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  1. Marisawright

    Impossible decision

    When you read posts which say they hate Australia, I think you can be pretty sure that is the underlying reason. However it's important to acknowledge that for some people, homesickness is a real, deep-seated sickness that will never go away. And that's the reason why it's pointless to tell people how great life would be if they just moved to another part of Australia which might suit them better. If they're longing for their homeland then the only cure is to go back to it.
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    Melbourne suburbs ranked by liveability 2019

    "Walkability" means whether shops and other amenities are close enough to walk to, and whether the streets are safe with good pavements - not whether it's a nice place to go for a stroll. But I agree that people's priorities have changed with Covid. After all, if you can't go to work or go out for the evening, a lack of public transport suddenly becomes irrelevant! And I suspect some people never even try walking to the shops in suburbs where it's easier to hop in the car, so the walkability rating may be distorted. I imagine life in South Yarra and Richmond is great. We live in Brunswick East. It had "walkability" before Covid and it still does - I can easily walk to the shops and all amenities, and the walking is enjoyable because we have such an interesting diversity of architectural styles, and lots of parks to choose from. Even though it's a densely populated suburb compared to Diamond Creek, the pavements don't feel at all crowded and nor do the parks. The only time I worry about too many people is at the supermarket, and I imagine that's much the same everywhere. Many of the cafés and restaurants here, even the posh ones, are doing take-away so there's a wealth of choice.
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    Processing Times keep getting longer

    When they say "18 to 26 months", it just means that's the average time applications are taking to be processed, from submission to approval. It doesn't mean your application will take another 18 to 26 months. It means your application will take somewhere between 18 and 26 months in total, from the date you applied. You are more likely to be 18 months than 26 months, because those figures include applications from all over the world - and applications from "high risk" countries (like the Middle East) take a long time because of extra security checks. I suggest talking to a migration agent, because there might be a loophole you could exploit to get to Australia sooner, but you will need an agent to make sure you approach it just right. Talk to SunCoast Migration or Pinoy Australia and see what they say.
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    Taxation on a transferred pension

    The 25% tax-free only applies in the UK. If you take that lump sum while you are resident in Australia, you'll be taxed on it. It is theoretically possible to transfer your UK pension to an Australian super fund, but finding one that will accept the money is another question. Also, it's vital to follow the process exactly, because if you make one small mistake, you can lose all the taxation benefits and find yourself paying a whopping tax on the transferred funds anyway (and don't rely on the super fund to know what they're doing). For that reason, don't even attempt it without professional help. @Andrew from Vista Financial is an expert and I'm sure he will give you a quote. I certainly wouldn't even think of doing it until you are 100% sure you are going to live in Australia for the rest of your life, come what may, because I don't think there's any mechanism to transfer your super back to a UK pension fund if you change your mind.
  5. I'd say, don't assume you have to go all the way to Queensland for a better climate. You'd be going to the other extreme and you might find you don't like that as much as you think (see Smurfs' post). You don't have to go far for the climate to get noticeably warmer and a lot more predictable. Melbourne is in a unique spot, stuck on a coastline exposed to freezing Antarctic winds, but also vulnerable to hot winds blowing in from the flat inland. That's why the weather is uniquely unpredictable. It sounds like affordability is driving part of your decision and in that case, I'd take a look at Newcastle (if you need a decent-sized city for work). If you don't want to live in the city itself, it has some lovely areas about the same commute as you have now - Port Stephens, for instance (dolphin watching, fresh oysters, sand dunes). What about Adelaide?
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    Moving Back to England

    It depends on a lot of factors. If you're going to ship a container, then you might as well ship everything you've got. After all, if you try to sell stuff in Australia, you'll only get peanuts for it - so if you ship it and it gets broken en route, it's no great loss. If you're not going to ship a container, then you're going to use a Movecube, and there's only so much that will fit - so then it's a case of prioritising what's most important to you. Electrical items will all work in the UK, you just have to change the plug or buy adapters. I wouldn't ship a fridge because it's such a huge bulky item, and they don't like being transported anyway.
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    CANZUK freedom of movement

    This sounds like a beat-up to me. You'll notice Tony Abbott talks about a "generous quota" - so it won't be a free-for-all - and also "for work, not welfare" which would be impossible to police unless it's all employer-sponsored visas (which means you're stuck with that employer and get deported if you lose the job).
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    Corona Virus

    What about Israel? Not allowed to go more than 500m from home. Italy and Spain both had very strict lockdowns at different times
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    I know no one will care but...........

