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  1. hello i'm planning on moving back 'home' after 20 years living in england with my UK husband and half mancunian/half australian 4 year old daughter! i'm not moving back to perth where i'm from - hoping to go to sydney or melbourne. we're finding it a pretty daunting prospect - and that's with me knowing the country fairly well, so I do empathise with all the other expats moving to a new place. i just wondered whether anyone knew of a forum for expats returning to australia at all - or if anyone is in the same position to me. what i'm most worried about is settling in to australian society. australia has changed massively since i last lived there and i really have no idea what its like to live there now. i worry that i will be in a limbo - not really being australian or english anymore. anyone gone through the same doubting process? cheers
  2. I`d be interested in the answer to this. i`d like to hear POMS thoughts and Australian stories.
  3. New genetic research in BMC Evolutionary Biology found telltale mutations in modern-day Indian populations that are exclusively shared by Aborigines. The new study indicates that Australian Aborigines initially arrived via south Asia. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/07/24/2635149.htm
  4. What I have discovered: 1. They have an outwardly positive view at work 2. They whinge when they know they trust you 3. In Melbourne and many parts of Australia there really seems so fewer people. This is often refreshing. But the bustle of Britain is sometimes interesting, people watching is more of an art form in the UK. 4. I.T. is not an established industry 5. Australians are more relaxed especially with the driving on wider roads. 6. Austalians are more serious 7. Melbourne is a cross between a Spanish city and an American city, heritage and greenery. 8. All t.v. is poor once you are used to having discovery, entertainment and sports cable. 9. Victoria has a very British feel. 10. Sydney has an international feel but more confined. 11. Telecoms is less competitive so broadband and home phone is not available at the same competitave rates 12. Australians do not mind the English at all. 13. There is a large variety of beer and pale ale but it takes some seeking to find a really special beer 14. Australians watch less T.V. 15. Australians are foodies. 16. Life can seem costly but if you are D.I.N.K.Y. and not running a car or if so a very small car you can save $1000's per year. 17. Housing is expensive for anything approaching a desirable house. 18. Australians aren't a happy bunch and have gripes of their own but recognise they are better off than U.S. and Europe at this point in history. 19. Multiculturalism is very much alive in Australia though different to the U.K. The Lebanese, Greeks, Somalians, English, Chinese, Vietnamese are amongst the largest peoples fully part of Australian life after historic waves of immigration. 20. Sports is all year-round and equally supported especially in Melbourne. AFL, followed by Philip island GP, horse racing and soccer followed by cricket and tennis, F1 and V8s.:radar:
  5. http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-headlines/story.aspx?newsid=36172
  6. JoandJon

    Dangerous Australians...

