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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 10 minutes ago, s713 said:

    We had the reverse cycle a/c heating and I couldn't use it. The air is so horrible and dry it was getting on my chest and drying my skin out. Plus, the heat isn't retained, as soon as you switch it off, it dissipates.

    Surely that has more to do with the room or the house than the heater?   It's true that if you have a wood heater, it stays hot for a long time.  But an electric heater would be just the same as the air con.

  2. Funnily enough, a reverse cycle air conditioner is a pretty effective and economical heater.  Just be sure to set it at the temperature you really need.  People are inclined to set it too high, thinking it will heat up faster (it doesn't) and then it gets too warm but by that time they're used to the heat. That wastes an enormous amount of energy.   Try setting it at 21 degrees and don't mess with it!

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  3. 1 hour ago, Southlander said:

    Wonder what the circumstances were for granting it sooner than others. Pwrhaps now that India are pretty a no go in terms of covid there will be no flights from India to anywhere so no risk them flying to Australia.

    Not sure how that would work.  As a 190 visa holder he can't be refused entry and while flights from India are banned in NZ right now, they're not banned in Australia.


    49 minutes ago, Captain Ron said:

    I've spoken to Emirates and they confirmed that they do not enforce their own rules. You only need to satisfy the entry requirements of any countries you wish to enter on your journey. 

    I'm a bit confused because I thought that's exactly what the rules of most airlines said already, and I'd have expected Emirates to be the same.   If you stay inside the international section of the airport and do not pass through Immigration, you have no need of a visa because you are not entering their territory.   


    49 minutes ago, Captain Ron said:

    Thanks for the advice on passing immigration, this is important because several stop over flights have overnight stays or connections that require passing through immigration. Most recommend that you book all flights on a single ticket to ensure the airline are aware of your transfer requirements and can advise accordingly. 

    Also worth mentioning that Doha is an integrated airport, so all international transfers can be made without passing through immigration.

    It has always been the case that if you have to enter a country, even for one night's transit stay, you must have a valid visa for that country.  The only exception I know of is that some airports have a tourist bus trip you can go on, where you get escorted out of the airport to the bus, you are not allowed off the bus at any point, and then you are escorted back again.  

    These days, I don't think there are many (any?) international airports where you have to pass through immigration to change from one international flight to another.

  5. 3 hours ago, VERYSTORMY said:

    Moving in time to commence years 11 and 12 is one of the better times as that would allow them to do their highers which are done in those years. 

    I was going to say the same. Time to do Highers and also two years towards the 3 needed to get into university as a local. Fill that in with a year of work experience and they’re all set

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  6. 1 hour ago, Navjot27 said:

    Hello all,

    187 refused, applied AAT, but boss is not in favour of giving required documents, is anyone on same boat, please reply am stressed out, I talked to my lawyer he suggest for federal, if anyone is on federal please reply


    If the company will not cooperate then there is absolutely no point In appealing. They must show that they are committed to you

  7. 6 hours ago, Klear said:

    . Your point about timing is particularly pertinent, which is one reason why I need to make a decision shortly!



    The timing has more to do with whether you are resident in the UK or Australia at the time of transfer rather than age

  8. Sorry for the repeated posting, @Klear.  I was on my phone earlier, which doesn't lend itself to detailed posting.

    Pensions - I am struggling to see how moving to Australia could benefit you.  Your British aged pension will be frozen on arrival and you will never get any increases (except while you are on holiday in the UK, after which it will revert).   You won't be eligible for the Australian pension until you've been resident in Australia for 10 years - and even then, it's means-tested so you may not receive the full amount.

    If you have a British private pension, there is only one (private) company to which you can transfer in Australia, and there are substantial tax losses to be made if you don't get the timing exactly right. Depending what kind of pension you have, you may be better off leaving your pension in a British fund, but then you are at the mercy of exchange rates for the rest of your life. 

    Tax - I'm guessing inheritance tax is the major consideration, otherwise I cannot see much difference in your taxation liability either way. You need to bear in mind that if you still hold UK investments while residing in Australia, you will still have to pay UK tax on those investments, and in fact that may be higher than you pay now, because you'll be classed as a foreigner.

