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  1. The Ozcans

    Role Models for Girls

    Just been reading this Role models: someone to look up to | Life and style | The Guardian And there's a link to a site containing really good role models for girls. If you've got a daughter (or 2) have a look with her/them - makes a change from WAGs and Biffa Tweedy!!! pinkstinks - Role Models - Role Model Of The Month This month's role model is Maggie Aderin-Pocock who makes bespoke instrumentation for space missions.
  2. Guest

    Airmiles. A Good Home Needed.

    Hi All. As much as I would dearly love to get back to Australia asap, things back in the UK are a little difficult at the moment. I have over forty-thousand air miles that I currently own with Singapore Airlines (Kirisflyer), I have given a few to relatives etc, but thought the remainder could be better used by someone on PIO. In all honesty with the projects I have coming up in the near future I will not get the chance to use them, so in essence, I can't really be arsed to extend them time and again so thought that they could find a 'loving' home here on PIO. I THINK I can nominate someone to receive them on my behalf, I say I THINK because the website doesn't make it that clear, or I could be thick again, which is more than likely the case. Anyway, as I said I have just about forty-thousand air miles left and thought that some poor bugger either trying to get to Australia, or wanting to get back the UK could make far better use of them. Every little penny helps I guess, and if they can go to a good home all the better. As I have said I 'think' I can nominate someone, (if not someone pull me up on this) and if this is the case then PM me and I shall see what I can do. But please remember, they can only go to a 'good' home, in other words to someone who wants to get out of the UK asap, or some poor barsteward who wants to get back to blighty.:biglaugh: PS. Ladies, I expect no 'favours' in return, if you know what I mean, :policeman::biglaugh: and gents, unless you barrack for the poms in the up coming cricket, you have no chance, :biglaugh:. Only kidding folks, as long as someone can make use of them that is all that counts. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  3. Hi All We are due to move over in December (457 fingers crossed) and will be staying with my sister in law and husband in Mona Vale. We would like to rent in the same area in January or February and have been looking on Domain.com and Realestate.com, but there does not seem to be too much about. Does anyone else have any suggestions for good sources to find a 3 bedroom house on the north shore. Thanks Rob
  4. Guest

    Good Cause

    Hi guys, I am doing a 5 mile run in December in aid of the hospice who cared for my mum, who passed away from cancer 2 years ago. I'd be extremely grateful of any donations to spur me on, please visit the following link www.justgiving.co.uk/sabink All the best, some people will remember us from our June Reccie Karl
  5. hellsbells712

    IELTS books free to a good home

    I have some IELTS books available if any one wants them. I did promise to send them on to people before but time took over and I still have them. Also a lot of nurswes then didn't have to sit the test. So now they are on offer again as I have come to start clearing out. 10 years worth of paperwork. OMG......... If anyone is interested please do PM me and I promise to pass them on this time.
  6. Can anyone please recommend good schools in these areas with positive results etc.... My son will be 7 by the time we come over. Look forward to any replies-also private schools too.:biggrin:
  7. Guest

    good evening peach

    or is it morning where you are--ive just noticed your active--so you must be moding--are you nervous/unsure/wary--just how do you feel on your first official tour of the moderating peace party:wubclub:if you dont reply ill take it your wary:wink:
  8. Guest

