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  1. Marisawright

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I thought we were talking about someone from the UK coming to Australia and "jumping the queue". I understood that most Brits were vaccinated with AZ.
  2. The one good thing about the outbreaks in NSW, VIC and ACT are that they've frightened hesitant people into getting vaccinated. NSW is way ahead right now, partly because they got extra Pfizer doses due to the severity of their outbreak, but partly because of that fear factor - NSW were getting high numbers of cases about six weeks before Victoria's surge, so people got of their bums earlier! https://www.covid19data.com.au/vaccines I was watching the AFL game in Perth and stunned at the crowds and the way everyone was behaving, hugging and shaking hands etc. Perfectly safe, there is no Covid in WA, but I could hardly believe it was real. But you can see why people think there's no rush to get vaccinated when life is so normal.
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    Sydney property

    It will be interesting to see. Bear in mind that although NSW and Victoria are opening up, it doesn't mean Delta is dying out. They're hoping NSW is over the peak now and numbers will steady or reduce, but I'm not convinced myself. As for Victoria, they're worried about hospitals being overwhelmed. If NSW and Victoria still have thousands of cases by Christmas and have had several hundred deaths, I wonder if he'll be so keen to open up.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If people have to book the next available appointment (no matter where it is) and that appointment is some time in the future, then it's a queue, because people are waiting one after the other.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    There is still a queue though, simply because there are only so many hours in the day and only so many nurses available to administer doses. People booking now are getting appointments in November. And it doesn't help that apparently anti-vaxxers are making bogus appointments in an attempt to slow the queue down.
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    Aged Parent 804 Visa

    I've never heard of the idea of prejudicing access. However I do know that Immigration looks at how much your future health problems are likely to cost the Australian taxpayer. Two hip replacements would cost the taxpayer at least $60,000, which is way over the threshold. The question is, WHEN do they look at that? If it's not until the full medical, you're safe. You'll probably never have to undergo that, because you'll be dead (the waiting time for the 804 visa is 30 years). You will have to go for an initial medical 12 to 18 months after you submit your application. I don't know if they look at future costs at that time. I suggest you book a one-off consultation with a good agent. That's not as expensive as hiring them to do the full visa and well worth the investment. Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda. They can also explain some of the other downsides of the onshore 804 visa.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    They've got loads of Astra Zeneca to spare in Australia too.
  8. I don''t think so. After the 2020 debacle, Victoria had very effective controls in place for 2021, and had already managed to completely wipe out a couple of Delta outbreaks. But eventually more infected people got in over the border, infections got out of control, and the government has been forced to give up on the Zero Covid policy. The same is bound to happen in other states at some point. I don't think anyone is naive enough to think the bubbles will last forever, but I don't blame anyone for wanting their bubble to last as long as possible, until the maximum number of people are vaccinated.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Me too. For me, the problematic thing is that you have to be 'a danger'. Who decides and on what basis?
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    Uk state pension forecast

    Some protest is an under-statement. My parents were both from large families, so I now have several cousins in their 60's in the UK, and they are incandescent about the rise in the pension age. I've tried explaining exactly what you've said - even pointing out that all they have to do is add up their NI contributions over the years, and it's bleeding obvious that it's nowhere near enough to fund their pension for the rest of their life They simply refuse to accept it. "The government shouldn't have promised if it couldn't deliver". I am actually surprised that I'm able to claim the UK pension even though I haven't lived there for over 30 years.
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    Permeant residency & Pet relocation

    Are you in a priority occupation?
  12. That's what is happening with other sporting groups as they move around the country - the players and their families have to stay in a bubble, in a hotel(s) booked specially for them and paid for by the sporting body.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    There is some stupid reason. I forget the details but it's something about the government releasing bandwidth (that may not be the right term for it!) and all the TV channels wanted to grab several for future use. However, the rules are that if you don't use them, you have to hand them back. So they play any old rubbish rather than lose them.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    ..and it's not just people who are "dangerous" that are the problem. It's people whose condition means that they're unable to look after themselves and keep themselves safe. There are elderly parents who are at their wits' end, trying to care for a mentally-ill adult child. We regularly see media reports where a mentally-disturbed person has killed their parents or children or partner or themselves. I recall a woman in the apartment block where I lived, who regularly set her unit on fire. The fire brigade and police would arrive, she'd be admitted to hospital for a few days, then she'd be out again with a packet of pills, which she immediately threw away, and there seemed to be no mechanism to keep an eye on her.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    It's worth remembering that Australia has a third of the population of the UK, and therefore only a third of the advertising revenue to pay for the production of TV programmes. That's the main reason why there's such a heavy reliance on US and UK programmes.