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  1. Marisawright

    How is Trump doing so far?

    She's a Catholic with five kids. Fairly obvious she's against contraception, isn't it? She's also on record as opposing abortion at any stage.
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    Relocating to Perth

    Plenty of media reports about it but I don't think people are going all that remote. People in Melbourne are realising they can work from home and looking for places in Victorian country towns, but most seem to still want to be commutable to Melbourne for the occasional office meeting and cultural visits.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Very true, the way they show the waiting time (based on past performance not future projections) is grossly misleading. As you say, good luck to any Australian wanting to get a parent visa to the UK - almost impossible. Perhaps a solution might be to negotiate some kind of reciprocal deal?
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    The US offers parent visas to citizens only, not permanent residents. And we all know that the US doesn't have universal health care or other social benefits, so parents aren't going to be a cost to the state. Canada requires the sponsoring child to sign the following undertaking: to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents); and to repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members for a period of 20 years. Australia takes a different approach - once a parent arrives in Australia on a permanent visa, they're entitled to all the benefits and health care afforded to any permanent resident. That's why they cost the Australian taxpayer many times more than they contribute. Maybe you should petition the government to amend the rules, so that parents have to be self-sufficient, as they are obliged to be for retirement visas in other countries. Then Australia could afford to offer far more parent visas.
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    How is Boris Doing So Far?

    No but you award the contract to a company with a proven track record
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    I think a lot of people won’t bother because they know there is zero chance the government will change their minds. The sad truth is that no government wants older migrants. It’s the same the world over
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    How is Boris Doing So Far?

    I agree the cloth ones are easy to use and more comfortable but you need to wash th in hot water and soap after every wearing
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    Private Pension transfer with DeVere

    Do you have a permanent visa in Australia and are planning to stay forever? If so, then there's no point going for an "expat" type of pension. If you're going to move your pension at all (and it's not always a good idea), move it to an Australian super fund (and deVere aren't the best people to help you there - Vista is). However, do NOT move the pension to an Australian fund until you're 100% sure you won't be going back to the UK - because there's no way to transfer it back, and even if you wait until you can cash the whole thing out, there may be tax implications.
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    Brisbane or Gold Coast?

    Melbourne houses are about two-thirds of the price of Sydney. My only concern (for the OP) about Melbourne is that they're going back to a climate that's closer to the south of England than Townsville! S
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    Relocating to Perth

    No one knows what's likely to be the situation after Christmas, it will depend how infection numbers are going. Currently everyone needs a "G2G pass" before they can enter WA. You wouldn't get one as you are simply choosing to move to the state. The categories of "exempt traveller" are set out in detail in the Directions. It is important that any person who is seeking to enter Western Australia reads and understands the categories of exempt traveller that are set out in the Directions. In summary, the categories include: any person performing a function under a Commonwealth law truck drivers who deliver goods to Western Australia as part of their normal duties FIFO workers, subject to requirements to isolate for 14 days at an approved location at their employer's expense emergency service workers compassionate grounds – including urgent and essential medical treatment, visiting a relative who has suffered a serious medical episode, or whose death is imminent, and to attend a funeral members of the House of Representatives and Senators of the Commonwealth Parliament carers and relatives who need to care for a dependent person in Western Australia dependent persons who need to enter Western Australia to be cared for by a carer or relative because they can no longer be cared for interstate people whose residential facility, such as a boarding school, has closed, who need to return to Western Australia to stay with family or a carer people who need to enter Western Australia to comply with a court order specialists with skills not otherwise available in WA, who are required to undertake time-critical services required for industry or business continuity or maintenance of competitive operation. This does not include anyone who performs their duties according to an established work schedule.
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    491 English Requirement?

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    Overstaying in Australia

    A professional agent is entitled to get paid for their advice. That's how they make their living.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    It's probably misleading to think of it as a skills shortages list. Australia used to be a new country crying out for workers, but not any more. Now it's the same as any other developed country, training most of the workers it needs. Australia needs migrants to keep population numbers up (due to a declining birth rate), but the unemployment rate is similar to the UK, so they need to be careful who they accept. The skills on the list are the ones where applicants can be reasonably assured of not ending up on the dole. That's all.
  14. You'll miss both in Australia, big time! Don't get me wrong, there is some great produce here, but Australian supermarkets are not good at value-adding. You'll need to make your own pies and sausages and paellas and beef bourguignon from scratch, because there's not a big range available in the supermarkets. I still miss the meal deals in M&S! During the Covid lockdowns, some cafés and restaurants have been surviving by selling ready meals (i.e. cold meals you take home and heat up) as well as straightforward take-away, so it will be interesting to see if that continues,
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    Subclass 300 Visa advice please.

    The only way to know if you can get an exemption is to apply for one. It costs nothing to apply. It doesn't expire. So you can apply for an exemption, wait and see if you get one, then try to see if you can get a flight. Flights are taking off and landing every day. They do contain mainly business and first class passengers, though, so don't bother buying an economy ticket.
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    Childecare leader assessment

    Experience before your qualification may be counted in the skills assessment. However, it does not count towards the requirements for the visa.
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    491 English Requirement?

    That’s far from certain
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    Raul is a highly experienced agent so you can trust what he says. I wish Immigration would update its information, because the 65-point threshold is grossly misleading. It's been many years since anyone got invited with less than 75 points, and in recent times, no one has got invited with less than 90. Here's a table from 2019: https://www.iscah.com/will-get-189-invite-updated-predictions/ ....and it's got worse since then. Unfortunately, as you get older, you lose points, and there's nothing you can do about that. Your only hope, as Paul says, is that they seem to be giving priority to medical-related staff, so your wife might stand a chance - but I suspect you'd have to go for an employer-sponsored or provisional visa and that would mean moving now not later, so you stand a chance of transitioning to PR in due course. I think you may have missed the boat unfortunately.
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    491 English Requirement?

    Who is the agent? Are they MARA registered? Paul is a highly experienced agent. If he says it won't work, it won't work, so I would be suspicious of your agent, There's a lot of shonky ones out there.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    No it isn't, smoke and mirrors I'm afraid. There is no way Australia would accept totally free movement, because that would allow thousands of parents and retirees to flood into Australia, and the government has done the numbers - being entitled to Medicare and benefits, they would cost the Australian taxpayer many times more than the money they bring in. Even Tony Abbott has been careful to qualify it, talking about free movement "for work". So there will be conditions and it might work for you - but then again, it might just be for temporary transfers of staff working for UK companies.
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    Just begining

    What Tulip said. You need to look at that skilled list. ONLY people with an occupation on that list can migrate. It's a short list. Even if your job is on the list, that doesn't mean you will make it. It's a competitive process, like applying for a job - thousands apply but only a few are chosen. You don't get a refund of the fees if you don't get chosen. If you don't stand a good chance of being chosen, it's a lot of money to throw away. So the best plan is to have a consultation with a good migration agent, who can give you a fairly accurate idea of what your chances are. Try Suncoast Migration or Pinoy Australia or Go Matilda.
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    Modular Homes

    They're not necessarily cheaper. The big advantage is speed: the house is constructed off-site so it's not at the mercy of weather or site conditions. It's a lot less fuss and more certainty than a traditional build.
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    What Book are you reading??

    I avoided the books for ages because I saw a bit of Wire in the Blood and it seemed too gory. Then a friend gave me one and it was excellent. Gruesome murders but also good characterisation and plot
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    What Book are you reading??

    Yes, I’ve read two, both excellent. If you like him you might like Garry Disher, thrillers set in Melbourne mostly. Have you read Val McDermid?