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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 6 minutes ago, mt9754 said:

    That’s good to know but i think it’s still important in the early days.  

    For example, my partner wasn’t able to get a phone contract until they had a credit history.  We did the Amex Global Transfer CC and a couple of weeks after it arrived it unlocked getting a phone contract.

    That sounds weird.  I got a phone contract in the UK immediately, with no credit history at all, and the UK is generally much fussier than here.

    I wouldn't touch Amex with a bargepole, not universally accepted and sometimes incurs surcharges and fees where other credit cards don't. I guess it's fine to get the short-term credit rating but I'd be cancelling it after that.

  2. Credit scores are not that important in Australia. 

    I was astonished, when we lived in the UK a few years ago, how much credit scores ruled everyone's lives.  We're hardly aware of them here.  

    Good to know that HSBC allows you to set up an Australian bank account before you leave.   Until recently, only the "big 4" banks offered that facility and if you compare their rates and services, they perform poorly compared to most other Aussie banks so they're not a good choice.  At one time, they were attractive becauese of their huge branch and ATM networks, but that's irrelevant now. 

  3. 16 minutes ago, djianb said:

    I know they are unpredictable that’s why I’m asking the question in relation to if it takes say 75 days which is 15 days past the new sponsor deadline would my visa get cancelled or would that 60 day deadline not matter as it’s currently processing (same as if you went onto a bridging visa whilst transferring over)

    If they give you a bridging visa, then if you resign from your original job, the original visa gets cancelled, and the bridging visa gets cancelled too.  If they do not give you a bridging visa, then if your original visa is cancelled and the new 482 has not been approved yet, you have no visa. 

  4. Sadly if it's not accepted, it's not accepted.  It happens in many occupations and Australia is not alone in having different standards and rules.  If you're a teacher in England, you  might be surprised how your qualifications are viewed in Scotland, for instance.  

    Just to make sure you understand, you've failed the skills assessment for the visa application.  It's just for the visa, nothing more.  It has no effect on whether you're allowed to teach in Australia.  For that, you need teacher registration, and that's done at state level - and each state sets its own rules.  So perhaps your next step should be to see if you can get registration in your chosen state.  

    I'm sure you're aware that only one of you applies for the visa, with the other as secondary applicant.  So if your wife has passed her skills assessment, she could be the primary applicant and it doesn't matter what your job is (unless you need the extra points). 

  5. 26 minutes ago, Osado7774 said:

    Cabin or hold

    I will however register her with TICA as a domestic neutered cat. TICA representative said this option should work since the ancestry is not confirmed. 

    Isn't "hold" cargo?  Are there any airlines that still allow pets to fly in the cabin?

  6. 8 hours ago, Dusty Plains said:

    And so,  Vive la Difference !  Why would anyone travel across to the other side of the earth to find the identical lifestyle to the one they left behind? I don't get it.  Isn't it the difference that is the attraction, and surely not the similarity?  

    Just look at the posts from would-be migrants here.  They post asking for suggestions where to settle, and I usually respond by asking, "what are you looking for?"  Top of the list is always "better weather".  Then they might say, "a laidback lifestyle", as if they're going to be able to work shorter hours and have longer holidays (which for most occupations, isn't the case).  I've never seen, "to experience a different culture" (which is what people say when they're proposing to move to Europe, for instance).  

    I do think there's often an unspoken assumption that because we speak English and so many Brits migrated there in the 20th century, life in Oz will be pretty much like home, with sunshine.  Whereas I think Sydney and Melbourne have far more in common with European cities than British ones, which is why I love them so much.  That stuck me forcibly on our trips to Europe during our year in the UK.

  7. There's not a great advantage in setting up an account before you arrive, and the downside is that you'll be stuck with one of the "big name banks" (ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth, Westpac).

    The big 4, as they're called, always have the lowest interest rate for savings, the highest interest rate for mortgages, and the highest fees compared to any other bank.  Even so, they've historically been the most popular banks, because of their huge networks of branches and ATM's.  Also, people thought "big" meant "more secure".   Nowadays, all bank deposits are guaranteed up to $250,000, so going with a smaller bank isn't an issue.  And now everything's online and all ATM's accept all cards, the size of their network is irrelevant too.  To top it off, in a recent Royal Commission, they were all caught misleading or overcharging customers.  The only reason people haven't deserted them in droves is laziness - many Australians have had a bank account with one of the Big 4 since they were kids, and it's too much hassle to change. 

