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  1. My youngest is in his mid 20's, born in Australia, went to uni locally and now has a good job in engineering. He has a large group of friends that he's known from school. All of them have professional jobs and are living at home while saving madly for house deposits. It seems to be the norm here and something you might have to plan for.
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    Things you wish you took

    Second vote for the tumble dryer, I brought my condenser dryer back because they're expensive here.
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    Seeking feedback from people who moved back to UK.

    I moved back to the UK and lasted less than a year before moving back again. I thought I'd enjoy the colder climate but froze even in summer. When we landed back in Melbourne the waft of heat on a warm summer evening was such a relief. There were other factors in my moving back, mostly my sons, but like Marisa I felt unfamiliar with the UK. I didn't belong there anymore, too Australian. If you go, just be sure to research your entitlement to an Australian Centrelink pension. I think there are a few threads on the subject on this forum.
  4. https://twitter.com/AndyRileyish/status/1611270372548136960?s=20&t=K3n6sFyf2fyiXfxfF6RuVQ The comments are so clever.
  5. Neither will Bruce Lehrmann has the right to defend himself. Whatever happened to Innocent until proven guilty?
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    Referees for renting

    A lot of rental properties require you to fill in an application form online and this makes it very difficult to skip questions you can't answer (e.g. referees, salary, rental history). Instead get a hard copy of the application form, fill in what you can and add some background info.
  7. Are you saying that Westpac recognised that the transactions were fraudulent and stopped the payment going through?
  8. But a lot of utility companies link discounts to an agreement to hand over banking details for direct payments.
  9. It's not so much the utilities taking the wrong amount in payment, it's more the possibility of some one hacking their databases and stealing all the banking details as happened recently with Optus.
  10. NDIS broadly covers therapy (such as Speech, OT, Physio, BSP), support workers and aids & equipment. There are very few participants that qualify for housing known as SDA (Specialist disability accommodation). To be eligible you would need to have multiple profound disabilities. It's a long process requiring heaps of reports from therapists. I've been through the process with my son and he was deemed eligible. Living expenses for someone with a disability who's unable to work would be covered by Centrelink payments e.g. DSP (Disability Support Payment) and rent assistance. I would bring all the reports you have with you when you return from the UK and if you are interested then make an application to the NDIA to participate in the NDIS.
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    Wish we could move on from the need to compare women. Men are never compared in the same way.
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    Wordle (and other word related games)

    Now I'm addicted to spelling bee.
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    I was puzzled by why they all have so many medals. Have the royals been busy doing brave and noble deeds? My mistake, it seems most of them are Jubliee medals e.g. Queen Elizabeth II Coronation medal, Silver Jubilee medal, Golden Jubilee medal, Diamond Jubilee medal and Platinum Jubilee medal.
  14. If I said the opposite: "The Liberals are being very sneaky and basically lying in their ads so be mindful of that..." I'm sure it would be deemed political and removed.
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    Wordle (and other word related games)

    I'd have been blissfully ignorant if not for your previous post mentioning Nerdle and Quordle. Now I have to add Octordle to the routine.