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    To renew or not!

    They're really good at it in the UK - the online system works great. I think mine only took 2-3 weeks when I renewed it. I liked the fact that I could take my own photo, so for the first time I don't look hideous! My Australian passport took quite a while longer though.
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    Are we mad... lol

    It's very easy to get the wrong end of the stick on a forum (as we did recently @newjez) because there's a lot more to communication than simply words, whether they be written or spoken. If we were all sitting around a pub table enjoying a pint/wine/scotch/GnT etc, then misunderstandings would be ironed out during the course of the conversation. Most people are very good at responding to body language and non-verbal cues because it's innate. Occasionally differences of opinions with other forum members will occur, and that's perfectly normally, but if a member is continually involved in disagreements with others then perhaps they should review their commenting style - and think a little more before they post.
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    Are we mad... lol

    Great choice. People are giving us Queenslanders a little more respect now that we've got rid of the 'Smart State' number plates and just have the 'Sunshine State'. States should stick with what they're good at!
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    What’s the Difference Between Saving and Investing?

    There are times I am thankful that I have no ambition!
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    SIM card

    Back to the SIM card... you can order an Optus one online and they will send it to the UK, so you can be set up on arrival. I wouldn't recommend them long-term though as they are quite expensive - Amaysim are much better value for money.
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    What’s the Difference Between Saving and Investing?

    A perfect example of how greed can ruin your life. UK home went for $1.5m equivalent and Aussie home only cost $650K - why didn't he just buy it outright?!
  7. I've just reported the capital gain on the recent sale of my UK property to the HMRC, as I'm now resident in Australia. Thankfully there was no CGT to pay based on the HMRC calculation (a gain of about £14,000, but it had been our primary residence for two years). Am I now required to report this gain to the ATO on my next tax return, and would I be liable for CGT here instead? I am an Australian citizen, and Australian resident for tax purposes. (Apologies if this question has been asked previously, but a search didn't bring anything up)
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    190 Visa Grant

    A word of warning. Skyscanner shows scheduled flights (those on the airlines 'timetable'), but most of those flights will never fly due to restrictions currently in place around the world. You will book, get your hopes up, and a week or so before departure you'll receive an email or text informing you that your flight has been cancelled. It's unethical that airlines still book these flights, but I guess it helps their cashflow during these difficult times. Airlines are only too happy to take you money right now, and you can find yourself waiting for months for refunds for cancelled flights. My wife and I went through all this last year, when she was trying to return to Australia. Forget SkyScanner. Your best bet is to check the airport arrivals of the destination that you want to fly to, and see which airlines are still flying there daily/weekly. If we're talking Australia, then there aren't that many at all. Good luck with your visa
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    Pound £ on a roll!

    The whole sweep thing is such a pain when you come to looks at the statements. I think they were talking about abolishing it at one point (and I believe you can now turn it off in the settings).
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    To renew or not!

    Fair enough. Under normal circumstances I'd go overseas every year so I always keep at least one of mine up-to-date. The renewal process can sometimes take quite a while.
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    To renew or not!

    Yes, I just read that article too. There may be a back door out, but there's still no way in except through the front door - whether that be quarantine here or in NZ.
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    To renew or not!

    I imagine there will be 3 queues; EU citizens, countries with a half-arsed arrangement with the EU (UK, Switzerland etc) and the rest of the world - so hopefully, we still won't be in the same queue as the Brits - if we are ever allowed out to visit Europe again!
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    Pound £ on a roll!

    Since I opened mine (must be about 10 years ago now), I've had a standing order moving $250 back and forth to another account, so never missed out on the interest. It was over 3% at one time!
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    To renew or not!

    I agree, and I reckon having a UK passport in future will be a serious disadvantage when travelling to Europe. I'm sure the Eurocrats will have created a special queue for the Brits, where they will be subjected to a lot of long and tedious checks as an act of petty retribution!
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    Pound £ on a roll!

    Are you aware of UBank? They are an online subsidiary of NAB, and currently pay a whopping 1.1% interest on your savings - which I suppose is better than nothing... https://www.ubank.com.au/banking-overview/savings-accounts