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cjdrum last won the day on May 30 2010

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    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Exactly. Which is why I get irritated by the bleeding heart story people portray with regard to anyone who claims asylum
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    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    so, we're agreed that the move to Western countries is predominantly economic. Good.
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    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    interesting, but doesn't answer my point about those who do 'escape' to the west
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    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Can someone, please explain why it is that people who are avoiding famine/war/persecution etc choose to pay thousands of $ to people smugglers and travel thousands of miles to reach Australia/UK? Take Afghanistan for instance, a landlocked country, surrounded by other 'Stans which are culturally much closer than westernised nations and could be driven to. But no, people jump on a plane/boat and travel to Australia. This is because of healthcare, benefits and better economic potential - there can be no other reason. If I feared for my life in England and was destitute, I would go to Wales. I would not book a transcontinental flight. It beggars belief that anyone can think that people who can afford international air fares or to pay people smugglers are somehow destitute or starving.
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    Annoyed with the rental agency

    The problem we've found is that the agent is just looking after their own interests and in some cases will not even consult the landlord. If you extend for a year, the agent gets their renewal fee and is happy. If you had a short contract extension, there probably would be no renewal fee for the agent (but I can't imagine the landlord would care as long as the rent keeps coming in). So the only person whose interests are being served is the agent. Had exactly the same thing here in London and it drives me crazy. Especially as the majority are useless, unskilled oiks to say the least
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    Critique my CV Please.

    Careful of a few uses of colloquial language - better to say "quickly gained proficiency in the use of..." rather than "got to grips with". I'd probably not have the references on a separate page either (especially as you haven't provided any).
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    Facebook shares..

    Using the traditional valuation technique, the shares are grossly overvalued at a price earnings ratio of 100. This implies exponential growth is earnings (either following similar growth in user base or through monetising users more effectively). For me the listing realises the peak of the social networking bubble, the huge valuations applied to Linkedin and Groupon have all been in the shadow of Facebook's IPO. Once this goes public, the hype regarding social media may subside and valuations become more in line with other industries. Some will buy on the first day looking to profit from the probable pop in the price when it opens, but the spread on the shares will most likely be huge and it's unlikely whether a retail investor would be able to make a purchase before the price leaps on the opening bell. Money to be made though most probably (though how long the probable gains will last is another question). People should do their own research but I don't buy the whole story personally and will pass. Good luck if you do take the leap though.
  8. Unlikely to be honest. It's not a real teaching qualification (not trying to be condescending, I did a celta qualification myself after uni). It's a ticket to work in many places in the world where companies will sponsor you to have a native English speaking teacher. Clearly less likely in Australia which is full of native English speakers. Best of luck.
  9. Sorry but there really is no room for question here. The facts are simple. If people choose to believe in imaginary friends they have the right to, but equally they have the right to believe that the moon is made of cheese. The worry is how widespread such beliefs remain and how they influence real life, important matters such as stem cell research
  10. That's the plan Jim, visas are all sorted, we validated them on our honeymoon last year. We're sponsored by Victoria so off to Melbourne. I don't think it's the most glamorous place in Australia, and definitely doesn't have the best weather, but we both work in finance so it has to be Melbourne or Sydney. We plumped for Melbourne (Sydney so expensive for property) so just waiting on a few bits and pieces and hopefully we can set off late summer just in time for the Australian summer!
  11. What a strange character you are... I would suggest a couple of things: - if you want to get on with Australians, don't ask them weird questions like this - most would run a mile. - Australia is a relatively classless society - all this talk of blue/white collar is very unattractive
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    Frigging Moaners thread...let of steam.

    Uh-huh - the country's finest economists are incapable of simultaneously helping re-grow the economy and strengthen Sterling but you (on an internet forum) have it all sorted? What would you suggest? The country is all ears..... Raise interest rates or cut them? We await your insight....:err:
  13. Don't really understand the question. Ask any Aussie about immigration and you'll get the same complaints that you get in the UK, so not sure why you'd choose Australia to avoid living in an immigrant population. (It's also a little bit ironic to become an immigrant overseas as a reaction against immigration in the UK!)
  14. "The destruction of unions spelled the end of the UK" - are you being serious?? The strength of the unions killed British manufacturing making our workers lazy, our products hopelessly uncompetitive thanks to spiralling labour costs and a lack of incentive to work hard. If you want a case study, look at British Leyland - and there are MANY other examples (the US motor industry is another case). It's a shame more people don't understand that unionisation is a curse in the workplace that will constrict the employer and lead to future unemployment when the products are overtaken by more innovative, cheaper alternatives from lower cost manufacturers.
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    Comments Feedback on the ASA Group

    We used them. Nice people, very responsive and know what they're doing. Their website functionality is also very good. Chris