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  1. Just read a post from a member saying that they are not great thread/conversation starters, and whilst this may be true in their own minds I am sure if they stick up a thread about many things it would get a conversation started. This is not a criticism at all, but often 'The Old School' members are often the ones that start threads, there are too many to mention, but the Hoff, Kev, Susie, Chalky, Geoff, Paulv, Pablo, Chris, Dom, me, WAY TOO MANY TO MENTION and speaking purely for myself I often run out of ideas, or more to the point I often find myself posting/threading things that have become a little stale, boring, inept, the list is endless. I read time and again from certain posters and their thoughts and response are very valid and worthwhile, then they seem to pale into the background a bit. I am sure with some it is purely a choice, where they just like to read posts and not post themselves, nothing wring there. Then I reckon there are those that think to dip a toe in the water would result in their subjects not being 'worthy' of putting up. Well, all I can do is speak for myself, but if this was the case I would never post/thread anything.:biglaugh: But maybe at times people see the conversation going on and maybe they become a little reticent in case they get shot down, but in all honesty the thread may also fly and take off. And lets e honest, a lot of the time the threads started are or can be fairly repetitive, nothing wrong with that, but new blood is often needed to get the forum going again. And if I was being totally truthful, it would be great for other subjects to be discussed because we cam ALL feed off this and great times would be had. And truthfully again, I am one of the nosiest people around and really enjoy seeing other post about ANY subject on the CTF forum. I am no expert on anything, (except speaking out of my arse, so that is why I tend to stick with CTF), but I would welcome many other subjects, from knitting to someone's bowel movements. Kidding aside, we all need to see others point of view, and hopefully more and more people will start threads and get the old juices going again. Come on dive in, have a go, it may not work, it may die a death, it might disappear, it might get hijacked, :shocked:, but I reckon in the main, it would fly and we could all have a laugh, banter, debate, cry, argument. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  2. John Gilfillan

    Migration Institute fighting our corner

    Read this on the MIA website. It shows common sense. This is the most honest statement I have read for a while. Hope it gives some people hope to know that there are people fighting our corner. A Better Migration Program is Not Built on Empty Promises and Hollow Threats As politicians sharpen their focus on refugees in boats and arbitrary caps and targets designed for short term political gain, Australia’s migration program remains unbalanced, mismanaged and confusing for current and potential migrants and sponsors and for the general public. The true migration issues that need to be dealt with are about skills shortages and Australia’s reputation abroad, but Government and the Opposition remain locked in an absurd and short-sighted contest to see who can have the fewest boat arrivals and the smallest migration program. The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) urges all politicians to leave aside their tired talking points and address this essential issue with honesty, clarity and good faith. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and potential migrants have been negatively affected by the oscillating, overcooked changes to Australia’s migration program over the past six months, only to face an election campaign that threatens further cuts and besmirches the positive social and economic roles they play in communities across Australia. "It should not be too much to ask for our leading politicians to acknowledge that any migration policy must meet skills needs, value family unification and honour international humanitarian obligations," said MIA CEO Maurene Horder. "To claim otherwise fundamentally misleads the voting public." The Migration Program is complex and has a wide-ranging effect across public policy, so treating it with care and diligence requires a political cooperation that is undermined by the distracting and dispiriting political debate on refugee arrivals. "The real issues facing Australian migration concern the skills and people we need for growth and prosperity, especially as our humanitarian intake represents a tiny fraction of the overall Migration Program," Horder said. "Politicians should resist emotional language in conversations about refugees and make it clear that, regardless of method of arrival or country of origin, it is not illegal to come to Australia in search of humanitarian entry."
  3. Can anyone say if there is an upturn in employment in the construction industry in oz. Have read about most jobs available now than for last 15 months. Has Australia turn the corner(unlike UK). Are any construction or safety companies sponsoring at present?.I have contacted numerious but not got much of reply from them. There doesn't seem to be any hope for an upturn in UK so hopefully off to oz next year.