    A Good Aussie Advert

    Aussies adverts have been slated on this forum, and rightly so, 99% are sh!te but I've found this one which is very good. Ironic really because aussie pies are filthy maggot bags (IMO) enjoy
  9. HI GUYS im new to this forum, i have recently moved over to perth from the UK and i am a qualifed hairdresser uk trained in all aspects of hairdressing and recently selling my salon in the UK. i have 16 years experience and i like to think i am good at what i do, in the UK i built my client base from word of mouth and have started to do the same here. i know its hard to find and trust a hairdresser (im looking for one myself):arghh: and im not a good client..... lol so if anybody out their is looking for a new hairdresser then please feel free to contact me i live in Mindaire so surround suburbs i will travel too or you can come to my home. My phone number is 0433221978 or email me with your contact details @ tracygriffo3@aol.com I prefer and love to be salon based but my husband has to work saturdays and having no family here for babysitting duties, i have to take care of my beautiful babies so anyone looking for a part time ( weekday) stylist feel free to contact me. hope too see you for a chat and hairstyle soon x Tracy
  10. As most of us know a young lady by the name of Linda Norgrove has been killed recently in Afghanistan, the circumstances of her death have yet to be clarified, but whatever comes out it is a huge shame. But my question is this, are aid workers and peace activists a sector of our society that whilst having very genuine concerns for human kind living with their heads in cloud cuckoo land or are their sentiments and ideals something that we should look upon with gratitude and thanks. There are many activists all over the world, from Timor to London, some put themselves at great risk, while others are at less risk but still believe that their presence will make a difference to the world we live in. I often admire their determination and resilience, (often in the face of tremendous danger) but wonder if their efforts and sacrifice will in the end pay any dividends, not only for them, but us as human beings. Are they the forgotten heroes of our time, or are just radicals who believe in a better place. I know one or two who have lived in Israel for some considerable time and they are adamant that their presence will in the END do some good, no matter the criticism and often vitriol aimed their way they are determined to try and make a difference to the world they inhabit. The world takes all kinds, fact of life, but are peace/aid workers searching for something that will never be achieved, or at least not to their satisfaction. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  11. LAURIE OAKES: Minister, welcome to the program. CHRIS BOWEN: Thanks Laurie, good morning. OAKES: Before we go on to immigration, Tony Abbott’s just flown out of Afghanistan where he’s been visiting our troops. Is the Government pleased that he made the trip? BOWEN: Absolutely. I think everybody will welcome the fact that Tony has been to Afghanistan. I think the troops will welcome that and I think that’s perfectly appropriate, so that’s a welcome thing. OAKES: Do you agree that going on his own he would have had more time with the troops and more chance to talk with them than he would have if he just tailed after the Prime Minister? BOWEN: Oh look, not necessarily, I think the Prime Minister invited him to go with her as a sign of bipartisanship. That didn’t work from his point-of-view, that’s fine. I think he would have had full access if he was there with the Prime Minister, but equally now that he’s gone by himself that’s perfectly appropriate as well. OAKES: I understand that Mr Abbott actually asked if he could be embedded with the troops and spend some days with them so he could go out on a mission with them, the way some journalists do. Would that have been a good idea? BOWEN: Well look, I’m not aware if that’s the case or not Laurie, you wouldn’t expect me necessarily to know about that. If he wanted to do that I’m sure the appropriate considerations would be those of security for the troops and for him and that would be a matter that the Government would take the advice of the Defence Forces on, but I’m not aware of the details of that particular report. OAKES: And in fact Defence said no, Tony Abbott I gather accepts the reasons, I mean, you don’t put the alternative Prime Minister in harms way I guess, but it’s typical of Abbott that he wanted to do that. Isn’t Abbott the action man? BOWEN: <laughs> Well look, that’s really a matter for him. I could understand the reasons why he’d want to see the operations in Afghanistan as closely as possible, I would understand that. Also, I think as I said before, we would understand the reasons of the Defence Forces in protecting both his personal security and the personal security of the troops. OAKES: Now you’re heading off tomorrow for East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia - BOWEN: Yes. OAKES: Now is this a genuine, serious attempt to get a regional asylum seeker processing centre off the ground? BOWEN: Absolutely, and its about more than just the Regional Processing Centre, it’s about an entire regional framework. We have a regional and international problem which needs a regional and international solution. What we need to do is to develop a regional framework in a similar way that one was developed in response to the Vietnamese humanitarian crisis in the ‘70s