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  9. As others have said, don't assume your 18-year-old will move back with you. University is when lifelong friendships are made and sometimes, partners are found.  A 21-year-old is likely to put the girlfriend/boyfriend and best mates ahead of Mum and Dad.  Also you'll need deep pockets if your 16-year-old wants to go to uni, as you'll be paying international fees.

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  10. One red flag to me is the concept of “having a foot in both camps”. I’m not an expert but my own understanding is it should be fairly easy to avoid being considered domiciles in both countries even if you keep two homes. If your advisor is knowledgeable they should be able to solve that issue I’d have thought 

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  11. 1 hour ago, Klear said:

     I have taken extensive tax and pensions advice and there are clear benefits to moving to AUS as well as all of the lifestyle pluses that are well known to me. However, I will miss many aspects of my life in the UK, my friends here and of course my child. Having a foot in each country is not an option for tax and pension reasons 

    Have you had more than one opinion on that score?   It's vitally important to take advice from someone who has experience of both the UK and Australian systems.   Taking advice from a British expert and a separate Australian expert is a recipe for disaster, as they do intersect and you need to deal with someone who understands how!

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  12. 20 minutes ago, FirstWorldProblems said:

    Yes indeed.  I do think we have to accept that this is looking like something the world will have to live with. And living with it means not trying to achieve zero cases, but minimising impact - predominantly this being not overwhelming hospitals with very sick people so that society can continue to function. 

    I think we agree, but it's a matter of degree.

    At one extreme, people say, let's just accept that about 1% of the world will die, and around 10% to 20% will end up with life-limiting illness, or lifelong neurological or physical problems. Tough if it's your granny that dies or your teenage daughter that develops encephalitis, but we have to keep society functioning.  I can see how that view is becoming accepted in countries where you've become so used to huge numbers of people dying, that having a small number dying seems like a reprieve.

    At the other extreme is the situation we've got ourselves into in Australia, where even the 800 or so deaths we had in Victoria are still regarded as a national tragedy.  It's very, very hard to say, "OK, let''s just let a few people suffer now" when we've invested so much to get this far.

  13. 1 hour ago, Ken said:

    Even once Australia is fully vaccinated it will just take a single person to start an outbreak. 

    Yes, but it won't be able to spread as far, and is far less likely to cause severe illness and death.   I think that's the best we can hope for.

  14. 8 hours ago, Canbush said:

    In case anyone is interested, we have two vouchers for PCR fitness to fly tests available with ExpressText - https://www.expresstest.co.uk/book-a-test/.  We had arranged tests for our SingaporeAir flights that got bounced, then got repatriation flights instead.  Qantas include testing in their flight costs so our ExpressTest ones are redundant.  The company wouldn’t refund, but sent me two £80 vouchers instead.  They are valid until next April and fully transferable, so I’m happy to offer them to anyone needing tests done and struggling like we were with the sheer costs of everything.


    It would be well worth posting this as a separate thread so it gets its own nice big headline, more chance of people seeing it that way.

  15. 41 minutes ago, Loopylu said:

    I hope you look forward to not being able to leave Australia until 2024 (unless of course you are rich and famous).  

    The 2024 figure came from a speculative report by Deloittes, not from the government.  

    And I do think the needs of 25 million people has to be more important than the needs of 40,000.  


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  16. @Tulip1, few Australians would argue with you.  The Australian government promised that everyone who wanted it would be vaccinated by October this year, so we were all perfectly happy with the idea that the borders would start opening at that point.  

    They have made a complete pig's ear of the vaccination rollout, and we are all still reeling from the realisation that it may not be completed till some time in 2022.  Even the elderly and vulnerable may not get both jabs until the end of 2021. 

    We're all still coming to terms with it, and coping with our disappointment.  I think the government is still trying to work it out, too.  Do they say, "hey, we can't put it off any longer, we'll have to open up the borders a bit now.  Sure, it might be your granny that dies, but take comfort from the fact that it'll only be a a few thousand of you."   I don't think any of them have the stomach for that, frankly, because they know it would lose them the next election - but I agree it's tough to know how to move forward.

