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Marisawright

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    Maternity benefits

    Ring Centrelink and ask them.
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    Thai Resort / Dubai

    What's the attraction of Dubai?
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    I have an open mind about alternative treatments. After all, some major discoveries were rubbished by mainstream medicine for years before they were accepted (the combined antibiotic treatment for ulcers springs to mind). If someone has a life-threatening illness and wants to try alternative therapies, good luck to them, provided they don't abandon their conventional treatment, or bankrupt the family chasing things that are obviously dodgy. I had a friend whose husband spent most of their money going to South America for "spiritual operations" (the ones where they pretend to do surgery and then hey presto, the guy has blood all over his hands). After the second time, she refused to go with him. Of course, he died exactly when the oncologists said he would, and she and her daughter had to sell the house to pay the debts. I can believe Tonyman's friend has discovered something, what I can't believe is that losing access to the college premises would prevent him continuing his work. Colleges like Paramount do not sponsor research, and it's not like a college that teaches massage and homeopathy is likely to have advanced laboratory space.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    Yes, that's what I said.
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    Inheritance tax

    I think it's different if you're non-resident as well?
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    That wasn't the drug companies wanting to shut it down, that was the drug companies wanting to control it, so they can make money from it. If tonyman's friend was being strong-armed by a drug company who wanted to steal his research I'd believe it.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    The government couldn't have closed it, because it's a private college run by a private company. The government could have withdrawn recognition for their courses (which happens sometimes if they're not meeting requirements, it happened recently to a college in Box Hill), but I don't think that's what happened. Here's the notice - they went bust: https://www.teqsa.gov.au/latest-news/articles/administrators-appointed-parapharm-pty-ltd-trading-paramount-higher-education On another note, in a university, part of a lecturer's job is to do research. In a private college like Paramount, that's not the case. Lecturers are employed to teach. He may well have been using the college's facilities to do his research but it wouldn't have officially been part of his role.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    This is another bit that doesn't add up, as if the government is so desperate to silence him that they'd close an entire college, they'd make sure no other educational institution would take him on. Especially as all they really had to do was have a quiet word with the management of the college and get him sacked. Looks like Paramount was a private college.
  9. Sad for the family, but you can't apply for a visa knowing the conditions, and then complain when the conditions are applied.
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    Property Manager delayed response - Melbourne

    I still think you'll get faster action if you ring them up and warn them you're going to complain.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    I'm not saying you're lying. You believe him, so you're telling the truth as far as you know it. Even from what you've said, though, there's something about HIS story that doesn't add up so it rings alarm bells to me. I do remember there was a doctor in Perth doing radiowave therapy for cancer that was pooh-poohed by everybody but apparently got good results, but I'm not sure he's even alive any more. Found it https://www.rife.de/radio-wave-cancer-therapy.html
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    That's fine if it's a house but if it's an apartment block, the client is the developer and he doesn't give a rats either. It is a joke as you say.
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    Property Manager delayed response - Melbourne

    So did you ask them to give you the name and phone number of the third party provider? Did they explain why they couldn't give you that information? If they won't give them to you, explain that in that case, you will be making a formal complaint to Consumer Affairs. You may get a different response. If the windows are leaking and you're in an apartment block, it's the strata manager that's responsible, so that's who the agent would have contacted. You should be able to find the strata contact numbers on a notice board somewhere. If they say they haven't been contacted, then you know the agent is lying! If the appliances are documented in the condition report and the lease specifically says that all contents are the responsibility of the landlord, you're entitled to have them repaired. Do check the exact wording, though, as sometimes it's a grey area. Note that if you want repairs done, you must put them in writing, which means an email. Text messages are not enough. Make sure you are following the correct procedure for reporting faults, depending on what the agent asks for. Some agents have a particular email you must contact or a form to fill in.
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    Property Manager delayed response - Melbourne