    Be warned about the vicious Drop Bear Link to an audio story for your education
  7. 78% of Australians aged 18 years and over were satisfied with their lives, similar to the 76% who reported being satisfied in 2001, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2010 General Social Survey (GSS). In 2010, 43% were pleased or delighted with their lives, while 34% reported being mostly satisfied. Those who were married (82%), widowed (78%) or never married (76%) were more likely to be satisfied with their lives than those who were divorced (66%) or separated (56%). People who had contact with friends and family outside their household at least weekly were much more likely to be satisfied with their lives (78%) than those who either had no recent contact (33%) or who had no friends or family outside their immediate household (28%). Most Australian adults (97%) have at least weekly contact with family or friends living outside their household. However, changes in technology are clearly having an impact on how Australians communicate with their friends and family. In 2010 twice as many adults (40%) spent time engaged in Internet social activities compared to 2006 (20%). The proportion of people using Internet services such as email and chat rooms to contact friends and relatives also increased, from 47% to 60%, over the four years. In 2010, the number of people using mobile phone/SMS (14.2 million) to contact friends and family living outside their homes exceeded the number using fixed phone services (13.9 million). While these changes were reflected across all age groups, the decrease in the proportion using fixed phones was most significant amongst 18-24 year olds, with 98% using mobile phone/SMS compared to 67% using fixed phones, down from 79% in 2006. In 2010, almost one third of Australian adults (30%) had problems accessing some type of service. The most commonly reported of these were telecommunications (11%) and doctors (10%). The most frequently cited causes for having difficulties accessing a range of services were having to wait too long/no appointment at the time needed (18%) and poor customer service (13%). Almost 1 million adults lived in households that had experienced exclusion from accessing a financial service such as a loan or credit card in the year prior to the 2010 survey. On the other hand, over 14 million adults lived in households that had undertaken some sort of financially resilient action, including making regular savings (63%) or following a budget (59%). There were 251,000 people aged 18 years or over who were estimated to have experienced homelessness in the 12 months prior to their 2010 GSS interview. Just over 1.1 million people had experienced at least one episode of homelessness in the previous 10 years. Of these people, 40% had sought assistance from a service provider while they were homeless. Of the people who sought assistance when they were homeless, most had approached housing service providers. Of the 60% who did not seek assistance from service organisations, most (81%) did not seek assistance because they did not feel they needed it. For the most recent period of homelessness in the past 10 years, 13% were homeless for less than a week. A further 6% were homeless for less than 2 weeks, and another 12% were homeless for less than 4 weeks. However, 22% had spent 6 months or more without a permanent place to live. The 2010 GSS results show that 6.1 million adults in Australia (36%) had undertaken some form of voluntary work in the year prior to the survey. This figure is about the same as in 2006 (34%) with this year being the International Year of the Volunteer Plus 10.
  8. What the hell? Nation's regional retreat AUSTRALIA is undergoing a historic shift in population movements, with the once pervasive flow of people to the city giving way to a regional retreat....... Report Population Distribution Effects of Migration in Australia.
  9. Heres the first ep Amazing miniseries of colonial australia YouTube - Seven Little Australians FowlForDinner Episode 1
  10. :huh: Australians face Christmas washout - NEWS.COM.AU
  11. Oz Dane Edna Everidge UK. Simon Cowell.
  12. I have just had a look at the Australian Greens policies, especially their policies regarding Immigration and Refugees. Principles The Australian Greens believe that: -the presence in Australia of people of many cultural backgrounds greatly enriches our society and should be celebrated. -Australian society, culture and the economy has benefited, and will continue to benefit, from immigration of people from around the world. -immigration must be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin, religion, language, gender, disability, sexuality, age or socioeconomic background. -Australia has humanitarian and legal obligations to accept refugees and reunite families. -asylum seekers and refugees are no more of a threat to our borders or to society than anyone else and must be treated with compassion and dignity. -Australia must assess in good faith all asylum seekers who arrive on our mainland or any of our islands, without discrimination based on the method of arrival. See link for more details. Immigration and Refugees | The Australian Greens I think if the Greens win, they will find a way to put an end to our tortures. Of course the sad truth is they will never win, at least not in this election. Maybe we should all write to Bob Brown and tell him what we are going through.
  13. I was listening to a radio show yesterday about saving money on your heating bills. Now this was an ABC National program not one of your commercial stations. In the whole 20 minutes they did not mention insulation once. Endless chat about choosing the cheapest supplier and technical stuff like Reverse Cycle AC being more efficient than Fan heaters. BUT not ONE word about insulating your bloody home. I know they have had some problems with roof insulation but for ***** sake - Just insulate your home! In the UK (& Europe) we have been doing this for the last 30 years. You cant install single glazed windows its illegal. Only a jerk wouldn't have a halfway decent quantity of insulation in their roof! Its inbuilt into the national psyche. And what's more in Australia it pays you back twice. Not only does it keep the cold out in winter but the cool in during summer. Maybe they should quadruple the cost of energy that might make them think. Rant over!
  14. Emma2

    Do Australians like Animals??