    I do agree that Covid is here to stay.  But there is a difference between the risk in the current, unvaccinated situation where about 10% of people over 70 will die of it, and the risk once people are vaccinated (when it becomes just like the flu).

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  17. 7 hours ago, Coxy7 said:

    I liked the first link to the car accessory thing. That looked good, off the ground away from the bugs, maybe?

    That's why I preferred being in the car.   We didn't have an accessory, and we found that sleeping with all the doors and windows closed was too stuffy (and besides, my husband's legs were too long), so we had to leave the tailgate open.  That meant we still got mosquitoes flying in which wasn't ideal.  I think that attachment would make a big difference.

    Frankly, though, I can't see the attraction of camping apart from the money it saves.   Many caravan parks have cabins you can rent, and then there's the YHA (youth hostels) which used to have some nice bush hostels.  People think camping will be nicer in Australia than the UK because it's warmer, but they forget that tents don't have air conditioning either, and they can get b****y hot.  The tent can get full of dust and grit, too!   Plus at least in England, the bugs aren't venomous and there's only one kind of snake.

    I think you can tell I'm not an outdoorsy person...

  18. 28 minutes ago, Wanderer Returns said:

    I think this would be a lot easier to organize than the government is making out. It's just a political excuse. Half the hotels in the country are empty at the moment!

    Yes but it’s the staffing, and having to upgrade the air con that are the limiting factors 

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  19. 1 hour ago, Coxy7 said:

    can you get what you need for camping without massive expenses? I wouldn’t know where to begin.

    It depends how prepared you are for roughing it.  If you want to ease in gently, start by staying at camping sites which have proper toilets, showers with hot water and barbecues to cook on, somewhere close to civilsation so you can get to a cafe for breakfast.  That will cut down dramatically on the amount of paraphernalia you need to buy.   

    Your first decision is what you're going to camp in - a tent or a camper or a caravan?  If you're on a tight budget, the obvious choice is a tent.  I would go for a 3-person or 4-person tent.  A 2-person tent is literally big enough for two people to lie down in and not much else.  However, if you're not an outdoorsy person, a note of caution,  I'm not outdoorsy either, and  I hate camping in tents because I hate bugs.  Most modern tents do have zip-up doors but it's surprising how many creepy-crawlies manage to get in - especially in Australia!  

    When we first arrived in Australia, we camped in our car.   We had a station wagon (estate car) - remember those?  The back of a SUV or hatchback isn't as long as an estate, but people do camp in them.  I prefer being up off the ground!  




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  20. 8 hours ago, LindaH27 said:

    I did mention expats - by which I meant those people from every country who have migrated and made Australia their home but have families left behind  (ie not natural born Australians,) which is probably  the majority of people who post on here from Australia 

    Im also reading/hearing  posts on social media where people are railing against the fact that they can’t leave or get into Australia.....

    An expat is someone who is living or working away from home temporarily.  They see themselves as living in a foreign country, not making a new life.  I lived in Africa as an expat.  When I came to Australia I was a migrant, and then I was an Australian.

    I thnk maybe Ramot and I have a different attitude because we grew up with different expectations..  When we moved overseas in our younger days, we didn't think, "Britain is ony 24 hours away" and our parents didn't expect we'd be popping back and forth to see each other every year or so.  Flights were too expensive.  You just accepted that if you migrated, you left your family behind forever. You'd be very lucky if you managed to see them every 5 years or so. 

    My auntie, a ten pound Pom, managed her first visit home 20 years after she left.  My oh and I never had kids, so we were able to afford a visit every two or three years, but we were unusual.  I worked in an office of 600 people, a large proportion of them migrants, and my work brought meant I had regular dealings with most of them. They were always envious when I mentioned my next trip, because most of them didn't see their folks so frequently. 

    So the idea that not seeing your family for two or three years is a tragedy is unfamiliar to me, because that used to be the norm for many migrants, and I'm sure is still the case for many migrants from developing countries.  


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