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    Citizenship for Baby born in Australia - Wait time?

    No, birth certificates alone are not enough to prove Australian citizenship. Children born here to parents on temp visas get an Australian birth certificate even though they're not entitled to citizenship, so having a birth certificate proves nothing. You will firstly need to get an Australian Citizenship Certificate for your daughter to prove that she's a citizen, then you can get an Australian passport for her.
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    Still here and still feel the pull

    It’s clear that you’re not ready or happy to give up your current life so stay where you are. Catch up with your family during the UK winters.
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    Brisbane vs Adelaide

    And I would choose Brisbane. Adelaide might have a drier heat but they have horrendous heatwaves with temperatures way up in the high 30s/low 40s for days on end during the summer. The east coast gets relief from extreme heat every 2-3 days when the next cool change rolls in. Adelaide doesn't; it gets relentless hot winds coming down from the Centre for extended periods. Nowhere's perfect...
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I agree completely. It must depend enormously on where you live because here in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney we've had no problems seeing doctors, specialists, getting follow-up appointments etc during 2020 and 2021. My OH sees a LOT of specialists for heart, diabetes and a couple of other health issues. Most of these people he sees annually, his GP he sees at least quarterly for repeat scripts etc. Only one of his annual checks was done via the phone, last year, and that was after the doctor had seen blood test results. If the blood results had warranted an actual examination, he would have had a proper face-to-face consult. I had a cochlear implant op in late 2020. You can't get much more elective than those and there was no issue with the scheduling of it. The only concession to covid in the hospital was no visitors and you needed to wear a mask when away from your room. The implant was followed by endless follow-up appointments during 2021 for therapy, tests and checks. One appointment, originally scheduled for the middle of a lock-down period (late June to early September 2021 in Sydney) was postponed but that was all. No other problems or restrictions anywhere except for the requirement to wear a mask most of the time. Sounds bad if no-one in Melbourne has been able to stay on top of their health checks for two years but it's most definitely not the case across the whole of the country.
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    Strata building

    And in Canberra. All the land in the ACT is held on 99 year Crown leases.
  6. The time period from Nov 24 2021 - Feb 9th 2022 is not 88 days as you have stated. It is only 77 days. So you will not be overseas for more than 90 days in the last year.
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    Decided I need a change

    Surely you just need to wait until they do ratify the new UK/Aus trade deal? It's scheduled to happen sometime this year, I believe. As soon as it's done you can apply then. Should give you a bit of time to save up in the meantime.
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    461 NZ family visa vs the 309/100 visa

    You can only apply for a 309 if your partner is what is called 'an eligible NZ citizen'. This is not any New Zealander but one who was living in Australia on or prior to 26/2/2001. Does your partner fit that category? If not, then you have no choice but to go for the 461 visa.
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    Anyone been granted a work holiday visa recently?

    I read about this earlier this week. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/28/return-of-the-ten-pound-pom-as-south-australia-moves-to-fill-post-pandemic-job-vacancies Limited to a few hundred people and you only get the 10 pound airfare if you also book a Trailfinders package at the same time.
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    Lawful residence and past holidays

    That might work - not sure. I know that you don't have to be present in Australia on the date four years prior to your application - but I think you do need to be in possession of a valid visa. Whether the May 2018 eVisitor visa was classed as valid during June 2018, you'd need to investigate.
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    Lawful residence and past holidays

    They only look at the four years immediately prior to your application date. Nothing that happened before that time has any bearing whatever. They say: 'We consider the amount of time you have lived in Australia in the last 4 years' and 'At the time you apply you must have been: living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years'
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    Northern Rivers

    We've spent a lot of time up there - most recently six months in late 2019. Lismore is currently almost destroyed by the latest floods, Ballina also suffered badly. To my mind Ballina is much the nicest of the three big towns. On the coast, good shops and facilities and an excellent road north to the Gold Coast which is just over an hour away. Lots of retirees, definitely not a poor area. Just to the north is the super-trendy Byron Shire. Very popular beach town, with extortionate housing costs in town and in the hills around. Absolutely stunning scenery in the area with a lot of old-style hippies living in the hills to the west. Has lots of excellent, huge general and farmers markets weekly in the various towns around. Inland areas are quite alternative, coastal more mainstream. Northern Rivers is well-known as the anti-vax capital of NSW. Ballina shire is a brilliant place to live if you don't want the big city thing (and can avoid flood-prone areas). People are friendly and there's plenty to do. Medical facilities are very good for a regional area. Proximity to the Gold Coast means that you're close to major shopping if that's what you need. Only downside is public transport is very lacking so you're reliant on your car.
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    Where to live in Sydney

    Yes, Marrickville was always known as being a poor man’s Newtown. When I first came to Sydney over 40 years ago, it was predominately Greek and Lebanese. Vietnamese came later. Has a couple of fantastic Greek Cake shops in Illawarra Road along with loads of excellent Vietnamese greengrocers. It’s an interesting suburb much loved by foodies. You get more space for your money there -compared to other inner city suburbs like Surry Hills, Newtown etc yet it’s still close to them.
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    Wordle (and other word related games)

    Wordle 272 2/6 🟩🟨🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I used the same starting word I always use.
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    Diabetes prescriptions through Medicare

    Don't get confused between the NDIS and NDSS. Different things. NDIS covers payments for costs associated with disabilities. Once you get past pension age (65) you are not eligible for the NDIS. The NDSS is National Diabetes Services Scheme and is specifically and only for diabetes sufferers.