    In that case the GP has no excuse
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Well, as I posted before, this is what I found on the WA Covid website - note the word "acute" which would discount anyone with mild symptoms". If they have more lenient criteria elsewhere then they should remove this one. You may be tested if you: present with a fever of 37.5°C or above or have had a fever in the last few days (for example, night sweats or chills), without a known source or have acute respiratory symptoms (for example, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat) or have acute loss of smell or taste. ...and the point is, I was trying to be nice to the GP and say she wasn't being complacent, she was following what she's been advised. If the WA government is indeed accepting people with mild symptoms for testing, then I think the GP was wrong
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    Holden cars

    They haven't gone bust, they're just not going to manufacture cars in Australia any more. Holden is the local brand for General Motors. The fact they're not making cars here means nothing, because no one else makes cars here either - the only reason Holden and Ford made cars in Australia for so long, was because the government paid them huge subsidies to stay. You'll recognise some Holden cars - e.g. the Astra is (you guessed it) the Vauxhall Astra.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Fair enough, but how would Brexit change that?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Sorry, I thought you were talking about illegal immigrants (because this thread is about "stopping the boats"), which is why I was confused. On the Brexit thread, people were going on about Brexit stopping the refugees and I was making that exact point, that leaving the EU won't stop the refugees. It will stop EU citizens and I thought that's what many Brexiteers wanted.
  14. He will need to get a visitor visa (as you normally would when arriving on holiday) and also apply for a travel exemption. Once you're in Australia, you can apply for an onshore partner visa and he will receive a bridging visa, which will allow him to stay in Australia until the partner visa is processed.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    The one I read seemed to be saying they wouldn't test you unless you had either a fever or a respiratory infection (and you yourself said so, in an earlier post). Maybe it was out of date.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    ...but there isn't an open border policy between the EU and the UK, except for EU citizens, and they are not the ones on the boats. So how is it different?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone did the right thing? For anyone who didn't know otherwise, Covid has illustrated that it's impossible to get everyone to "do the right thing". There's too large a proportion of the world's population that is either bolshie or thick as two short planks - and they will always do the wrong thing (and spoil it for the rest of us). They need either a carrot or a stick to persuade them to behave - and since a stick is now politically incorrect, carrots must be offered.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    ...but that's more than just a cold, unlike the other states. This is the advice in Victoria: "If you have any cold or flu like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, even if these are mild, you should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. People with mild symptoms can still spread the virus." Here's the advice in Queensland: "In Queensland, anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested immediately. Symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue and loss of smell or taste. It doesn’t matter if you have just one of these symptoms or a group of them, or whether you feel really sick or just a little unwell – if you’ve got any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately to get tested." Here's NSW: "Anyone with a cough, a sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell or a fever should be tested for COVID-19, even if symptoms are mild." The NT's advice is similar to WA's. It just seems dangerously complacent to me, because although fever is common in Covid-19, it is not always a symptom. Likewise respiratory distress is common later in Covid but not in the early stages when people are already highly infectious.
  19. This article is relevant: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/19/raised-flight-caps-welcome-but-much-more-needed-to-help-stranded-australians-airlines-warn Note they mention there are charter flights happening as well as the cap increase, so that will all help. To quote: "Abrams estimated that based on booking data of cancelled passengers, it would still take four months to return everyone to Australia with an increase of 2,000 a week to the caps."
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    I know no one will care but...........

    The bottom line is that she is following the WA government's advice in saying you don't need a test. To those of us in other states, where we're being encouraged to have a test even with a runny nose, the WA government's advice sounds like dangerous complacency, but that is their choice.
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    Right or Wrong

    I think this is probably the reason for the limit. Often, the patient is taken into a room and the people accompanying have to wait in a corridor. Let one person in and they'll sit anxiously waiting, because they've got no choice. Let two people in and the second person doesn't have to sit still - and when you're anxious, you want something to take your mind off it. So the second person will go off in search of a coffee, go out for a smoke, pace the corridor, etc. Much more risk of interaction, and more people to track down if there is an infection in the hospital. As Parley says, the bottom line is that even if he was refused, there was no excuse for him getting aggressive or abusive anyway.
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    Migration agent

    If you mean applying for the 190 to two different states then they are right, it's not usually a good idea. A lot of people apply for the state that's easiest to get, with no intention of settling there permanently - as soon as the two years is up, they go to live in the state they really want. The states hate that, because they've wasted time on someone who's not going to settle, and that person filled a place that might have gone to a genuine settler. So applying to two states is a red flag to them. The reason they're advising you to wait till October is to see if mechanic is still on the list. Occupations are removed every year, and obviously, if mechanic isn't on the list, you'll have wasted any money you've already spent. You may be willing to risk losing some money for the sake of being ready to jump, but that's up to you. Always make sure your agent is MARA registered. There are some agents who are generous with free advice on these forums and I think that's a good sign: Suncoast Migration and Pinoy Australia are two of them. I'm concerned that your points score is so low. For the 189 visa, you would need over 90 points. The 190 is more flexible, depending on what the state is looking for, but I'd still think 70 is low. An agent will check to make sure you've calculated correctly.
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    Anybody instantly regret the move back?

    While the usual advice is to delay big decisions while you're going through a breakup, I think you have enough information to make the decision right now. Ask yourself, how did you feel about living in Australia before the relationship went wrong? Did you love it, did you see your future in Oz? Or were you just willing to live here for the sake of being with your partner? If you had no strong desire to live in Australia and didn't feel thrilled to be here, then I'd say move back. It's unlikely you'll ever settle if your heart wasn't in it to begin with.
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    Is Dan Andrews doing the right thing?

    ...and what does that indicate about the BLM marches?
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    Is Dan Andrews doing the right thing?

    We are not talking about whether it was irresponsible or not, we are discussing whether or not it resulted in an infection spike in actual fact. I think people are incredibly foolish to gather in large numbers in the current situation but that's not what we are talking about.