    I suggest enquiring with HSBC to see if they'll let you open an account, but check that they're offering a real Australian bank account and not just a "global account" (which is actually just an Australian dollar account held in the UK and won't do you any good).  Suncorp used to offer an account for migrants too but I have no idea if it's still available. 

    These days, UK credit cards are accepted everywhere in Australia including ATM's, so it's not an issue if it takes an extra day or two to open an account once you arrive.  If you get a card that has a good exchange rate and low fees, you won't be wasting money either.  And you won't need to worry about taking cash out, because since the pandemic, everyone accepts cards.


    Don't use a travel card because although they claim to be cheaper, they always work out far more expensive.  

    PS I hope it goes without saying that you won't be closing your UK bank accounts.


  8. 1 hour ago, bug family said:

    Yes I totally agree Marisawright, for example I like to watch programs about home (uk) as I have mentioned before, and sometimes Vanessa (my wife-ish) will sit down and watch a program with me, every now and then I will catch her off guard as she admits to loving a particular place that is on whatever TV program we are watching, she almost has a look of feeling guilty for doing so and I have on a number of occasions reminded her that she is British and should feel love for her home country and that there is no shame in saying so.......I also find that when people are extolling the benefits of living in Australia to me, they tend to all be the same reasons given, weather, beach etc and it throws them when I say that actually I prefer it back home and find living here, for me at least, a bit boring, it is almost like they are scared to admit that actually Britain also has some nice places to live, saying so does not take away from their life in Australia at all or put them at risk of being deported 😂

    You've probably heard the Shakespeare (mis)quote, "methinks he doth protest too much".  It means that whem people have got themselves into a situation, they're too proud to admit it was a mistake. Or maybe they feel it's too hard or too expensive to change that situation, so they'd rather not admit there's a problem.  Either way, their coping mechanism is to go overboard telling everyone how happy they are with said situation.  

    It's part of human nature and you see it all the time.I suspect I've seen it often on these forums, and I suspect you're seeing it with some of those people you mentioned.  

    However, I have to take issue with you saying your wife "should feel love for her home country".  Maybe she does, maybe she doesn't, but there's no "should" about it.  People like yourself, who feel a deep attachment to your home country, can't conceive that some people don't.  But there ARE people who don't, and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm one of them.  We're the ones who make good migrants, because we can fall in love with a new country without a pang of regret. The trouble starts when one of us lot marries one of you lot...

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  9. 18 minutes ago, Parley said:

    You have never heard him say that, that is certain.

    But even Fox News was convinced by the reports that he said it.  Of course he wouldn't be dumb enough to put it in a public speech.

    Don't you remember what he said about John McCain?

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  10. 42 minutes ago, Tulip1 said:

    I like that, what a lovely answer. I have no problem with people doing it if they want to but sadly far too many have done it because they think it’s what’s expected of them. There’s no way that all those sports men/police across the globe woke up one day and thought, I know what, I’ll take the knee today. 

    How do you know?  

  11. On 06/02/2020 at 09:17, Rob Frain said:

    That's what we want to do!

    If you want to build your own home, then you'll stand a much better chance if you avoid all the capital cities, including Perth - unless  you are very rich.  Most new suburbs in the capitals are far out of town, faceless dormitory suburbs with little to no infrastructure and a long commute into the city.  

    The other reason to avoid the capital cities is that there's a glut of young teachers who want to work there.   The only reason Australia wants to attract teachers is because there's a shortage out in the regional areas.  The bonus for you, is that land in the regional areas is cheap (compared to the cities) and you'll be able to afford a nice country house rather than a suburban shoebox. You also stand a lot more chance of affording a home closer to the beach.


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  12. 6 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    I imagine some of the people who are decrying the lack of a community spirit in Australia are suffering from homesickness, loneliness, perhaps something worse, like depression, and looking back through rose-coloured spectacles to a possibly imaginary Utopia.

    But on the other hand, they may be looking back through clear spectacles at a country where they feel more at home.   

    There's a myth in the UK (and among British migrants here) that Australia is automatically better than the UK for everyone.  It isn't - some people are happier here, some are happier in the UK.  Those of us who prefer Australia need to respect those who prefer the UK - not tell them to get over it.

    Sometimes I think, when you spruik the benefits of living in Australia, that you're trying to convince yourself too, and there's a part of you which would rather be back home in England.

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  13. The best way is to buy the presents from UK stores, instead of buying them in Australia.  

    Amazon.co.uk, Lush.co.uk, John Lewis, M&S - if your favourite British store has a website, it will probably take your order from Australia and let you pay with an Australian card.  

