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    Corona Virus

    It's rare that we agree, Bunbury, but you are right. Several health professionals, including Dr Fauci, have recommended that people take Vitamin D as a precautionary measure, because it appears that people with good Vitamin D levels are better able to fight off Covid. But it's thought you need to have Vit D in your system before you catch the bug. Taking large doses of Vitamin D can be fatal, so there are several trials going on to test the efficacy and safety of megadosing someone who's already sick.
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    Corona Virus

    Have you checked out the statistics? New Zealand's borders are closed and its economy is recovering more strongly than countries which didn't lock down. Early signs are that the other states (except Victoria) are recovering well too - and they are alreading beginning to open their borders to each other, gradually, including New Zealand (except for the leper colony Victoria, of course). You may also have missed the fact that imports are still arriving and exports are still going out - tourism is the one thing that's suffering but then again, since Australians and New Zealanders can't go anywhere else in the world, they're keen to holiday at home and replace the foreign tourists. The closed borders have been terrible for families who are separated and for new migrants who can't get here - but apart from that, they don't affect our daily lives that much, apart from being able to go on a holiday outside our own state. But given the size of most Australian states, we can hardly argue that's such a big sacrifice in the scheme of things. The closure of small businesses is a much bigger issue.
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    Medicare Interim Card

    On the contrary, Medicare covers most things. In fact, you could say that private health doesn't cover much - because it covers exactly the same hospital procedures as Medicare. It just allows you to be treated by private specialists instead of waiting on the public waiting lists. A person who is used to the NHS wouldn't have any problem with Medicare hospital treatment because it's the same as the NHS - similar wards, similar waiting lists for elective surgery. If you're the kind of person who preferred to go private in the UK, you should get private health insurance in Australia too. Where Medicare and the NHS differ are in prescriptions, and optical and dental. But the private health insurance available to 189 holders does not cover prescriptions, or optical, or dental. You can get an "Extras" cover separately, which covers you for optical and dental.
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    To return or not?

    But do you really think she's been scarred for life?
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    Can I still emigrate to Australia?

    The OP got their visa two years ago, so their activation date was long before Covid and therefore they couldn't use Covid as an excuse.
  6. As I've suggested elsewhere, you NEED a migration agent, unless you want to throw your money away. You need to show you're in a committed long-lasting relationship and that's not easy if you've been together only a few months. You need professional help to have any hope of getting it right.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    Yes Chromecast is a separate plugin but the instructions clearly say what I quoted. If the TV doesn’t have the wifi connection, the Chromecast refuses to work. We’ve tried it
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    Corona Virus

    Well, they could easily have done the same as Australia and closed the borders when Australia did - the UK is an island, after all.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    For Chromecast to work, both the TV and the phone must be connected to the internet using the same wifi network. It says so in the instructions.
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    To return or not?

    True. However if everyone followed your advice, no one with children over the age of 5 would be able to migrate, ever. I think that's unrealistic!
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    To return or not?

    Does everyone in the family have citizenship of both countries? I'd say that's the fundamental essential. After that, my question would be - why stay in Oz at all, if you feel your ultimate home will be in the UK?
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    To return or not?

    I think multiple moves and constant ping ponging can certainly mess up lives. I'm not so convinced that one move would be a big deal. Kids are resilient.
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    Corona Virus

    This is something that surprises me. When my niece had it, she was told she had to isolate for 7 days - not 14 as we do here in Australia. We've definitely had people in hotel quarantine who are still infectious at 10 or 12 days, so I wonder where the UK government gets its 7 days from.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    We've got Chromecast. The big problem is that if you try to Cast from an app that's also on the TV, the system tries to sync with the (non-working) TV version of the app, so it just freezes. If it was possible to delete the apps off the TV it would be fine, but that's not an option.
  15. No need for travel exemption but you may need to apply for permission to enter the state you're flying to.
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    Corona Virus

    I had a penpal (in Florida) and her husband who died of it. I'm pretty sure my niece and her son had it, but as they couldn't get tested (in the UK) I'll never know for sure. They were both very sick for a week but didn't need to go to hospital.
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    190/491 Notifications

    What Paul says - you may be open to all states, but you need to apply to only one of them.
  18. As I understand it, the focus on onshore candidates is for two reasons. Firstly, to avoid the situation where onshore applicants on expiring visas become unlawful and secondly, because there's not much point in granting visas to people overseas if they can't get flights to get here.
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    To return or not?

    But if they do all their schooling in Australia, then they can’t do university in the UK without pay full international fees. So when would you move ?
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    So, what approach should they have taken instead?
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    Why do you say that? They made some bad mistakes with hotel quarantine, but since then they have done a pretty good job. You have to bear in mind that the whole of the rest of Australia is virtually Covid-free and there is NO way they will open their borders to Victoria until Victoria can do the same. If Victoria decides "let's just ease the controls and learn to live with the virus", there is NO way the other states will open the borders. Victoria will be marooned all on its own, cut off from the rest of Australia. So the Victorian government has been backed into a corner, with no choice but to wipe it out. Sure, they shouldn't have made the mistakes in the first place, but that's history now - they can't go back and undo it. All they can do is deal with the situation as it is now, and I don't think they have any option but to do what they're doing, given the attitude of the other states.
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    Corona Virus

    But that's the issue. The problem with Covid-19 is not that it kills large numbers of people. The problem is that it can infect very large numbers of people in a very short space of time. Unchecked, the number infected can more than double every day. Most of those people will have mild or no symptoms, but when there are thousands getting sick every day, there are hundreds who need treatment - and then the hospitals get overwhelmed. Then the death rate soars because: doctors and nurses die because they get such a heavy viral load from constant exposure; there aren't enough ventilators etc for everyone, so some patients must be left to die who might otherwise have survived; Emergency rooms are full, so heart attack and stroke patients aren't treated in a timely fashion, and are therefore more likely to die or have poor outcomes We know all this, because we saw it in Italy, Spain and New York. Why do people think that wouldn't happen again if everything went back to normal? We also know that it's impossible to achieve true herd immunity without a vaccine, because we know the history of smallpox, diphtheria, polio etc etc. The facts are there for everyone to see. Those diseases were not brought under control until a vaccine was found.
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    So you approve of lynch mobs? Seriously?
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    He's a billionaire because his father left him a business and a fortune, and he hasn't managed any of it very well. If you think that's fake news, you haven't done your research. He's a best-selling author but he didn't write or even dictate a word of any of his books. They're all made up. Star of TV - yes, I'll give you that one. Married to a stunning looking woman - who's with him for his money. Bright, intelligent children - they all sound like airheads to me. I haven't heard one of them say anything remotely intelligent. You think he's doing the job for nothing? He doesn't need to take the salary. His companies are making millions in side deals - again, easy to discover if you're doing any research at all. If you think "born winners" are people who lie, cheat, exaggerate and big-note themselves, and are endlessly vindictive to their enemies - then I'm very glad I'm not a born winner.
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    143 Contributory Parent visa

    Have you discussed the timeframe with your Mum? It's a lot to ask an 80-year-old to uproot themselves from their home and leave everyone and everything they know. Unless she's going to live with you and you're able to devote a lot of your time with her, I'd be worried that she'd be lonely in Australia, as it's very late in life to be trying to establish new friends.
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