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    Weeds or plants ?

    I'm in Melbourne now and am astonished at how well things grow here. You'd think not because of Melbourne's reputation for miserable weather - but because it's cooler, the bugs aren't as rampant, there's less mould, and of course the rain is spread more evenly over the year, which is better for the plants. I live near Carlton which used to be a huge Italian and Greek neighbourhood, so the gardens (even the front gardens) are full of trees - quinces, apricots, olives, persimmons, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, clementines, mulberry. Nowadays the people who own those houses don't seem to appreciate the trees as they don't look after them, but they fruit well anyway. I have friends who give away bucketloads of apricots every year.
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    Weeds or plants ?

    I found growing fruit and vegetables in Sydney very challenging. SO many bugs of various kinds. Being European, my MIL had planted her garden with figs, oranges, peaches etc but she very rarely got any fruit - if the fruit flies didn't get them, the bats and birds did. Every time I tried to grow tomatoes, they got decimated before we got to eat many. Same with lettuces. The only thing that survived well was rocket, oregano and mint. The weather was also a challenge, because the sun can be too intense at times. I could imagine all of that being similar in Brissie.
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    5G - Loads of stuff coming on line

    Reduces rather than solves i think
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    5G - Loads of stuff coming on line

    ?What does his behaviour have to do with his observations of what he’s seeing in his daily practice as a brain surgeon
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    Corona Virus

    Exactly. It doesn't mean mortality is really that high, it means that there are many thousands of cases going unreported. I'm not convinced by the suggestion that the UK will end up any worse than those countries.
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    SIPP drawdown and subsequent transfer

    Professional advise would be wise. I'd have thought that if you withdraw the money from the UK SIPP while you are still residing in the UK, then it would just become money in your bank account. I would say, however, that if you are not actually residing in the UK, then you need to make cast-iron sure of your residency status for both tax and pension purposes, which may not be the same thing. It is often not as straightforward as you think. If you then transfer that money to your Australian bank account, that is just a cash transfer and has nothing to do with the UK taxman. If you then pay that money into a Superannation fund, it's just cash and nothing to do with the UK taxman. Note however that you may be limited in how much you can deposit, because you are not transferring from another pension, you are just making a cash contribution, and there are limits to how much you can contribute each year. While you are working in Australia, then you will be eligible to pay continuing contributions into your superannuation fund. One word of caution - a SMSF is not advisable unless you have a substantial lump sum, because the administrative costs will be too high relative to the balance. For most people, an ordinary superannation fund is the best option - just research them carefully as performance and fees vary greatly. There is nothing to stop you transferring it to a SMSF later, there are no restrictions.
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    5G - Loads of stuff coming on line

    Interestingly enough, the well-known brain surgeon, Charlie Teo, is convinced mobile phones are responsible for the rise in serious brain tumours around the ear that he's seen during his years as a surgeon.
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    Corona Virus

    As you point out, a 10% mortality rate can't possibly be right. It's not that high anywhere else in the world. Even the worst predictions put the mortality rate at 3.4% and they're starting to think it's more like 2%. Therefore if we take Britains deaths as being 2% of the people infected, that is probably the most reliable indicator of how widespread it is in the community. I can see why the number infected is so high. My niece and her son seem to be recovering - they're pretty sure they had it, but they will never be included in the statistics. Simmo went to hospital so his case got counted, but his wife and child didn't need treatment, so they aren't included. That's happening all over the country.
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    Investor Visa Subclass 188b

    It's not a backlog, it's a queue. A backlog means that work has fallen behind, and the department is working to catch up. That is not the case. Processing will never be speeded up and in fact, is more likely to slow down. Australia offers only a limited number of visas every year. They don't care if there are thousands more applicants than there are places - that's too bad, you just go to the back of the queue. This visa has a fairly short queue. The queue for parent visas, for instance, is at least 6 years. It's very unlikely they will increase the number of visas in the near future, because the current government is quite anti-immigration.
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    UK plumber wanting to move on, 189??

    An amplifier is not allowed to sponsor you unless you meet all the requirements for the visa including the necessary experience. Same problem
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    UK plumber wanting to move on, 189??

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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    The thing is, the UK government had the benefit of hindsight and still did nothing. The UK's borders are STILL open. Planes are still flying unrestricted into the UK and people are not being checked or even told to self-quarantine when they get off the plane. They're only told to self-isolate IF they start having symptoms, and even then, only for 7 days. The only reason there are fewer planes, ferries etc entering the UK is that some people are scared to travel. We're always told how lucky Britain was to be an island in WWII because it made defending the country easier. Yet no one seems to have thought of the obvious solution, even after other countries had already done it.
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Do bear in mind that David Icke believes there's a race of lizard-like, shape-shifting aliens who are behind all of it.
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    UK State Pension

    I'm sure the OP wouldn't assume he would. Provided he's got the minimum 10 years, he'll get something, and he can pay extra contributions if he wants to top it up. I must say, I left the UK in my thirties, and I still found the UK pension worth claiming. When you get to retirement, every little helps!
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    UK plumber wanting to move on, 189??

    How long ago was that?