    I'm not aware of any cheaper alternatives to post from here.  

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  14. 1 hour ago, Parley said:

    I'm too scared to go hot air ballooning

    I don't blame you.  I've done it, once, in Canberra.  Never again!    It was pleasant at first, but when we got to the middle of the lake, the wind disappeared.   We hung there above the lake, slowly losing altitude.  The pilot (if that's the word?) kept blasting the burner to keep us aloft, but I couldn't help wondering how much fuel he had left!   He kept reassuring us but the frown on his face (when he thought we weren't looking) worried me...

    Eventually, the wind picked up again and we made for the shore and prepared to land.  As we got to shore, we were just above the tree tops, and the basket snagged on a branch and tipped - only slightly but enough to cause a few screams!   Two of the passengers had to fend the tree off with long poles. After that we landed safely, but I don't think I would do it again.  Frankly, it wasn't all that spectacular. 

    I don't do helicopter rides either.  I've been up twice, once in Kakadu and once in the Grand Canyon.   The day after we did our Grand Canyon trip, one of the helicopters crashed with all lives lost.  I mentioned this to our hotel concierge and he told me, casually, that there were "a few" crashes every year.  Due to air traffic regulations, they have to fly very close to the canyon wall, and sometimes a rotor blade clips the rock face - with inevitably fatal results.  Glad I didn't know that before we went.

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  15. 2 hours ago, Pendragon said:

    I am a Cornishman from a small village and I can relate to community, such as doesn't exist in Australia. As a previous post I made, I have been in Perth for over 13 years

    I think it's unfair to say village community life doesn't exist in Australia.  I'm sure you would find it in the outback and smaller coastal towns.  It has nothing to do with being Australian and everything to do with whether you live in a small isolated place, or a big city. 

    I had exactly the same problem in Southampton as you've had in Perth.  My sister had the same experience in another UK city.  It's the nature of big cities all over the world (unless they've swallowed up villages, in which case those villages sometimes retain their community).  

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  16. 1 hour ago, Wanderer Returns said:

    Maybe we are just more aware of the risks as we get older, and that more often than not they do not outweigh the reward.

    That may be part of it, but I think it's more about attitude. 

    When you're young, even if you think you've assessed the risks dispassionately, there's a tiny part of your brain that thinks "it can't happen to me".     But as you get older, things do happen to you!  When you're young, faced with a stunt that has a 1% chance of death, you're overly confident you'll be one of the 99%.   When you're older, you realise that 1% isn't 0%, so you think about it more carefully.   

    Also, when you're young, there are lots of things you've never experienced and you're avidly curious to know what they're like.  As you get older, you do risky things and quite often, they're not as worthwhile as you expected.  So it's not just your assessment of the risk that changes, it's your assessment of how good the reward is likely to be. 

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  17. 1 hour ago, starlight7 said:

    The cruises we have been on they seemed very, very careful  but the virus still seems to spread . They clean your room twice a day and there is that hand wash stuff everywhere.  They wouldn't let you go in to dinner unless you use it which we were happy with.  Nevertheless you get some who some argue and say they don't want it.

    The problem is that, as Tulip1 says, surfaces aren't the problem.  Early experiments suggested they were, but they saturated the surfaces in the tests, so of course it looked bad.   Under real circumstances, the virus degrades quickly, so you're only going to pick up fragments - not enough to cause infection.

    They now think the biggest danger is that the virus builds up in the air indoors, if the ventilation is inadequate.   When I've been on cruise ships, the indoors sections are all air-conditioned with windows that don't open - and we don't know what the mix is of fresh to recirculated air (it's obviously cheaper to use more recirculated air). This article explains it with some good diagrams:


    They thought the cleaner in Adelaide caught the virus off surfaces at first, due to the confusion over the pizza guy.   Now, they are sure she caught it by working in a poorly ventilated space.

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  18. 2 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    If that was the case they would only send young blokes (and girls) "over the top" or into the cockpit of those Spits and ME109s. Perhaps they should have done that too?!

    Er...well, yes that's exactly what they did.  There is an upper age limit for soldiers.

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  19. 6 hours ago, noemia said:

    Thanks for your reply. We both have a Visitor (Class FA)Visitor (Subclass 600) expiring Oct 2022. After getting Contributory PR will have to apply for spouse visa which would take lesser time like 17 to 20 months?

    As others have said, you will have to wait 5 years before you are allowed to even apply for the spouse visa, after you get your Contributory PR.