and ‘80s; similar way than what’s been done in Latin America more recently and even in Africa; a sensible and regional framework which deals with what is essentially a regional issue. With almost 4 million refugees in the Asia-Pacific region, it makes sense for all of us, all of our regional neighbours to work together in reaching a solution to what is essentially an international and regional problem. OAKES: Why are you making the trip and not the Foreign Minister? BOWEN: Well because I’m the Immigration Minister and this is an immigration matter Laurie, and the Prime Minister has given me carriage of processing the regional framework for immigration as Immigration Minister. Kevin Rudd and I have been in regular contact about it; he’s also raised the matter with his contemporaries on his international visits and he is providing me every possible assistance, but it’s appropriate that the Immigration Minister has primary carriage of what is primarily an immigration matter. OAKES: And what’s Kevin Rudd’s view of the idea of a processing centre in East Timor? BOWEN: He supports it. He supports it because it would be in line with UNHCR principles, it would be developed in very close consultation with the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, so he supports it because he recognises that it would be the best way forward in dealing with what is a regional problem. OAKES: And what signals are you getting from East Timor now? Are the people in Dili more favourably disposed to this idea than they were when Julia Gillard first put it forward? BOWEN: Well look, we’ve had some encouraging feedback. Obviously it’s a big issue for East Timor, it would be a very significant development for them and they obviously have issues they want to worth through. But certainly, President Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Gusmao have indicated they are very interested in talking it through, very interested in talking though those issues, and certainly that’s what I’ll be doing when I leave tomorrow. OAKES: Now if East Timor doesn’t want this thing dumped on its soil, have you got other locations in mind? BOWEN: Well certainly East Timor has been our focus and I wouldn’t obviously accept your characterisation of it being dumped on East Timor’s soil. I think its something which could very much work for East Timor’s benefit as well as for Australia’s and the regions. Certainly East Timor has been our focus, but I’ll be visiting a number of countries in this trip and a number of countries as this develops, and we’ll be talking about all the options with all the countries in our region that are signatories to the Refugee Convention. OAKES: Now you talk about a regional framework and a Regional Processing Centre, but this is not a regional issue is it? The vast majority of asylum seekers who lop here are from Afghanistan which is nowhere near the region. BOWEN: Yes, but they come through the region Laurie. They come through Indonesia primarily… OAKES: They come through the region because they want to come here. We’re the regional problem aren’t we? BOWEN: Well no, I wouldn’t put it that way Laurie. Of course, when you’ve got a very high number of refugees around the world, 42 million displaced people around the world, they are going to go to developed countries that are signatories to the Refugee Convention: they’re going to go to Canada, they’re going to go to Europe, they’re going to go to America and yes, they will seek to come to Australia as well; so of course in that regard we will always be attractive because we’re a developed country who are signatories to the Refugee Convention, that’s always going to be the case. But what you do need is a regional framework because the trafficking goes through our region: goes through Malaysia, it goes through Indonesia and goes through a number of countries on the way to Australia; and us dealing with it domestically can only do so much, you need a regional solution to this, it needs to be done in a developed way. It’s much more effective than stunts and sound grabs about turning boats back and boat phones and things which won’t actually have any impact; the thing which will actually have an impact is a regional… OAKES: But it still is - it’s exporting our problem to some other country, isn’t it? BOWEN: No I don’t think so Laurie and I don’t think the other countries see it that way either. I think they see a regional solution as being in their best interests as well. That’s why the Bali Process was set up for example, recognising that these issues are best tackled at a regional level and this is taking the Bali Process one step further. OAKES: Well over the weekend we had four boatloads of asylum seekers arrive within 48 hours. Where are you going to put all these people? BOWEN: Well Laurie, we do have significant strains in our detention centres, I’ve been very clear about that since I became Immigration Minister. I’ve announced some short-term measures to deal with that. I’ll also be announcing some longer-term measures in the not-too-distant future to deal with those pressures on our detention system and those pressures don’t just come I must say from boat arrivals. They also come from a number of other factors. They come from the fact that our rejection levels have increased for example. As you’d understand Laurie, when somebody’s accepted for asylum it’s a fairly simple process to then move them into the community. But when a claim is rejected, you then go through a process where they can have an Independent