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    Best way to buy a car?

    The best way to finance your car may be through salary sacrifice with your employer. It’s called novated leasing.and can reduce your tax. Cars are horrendously expensive in Australia due to Covid- new cars aren’t being shipped in at anywhere near the normal rate. Rather than finance, consider something like Carly or Carbar which will work out much the same cost and buy later when the borders reopen
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    Commonwealth Seniors Card

    The parent is not allowed to pay the AOS themselves. Of course many do, but you have to pretend the children paid it.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The theory originates from some "doctor" in India and is becoming widespread there, so I'd be surprised if the Indian community in the UK hasn't heard of it. I think the advantage for the UK is that these silly rumours are fairly recent, and the UK were so quick off the mark with their vaccination program, a lot of people would've already been vaccinated by the time the rumours reached there.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Definitely needs to be checked out urgently
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Same happened to my husband, all fine till bedtime then fever and chills. Lasted less than 24 hours. I also felt fine till late evening then started getting horrible muscle aches. I felt tired and achy for about 2 days then suddenly right as rain again
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    Where to begin? Time to return home

    That's good. Worth checking with the individual airline I guess.
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    Emergency Department

    Very true. I have a treasured pair of hairdressing scissors. Very sharp, but the ends are rounded.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I must say, I've always opened them at the stem and I'm not sure why people find that difficult.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Or infatuation
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    I know no one will care but...........

    True, but there’s a big difference between talking out your trauma with a qualified therapist and talking to a journalist in front of the whole world
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    No, but that's only a temporary visa
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    More likely to get worse
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Are you aware that if you apply now, you will be waiting around 10 years to get the visa?
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    Partner visa

    ????? You need the police checks to GET the visa. Once the visa is granted, they're not relevant any more.
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    Do you consider yourself Australian?

    Sorry, I read more into your statement than you intended. I thought it was so very obvious that of course she wouldn't lose it, that you had to mean something more by it.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Your post surprised me so I had to go and research. Maybe the exemptions for foreigners have been easier to get than Australia's version, but all the reporting talks about how tough their border rules were and how the population had all relaxed and gone back to more-or-less normal life for that reason. Including not bothering to get vaccinated. They recently had 250 straight days with no cases. The bottom line is that although the details of their measures were different, the resulting public behaviours and attitudes were very similar to what we're seeing in Australia now. Taiwan's recent outbreak thanks to one little mistake, should be a warning to Australians. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/17/asia/taiwan-covid-outbreak-intl-hnk/index.html Taiwan's success was partly thanks to tough border rules, which saw it ban almost all non-residents from entering the island from March last year. The island also requires incoming travelers to quarantine, although rules have been more relaxed for flight crews.
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    Going Home!

    I'm making the point that it is (appropriately, given your username) very much a first world problem.
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    Going Home!

    Lucky you, but to me that sounds like a rich person!s lifestyle
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    Going Home!

    I can understand these families being annoyed, because they came to Australia with a specific expectation that they'd be able to have a visit, one way or the other, every year - and now they can't. However when you think about it, it is such a middle-class first-world problem. Most migrants I know are not rich enough to afford a long annual visit in either direction. My first husband and I were both working with no kids, but we found it expensive to visit every two years, let alone annually. Besides, it makes little sense to complain that children are growing up without their grandparents - even pre-Covid, they were growing up without grandparents for 90% of the year by the parents' choice. Do they really think a few weeks a year makes such an enormous difference? I do think Covid is making many people reassess the importance of being close to family. Just look at the large numbers of Australians choosing to return to Oz permanently, for that reason.
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    Do you consider yourself Australian?

    I wasn't suggesting she would. I'm just pointing out that the general statement, "people don't lose their accent if they migrate to Australia as an adult" isn't true. Some don't, but some do.
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    Do you consider yourself Australian?

    Lots of people lose their accent, even after arriving as an adult. There are several factors involved. Firstly, where you come from. I notice most Glaswegians never lose their accent, whereas I've met many people from Aberdeen and Edinburgh who have lost theirs. Then there's a person's own sensitivity to sounds: there are some people who have a knack for mimicry and they tend to pick up on the accents surrounding them, consciously or unconsciously. Also, even people who think they haven't lost their accent are surprised when they return to the UK and get told they sound like an Aussie. The twang is catching.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    A lot of them circulating in India now, as well as even more loony effects from just being in the same room as someone who's vaccinated. The theories are filtering into the UK and Australia through Indian immigrant communities, too. I'm not going to repeat them here because I don't want to give them air time. https://www.vice.com/en/article/88nnwg/anti-maskers-ready-to-start-maskingto-protect-themselves-from-the-vaccinated
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    I wondered. My cousin in Scotland just posted this:
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Based on conversations I've had in the past week with people, I can say that's a long way from the truth. A lot of people in my age group are "hesitant", thinking they want the vaccine to be safe, but scared of side effects. I agree that blacking out signs won't make much difference, but I think these new loony theories about fake side effects will, for some gullible people (and it always amazes me how many people are gullible).
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    We are mad Lol

    That's what I was going to say. I remember when they were first getting established, they were prepared to cut fares lower than anyone else, while offering higher standards of service, to build their reputation. It was an expensive strategy that most airlines would've been mad to finance, but the Qataris could afford it. They have always valued their reputation above their profitability.
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