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    Hopefully the Mackay Citizenship ceremony grants in 2020 are less hectic and processed quicker than the bigger cities. I'm counting on it
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    It's alright. Your lefty side put up a good fight, but lost in the end. You will survive. Life goes on mate.
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    Is London really this bad ?

    No, not all Canadian cities are like that. The area you saw in Vancouver was likely East Hastings, which has been like that for years; a drug haven. This is probably the worst area in Canada because many junkies from across the country go there due to the milder climate and acceptable social conditions. But most cities do have some bad areas in them. It's just typical of city living. I have family in Melbourne, in the SE suburbs, and I can tell you I've seen what appeared to be youth gangs wandering around at night and drug deals going on all over the place, hence why I saw so many needles on the ground. The level and amount of homeless people lying all over the place in the city centres of Melbourne and Sydney is something I've never seen anywhere in Canada, only in some US cities would I find it comparable. It was a shocking sight for me. Bottom line, no country is a utopian paradise filled entirely with clean, law-abiding citizens. We can all sit here an nitpick to death the various places we have visited or lived, but who really has time for that when there is so much more to life?
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    Agreed. Not every single place in this country, or this planet for that matter, will be adored by every single human being. Each to their own. But again, that doesn't detract from my original point that Darwin is a very different place from most of the rest of the country. It just is, and most people will agree. It's not an easy place to acclimatise to in many respects besides the weather. There is a very different kind of mentality up here. It's just a reality regardless if people want to acknowledge this or not. I understand the poster's anger towards my opinion as he/she is passionate about Darwin, which there is absolutely nothing wrong with. But I had to chuckle when he/she downplayed the issue of crime up here. That attitude is part of the problem why crime is perpetually high; no one wants to truly acknowledge the issue besides throwing money blindly at the problem, bury their heads in the sand and hope it will go away. Crime is a huge issue here. There is a TV commercial advertising how businesses have been broken into multiple times, including one that had 27 B&Es but how they are still open for business. I get the message is supposed to be a positive one, but still, it signals but a fraction of the social and econimical issues that plague Darwin and the NT as a whole. Unless this and many other issues are addressed in an open, honest and confronting manner, nothing will ever change up here, and that is a sad thought for me
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    That's fine for you, but you are in the minority, nationally speaking. You can call my opinion "rubbish" all you want, but others, MANY others, share my sentiment. No need to attack my opinion simply because you disagree with it.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Considering your barrage of insults towards me from the start of when I began posting again recently, I'll take this as an apology for your harassment. It would also be nice to get some apologies from your other fellow lefty comrades for their unscrupulous behaviour towards me, but I don't expect that will be the case. C'est la vie sur l'internet, je suppose.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    You are a bleeding riot, you and your fellow self-righteous lefties are. Not that it's any concern of yours, but I have plenty of family in England and I believe England (UK as a whole) will be better off in complete self-governance, specifically in terms of immigration and trade, as opposed to having someone in another country dictate their future in several regards. So yes, I have a vested intrest in this matter. Does the fact that I'm Canadian and commenting in this thread (or maybe forum, for that matter) cause you strife? Do you find I have no business in doing so simply because I'm not entirely English? I find it ironic that you bring up my nationality in terms of being a part of this discussion, especially since we are on a forum geared mostly to people living in AUSTRALIA (regardless of where they originally came from). So should the ex-pat "traitors" continue to have a say in what goes on in the UK since they decided to "abandon" the motherland?And also the fact that so many here are making threads about Trump and his domestic and global antics, when really what does it have to with YOU and YOUR country, eh? That would again make you a bloody hypocrite. Happy now, matey?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I would look in a mirror before you accuse others of personal attacks. Your hands are covered in blood. But just to appease your hypocritical SJW mind, I support Brexit.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    He's not the only one who's notices this in you and the other SJWs in this forum.
  10. Canada2Australia

