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  1. MacGyver

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Interestingly the polls have always been emphatic that neither independence nor the status quo were/are the preferred option for the majority of people. The middle ground of so called Devo max (control for the Scottish Parliament over everything but foreign affairs and defence) remains a clear preference that was never offered to the electorate. I suspect brexit is much the same, a majority would have voted for a compromise of Norway+ but it was never offered to the electorate. Out of Europe but still in a shared customs union. Politicians seem less able to recognise the opportunity in compromise than the people who elect them.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Thanks for replying. Some very good points and I agree regarding the range of issues covered in a manifesto - many people I know vote SNP but are on the fence regarding independence. Their electoral success has largely been based on moving further left than labour in Scotland. I would only add that Scotland wasn't seeking independence from England, the debate was around leaving the United Kingdom which also incorporates Wales and Northern Ireland. Semantics I know but I do think it's an important distinction to make. Regarding the proportional representation, the Scottish Parliament operates on a very imperfect form of proportional representation. Do you think Westminster would be better served adopting a similar system? From a Scottish perspective it would lead to much debate as it would strip the SNP of third-party status, but from a UK wide perspective it might better represent the percentage of population voting for each party. History books will no doubt find this period in UK politics very interesting!
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    This is an interesting point I haven't considered before. By extension do you feel that Scottish independence shouldn't have been decided by a referendum and a majority for the SNP in the Scottish Parliament and 56 SNP MPs out of 59 Scottish MPs in Westminster should have been the deciding factor for independence? It was Maggie Thatcher's measure for the issue but I've always personally felt a referendum was the appropriate way to measure it. Interesting either way
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    Moving back to UK where do we start!

    When speaking with pet transport companies ask them about the pros and cons of getting the RNAT (rabies blood test) completed before leaving Australia. The RNAT basically tests if your dog has enough rabies antibodies in the bloodstream (after previously being vaccinated) to be allowed back into Australia. If this is completed overseas you have to wait 6 months after the RNAT before you can ship your dog back to Australia. If you have this completed before leaving Australia there is no waiting period to return. Test is valid for up to 24 months I believe. I know your plan isn't to return quickly but nobody knows what's around the corner and it's not an expensive thing to have done. It would mean you could return to Australia a lot faster within the 2 years if you had the need or desire to
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    House Hold Expenses

    Internet? Not a necessity but if you want it budget between $50-$80 per month depending on location. The more you pay the faster the speeds you get, that was our experience in WA anyway. We lived off Netflix and downloads as TV wasn't great Mobile phone costs? Look at Optus and Telstra online for a rough idea of monthly costs depending on your needs. If your current handset is in good condition get it unlocked and get a SIM only deal or prepay (pay as you go) deal in Australia for big savings For rentals I wrote a covering letter explaining I'd just arrived, was employed and provided a bank statement showing I had the funds to cover 6 month's rent even without employment. On arrival I stayed in temporary accommodation for 1 month and used the owner of the temporary accommodation as a local rental reference saying I paid, place was left clean etc. Along with the covering letter, evidence of employment and bank statement with funds it was enough to secure a long term rental property
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I don't personally believe the UK would survive a no deal brexit. By that Im not referring to the economy or jobs etc (that's a separate debate), I'm referring to the disparity in voting patterns across the countries comprising the UK. It really has opened a can of worms because it is difficult to deny England and Wales some form of Brexit that they voted for. On the other hand it is democratically indefensible for Scotland and Northern Ireland to be forced to leave against their wishes. Scotland in particular voted overwhelmingly to remain (every single council area across Scotland voted remain, without exception) and a hard brexit would be the polar opposite of that unambiguous electoral expression. So I think you might be right and a fudge of 'no-brexit, brexit' might be the eventual outcome. A compromise in which nobody is particularly happy, but nobody is outraged enough to challenge it too much. The next month will be interesting!
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    Isis schoolgirl wants to return to UK

    A lot of good points I can't disagree with.
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    Isis schoolgirl wants to return to UK

    Jeremy Vine did a slot on this which was quite interesting. One of his guests spoke about the intelligence benefits if she were to return, indicating she would face weekly interviews with security services for 2-3 years to discuss every tiny detail she may have witnessed or overhead. They also discussed that her involvement with IS was only to live there, not to participate in fighting or any other violent or threatening behaviours. I wonder how much the apparent lack of remorse she is publicly expressing might be due to fear of reprisals in her current location. Her views might noticeably change if she were to return. Then again maybe not. Of course none of this is the fault of the unborn child who will also be a British citizen and deserves to live in a safe and secure environment. It would be an interesting response to contrast the ideology and press releases of beheadings with our own press release showing care, compassion and support to a newborn child, regardless of which side the mother was on.
  9. MacGyver

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I was talking about some of the comments within this thread. Sorry, I should have been clearer with my original post. More generally speaking I find a lot of the language being thrown about in media and social media quite unsettling. Comments about treachery, treason, betrayal, traitor etc just for having opposing political views. The problem is that some half wits believe that hype and act on it as we sadly witnessed in recent years with Jo Cox. Respectful political debate and opposing views should be trumpeted as a symbol of democracy, not shouted down with abuse as an affront to democracy. That's why I struggle to understand the argument that says we had a referendum let's never have one again. If a majority want it, they should get it whether it's next week, next year or next decade. Sorry I veered off course a bit there
  10. MacGyver

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Some interesting views on the alleged rise of the far right across Europe. Particularly in the context of Brexit and the political views/leanings of the politicians that led the push for Leave.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Polls suggest that the Scottish electorate view the level of self determination and representation in the EU as favourable to the the level of self determination and representation available as part of the UK. Current Data suggests the huge vote to remain inScotland has now increased to over 70% In favour of remaining in the EU.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Another biggish problem, the overwhelming democratic decision of Scotland and NI to remain in the EU is being completely disregarded in this process. The irony is that it is the party of union that is currently destroying the union. Polling data reflects that Brexit is achieving what the SNP could not.
  13. MacGyver

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    The polling data on this is extremely clear that in the event of a no deal brexit there would be a substantial majority in favour of a second independence referendum and a significant majority for independence The Scottish Parliament (cross party support minus the Tories) of course has already passed a motion to seek a second independence referendum from Westminster within this parliamentary term It's called democracy etc
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    Student Visa

    I would encourage you to discuss this with both petair and Jetpets. They are both incredibly helpful and informative even if just contacting them to seek advice and information. My understanding, which may be wrong, is that Australia doesn't recognise the pet passport. The dog will require a rabies vaccination (if he/she hasn't already had one) and then a blood test 3 weeks after the vaccination. The 6 month countdown starts the day the blood is drawn for the test (if there are enough antibodies in the blood test, if not you re-vaccinate and start again). Given its already February it doesn't look like your dog will be able to travel in July but please do speak with the above companies to clarify as they know what they're talking about and this is their daily work, whereas vets in the UK may not be across all requirements for Australia.
  15. MacGyver

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    What was vague about the Scottish independence referendum? It was a straight choice between becoming an independent state and remaining a member of the UK. I don't think there's any dubiety in anyone's understanding of what it means to be an independent state. The media turned it into a discussion about trade and currency etc to give the appearance of complexity but the core decision was "do you want the government that Scotland votes for, every time, to make the decisions for Scotland" The so called Devo max option (had it been on the ballot paper) would have been a better comparison to brexit as the majority would have voted for it but nobody really knew or clarified exactly what Devo max would be and it would have been negotiated after the vote
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