reviews-for-working-for-fantastic-framing-backpacker-job/?tab=comments#comment-2244248
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    The default was to start out with secondhand then gradually replace some with new as you could afford it. But having no access to credit meant saving beforehand. So replacing with new took years - or decades.
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    Mental Health Nursing in Brisbane

    Firstly....are you an Australian citizen or do you need to sort out a visa to return to Oz?
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    It's true that everyone is bombarded by choices and manipulative marketing in every area of life these days. Life is simpler when you have fewer choices. But learning to discriminate between needs and wants and learning to see through the hype and make intelligent choices for oneself is an essential skill for survival these days. It's one you hope every parent is teaching their child. Accepting the consequences of your choices - good and bad - is a necessary part of becoming an adult.
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    No TV of any sort arrived in our neck of the woods until my early teens. I'm really glad though - we read such a lot and it gave us a great appreciation of books.
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    You think that's a tragedy? A tragedy would be if they were homeless...not being unable to make a capital gain out of housing. A comfortable life comes from income, not from living in a capital gain. What you should be worried about for your children is whether ecosystems will still be sustainable enough to support the lives of x billion humans.
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    Shame of Australia

    I think that reflects, more than anything else, your particular part of Australia. It's no accident it's the home of One Nation. At the last federal election, 9 out of the 10 most right leaning electorates were all in Queensland. Where I live is the opposite end of the spectrum - one of the most left leaning electorates where environmental impacts of everything are front and centre all the time. That's not to say there's 100% agreement but it's always an issue.
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    Exactly so. Our mortgage was eventually paid off around the time I turned 60 - not exactly the lightning fast mortgage we all supposedly enjoyed - and I am really grateful that I have a secure home without financial worry. But my pension supplemented superannuation is very modest and there's no way I can indulge in all the luxuries and globe trotting we retired baby boomers are supposed to benefit from. And neither do I live in a vast family home which we are all supposed to "downsize" from and free up for others. Downsizing for me would mean a caravan . They'll all have to wait until I'm downsized into a nursing home room - or a box.
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    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    Of course. The price of property has increased enormously since the first baby boomers started purchasing a home ....due to massive immigration and government policies which have encouraged property to be exploited as an investment rather than basic secure shelter. Save your resentment for the policy makers who facilitated this....not for the cohort of baby boomers But those same baby boomers had to scrimp and save to get into those homes in the first place without the extravagances now considered essential by so many young people - gap year, overseas holidays, car on leaving school, credit cards, gigs, concerts, bars, restaurants, entertainment and media gadgets and packages, designer clothing and accessories, brand new furniture, brand new cars etc. And without current day benefits such as Medicare rebates (before Medicare you either had full private health insurance or paid the full cost of medical treatment), child care assistance, leave loadings - even equal pay for women. When I started working in the Commonwealth public service my salary as a female was 80% of a male doing an identical job. Moreover, baby boomers are now aged mid 50s - 72. They've been working and accumulating assets for 35 - 50+ years. Of course they'll be a lot wealthier than someone just starting out on a career path.
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