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ToowoombaBlue

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  1. ToowoombaBlue

    Furniture

    Haha,, I tried in IKEA, the sales assistant said ‘sorry mate, I’m not on commission’ No point asking in Freedom, Fantastic Furniture or Early Settler, but the commission margins are reasonable enough in Harvey Norman and Natuzzi. Amart are not the greatest quality, but they can give good discounts. For good quality, I enjoy going to James Lane, and they will do you a deal.
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    Same state removal fees, rip off?

    Hi there im in the process of organising a house move within Queensland from Toowoomba to Bargara and have sought a quote from some local removal companies. So far only one has come forward with a quote, this came out at $4100. Now I know it’s a five hour drive so they would have to either have a very long day or do it over two days, but is $4100 realistic? What experiences have others had and what is a reasonable price? Any recommendations from people who have done similar would be appreciated.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    I must admit I’ve enjoyed watching Frayed. Some really good cameos to look out for!
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    Julia Bradbury is the presenter, I read that she had to have an emergency mastectomy last Monday, hope she recovers fully.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    Bluey, I think that’s about it!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I called Toowoomba Regional Council and was kept on hold for ages while someone tried to find the information you are requesting. Sadly they are driven by Brisbane and were unable to provide any worthwhile information. I was told to ring them instead. All I can say is that ceremonies are still going ahead in Toowoomba, just not huge amounts. I have called Home Affairs who are quite frankly useless and also emailed, but no reply to date.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Every day I read posts from people getting more and more impatient that the date for their citizenship ceremony hasn’t been set. Whats the rush? Why are people so keen to get the process completed, the test has been passed, most likely the status on the Immi account has been changed to approved, so why are people so desperate? Id be interested to know other peoples views, I’m waiting for my ceremony, but am not expecting it to happen for at least 6-8 months and that’s being optimistic!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    My approval letter arrived nine weeks after sitting the test, not Australia Posts fault, my letter was dated three days earlier.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    My son was born here and I didn’t need to include him on the application. You are getting conflicting information on this forum, best to ring Immigration or find the answer on your immi account. From memory there wasn’t a section I could put his details in, and because as he is a citizen of Australia, he didn’t need to be included in the application.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    So I guess you know now, I hope you passed. As you and the many others on this forum have no doubt found out, the questions are more or less identical to the government practice test and all the answers were in the ‘Our Common Bond’ literature.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    We have too! Hows the revision going?
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Have to agree with this, I had my citizenship application knocked back in February because my marriage certificate wasn’t NAATI translated, despite the document on my PR application being approved previously. I duly provided a NAATI copy but haven’t heard anything since. Bottom of the pile I guess.
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    To renew or not!

    My UK passport expires in May and I’m nearly a year into my citizenship application. Question. Would you renew your passport or not bother and wait for the Aussie one? I’ve no desire to visit the UK anytime soon!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I doubt you will have the same issue. We got married in the Dominican Republic and the certificate was in Spanish, we had it translated in the UK but Immi insisted it needed translating by an Australian approved translator! Bit jobsworth if you ask me, but you have to jump through the correct hoops I suppose.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Hi there, I think we communicated in an earlier post, we too applied in July. our application was looked at in early February and additional information was requested. That was submitted a couple of weeks later and we have been waiting since then.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Your ceremony will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date, it’s on their website.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Word to the wise, check your immi account regularly! I nearly missed a request for more information, luckily caught it with five days to spare! They should have emailed me, but didn’t.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    That said, there is an awful lot of very useful information in the non-testable paper.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I’m waiting on my application to be processed just like all the others, but I’m in no particular rush, as long as it’s done before my daughter wants to go to University in 2023 then all is good. Other people have different reasons though and my experience of government departments is often that they will act on administrative processes based on who shouts loudest and not necessarily who applied first. Some councils are processing applications in a few months, others are taking a couple of years!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    That’s sounds feasible, it may also explain why the person I spoke to hadn’t got a clue what I was talking about!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Chased up Toowoomba Regional Council regarding test invitations, I may as well have not bothered. Basically they had no idea as they are a regional centre and it is out of their hands. Very frustrating!
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    Private Pension transfer with DeVere

    Hi Andy The RL 360 fees have been questioned by me previously with my advisor who is based in Melbourne, reminds me, I need to chase him for an answer. Chris
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    Private Pension transfer with DeVere

    I've been with DeVere since 2018, no problems with them whatsoever. They use London and Colonial for the SIPPs, to date I have been happy with their service.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Did anyone find the test daunting? As with everyone else, my wife and I have done the practice tests a hundred times over. Still the fear of the unknown I suppose.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Still early days, but I’m in Toowoomba and applied the end of June 2020. Not heard anything yet.
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