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  1. Tricky situation

    Glad that you have decided to put any potential move off until after the baby the born. IME the healthcare in Australia around maternity care was top class, couldn't fault it at all. Focus on the baby now and I wish you & your husband a happy and healthy pregnancy.
  2. Brexit

    Not back to the war analogies. Actually the war reparations from the treaty of versailles helped create Hitler and the Nazis. War reparations have absolutely nothing to do with the UK fulfilling it's financial commitments to the EU. They will pay what they are legally obliged to, no more, no less. They agreed and signed up to the EU budget to 2020, that is what they will have to pay. This is between the UK and the EU. The EU is comprised of countries that were opposing sides during the wars. Why single out Germany? Enough of the war rhetoric please. It is not relevant to the Brexit debate.
  3. RE agents will always try it on. Once they realise that you know your rights under the law they back off. FO - is a less polite version of Feck off That's BS, 5pm viewings are very much a thing as most buyers are at work. he just doesn't want to work late.
  4. Just saw that you are in Sydney. This is covered under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 so is fairly up to date. Fair Trade NSW covers this and their website is ok AFAIK
  5. Check tenants rights for your state on google. I think you are only obliged to allow them 1 window per week. Most agents normally show on a Sat or mid week evening. Some do Sundays (which is better IMO as less competition) Offer them 5pm on a Weds/Thurs , 3pm on a Sat. or 11am on a Sunday. They should only need 1/2 hour max. Then tell them to FO. You are entitled to quiet enjoyment
  6. Australian Citizenship

    Do you qualify under the new proposed rules? ie Lived as a PR in Australia for 4 years.
  7. The cost of living

    Ok, I don't see what you are arguing with in my post. The double taxation agreement is relevant as they are resident in 1 country and will have income from another. The poster will be UK tax resident & domiciled (after living in the UK for 5 years) and will be assessed under the UK tax rules at that time. If they have not lived in Australia for 5 years, they will not be tax resident in Australia. That is pretty black & white.
  8. Australian Citizenship

    39 is probably a short queue. Try them 1st thing in the morning. I think it depends on where you apply from. I know in Perth, that there is a big backlog, 6 months to be notified of a date for your test which could be another 6 months away. My cousin's family applied Oct 2016, got notified about their test in May 2017 which will be in November 2017 and then it may be another few months to their ceremony.
  9. The cost of living

    Well, speaking as an accountant, (albeit not a tax expert), the principles of a Double taxation agreement should stand. Once their super kicks in, the poster will be tax resident in the UK and will liabile for tax on their worldwide income. They will be given a credit for any tax withheld in Australia against their UK liability. If the credit is greater than their laibility, they should receive a refund. The lump sum element may be more complicated, however the principle is that you will not pay tax twice on the same income.
  10. The cost of living

    Australia and the UK have a double taxation agreement. Any tax paid in Australia will be credited against any UK liability and may even lead to a refund if tax has been overpaid.
  11. Tricky situation

    No, that is not how it works. The Hague convention is primarily to do with international co-operation in the case of Child Abduction, recognising and enforcing the the court orders of another jurisdiction. There was quite a famous case a few years back where the family were living in Italy (Australian mother, Italian father), the mother brought the twin girls (think they were about 13) "on holiday" to Brisbane and then refused to return. The father sought and was granted a recovery order. The AFP removed the girls from the mother's care and returned them to their father. One of the TV channels did a follow up story on them last year. the 2 girls are 18/19 now and love their lives in Italy. Not sure if they have a relationship with their mother. If one parent refuses to sign a passport or allow reasonable international travel, the court can overrule them. They are more likely to do this when the destination is a signatory to the Hague convention. I saw this happen last year. 15 year old boy, living with the father. Didn't talk to the mother (not sure of the history) and the court were trying to help repair the relationship with counselling etc.. Father's family were going on a cruise (grandmother's birthday or something and all the extended paternal family were going), Australia to Australia but via some of the south pacific islands. Mother refused to consent to the travel or sign the passport application. Judge managed to talk sense into her (stop her further alienating herself to her son) but did threaten to overrule her and grant an order to the father to get a passport without the mother's consent. Anyway, this is little off topic for the OP. Just correcting erroneous information that would only further add to her anxiety.
  12. Tricky situation

    Well that is not true mate and a pretty scare mongering statement. The Hague convention is a good thing in this case. If the UK & Australia were NOT signatories, your comment above could apply. But they are signatories. The Hague convention is an international agreement dealing with child abduction. If the OP were to abducate the child and not return from the UK, her husband can look for recovery orders and the UK and Australian systems co-operate. Because of the Hague convention, if it got that bad, the OP would be able to bring the child to the UK, just that she would need to bring the child back unless the husband agreed to the child moving permanently (and even then, sometimes the courts allow it). Anyway, that is getting way ahead of the OP's position. i re-iterate my original advice, go get professional help. A MHP means that Medicare pay for it, it is all just counselling and seeking counselling can not be used against you. The OP has said that she suffers from anxiety, pregnancy exasberates anxiety. Talk to a professional and use the professional to facilitate the conversation with your husband.
  13. Where to live Cairns City or Northern Beaches??

    Never lived in Cairns, only visited. I'd be very surprised if they have traffic jams though. Cairns is not a city but a medium sized town.
  14. Tricky situation

    Sorry Quoll - I completely disagree. I agree that the name is offputting but a referral for a Mental Health Plan just gives you some sessions (6-10) with a trained counsellor funded by Medicare. Looking after your mental health doesn't mean you are nuts, it means you are strong enough to ask for help to deal with something that is troubling her. Don't let the label put you off. The OP is dealing with anxiety and a professional is better placed to help her deal through the issues (whatever the outcome) than the untrained people on an internet forum (no disrespect to anybody).
  15. Tricky situation

    Ok - so i think we can hear your anxiety coming through. I really think you need to go get some professional help, initially by yourself and then with your husband. You guys need to make this decision together or there is a very good chance that the relationship won't survive. Just on the resentment issue, if you end up going by yourself and having the child in the UK, not only will your husband resent you, your chld may end up resenting you if he/she grows up without their Dad in their life. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but it is the reality. Unfortunately, I have some experience in a similar (if not the same) situation and have come across cases where the child turns completely against 1 parent in similar circumstances. So, I'll leave it as - talk to your GP and ask for a referral for a Mental Health Plan. This will get you some professional counselling funded by Medicare and you can plan how either work through the issues or have that conversation with your husband. BTW - the baby will become a child will become an adult and will very much care if they grow up in one country while their other parent is in another - that is the worst case scenario. I really hope you guys can work through it and come to an agreed decision that works for you both. Whether that is to move to the UK or find a way to make Australia feel more like home for you. Like I said - Good luck and please go talk to your GP as the anxiety and worrying is not good for the baby.