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Skani last won the day on April 19 2021

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  1. Skani

    Wordle (and other word related games)

    Yes, apparently it is. But would anyone who doesn't follow American baseball know it? We used to play softball at school but never heard that word for a home run.
  2. Skani

    Wordle (and other word related games)

    Yes, but I think it's one of those words which is used more in the US than here. (Don't want to give any hints to anyone who hasn't yet done today's). I just got it on the last line also. I had my winning streak scuppered a while ago by an Americanism - the word "homer" which I had never heard of apart from as a proper name (Homer Simpson, Homer's Odyssey).
  3. Skani

    what does the education system look like?

    Do you have a particular state/territory in mind? School education is the responsibility of the individual states so "what it looks like" varies between states.
  4. For the same reason Australia has stupid names like Woolloomooloo and Wagga Wagga - because they had a meaning not known to current ignorant generations.
  5. Skani

    NIN issues. Need help

    Do that. The link says a person is eligible for a maximum of 6 weeks payments unless moving to a country with a reciprocal Social Security agreement with Australia. If you follow their link to the countries in Europe it shows that the UK no longer has a reciprocal agreement with Australia.
  6. Skani

    NIN issues. Need help

    I can't help with the NIN issue but have you checked the above with the Services Australia department? I assume you are receiving the Parenting Payment (although you later say "I can only get the kids back when they have the citizenships and passports.") However this on the Services Australia website : The same residence rules apply if you are currently receiving the Job Seeker Payment.
  7. Skani

    Still here and still feel the pull

    Not if your life is also fulfilled with other interests, hobbies and friendships. It can also be very exhausting: nothing reminds you of your ageing body more than a 3 year old making a determined break for it at the most awkward of moments.
  8. You haven't noticed that a government of employed non pensioners was just dumped because voters accused them of just these shortcomings? Personal benefit interests and short term options are not the domain of any particular age group - in fact they are quite common in a certain type of "on the make" employed younger person who hasn't gained the maturity of being slapped around by life a few times. It was quite obvious in the vox pops of many of "pensionable" age that the future of their children and grandchildren were uppermost in their minds when deciding their vote. This derogatory ageism is extraordinary. No one loses "understanding" just because they've reached pension age. I've known 90+ year olds whose "understanding" and wisdom could run rings around people 50 years younger. ( And are more articulate to go with it. )
  9. Nothing to do with it. As mentioned, lockdowns were mandated by state premiers and this is a federal election. In fact the one party yelling about "Freedom" (ie anti lockdown/masks etc) spent $100 million on saturation advertising across the country, had candidates in every seat - and didn't even make 5% of votes across the country.
  10. Skani

    Still here and still feel the pull

    I have to admit that your friends' "$100,000 to live comfortably" made my eyes pop. As mentioned by Parley earlier, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia costed a comfortable retirement standard (for a home owning couple) at $64,771 ( December 2021). Their inclusions are here: https://www.superannuation.asn.au/resources/retirement-standard As a widowed retiree my income is a bit less than their figure for a "comfortable" lifestyle for singles but I have a perfectly comfortable life. (Actually, my greatest annual expense after groceries in the last few years has been veterinarian bills: without those I would be even more comfortable. ). But the main issue is whether you wish to move, not whether your children wish it for you. Migrating is very stressful, even when all participants are fully committed: if one of you is unsure it will add even greater stress.
  11. Skani

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The numbers reveals the opposite is true - Covid is causing far more deaths than reported in official stats. Worldwide , as at end of December 2021, the figure for excess mortality (ie over and above the average of the pre pandemic years) is around 15 million.
  12. Skani

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It hasn't been a non-even for the 58 Tasmanians (and their families) who have died, nor for the nearly 1 in 3 who have contracted it since the border opened on 15th December. And doctors are now seeing long Covid complications in patients who initially had a mild illness and thought it was nothing to worry about so that is going to place an extra burden on (already stretched) medical resources. Businesses/organisations here in Hobart often still impacted - on restricted hours or short staffed or closed completely due to Covid.
  13. Yes, but you mentioned earlier that your vision is to have properties in both countries, travel regularly between the two and therefore maintain close links with family. Most migrants don't have the finances or employment flexibility or, as children get older, the practical logistics to do that. Also, it's often the passing of years which increases the pull back home - missing significant family celebrations, birthdays, weddings etc. and parents growing older and frailer and having little contact with grandchildren. The OP is obviously missing contact with her sisters and their children already so a baby now will increase that sense of distance.
  14. Skani


    When you lodge your tax return your tax liability for the financial year will be assessed and you'll receive a refund if tax has been overpaid. Have a tax agent prepare your first tax return to ensure that you claim all expenses/deductions etc. to which you are entitled.
  15. Definitely seek help from a counsellor. It's important that you can talk through these issues frankly and honestly without the self-censoring you need to with your partner's mother (and it's perfectly understandable why you do that). Don't avoid talking to a counsellor because you have prejudged the outcome. It can certainly clarify issues and solutions and help you take whatever action is deemed the best. A pregnancy while you are in this state would be unwise. So many times on this forum we hear the story...."I loved my life in Australia until children came along...and then I realised how much I missed/needed my family contacts back home, both for support for me and for family links for my children". If you are feeling so homesick now, it will become worse once a baby arrives. I was also a bit alarmed by "living with my partner's parents". Does that mean a home of your own is unaffordable?