    We are planning on going to Queensland (Brisbane/Gold Coast) for 6-12 months and stay if we like it but I am a bit concerned that the Australians don't seem to be pet lovers? It is just the impression I'm getting from reading all the forums. We have 2 dogs who I would get flown out to us if we decided to stay permanently in Oz (parents are going to look after them in the mean time). But I don't want to feel like an outcast because my dogs are barking or not be able to walk them anywhere. I am a huge animal lover and will have to leave behind my chickens, guinea pigs, elderly cats and elderly horse. I would hate to live in a place where I felt like I was upsetting people by having animals. Any advise or words of wisdom?? Maybe I'm just getting cold feet!?? Emma :eek:
  15. Commonwealth Securities chief economist Craig James says a new measurement tool launched today shows that Australians are indeed living in prosperous times. The CommSec National Performance Gauge stood at a record high at the end of 2009, rising four per cent over the past year when other countries were trying to cope with global financial crisis. While the recent Australian Bureau of Statistics national accounts data showed Australia outperformed the rest of the world in 2009, the data indicates how the broader economy fared rather than individuals Australians living in prosperous times, says CommSec | Courier Mail
  16. Dear friends, I hope you all are doing well. I have a question that when I’m applying for the Western Australians Sate sponsorship what are things I should include under financial status information. Furthermore, is it enough to write like I have 30,000 thousands Australian dollars or do I need to provide them my bank statement? However, they only stated that you should bring sufficient fund to settle in Western Australia while they haven’t mentioned the how much money or assets in figure. Please advice me a soon as possible. Thanks. Regards Thas
  17. Dear friends, I hope you all are doing well. I have a question that when I’m applying for the Western Australians Sate sponsorship what are things I should include under financial status information. Furthermore, is it enough to write like I have 30,000 thousands Australian dollars or do I need to provide them my bank statement? However, they only stated that you should bring sufficient fund to settle in Western Australia while they haven’t mentioned the how much money or assets in figure. Please advice me a soon as possible. Thanks. Regards Thas
  18. What is it about Australians that generates this need to put New Zealand down. I cant count the number of times that I have heard kiwis are this NZ is that from Australians, backward country, etc all because they hear my English accent and dont actually realise I am from there originally. They also do this with the English as well, bit strange really do they think they are the elite race or something. Out of Australia and New Zealand I can honestly say, New Zealand is a nicer country with cleaner air and nicer people which is why I am heading that way. Ozzies give it a rest will you.
  19. This kinda annoys me. The ikea beds in oz are a whole 7cm narrower than the ikea uk bed (mattress is 160cm, whereas in oz..its 153). Now having slept on a 160 peacefully without divorce for a long while..i am not really ready to give up 7cm frankly. Apart from shipping an ikea bed from the uk, is there any other ways to get european bed sizes in oz? I see there are some "continental" type bed shops around perth but it seems the beds cost a small fortune. Its a bit of a disappointment really. i like my bed width! (the 180cm is too big for anyone who suggests a super what not)
  20. Bobbsy

