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pintpot last won the day on April 22 2012

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  1. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Evolution. Males will boast/fight/compete to get jiggy with as many females as poss, whilst females do the actual choosing as to who gets to make the beast with two backs. Same goes for most if not all mammal species and plenty of examples in other classes in the animal kingdom I think it's great. When I'm tom-catting about, it's not my fault, my genes made me do it. "Don't have a go at me, love, give Darwin a call". We can't help it and should therefore be left to get on with it :biggrin:
  2. It's worth emphasising that. On $67K a year and with 3 or 4 kids in school, I would have to say do not come to NSW on a 457 visa. You will be paying $15-$20K out of your income after tax, which will make life unaffordable - unless you are fortunate enough to get let off the school fees on grounds of income. This has happened, but it is uncommon and you certainly can't rely on it. With the ages of your older kids you also need to consider what they will be doing when they graduate from high school. If they want to go to Uni I think you will be copping for international student fees and these are also high
  3. pintpot

    Are we wise?!?!

    Construction industry is pretty strong over here - much stronger than at home - but it varies from state to state and sector to sector, as of course you would expect Commercial and resi building are the two weakest sectors in general but this varies a lot and from all the data I see both are strongest in WA, so that is good news for you (or more specifically your OH). Civils/infrastructure is more solid, especially in transport (esp rail) and resource related areas I don't think you have much to worry about - at the risk of speaking for others you might try contacting bensdad and weegiedave, both of whom have gone to WA in the past 6-9 months and found construction work no bother You don't say if you have any family, this obviously would mean you'd want to be a bit more careful and certain before you jumped. If you don't have kids I'd say don't hesitate, not a lot to hold you back and with fewer ties and dependencies you have a lot less to lose, not that I think you would lose
  4. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Fair enough, not looking for a row, honest guv :-)
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    Yeah, that's my view on this sort of thing. I can't see that it really impacts or damages us at all to feel socially unable to use a few words - or dolls - that are loaded with historical context. There are thousands of other words to use. For all the flim-flam about "political correctness" at the end of the day it's social pressure that means people can't do what might have been acceptable in the past rather than statutory rules or laws; all societies have norms, and they always change and move on I'm not big on banning anything very much fwiw. There's rarely a need, and if you actively ban stuff it just allows people to get outraged about the ban rather than just get on with their lives
  6. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Cobblers. You - no one else - introduced a spurious and invented "statistic" to presumably make some sort of point, humorous or otherwise. Can't see what "30 years ago" has got to do with the price of fish tbh, from where I'm standing I reckon you just thought you'd get universal acceptance, sorry to disappoint you Admirable Facts? You seem pretty light on them. You've given us one which is perfectly plausible but hardly presented in any sort of context. I'm not surprised if interpreter services cost 50 quid an hour for an outsourced professional service, tbh that sounds pretty cheap. Some other professional services the NHS buys in will cost them a lot more. Without some sort of perspective on how much of a burden interpretation services place on the NHS that one "fact" is meaningless. As it happens (you may be surprised) I think there's way too much pandering to multilingual issues in the UK public services in general but councils and the NHS are between a rock and a hard place - in order to deliver services they have to communicate with people and some of the service recipients can't speak English. Would be great if they could, but in reality they can't. Same goes here fwiw - primary visa applicants need to prove language skills but the secondaries don't, so there are plenty of people here without good English as well. I suspect what the NHS spends on interpreters is a tiny sum compared to what it spends on some other professional services. Lawyers and accountants for a start, architects, engineers and so on I wouldn't know what "benefit a mosque gets" tbh. Not that there were any facts damaged as a result of making that post, of course
  7. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    lolz :biggrin:
  8. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Not particularly fussed either way - I was just pointing out that saying 99% or virtually all English people have a problem with migrants, is silly Anyway, I thought you were a (born) Aussie and living in the UK, making you a migrant yourself? Apologies if your PoV is coloured by having been the victim of anti-migrant actions/feeling/prejudice as a result
  9. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    Same goes for you - you may like to think that the vast majority of people think in the same way as you but, fortunately, they don't. A simple majority? Quite probably. 99% or anywhere near it? No, and it is stupid and insulting to suggest it is
  10. pintpot

    Over half of Australians say no to migrants

    As per previous Aussie posters not long ago - please don't presume to speak for me.....even if it's by implication by inventing silly statistics
  11. No, it isn't. Given by what you say your lifestyle is in the UK, you can't afford that in Australia on $55K I don't think. I don't know costs in Melbourne specifically but by all accounts it's not that cheap (for housing especially, which is the big one) From a cost of living standpoint, however you cut it you're looking at an effective pay cut, on top of that there's the one-off costs of moving. Think you're being short-changed tbh
  12. pintpot

    Southern Highlands vs Central Coast?

    I would have thought somewhere south along the Illawarra/Wollongong rail line would be the most realistic for a commute to BJ - direct trains or one easy change I shudder to imagine the commute from the Central Coast to there, to be honest. Maybe it's better than I imagine it Loads of families seem to find areas of the Shire good for them and affordable (for Sydney) - certainly much cheaper than the Northern Beaches. And it's an easy journey to Bondi, to boot
  13. ^Echo that Not stupidly tearful at all. Seizures are horribly shocking........saw my wife have a grand mal out of the blue the first time and was 100% convinced it was a fatal stroke, she stopped breathing and everything, non-responsive for ages. Won't ever forget it, so you have my utmost sympathy
  14. pintpot

    Recession(for anyone coming now)

    Yeah - I'm not knocking it, far from it. I want to do it, possibly more than I want to do any other of the potential projects that are on the horizon at the mo. It's a heck of a lot sexier than sticking a freight underpass through North Strathfield, that's for sure (that's a job that's about twice the value of the whole George St gig, fwiw). But for an infrastructure job, $300m over the timescales you're looking at (4 years or so from now) is pretty titchy - my point is that there is a ton of infrastructure spending out there in the pipeline, and most of those jobs are substantially larger than George St and a lot more certain to happen. They just don't get the column inches. Take the Hunter Valley - there's about $1bn currently in the pipeline in various government (ARTC) and private (coal miners) rail projects. The T4 port expansion in Newcastle is something like $2-2.5bn IIRC. Building jobs are always of a lesser order of magnitude in terms of spend. But they employ more people in the making of 'em Oh yeah, there's tons. The short and medium term economic outlook is pretty patchy - some sectors looking very good, some less so - but that's a hell of a lot better place to be than most if not all sectors looking flat or worse