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Hypocritical SJWs around the UK...........Unite!
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    The extremist left-wing zealots posting in this thread are still as outrageous as ever. Carry on. *continues to read thread whilst eating lightly buttered and salted popcorn and drinking a cold wobbly-pop*
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    Ah yes, I remember reading that thread all those years ago. Would be interesting to hear how things turned out for her. I had no idea how my situation would turn out, however I would have never thought it would be as bad as it had been. But thankfully the light is at the end of the tunnel for me, and even though I've had moments where I was despising Aussies in general, I was able to put things into perspective and not despise the entire country or it's people. I mean geeze, this isn't the US haha (which I do despise along with most people I meet from there, unfortunately). I also read through her last created thread, and coming from an area of Canada that has a lot of issues with Aboriginals (although not as bad as in Darwin where I grew up anyways), I can relate, and it never phased me too much of what goes on in Darwin. But it still doesn't make things any better nonetheless.
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    So, it's been 3.5 years since I've moved to the NT. And wow, what a 3.5 years it's been. First off, I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the outback in the area; definitely some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. I've been camping, hiking, fishing and kayaking. Enjoyed all of those moments. As well, Darwin has a pretty good festival and market scene. This is likely because it is the only large centre in all of the NT and is incredibly isolated from all other large Australian centres. So there are a few perks indeed. However, after having said that, everything else has been...well....pretty bad. Darwin itself has many many issues that it is hardly tackling at the moment. Crime is literally out of control. Substance and alcohol abuse is rampant throughout every corner of the city. And the City Council are about as backwards and incompetent as they come. The economy is in the toilet, and the population is declining; people are leaving in a steady stream. Real estate is beyond overprices, which should be correcting itself but property owners are greedy buggers and prices are not falling as they should be based on simple supply and demand. Oh yeah, the climate can be unbearable at times, but that is the least of anyone's problems and can be easily mitigated. My biggest issues has been with the people here. There are so many people up here who are....how should I put this......not balanced. Many people come up here from other parts of the country to try and escape their problems from where they come from. Instead, what happens is that they bring their baggage up here and act out through drinking and public displays of violence. I would say many people in Darwin need counselling, but they need to make the initiative to get it themselves. Also, people up here are very cliquey in nature. There aren't too many born and bred locals. But for those that are still around, and those that have been here for quite a number of years, there seems to be a reluctance to welcome newcomers into their social circles. This is because many people here come and go; the city is literally a giant revolving door. People come up here for a period of time to make their money, get whatever experience they need, and then leave. So I guess I can understand that mindset to a degree. But for me, I was looking to stay long-term and was wanting to make those deep connections. Unfortunately, I was not accepted very well up here and the friends that I did make, never lasted long or amounted to much. Plus I had some serious fallings out with a few people up here, and sometimes that can influence others into choosing sides. For me, I lost out and ended up losing all my "good" friends. You really discover who people are and their "loyalty" towards you through situation like this. Many people up here become depressed for various reasons, and I was one of those people, for two years, deeply. I've only started to recover in the last 3 months thankfully. There is just something about this place that seems to affect many people in a very negative way. So, to sum up, I have not enjoyed my time up in Darwin or the NT overall and have decided that I will not settle here permanently. It's just not my cup of tea, and many would agree. You either like it or hate it. There really isn't much of a middle ground. I've been living in Mackay QLD for the last few months, and I love it out here. Since coming out here, my life has improved substantially. My PR was granted two days after I arrived, I've started to mingle with people again and am slowly building friendships (although this will take some time I am aware). Also, I've been offered to be relocated here for a bit with an option of staying permanently or moving to Cairns should I choose to, which I am considering because I like it up there as well. I should be out of the NT permanently by end of next February at the absolute latest. So to sum it up, think very carefully about choosing Darwin or anywhere in the NT as a place to live. Do some research on the place and even come and spend some time there as a means of gauging whether you want to live here. You may end up liking it, or it could be the worst choice you ever made in your life.
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    Question Regarding ETA Application

    Hi all. Quick query. My mother is coming out here on an ETA for Sept 1. She had applied on July 3 but still hasn't heard anything yet, but they did make a withdrawl for the fee from her account. Five years ago when I apploed for the exact same visa, mine was applied in less than 24 hours. Does anyone know if the wait times have now increased substantially for the ETA, and perhaps if she needs to get onto them about this? Thank you kindly.
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    Visitor Visa- VACCU Referral

    Oh no. Not at all. I just assumed this was a general questions thread for all kinds of visitor visas. Apologies if this is in the wrong thread. And TBH, I don't even know what the acronym VACCU stands for!