    Why I Like Australians

    Thinking of the many topics about why Australians DON'T like immigrants.... I went out this afternoon for a quick shopping trip. The first stop was Woolworths for a couple of things--at the checkout I was greeted by the woman there with a friendly "Hi...how are you---where's Zach today?". (My 4 year old would normally have been with me but was elsewhere with his big sister.) I then went to the Post Office. I've only been in a few times over the 20 months here but they still gave me a friendly "Hi there...Jack Street, right? I thought you'd be in when the box came back from the delivery van." Finally, the Newsagent...and another friendly chat (and running joke about my wife). Now this isn't one of the main capital cities...but it's not a tiny town either (the population is about 100,000). However, after only 20 months here I'm on a "nodding acquaintance" with far more people than I was after 20+ years in a town of 30,000 in Bedfordshire. So, to sum up, in my experience (and I know everyone is different) the people I've met down here are very open, outgoing and friendly...and accepting of weird-accented outsiders like me. Bob
  21. On your surfboard, Bruce … Britain gives job-hungry visitors the third degree Lisa Pryor March 21, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Thinking of working in London? Before you book a ticket to Heathrow, you might want to double check the visa rules. Changes are afoot which will make it harder for foreigners to work in Britain. Especially if you are the wrong side of 30. The new rules will not hamper working holidays, the rite of passage in which young Australians serve drinks to fund their own drinking. They will still be free to save up pounds before embarking on a culturally enriching journey culminating with binge drinking at Gallipoli and snogging someone from Ballarat in a nightclub in Corfu. But the changes will limit the opportunities of slightly older people who roll their eyes at the antics of immature backpackers. These older professionals want only to blend into the local culture by taking career jobs, snorting coke and taking weekend trips to Barcelona. The changes which take place on April 1 affect those applying for highly skilled migrant visas. In less than a fortnight, it will no longer be possible to qualify for one of these visas unless you have a masters degree. The details are all terribly complicated and messy but it is fair to say it could spell bad news for professionals - whether we're talking engineers or lawyers, physiotherapists or accountants - who have spent four, five or six years at university, obtained double degrees, honours degrees, professional accreditation and industry experience, but not a masters. The reasons for the crackdown, which also makes it tougher for British firms to sponsor foreigners, are obvious. The British economy is going to the dogs. More than 2 million are unemployed. The recession is expected to be longer and deeper than for other major economies, says the International Monetary Fund. Oil refinery and power plant workers have been striking, standing in the snow, calling for British jobs for British workers. "This is only the start of the fight for us lads," strike committee member Tony Ryan told London's Telegraph. "British workers are being discriminated against up and down the length of the country." When the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced tougher migration rules on February 22, she too spoke about British workers. The new rules would be "more selective about the migrants coming to the United Kingdom". European Union membership means there is little Britain can do to limit the number of workers arriving from Italy or Poland, but they can limit the numbers of antipodean workers with impunity. Cutting back on the intake of Australian actuaries or South African podiatrists allows them to make a show of protecting local jobs, even though it is unlikely to help the most lowly paid workers. At least the young still have hope, having got off scot free in the purge of foreigners. Clive Hunton, communications director at the British high commission in Canberra, says the high commission has been promoting the working holiday visa, now known as the youth mobility scheme visa, "very heavily with the emphasis on very". "The more Australians who apply for one, the happier we will be," he says. He also points out that the number of highly-skilled migrant visas only accounts for a small number of the work visas issued. In the year to March 2008, 1103 highly-skilled migrant visas were issued to Australians, compared to 15,200 youth mobility scheme visas. He also says that some professionals such as lawyers and accountants may find their qualifications are considered the equivalent to a masters and thus they are still eligible for the highly-skilled visas. Consult UK NARIC - Home for more information. But the word on the street is that these days there are big delays getting any sort of visa. This week I have gathered anecdotal reports of visas taking taking two, three, even five months to approve, when they should take between five and eight weeks. Hunton says they are getting through applications as quickly as they can, and asks for patience "while the new administrative process is bedded down". As Australia also moves to curtail migration, the British changes remind me that those of us who have got used to working freely overseas have much to lose if the world gets caught up in a ***-for-tat tightening of migration laws.
  22. Guest

    Australians in UK

    I wonder if there is a similar website/forum for Australians in UK ?? Just interested to see it the other way around. Maybe there are so few Australians here on a long term basis that there is need for such a forum !!
  23. I have to say that I have changed my opinion on Australian people from the way that people have reacted to the disaster in Victoria. I now see that people in this country are very strong and supportive of each other apart from the dick heads that are looting and making false charity claims to gain from it. I still do not think I could live here much longer as I am not happy here but it is good to know that the majority of Australians are good people.
  24. Interesting article in The Times. Welcome Stranger -Times Online Could also be they have heard Earlswood is back!
  25. cartertucker

    Where do Australians go on Holiday?

    Hi, Ive been wondering...When you live in Australia, where do you go on a holiday??? :v_SPIN: What would be a annual holiday & what would be a weekend away? Looking forward to your replies, Kelly :smile: