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Quinkla last won the day on November 9 2015

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  1. If Australia has not criminalised entering/leaving Australia on a foreign passport, then it is legal to do so and you cannot be stopped if you are doing so. Personally, I do follow the advice/guidance from the Australian Government on travelling overseas. I find it saves hassle and delay. But this thread is about what happens to people who can't/won't follow this advice and the answer to that is about the law, not about guidance/authoritarian desires/what South Africa does. And incidentally, although I tend to behave quite conventionally, I will defend the right of unconventional people to exercise their full rights as given by the law and the constitution. To me, that is what embracing Australian values is all about. The state belongs to us, not vice versa.
  2. The law in South Africa is not the same as the law in Australia so that doesn't really help anyone. Australia Home Affairs (whoever they are) can say what they want, but it is only advisory. The law is interpreted by courts, not by government departments. If you can point me to legislation that empowers the Border Force to stop an Australian citizen from leaving if they don't show an Australian passport then I will happily step back. But I don't believe such a law exists.
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    Partner visa 820 granted!

    Yes, great news indeed. As Snifter says, do keep records but no need to get too anal about it. The big one is the one you have just got - now the onus would be on them after two years to prove that your partnership was not genuine and continuing.
  4. I know 99.9% of people follow the procedures set out in the advice (note: advice, not requirements). This thread was about what happens to the 0.1% of people who don't. You have spread misinformation about passports being seized and people not being allowed to leave the country. This is not based on evidence or law, it is just based on what you would like to happen. It is not helpful. And I don't agree with your characterisation of people who are acting unconventionally but within the law as point scoring or gaming the system. We are supposed to be "young and free". That means we can do what we want as long as other people aren't harmed and no laws are broken.
  5. If you read what I said, you will see that it says you would need a valid passport - but not necessarily an Australian one. A valid British passport would allow me to leave Australia and travel to the UK. Getting back to Australia would be more problematic, but that would be in terms of persuading the airline that I would be admitted to Australia in order for them to allow me to board - and it seems that DIBP does have a facility to allow airlines to check. If I managed to get to the Australian border, the border staff would have to let me in because, as a citizen, it is my right to enter. They may huff and puff about it, but they would have to take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves of my entitlement and then act upon it. Just an observation: threads like this are more useful if people comment based on law and fact, not just a sense of how they think the world ought to be.
  6. You do not need a valid Australian passport to prove your citizenship. Actually, the DIBP database will link your Australian citizenship to your overseas passport initially. A check on that passport in Vevo will show Aussie citizenship. And yes, you can rock up with an expired passport and expect to leave - although without a valid travel document for admission to the country at the far end then an airline would not give you a boarding pass.
  7. Based on what law? Australian citizens are free to leave the country whenever they want.
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    Partner Visa Concerns

    Looks to me like Re2011 has been engaged in benefit fraud. You can't be in receipt of a single parent payment from Centrelink and living with a partner by mistake - that is a fully conscious thing. You can't just undo criminal behaviour when it no longer suits you. I have very little sympathy for dole bludgers; they give a bad name to (and bring blanket sanctions upon) the many people who actually depend on social security income.
  9. Generally speaking, they don't. They need to have extremely high levels of confidence that you are concealing illegal things internally before they are allowed to do that, and the paperwork to conduct such a search is considerable - think obtaining court orders. If they do strip search you without cause, it is your lucky day. You would be entitled to significant compensation that is likely to be at least into six figures.
  10. Once you have Aussie citizenship, the relationship changes and border staff become your servants whose wages you pay. Never, ever forget that.
  11. Yes but... This is just advisory and is not supported by any law. Interpretation of the law is a matter for courts, not Government departments. Australians are free to come and go as they please, but in order to do so they must prove that they are Australian. The easiest way to do that is with an Australian passport. The reason DIAC asks people to enter and leave on Australian passports is primarily because they like to keep track of who is onshore and who is offshore - and Aussies leaving on their dual national passports stuff up their data.
  12. This is scare-mongering garbage. The Australian authorities have no right to seize a UK passport, especially not one held by an Australian citizen.
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    Where to live in Melbourne

    He is aware and he is proud of his racism. Years of posts bear this out.
  14. It is a long time since I have flown through a UK airport but from memory, when travelling anywhere that requires a visa, you couldn't check in and get a boarding pass online. If this is now possible, then the gate staff would check validity of travel documents. That would be a really dumb time for a problem to emerge because unless/until the airline is satisfied he will be granted admission at the other end, they won't let him board. If there is a doubt, he should get to the airport early and talk to the airline to give them every chance to resolve things for him.
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    Once you have migrated where do you go on holiday?

    It is good to get away from Australia just to get a change of perspective and meet people with different cultures, languages and value systems. Bali gets a bad rap but it is fabulous. I also love Viet Nam and Cambodia. Had a fab holiday in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago, and China and Japan are also easily accessible. Plenty of other places on the list - e.g. Phillipines, Korea, Taiwan, Myanmar...