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  1. Amber Snowball

    New CANZUK agreement

    They don’t even discuss it at 10,000, only give a response. Need 100000 for a debate to take place. And lets face it they can discuss it all they want it’s not a unilateral decision.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    Driving. Even though it’s far busier here driving is much more enjoyable. Standards people!
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    Australian Citizenship and US green card

    I’m definitely no expert here but if you have been living in Australia for 3 years could you just apply for a residents return visa before you fly to the USA, if you have 2 years out of 5 in Australia (pretty sure that’s right) you’ll get a 5 year RRV which means you can stay in the USA for a couple of years and then back to Australia. Worldwide taxation applies to USA citizens not green card holders as far as I know, so not applicable to you. Hope that helps but please double check my information.
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    Australian Citizenship and US green card

    @MARYROSE02 maybe your brother quite literally never got round to citizenship or didn’t see a need until recently. He might not even be able to say why it took 42 years. If his life is in Australia with his family (I think I have followed the thread correctly! There’s a lot of brothers mentioned! ) then he’s probably absolutely fine. Sometimes there isn’t any deep moral dilemma involved just a simple fact of hadn’t thought about it. I don’t think there’s a need to question his happiness or life choices poor bloke. What a band of roving adventurers you and your brothers are! life is for living.
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    Bank Account

    I had my current account with Westpac the whole time I was there and they were fine. I used a mix and match of other banks for savings and mortgages depending on the best for me at the time. I assume that’s what other people do as well . I didn’t open an account until I arrived and the Westpac were really helpful getting the cards delivered to the branch within a couple of days.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    Had one of the net things that goes on a hat, that helped. Flies and their dogged persistence was a long learning curve for me, I’m a slow learner . Mouthfuls of the beggers at the 12 apostles. Flies have the capacity to ruin many a nice day. They do bite. Mozzies weren’t too much of an issue for me over there. My mum had times when she would get bitten during the night on her face and she couldn’t open her eyes they were so swollen.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    Not long after arriving in Australia I took the dog for a walk along the foreshore at Torquay and had a bright blue shirt on. I had to turn back early as the shirt was black. I was absolutely covered, couldn’t shift them. I had a mortein auto spray for indoors at the last house, that worked a treat.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    Good thinking. Flies.
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    Moving home with older kids

    Yes and I think there are plenty of people around who feel exactly as you do. I was only answering in the context of this thread to show that there are others who don’t feel this way. A sort of solidarity post, you are not alone for the OP. Having felt like you for 10 years and then suddenly not feeling like that I found this forum really helped me reading that it wasn’t just me.
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    Moving home with older kids

    At my last job in Australia I worked with a kiwi and she had been in Australia for years, her adult children were there and she never saw herself returning to NZ for family and financial reasons but she also said Australia is a lovely country but it’s not my country. A greek lady also the same. Australia has given us everything but it’s not my country. Both fine because they could travel and visit as they could afford. Not sure how they feel now they can’t make that regular trip home this year or when the time comes and age/health prevents them from visiting at all. No sanity hit then.
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    Moving home with older kids

    Makes perfect sense to me. I was ok for 10 years and never even returned to the uk for a holiday, really didn’t give the place much of a thought. No idea what changed but something did so I started to contemplate a return from then. Had to wait for my old dog to go as she wouldn’t have been able to fly, so she got to live her time out in a place she knew and we just carried on living whilst she did that. I was getting pretty desperate by the time I left. There was a definite inner voice screaming “let me out”.
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    Moving home with older kids

    This. Definitely wasn’t about family for me. I have an appreciation for the aboriginal idea of we belong to the land rather than the land belonging to us. A sense of place and inner peace at being in that place.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    It is so beautiful. I can see a little bit here but nothing like that vastness.
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    Moving home with older kids

    Agreed. My son had just turned 24 when I left and I supported him to finish uni and fly to the uk during breaks and generally be there on the end of Skype if needed. I budgeted a lump of money that was ring fenced for him until he got a job. He did well budgeting his student payments and really I only helped with the bond and first months rent and his flights, there were a few of those but that was the agreement I made with him, he never asked as he knows how tight money can get. It was always a vote and a discussion. @Homesick1 sounds like discussions are taking place with you all, keep us up to date with your journey, whether you stay or go. Only you know what is right for you and your family.
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    Moving home with older kids

    My honest opinion is “ style over substance “ I rarely say it out loud as it feels unfair to Australia which was good to me. I’ve seen others on here say similar things, you aren’t alone. I don’t know Middlesborough but could you choose somewhere nearby rather than the city suburbs? This is a fresh start not a move backwards, unless you are travelling by time machine! Make confident, positive decisions whatever you do. Like when we migrated to Australia in the first place, a bit of courage of our conviction goes a long way.