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  1. Be surprised Cal , Yarrabilba , Beaudesert and park ridge have had a massive downturn . Work is still filtering through from sales end of last year . This year has been terrible . I was sent figures from the project builders sales from a supervisor . Worst in 15 yrs from the big companies . Why you seeing all the new ads runnings with really great offers . Move got friends who have shut down there work and gone back into mines cause money dropped and can’t find enough work . I sold my place at Yarrabilba , didn’t make anything . Moved to Sunshine Coast . It’s the opposite up here , house shortage , they just won’t release the land . Southerners want land up here .
  2. Paul , people that rent might want to be concerned though . Be the first thing investors do is increase rent . With housing shortages , as investors have stopped buying it will increase again . The government don’t built government housing here . Going to be a few problems it’s going to create for the people that don’t need anymore problems .
  3. I would be concerned .some of Australia’s biggest project builders sales are down over forty percent . One of our biggest builders supplying homes to investment buyers in Queensland has gone from record sales being at number one over the last two years to barely selling anything this year . I’ve been in construction twenty years and we are about to go through hardest time I’ve dealt with . All my builders are adjusting accordingly and preparing now. Nothing is selling . Between the banks issues and the chance of labor getting voted in , Investors will be staying away from housing investment and first time buyers are being hit harder now . Getting rid of negative gearing at this vulnerable point is mental , along with the rest of labor’s crazy ideas . The whole industry seems to be on edge now . Commercial work luckily doesn’t seem as bad.
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks Saurer, Your experience sounds very familiar. Thing is I could see myself living in the Uk again. I would feel like she has won though if we ever decided to return . My wife has fallen head over heals for Australia and the opportunity she has had here, but I’ve always enjoyed the parts of the UK. I never say never. No way I could live where the mother in law is from though . It’s classed as rural and work would be a struggle and the whole town has never gone anywhere but down since I was young . I could happily live somewhere like Cambridge which is only hour down the road but that wouldn’t be close enough either . Anything outside the bubble is a problem mate .
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks Quoll , I spoke to my wife today . She’s going to have a chat tonight . I’ll just keep out of it and see how this goes . Mer have spoke to her about it before though , doesn’t get us anywhere or change her opinions . As much as I dislike her way of treating us for setting up home in oz , she does have a heart of gold if that makes sense . She’s a good person in so many other ways . If we lived in England it would be completely different . As long as we are here though , she can’t find it in herself to except it.
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks fisher . I agree . I try to put myself in wife’s Mums shoes and I can understand she must miss her greatly . It’s really the punishing her with a guilt trip that is hard to get my head around . It always seems to be about how us being here is effecting her. Having just had a newborn baby , me going back to work I really feel for my wife as she is a first time parent with no support from family . Now more than ever she needs support from her loved ones . I’ve cut my hours back working to help as much as possible. We are chatting tonight , be interesting to see how it plays out .
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks Ramot. I know it’s hard one isn’t it. I grew up in Australia , was born here after my parents fell pregnant after arriving in 1978. All my family are still in England . I understand it’s never easy but my parents family always just came to visit us here and we went back to visit them . It always worked with them and they were supported. My nan pushed my mum to come out for a better life . I never dealt with any bitterness or resentment and I guess it’s a new challenge to me. To be honest it wasn’t really concerning me to this point until our son was born . I’ve also lived in England and my parents who are in Australia pushed me to go and experience different life for myself. They have always supported me in any decision I make . My wife’s mother broke down in tears when when the oldest daughter moved hour away to go to college. I guess coming from expat parents and going backwards and forwards to England I’ve become custom to that lifestyle and it’s excepatable part of life to me. I just know I could never make my children feel bad for whatever they decided in life , I would fully support all things that helped them progress in life . Getting others opinions is good , as i can’t really discuss this with many people that would understand except other expats .
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks Parley , I can respect what your saying as well. . .
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    Australia and the left behind in laws.

