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Skani last won the day on February 6 2016

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  1. Skani

    Do I Need Medical Insurance?

    I suspect that "clinically essential" is at the discretion of the medical practitioner and will depend on how stressed the public resources are in your location at the time. Another factor to consider is that you will be taxed a Medicare Levy Surcharge if you earn over a certain amount and do not have private hospital insurance. Details are here: https://www.privatehealth.gov.au/health_insurance/surcharges_incentives/medicare_levy.htm Depending on your family situation and income it may make financial sense to take out private hospital cover at least.
  2. Skani

    RIP Bob Hawke

    Before 1975 there was only private health insurance for most people. (Although I think Queensland might have had a different system of wider public health care?) In 1975 Whitlam introduced subsidised healthcare Australia-wide and called it Medibank. But the next Fraser Liberal government repealed parts of it in 1976... then Hawke re introduced the original Whitlam scheme in 1984 but renamed it Medicare
  3. Skani

    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    What rubbish! None of the schools my children or grandchildren attended (or where my children were teachers themselves) ever called their teachers by their first name. Lack of respect is a much broader societal issue.
  4. Skani

    804 or 864

    Private medical insurance is very complex in Australia. There are a multitude of funds offering a multitude of options and variables - including your state of residence. To get some idea of what you might pay you could do a "dummy run" to compare policies on the government guide to private health insurance: https://www.privatehealth.gov.au/dynamic/search/star I think that figure quoted above is quite high. FWIW I am retired with a single policy (hospital and ancillary cover) which costs about $1750 pa.
  5. Not sure how this is relevant to Skilled Visas?
  6. Skani


    Your opinion is not supported by the statistics. The 2011 UK census showed 12% of the population born abroad ( estimated to be 14% in 2017). The 2016 Australian census showed 26% born overseas - and half the total population either born overseas or had at least one parent who was. 61% of those born overseas live in either NSW or Victoria - so the multicultural aspect of Australia may not be so evident to someone living in W.A.
  7. Your case may not be difficult at all. But, as at 30 June 2018, there were 80,539 applicants in the Partner visa queue. The number would be very similar whenever you applied. That's a stack load of applications to process before they get to yours
  8. You've been out of Australia for quite some time then? Pissed = drunk.
  9. Skani

    early voting

    I wonder if the booths are under staffed because they have been caught off guard by the large numbers voting early this time (double the numbers - about 2 million voters - as at the same stage at the last election)?
  10. Skani


    Unless the rules have been secretly changed, "non Australians" are allowed to participate in any discussion on PIO.
  11. Skani


    No - both leaders have primary school age children.
  12. Skani

    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    We have never had a DNA test for any member of the Royal family before. How do we know the true fathers of any of them? Even monarchs: for example, we don't know for sure who fathered Queen Elizabeth 1 or Queen Victoria. There's a saying in genealogy along the lines of (can't remember exactly)...."you can be sure of the mother but the father is always a question mark" . And there would have to be an awful catastrophe for him to inherit the throne: it would mean that Charles, William and all William's children had died or abdicated.
  13. Skani

    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    No...but the gossipers go on about a resemblance to J.H. while completely ignoring the resemblance to his mother's family.
  14. Skani


    I'll educate you. "Pome" as in Prisoner of Mother England is an urban myth - often repeated, but wrong. It was first used 40 - 50 years after convict transportation had ended and was introduced by Londoners working on the Melbourne docks to describe the sunburnt appearance of immigrants arriving after months at sea: it's rhyming slang - "pomegranate" = immigrant.
  15. Skani

    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    No "we" don't need a DNA test any more than we need a DNA test to validate your parents.