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  1. They were reminding people what to do in case of snake bite on TV today, after that poor woman in Qld was killed this week. I was out walking in the bush today and spoke to my daughter who was with me about it, and it turns out she knew how to do the first aid (given that you know about it that is). Without panicking, it's worth knowing about I think.
  2. Bought a car 2 days ago and got a parking ticket within the first 24 hours for parking facing the oncoming traffic which is apparently a no no. I hope someone else learns from it and avoids a fine. If anyone has any other simple rule differences from the UK that I should be aware of, please share.
  3. Just had this sent to me: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/826835/hack_open_a_lock/ Cheers, Bobj.
  4. weemster

    Customs - Be Aware !

    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Firstly let me say that me and my fiancée have been here just under three months and are really enjoying it - we have found all the people we have met to be really friendly and welcoming. We have lived all over the world and Australia is a pretty hard place to beat in our opinion – We Love It ! Back to the point:- We received our shipment from the Uk yesterday - what a relief to get some of the things that make a house a home back in our possession. We used Anglo Pacific to ship our things and they were very good, there were one or two very sentimental things that I deliberated over to take or not but decided that in the end it would make a difference having this special things with us. Anglo were great and took massive care to pack the items in question (one was a beautifully made wooden yacht with very intricate rigging) I took the rigging down and this was very carefully packaged along with the masts and sails to facilitate any inspections and minimize handling – quite clearly and only to a complete idiot was this item not a much loved treasured piece. Sadly being wood (which drew the attention of the customs officials) this box was in the absence of another suitable world "examined" - the rigging (which was packed so carefully in the Uk) was in complete knots and coiled up beyond any comprehension and the mast was broken in two, not to mention a hole put in the hull of the yacht – it’s hard to believe the mentality of the "thugs" who did this - they really should have more feeling and sensitivity towards people prize belongings. They quite clearly have lost all feeling and their brains have become addled with the tiny little bit of perceived power they have, that they feel the need to treat decent peoples possessions in this way. I know many very good people in this type of work (and very important it is but so to is the way it is done) and on that day in Melbourne when our much loved possessions were inspected – it wasn't done by the educated professionals whom I would have expected but imbeciles and incompetents. You have been warned.
  5. Temporary Suspension of Certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) Applications The Australian Government has decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications. This temporary measure began on 8 May 2010 and is expected to remain in effect until the end of 30 June 2010. The temporary suspension applies to primary (main) applicants for the following visa subclasses: Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent • (Migrant) visa Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored • (Migrant) visa Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsore •
  6. Hi, We've been advised by our shipping company to ensure everything is clean, no mud on trainers etc, just wondered if there are any other no-nos that we should be aware of to ensure that our stuff doesnt get grounded at customs or we get an extra charge?
  7. Hi guys, I want people to know that Asthma here is rife. I have hardly spent any time home due to it recently always in hospital. Please be aware that if you come here you need to get a proper asthma plan because it is really bad here for some reason. regards
  8. I've cut and pasted this from my 'Info on Sydney' thread, as the reforms are federal (meaning they affect the whole country). IR Laws: If you are a nurse or any other type of manual worker, driver etc I would strongly urge you to do some reading and research on recent changes to Australia's Industrial Relation Laws. It's the biggest workplace reform in Australia's history and seriously affects the rights of these types of workers. The Government calls them Work Choices but there seems little choice involved for those affected. These laws don't affect me as I'm a white collar professional but they do affect people whose wages are based on 'awards' (kind of a national wage scale) I don't pretend to know the ins and outs but they are pertenent particularly to new arrivals or those changing jobs. Just make sure you are aware of them.