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  1. Marisawright

    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    The house you live in used to be a slum, that's why dock workers were able to live in it. When baby boomers were kids, the inner city was where poor people lived - everyone saved furiously to go out and live in the expensive, leafy suburbs. Then the inner city became fashionable and gradually rose in price to overtake the burbs. It's true some middle-class baby boomers have benefited in Australia from the ridiculous explosion in house prices,, but it's pretty insulting to say all older people had it easy. I think younger generations just aren't capable of imagining what life was like because they take so many luxuries for granted. It would be interesting to go through your monthly budget and delete all the stuff we didn't have when we were in our twenties: Delete all take-away coffees and food, and all café/restaurant meals: you may have one cheap pub meal and a few beers per week; Delete all massages, physiotherapy, alternative health treatments, beauty treatments, life coaching etc; Delete all gadgets (including the tumble dryer, dishwasher and microwave ). You can have a basic TV and a washing machine; Delete all clothing and shoe purchases, unless bought to replace something that had actually worn out; Delete all gym memberships, workout gear etc except shorts, T-shirts and Volleys. Delete the new car and buy an old banger. If you have kids, delete all extra-curricular activities except one. Delete all coaching. Look at how much that saves you in a year. Then multiply that by eight to reflect the years between 22 and 30, and don't forget to add on the interest you would have earned by putting that in the bank or sharemarket. And remember that in the meantime, you would have bought a horrible old slum of a 2-bedroom unit and spent all your spare time doing it up yourself, even if you had no DIY skills. Now do you see how they afforded the nice house (with a huge mortgage of course) in their thirties?
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    UK / OZ Tax Accountants

    If you know you're going to end up in a pokey little flat, what is it about Australia that's tempting you to move?
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    Shame of Australia

    As you say, carbon capture is the main one and the only one that makes a significant difference. And all that means is that they hide all the carbon dioxide underground or dump it on the sea bed - it's still there, and more and more storage areas will have to be found, and it can leak. Japan is doing it - I'd have thought the risk of it escaping in an earthquake was quite high.
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    Once a day Suncream, where to buy?

    You can't, I'm afraid. The regulations are different in Australia, so manufacturers aren't allowed to make a claim like that. However I notice that Rieman's product is available on Amazon.com.au so that would be your best bet. Note that @aconcannon said she used the Riemann product in Australia and got burned because of the much higher UV here, so you may have to reapply.
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    2nd year visa abn

    https://lawpath.com.au/blog/abn-working-holiday-visa You would need to do your occupational health and safety training whether you're working for yourself or your girlfriend. I have no idea whether there are any licensing requirements to be a bricklayer in whatever state you're in - but if bricklayers do need to be licensed, it would be the same whoever you work for. Same with insurance - if the employer expects you to have your own insurance, then your girlfriend's company would need to supply that insurance so it will cost the same.
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    2nd year visa abn

    You certainly are allowed an ABN on a WHV, it’s very common
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    2nd year visa abn

    What work? How is your wife going to find work for you, if you can't find the work yourself?
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    2nd year visa abn

    I think they'd see through that strategy in about two minutes.
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    Where to live in Sydney for beach and commute

    What would it be like if you left it a bit later in the morning?
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    How long before you feel settled/Happy ?

    I think you have to be careful how you phrase that. It can too easily come across as, "Can't make friends? It's all your own fault, you're not trying hard enough, silly cow". I am convinced it isn't the individual's fault, and it does depend on where you are - but it has nothing to do with the country you're in. There are cities and towns where "incomers" are not welcomed, and they can exist anywhere, all over the world. I "put myself out there" a lot in Southampton and met with rebuffs everywhere - to the point where I thought it was all my fault and I'd never make a friend in my life again. Moved to Melbourne and have already made lots of acquaintances and a few good friends. Yet I have a friend who moved to Adelaide, stuck it out for two years and came back because she felt ostracized as an outsider.
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    Pain killers

    Everyone's different but I just spoke to a relative who had TKR and here are her tips: She was told to take paracetamol regularly, 2 tablets 3 times a day, because it makes other painkillers more effective when you do need them. Have you been told to ice the knee? She did it more often than they said, sometimes 6 times a day, for about 20 minutes. She swears it helped. Also keep the leg elevated (e.g. on a stool) whenever you're sitting down.
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    Pain killers

    Targin and Endol are identical (both oxycodone). Targin just has something added to reduce the constipation. Very addictive. Palexia and Tramadol are less addictive, so preferable if you can get sufficient pain relief with one of them. Palexia is slow-release so longer-lasting. Voltaren is anti-inflammatory, not just pain-killing, so you would've been given that to get the swelling down - are you taking it regularly? You can't take ibuprofen with it but you can usually mix it with other painkillers (though check with your doctor to make sure).
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    Taking cats

    I love animals too. But most people who love animals love ALL animals, not just their cat. If someone brings an outdoor cat to Australia and allows it to roam outdoors here, it is going to kill wildlife. If they rehome the cat, of course it will be a difficult and painful thing to do, but they will get over it. If they bring the cat here, the birds and little mammals will be dead - they can never get over it. It would be pretty selfish and heartless of anyone to say the happiness of their cat is more important than the lives of other animals. If they feel their cat could adapt to a more confined life, then they should bring it. I said that.
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    Taking cats

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    457 visa waiting to get granted.

    A week isn’t long, don’t panic