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  1. NicF

    PAYG...Sole Traders...Super...

    Fringe benefits has a specific meaning in Australia, along with a hefty tax. Superannuation is not a fringe benefit here.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I'm in SA and yes I think it's the right thing to do given it's the delta strain that is currently circulating. The NSW experience shows the virus spreads exceedingly easily and not locking down just means large numbers of people get infected quickly. On Monday we had 1 case, it's now Wednesday and now we have 5 and the exposure sites are increasing all the time. Hopefully we will be on top of this thing in just a couple of weeks and can open up again.
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    Beware of Latest Scam

    Never click on any email coming from anywhere stating there is a problem with your account.
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    Software developers Perth

    We live on one part time salary with two almost grown up kids (who seem to think working for money is something other people do ) and have quite a comfortable lifestyle. However we have no mortgage, a decent amount of savings and while my OH has no income he is retired and we could access his super if necessary. I would agree with the above unless you are likely to have enough funds to bring with you to buy a house outright.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It impacts ED because there aren't beds available for ED patients to be admitted to so they end up waiting in ED blocking the ED beds. This then impacts on the ambulances because there is no space in ED for their patients and they have to wait in the ambulance. The only way to reduce the problem is to increase capacity in the hospital outside of ED, either by increasing the number of beds or getting people discharged quicker.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    Even long term returnees in New Zealand have to pay if they left New Zealand after 11 Aug 2020.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    This isn't entirely true. According to the flow chart here https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/who-needs-to-pay-for-managed-isolation/ only New Zealand citizens and PRs who left New Zealand before 11 Aug 2020 might not be liable for charges. Anyone who left after this time has to pay for hotel quarantine.
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    citizenship fees

    You have to have lived in Australia for 4 years, with at least one year as PR and with no more than a total of one years absence and no more than 90 absence in the year prior to applying. Or something. There is a calculator online somewhere.
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    How long before it felt normal to live in Australia

    I'm not sure there is much point to putting up a sign. Responsible dog owners will pick up after their dogs any way and irresponsible ones will just ignore the signs.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Mine are 16 and nearly 20. I figure at that age they are able to make their own decisions regarding getting vaccinated but I would be encouraging them to do so. It's a bit different for me though because I'm in Australia and it will be a while before they are eligible and even once they are they will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, which hasn't yet been shown to have any rare, deadly side effects. I would still encourage them to have the AZ vaccine if that was what was on offer but I could understand why some parents may be hesitant.
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    Shipping a big green egg

    We brought our charcoal Webber nearly 9 years ago. I think a BBQ is less likely to attract too much attention as they get really hot which would kill off anything likely to be an issue for biosecurity. My OH did give it a clean but didn't go mad with it.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Thought this was a good post but just wanted to highlight this part in particular.
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    The Official Weather Thread

    Looks like it's going to be a nice week in your part of the world. Could do with some of that sun at the moment.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Behind a paywall.
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    Opening of international borders

    No I can’t. I’m in SA and they have not opened up vaccinations for under 50s in the Adelaide area yet.