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    Is anyone else concerned about the Australian economy?

    Where do the UAE get their water from? Most of their drinking water comes from desalination plants. There is a limit to how far one can pump water inland from the sea. It's certainly true that Australia could manage their water better, but it is still a major barrier to development inland. Even Sydney and Melbourne need to rely on desalination plants at times, and they're on the coast with good rainfall. I wish councils in Sydney would stop releasing land, because the Sydney basin is some of Australia's richest farming land and they've already allowed far too much of it to disappear under housing. https://www.dailybulletin.com.au/the-conversation/15013-urban-sprawl-is-threatening-sydney-s-foodbowl Currently governments don't seem bothered by this - we just import the fruit and veg from Asia instead - but if there's ever any conflict in the region, Australia is at grave risk of not being able to feed itself.
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    Is anyone else concerned about the Australian economy?

    Australia is relatively empty, but there is a very good reason for that - there's not enough water, and the land is too poor to farm. I used to live in the north of Victoria and it is quite a revelation how dry and barren it is - and that's not even classed as the outback. There is a scientific definition of "habitable land". If you apply it to the UK, it works out at 70% of the land surface. If you apply the same standard to Australia, it works out at 10%.
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    Skilled visa changes??

    I don't agree. Put yourself in the same position with a British or European firm. You accept a contract for 4 years on the understanding that it's to complete a particular project. It is made clear that once the project is finished, there is no option for renewal. Do you feel aggrieved when the four years ends and that's exactly what happens? I've had contracts like that in the past. You go in with your eyes open at the beginning and then there are no disappointments.
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    Employer trying to change contract after visa grant.

    The company may well be legit but that's not the point. It's what they've done in this case that sounds dodgy. As Ali says, I always thought there had to be a "permanent substantive position" to get a visa, not just casual work. That's why the agent said they had to give you a permanent, full-time contract - because the visa would be rejected otherwise. If the contract is signed by both parties, then you do have rights under Australian employment law and you should consult your local Legal Aid office for information on what you can do. You don't have to go to court, but if you tell the employer that you know your rights, that may be enough to make them back down and honour the contract.
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    Extinction rebellion

    Big business has too much of a stranglehold so I am pessimistic. Think of the petroleum companies back in the lead petrol days. The companies knew how dangerous lead was in the atmosphere, because their employees were dying, but they covered it up - and yet those same executives were living in that atmosphere. Didn't they worry that their own children's health was being affected by the lead belching out of car exhausts? Apparently not, or not enough to give up the money! The bosses of big business are the same today. Frankly I'm now glad that I never had children because I would be so fearful for their future.
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    Employer trying to change contract after visa grant.

    I would start by going back to your agent and asking what the implications are if he used that contract to get the 186, but the employer is now saying it's not a genuine contract. To me, that sounds like using fraud to obtain a visa, and you need to know what the implications might be.
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    Such a terrible tragedy!

    I agree that Notre Dame is symbolic as well as historic, so I think it should be restored. But I do wonder if they should be spending unnecessary money in a fancy new, modern spire (the old one was only 100 years old). But I think it does highlight how mad humanity is. One old building burns down and people are rushing to donate millions. Where are those people when people are starving and animals are going extinct?
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    Skilled visa changes??

    .....so if an employer in the UK offered you a contract for 4 years, what would you expect them to offer in terms of commitment at their end? On a TSS visa, you are not making any deals with the Australian government, you are making a deal with an employer. The Australian govt is just providing a visa to allow that to happen. So it's just the same as taking a job in the UK - what you get "in terms of commitment" is a salary. Because it's a job in a foreign country, you would also negotiate relocation expenses. Why would you expect anything more?
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    Such a terrible tragedy!

    Not often I agree with you Simmo, but the same thought occurred to me. When I was in England a couple of years ago, at first we toured round a lot of historic houses, because my oh loves history. But in the end, it started leaving a sour taste in my mouth. In my youth, I always assumed these stately homes had survived through the ages. But when we went on the tours, I realised that a great many of them had been virtually reconstructed. Almost everything we saw was a modern recreation built up from what was basically a ruin. While I agree these places have educational value and are a link to our past, how many do we really need to fulfil that role? If the world had oodles of money to spare, yes let's preserve them all - but I think there's a limit. Notre Dame is, perhaps, a special case because it has symbolic as well as historic significance. But I believe the National Trust is spending millions to rebuild some big mansion in England and I really do wonder why.
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    Flu Shots

    And there's me thinking it was the other way around. I need to do some research!
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    OPTIONS FOR SISTER - OVER 45

    As others have said, she might be able to get a temporary employer-sponsored visa, but the big challenge will be finding an employer who is willing to offer her a job. The new temp visa (the TSS) requires more paperwork and more cost on the part of the employer than the old 457, so if they can find a local candidate even halfway suitable, they're likely to settle for that rather than go through the rigmarole. As I assume she'd want to come to the Gold Coast/Brisbane area, she could try approaching the private schools there to see what the prospects would be. However, that would only get her two to four years in Australia. For a younger person, there would then be an opportunity to apply for PR and stay - but (as MaggieMay and Raul say), the age limit for the PR visa is 45 with only a few exceptions for special circumstances. I have no idea how that provision works, and the best way to find out is to consult someone like Raul, who can look at your sister's case and advise if she's got any prospects. Has she considered a move to Asia somewhere? I have friends who worked in international schools in Hong Kong for many years. If she's able to find work in Asia, it would be worth her while to start paying National Insurance contributions to boost her eventual British pension, in case she has to return there in her retirement. She should also enquire about back-paying missed years. The good thing is that even if she doesn't return to the UK, she'll be able to claim her British pension from wherever she's living (unlike the Australian pension). Another option to consider is Europe. Currently, in spite of Brexit, UK citizens are able to settle in another EU member country. The EU has said that UK nationals who are settled before Brexit occurs, will be able to stay permanently, so she has a window of opportunity!
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    Permanent Residency Queries

    I didn't read it that way. To me, it sounds as though she isn't convinced she wants to settle in Australia and she may end up going home, but she does not want to jeopardise her husband's visa. So she wants to know whether she can bail early, or whether she will have to stick it out until the conditions are met.
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    Is anyone else concerned about the Australian economy?

    No, the first thing investors do is don't buy, because they can't get the finance OR they think negative gearing is the only reason to buy property, so they won't do it. Serious investors won't be put off, but if house prices drop, then they can buy properties cheaper, so they won't need to charge higher rents.
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    Is anyone else concerned about the Australian economy?

    I'm not surprised. I've lost count of the number of dodgy real estate companies flogging over-priced Queensland rental properties to naive investors. It only worked when the banks weren't doing proper valuations (at one time, the Commonwealth Bank's idea of a valuation was to get a retired bank manager to drive past and confirm the property existed). An awful lot of investors have been conned into buying investment properties which make a loss, on the promise that they'd make a killing on the capital gain. No one who really understands real estate would do that. When I bought investment properties, I bought homes that made a loss on paper only. In reality I was making a profit - and thanks to the paper loss, I got a big tax break too. But even though I took advantage of it, I always knew that negative gearing was a rort and I'll be pleased if the Labor government gets rid of it.
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    190 Visa Repercussions

    As Raul says, I wouldn't take the chance. Up till now, people have been getting away with flouting the conditions of their 190, but the states are getting very p***** about it and are beginning to get tough. If you're only applying now, then it seems likely they'll have tightened up a LOT by the time you've completed (or not completed!) your residency requirement, and then you'd be in trouble.
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