    Thanks Ali, I might try that approach . Damaging her relationship with my wife because of her actions is one of my main concerns . I have offered to pay for her Mum and Dad and come over . No luck .
  10. Hi all , knew this would be a good place to get some opinions and here others experiences. I came back to Australia with my now wife over 5yrs back now after spending time in the uk with my family. We married , had a child and set up a nice life for ourselves. Sadly back in the uk we have a mother in law that detests us being here. She constantly makes us feel bad every time we speak and when we go back for trips to the uk we are made to feel terrible about our decision to live here. This is not your usual case. MIL hates Australia , cannot even read or watch anything to do with Australia on tv as she sees it as Australia has stole her youngest daughter . It is really bizarre the things that are said to us. I struggle with this, no mother should ever make a child feel the way sometimes my wife is made to feel for choosing to live her live here . Neither of us would ever return to the part in the uk where she is . Each year the place just sinks down hill further . I can’t stand the place now and my wife thinks the same. We both have family there and honestly would never even consider raising our son in that part of the Uk. He could never have the life he has here over in that part of the Uk. She has made it clear she will never visit us here in Australia , yet goes abroad on holidays regularly . We have had to go back 3 times in 5 yrs since being here , and she wants us to book another trip asap. We go overseas often and every time we book a trip somewhere are made to feed bad that’s it’s not back to see her. Recently when giving birth my wife shared a room with another English lady, who had all her family arriving for the birth of her child . The ladies parents and siblings arrived and the room was full with her family which didn’t help at all. My MIL or her family refused to even come over for our wedding , let alone the birth of our first child. I struggle with the fact that my wife now has a great life and has achieved more in Australia in 5yrs than she did in 15 yrs in the Uk and none of her family can be happy for her here . I find this cruel and very selfish . Now we have a newborn son , I think I’m struggling even more with it as every time we speak to the Uk , we are made to feel terrible that they are not around him and seeing him . The pressure is on us every Skype chat to bring him back to the uk. We do make it clear it won’t happen but it always continues and doesn’t ever seem to get better . Sorry for the rant but I’m getting at my wits end now as we are at a time in our life’s where we have everything we want out of life and should be at our happiest but the MIL constantly makes my wife feel terrible and puts a guilt trip on us. Have other expats been through anything like this and what was your approach to it? Good to hear others experiences with inlaws.
  11. Royal Brunei had flights $897 for oct-nov . I've seen Thai airways also with some good deals. Join all the travel travel agent pages on Facebook and you always get great deals. All flight centre and the likes are good for is matching the cheap deals you find imo. I just got flights to South Korea, onto Osaka Japan then to Tokyo and back to Brisbane for as much as a return flight to Perth with Korean airlines. My wife's last flight to England with Singapore airlines was $1180. . Great flight deals at the moment , especially European deals.
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    Doom and gloomers

    The biggest coal mine Australia has seen is about to start its construction this year . Creating over 3000 jobs in the mine and loads more on the train network. With the other mines getting into swing again , this creates a hell of a lot of work. Conditions of some of the fly in fly out rolls seem quite good too. Let's see how it plays out though.
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    Doom and gloomers

    Mining has taken off again. BHP made great profits in the 3 months leading up to Christmas. One of the mines in Queensland is after 400 people . They can't fill the positions. It's a lot cheaper getting the coal out of the ground at the moment, so bigger money is being made at the moment than the height of the boom times. Evryone I know working in the mines are all feeling very positive again.
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    Cold vs Warm

    I agree with you 100% on this outlook flag. Try every year to spend Christmas somewhere diffferent in the world to experience a difficult cultural take on Christmas. Yet to do Germany at Christmas , though it's on my list. Denmark still a favourite. Of to Thailand this Christmas. Spending Christmas with family has just never cut it with me. Same old , same old every year with them.
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    Piss head, moderate or t-tottler

    [h=1]Drug experts say alcohol worse than crack or heroin[/h] Wine merchants at the world's biggest wine fair in a file photo. REUTERS/REGIS DUVIGNAU By Kate Kelland | LONDON (Reuters) - Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed, British scientists said Monday. Presenting a new scale of drug harm that rates the damage to users themselves and to wider society, the scientists rated alcohol the most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco. According to the scale, devised by a group of scientists including Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and an expert adviser to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), heroin and crack cocaine rank as the second and third most harmful drugs. Ecstasy is only an eighth as harmful as alcohol, according to the scientists' analysis. Professor David Nutt, chairman of the ISCD, whose work was published in the Lancet medical journal, said the findings showed that "aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy." He said they also showed that current drug classification systems had little relation to the evidence of harm. Alcohol and tobacco are legal for adults in Britain and many other countries, while drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis and LSD are often illegal and carry the threat of prison sentences. "It is intriguing to note that the two legal drugs assessed -- alcohol and tobacco -- score in the upper segment of the ranking scale, indicating that legal drugs cause at least as much harm as do illegal substances," Nutt, who was formerly head of the influential British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said in a statement about the study. Nutt was forced to quit the ACMD a year ago after publicly criticizing ministers for ignoring scientific advice suggesting cannabis was less harmful than alcohol. The World Health Organization estimates that risks linked to alcohol cause 2.5 million deaths a year from heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and cancer -- accounting for 3.8 percent of all deaths. It is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide. In an effort to offer a guide to policy makers in health, policing, and social care, Nutt's team rated drugs using a technique called multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) which assessed damage according to nine criteria on harm to the user and seven criteria on harm to others. Harms to the user included things such as drug-specific or drug-related death, damage to health, drug dependence and loss of relationships, while harms to others included crime, environmental damage, family conflict, international damage, economic cost, and damage to community cohesion. Drugs were then scored out of 100, with 100 given to the most harmful drug and zero indicating no harm at all. The scientists found alcohol was most harmful, with a score of 72, followed by heroin with 55 and crack with 54. Among some of the other drugs assessed were crystal meth (33), cocaine (27), tobacco (26), amphetamine or speed (23), cannabis (20), benzodiazepines, such as Valium (15), ketamine (15), methadone (14), mephedrone (13), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7) and magic mushrooms (5).
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