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  1. LouDYorkie

    Thai Resort / Dubai

    Even though it’s a honeymoon it seems a shame to go All-Inc somewhere like Thailand unless there isn’t much close by once you get outside of the hotel grounds. There are usually so many restaurants and bars that serve high quality food and even the street food is plentiful and delicious. Just avoid buying pre-cut ‘fresh’ fruit street side [emoji1785]
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    Maternity benefits

    There are many factors, residence rest, income test, work test. Visit the department of Human Services website for the details to see whether the criteria for each are met and therefore what the expected payment may be.
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    Thai Resort / Dubai

    Thailand and Dubai are both great places in my opinion. I’ve been for short (3 or 4 day) trips to Dubai but also did a 10 day trip once. There really is more to do than people realise including souks, museums, beaches, golf, sand-boarding, 4X4 driving, shopping, water parks, big bus tours, cultural experiences etc and the proximity to other places make it great for using as a base and travelling to see the truly beautiful Fjords of Oman or the sights in Abu Dhabi...fantastic. Like others have mentioned Thailand is also good to visit and Pattaya is one of my favourites alongside Bangkok.
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    White Privilege?

    Found an article about the Avon police recruitment issue I was referring to. https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/avon-and-somerset-police-chief-admits-to-recruitment-blunder/
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    Qantas Temporary Ban on Snub Nosed Breeds

    I don’t like the idea that any dog is left on the tarmac in the heat, regardless of breed. If it was a distressed dog in a crate outside a shopping centre in the sun, the public would probably (hopefully) get involved quickly. There is no option of anyone helping a distressed dog at an airport, even the owner it seems. This story (and others previously) have really upset me (I’m a boxer owner), and although proportionally the number of deaths must be small, I wish there was a much better process.
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    White Privilege?

    Yes, I remember years ago Avon and Somerset Police (I think) being called out in the news for auto-rejecting any applications by white males. Not sure where it ended up.... I agree there need to be much more variety in the force but I’m not sure I would find much satisfaction in getting the job as the best women, over being the best person for the job.
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    Should this be illegal ?

    My OH flies a St George flag when the World Cup (football) is on or the cricket. It becomes a topic of conversation with our neighbours as they follow the progress of the teams, lightheartedly hammer us when England lose etc. Some of these people we don’t really speak to at other times so it’s quite nice. We don’t fly one all the time though.
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    White Privilege?

    Yes, It’s terrible. The divide is still very real unfortunately. The best I felt I could do in some of these situations was stay stood in the queue instead of letting myself be ushered to the front, pass the wine list to a black colleague for them to choose from time to time. Small things but they equalise us.
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    White Privilege?

    This is true to such an extent that many organisations when purchasing a new recruitment system want any identifying information redacted from early stage decisions, including name. Names can potentially reveal many things about a person including gender, nationality, religion, age ...although it is not a guarantee.
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    White Privilege?

    Yes, sadly this still happens. I lived and worked with a project team made up of men and women from various African nations. When going for dinner, it was only ever me who was given the wine list, asked how the meal was, able to get the attention of staff. The only stand out difference was that I was the only white person on the team.
  11. When we rented in Brisbane we were advised they were allowed to enter, or were allowed to give others entry to the property provided they had given us the right amount of notice. The right amount of notice (3 days, 7 days etc) differed depending on the reason for entry. It could only really be argued against if it was ridiculously regular. We could request to be there but they weren’t obliged to fit in with our schedule. https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Renting/During-a-tenancy/Entry-to-the-property
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    Capital gains

    I think the rules change on 1st July this year....there is no Capital Gains exemption for ex-pats. (What that actually means to each individual I don’t fully know) Friends of ours have returned to Aus after a few years overseas and they have come back slightly earlier than planned in order to sell their house that they had rented out here.
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    Moved back and confused!

    There may be something in it.... as a child I lived in a number of cities and travelled without my parents often. As an adult I’ve lived in or traveled to many countries and have been happy in each of the places I’ve lived. By comparison my OH lived in the same village from birth until they were 38, did not travel much before we got together and has really struggled to be in Australia.
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    They would be able to say what the next date is but may not be able to tell you if you are on the list for it.
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    Marisa is correct, you need your certificate to take to the Post Office and the number goes on the form