Merits Review; we’ve then got to seek to return them to the country from whence they came. We have return agreements with some countries, we don’t have one, for example, with Afghanistan which we’re working on, so that has also led to pressure. There’s a High Court challenge, which means that some people have not been repatriated as yet, so there’s a number of things that has led to those pressures and I’m dealing with those pressures through a long-term plan which I’ll be saying more about over coming weeks. OAKES: Your predecessor Chris Evans said that his greatest failure as Minister was failing to control the immigration debate. How are you going to try and control it? BOWEN: Well, I will engage in a sensible and mature discussion. I won’t engage in sound grabs, I won’t engage in cheap policy, I won’t engage in stunts like boat phones and sound grabs like turning boats back. I will engage in proper policy development with the regional focus as its core, and I’ll talk to people about the issues: about the international issues, about the movement of people, the fact that we have historically high levels of movement of peoples around the world in an irregular manner. What I won’t be doing is engaging in a race to the bottom of stunts and sound grab which Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison seem to be intent on doing. OAKES: Well I guess that will be a change from the Labor Election Campaign… BOWEN: Well I don’t think so… OAKES: But can I ask you, do you believe in a ‘Big Australia’? BOWEN: Well look Laurie, I think what’s important is that we have a sustainable population. I think our immigration program for example, is very important in the skills debate, is very important in terms of dealing with the ageing of our population and we need to strike that balance. But I think what Australian’s rightfully want is to be reassured there’s proper planning in place for infrastructure, there’s proper planning in place in relation to the impact on our environment and that’s what Tony Burke, the Population Minister and I will be working closely on in relation to the population strategy. OAKES: But Julia Gillard before the election said we mustn’t rush forward to a population of 36 million. How are you going to stop that? BOWEN: Well, I don’t think Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t have necessarily any particular population target, she said essentially what I’ve just said, that the Australian people… OAKES: She was having a whack at Kevin Rudd who talked about a Big Australia in the light of projections of 36 million by 2050. That’s specifically what she was talking about so presumably she doesn’t want 36 million by 2050. BOWEN: Well by saying that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a particular number, she was saying that we need to have the proper processes in place; we need a population strategy. For the first time – we have never had one before Laurie – it’s Tony Burke’s job to get the population strategy up and running for the first time, which will deal with the issues of sustainability, of infrastructure, of where people live. It’s not just about the total number of the Australian population, it’s about the spread of the population throughout the… OAKES: When you talk about a ‘Big Australia’ you are talking specifically about population. You said you were not going to engage in this sort of obfuscation; you are doing it quite effectively. BOWEN: Well Laurie I don’t necessarily, I obviously don’t agree with that. What we are doing is engaging in a discussion about a strategy, about a population strategy, for the first time in Australia’s history. We have grown exponentially over a hundred years, but we have never actually had a proper population strategy, where we have talked to people about the needs for our population. We have talked to people about the skills need, about the needs of an ageing population, to keep our population growing, but at the same time talked about what sort of things that entails in terms of demands for infrastructure, and demands on the environment, and that’s perfectly appropriate. OAKES: Are you going to cut immigration? BOWEN: Laurie, we set our immigration targets on an annual basis around Budget time and that’s what I will be doing. I will be going through all of the evidence of what our needs are in relation to skills, what our needs are in relation to the economy, and what the humanitarian situation is around the world. I will be doing that in the normal, methodical way that that occurs. I certainly won’t be engaging in speculation about what that immigration rate will be, before engaging in that process. But what we have done is… OAKES: Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a population of 36 million; she then said we need to stop, take our breath. So when are you going to stop? BOWEN: Well Laurie, when she said that, she was talking about that planning, talking about the infrastructure needs, and environmental needs. What we have done in the immigration space and this due to my predecessor, the good work that he did, was make sure that our immigration needs were being driven by immigration, he has taken steps to ensure that our Net Overseas Migration level is sustainable, for example, by dealing with temporary visas for education purposes, and by making sure that the right balance is there. I’ve got more work to do there, but we have taken steps there, and my predecessor did good work there. OAKES: We thank you Minister. BOWEN: Nice talking to you Laurie.