    Have you asked them for the name and phone number of the third party service providers so you can chase them up? What kind of lease do you have that a vacuum cleaner and TV are included in the lease? That's extremely unusual. I suggest double-checking the wording of your lease to see what the provisions are relating to things that are not fixtures and fittings.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    Forgive me for being sceptical. My brother-in-law was a fantabulist. He could tell stories that sounded incredibly convincing, backed up by all kinds of "facts". I was completely taken in at first, until he decided to start telling me negative stories about my OH. We were just engaged at the time and for some reason, it seemed like he wanted to break us up. Luckily, I was already very close to their mother and had often sat listening to her stories on Sunday afternoons, so I had her version of events already, and it dawned on me that he was making things up. A lot of his stories were big-noting himself. He was a mechanic, but at his funeral, we discovered that most of his friends thought he was an aerospace engineer. Not only that, but he'd won an award from British Aerospace for inventing some piece of machinery for them. In fact, he'd been able to retire in his forties because of it. In reality, he got a big compo payout, abandoned his wife and new baby and went to live in a small country town. (We didn't tell them the truth, BTW)
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    superannuation

    No, it says she's eligible for DASP because she originally held a temporary visa. It says, "If you had only ever held a permanent visa and not a temporary visa, you wouldn't be able to submit a DASP claim". I bet she will only be able to claim back the super she paid while she was on the temp visa, too.
  17. The basic difference is: The 189 and 190 are a competition, and if you don't make the grade, your application expires, you've lost all that money and you'll have to start all over again with a new application for a different visa. The partner visa route is long and expensive, but it's not a competition. If you have a genuine relationship and you provide all the required evidence and meet the criteria, you will get the visa eventually.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    I don't believe it. It should be easy enough to check if the uni has closed down, but if so, I very very much doubt the closure has anything to do with his research. You'd also have to wonder, if the government is willing to take such drastic action to shut him up, how any university in Melbourne would be allowed to take him on...not to mention why he's so hard up he has to hitchhike.
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    Rheumatoid arthritis

    If your partner has a condition requiring expensive medication, then you should consult George Lombard. He has many years of experience with applicants with medical conditions. He will tell you honestly if there is no chance of success.
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    Hitch hiking Perth to Melbourne

    They've closed down the entire university because of one professor in one department who made findings about one drug? Pull the other one. I could believe them sacking him, or cutting funding for the research, or even closing the department at a pinch - but not a whole university. Sounds like a fantabulist to me. Fantabulists can be extremely convincing. They really believe their own version of reality.
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    Info

    Absolutely. Personally, I like life in Australia but when I see someone saying "we want to move to Australia because everything is better and we'll be happier and healthier", I think it's irresponsible not to point out that there are minuses as well as pluses. If they get their visa and arrive expecting a paradise, they'll be disappointed and those first disappointments can poison their whole experience. Whereas if they've thought through the pros and cons first, they've got a much better chance of success. When someone says, "go for it, it's an adventure" to someone with a wife and kids, they're saying, "Yeah, why not, it will only cost you about . If you don't like it, you can always move back, what's another £30k?" For some people, that would be their life savings.
  22. Yes, what that means is that you must have BEEN in a de facto relationship for 12 months. It doesn't mean that it's not counted as a de facto relationship for the first 12 months. You are de facto from the day you move in together (and if you end up having to apply for a partner visa, that's an important day to have evidence for, so make sure you have something to prove that was the date). What a shame your visa expires a month short! Applying for the 189 seems a very expensive way to bridge that small gap, though. All you really need is some kind of visa that will let you stay for another month or so, then you could apply for your partner visa onshore and get a bridging visa to stay in Australia. I suspect it would be cheaper to pay for a consultation with a good migration agent, who I'm sure could find you a simpler strategy. We have several good agents on these forums, like @wrussell, @Raul Senise or @paulhand
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    The inspectors can be blamed for not doing their job properly - which is to keep the builders and subbies honest. The shameful thing in Australia is that government/local authorities don't have a clerk of works any more. Inspections of building works were also privatised years ago, and private certifiers do all the inspecting now. Trouble is, it's the builder, not the local authority, who has to hire and pay the certifier. So guess where the certifier's loyalty lies? if they give a bad report then builders won't hire them for the next job, so it's in their interest to let shoddy workmanship through. That's why we have so many shoddy buildings in Australia.
  24. You are always classed as "de facto' as soon as you start living together. I think what's confusing you is that if you want to apply for a partner visa, you must have been de facto for at least 12 months. If you've only got 85 points then your chances of getting invited for the 189 are very slim indeed. https://www.iscah.com/will-get-189-invitation-january-2020-estimates/ Is there another visa you could apply for (190 or 491)? I suggest you start collecting evidence of your de facto relationship so you can apply for a partner visa in 9 months' time.
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    Info

    Why do you think you’d be happier and healthier?
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