    to good to miss out

    We have put on hold moving to perth as the housing market in uk is nose diving again so we have decided to buy a second property as it is to good a oppertunity to pass up. For those of you in oz who have money to spare the temptation to move back to uk must be so tempting as you could make a killing with exchange rate plus when the tide turns which it will all you do is move back & make more from your £.
  13. Hi all anyone any good shipping compaines they could pass on for moving back to the uk ? We would need a 20ft container. Thanks nic xx
  14. Hi all, can anyone tell me the suburbs to avoid in Perth. Will be arriving in perth next week and have a few place to look at for short term rent, one is in called Coolbellup and the other is Cannington. If these are no good any suggestions Thanks
  15. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum but have been a member of Poms in Adelaide for 2 years now but we are moving to Melbourne on the 10th of November! I am still getting to know the good and bad areas to live via sites like this and word of mouth. I have come across a lovely house in an area called Sandhurst and it seems to good to be true so I wanted to ask everyone on here if they thinks its a nice area for families and does it have good state primary schools? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kerry
  16. We're moving to Melbourne at the end of December, my partner has been offered a job working on the Melbourne Regional Rail Link. We're looking to live in the area and looking for a good school to send our 6 year old to. Is it really true that pet friendly rentals are hard to come by. We're thinking that we're leave our dog in UK until we're settled and have our own place. Any advice?
  17. The Yuills

    Good Luck "The Hollies"!

    Hi Kirsty, WOOWOO!!!!!!!!!! Just seen you on line! Good luck for tomorow..flying to OZ, when do you land in Australia. Can't believe the time has come for you!!!! Good luck. Sue xx
  18. i've got a serious problem with my visa. i really need a lawyer to sort it out, but how can I choose the right person from the directory? i'm staying at melbourne now
  19. Elliott-Family

    Wish Mr E Good Luck

    I would like to wish my dear husband all the luck in the world starting is new job in oz today:yes: as a family its been a tough old two years, we got caught up in the CSL lists, my dear dad died, the house refusedto sell, we have been through so much stress but have stuck it out together, we made the tough decision for ian to start a really good job he was offered that meant he would have to leave us behind to sell the house, however we were really lucky to exchange contracts two days before he departed so will be follwoing him in a couple of weeks so hun, i know its been really hard for you going over on your own, best of luck for starting your new job lots of love wifey, child and mutts xxxxxxx:wink:
  20. Hi I have a job offer in eastern heights Ipswich QLD , was wondering if anyone knows any safe family areas with good schools where your not living in a box !! :wub:
  21. Hello Folks, Just been offered 457 sponsorship with a financial contribution for relocation expenses. What would be a good relocation deal in AUD terms for 2 adults / 2 kids moving to Sydney?
  22. Just a quickie to wish James the best of luck in his new adventure. Sorry mate, can't remember exactly when your off, but I think it is this week, (as you cancelled the Oxford meet up, you light weight :biglaugh:). From your threads and posts mate I expect you will make the most of it, you are very generally humorous, informed and will take whatever comes your way on the chin. So as I said mate, good luck to you, and when you have the time keep us updated on what is going on.:wubclub: Cheers Tony:wink:
  23. Hope someone can with some advice...potentially working in Villawood and looking for good area to rent in, that is a realistic distance to commute and good for families? Any other advice re good areas greatly appreciated, as well as rental advice
  24. This is from not too long ago. Although the rumour of the duo leaving has been circling for quite some time, this kind of confirms it. Source: DIAC minister Chris Evans to quit | Embrace Australia
  25. If any of you are stuck for entertainment ideas in Sydney I would recommend going to see 'August: Osage County' at Sydney Theatre. It is cracking play expertly delivered by some well-known actors on a stunning stage. An enthralling few hours. Just a thought.