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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. Contrary to what many amateur pundits believe, the head of the Treasury believes Australia is heading into a 'decades long boom'. This may give pause to those who are leaving money in the UK planning to bring it over to Aus in the future. http://www.theage.com.au/business/australia-entering-decades-of-boom-20110602-1fiwp.html
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    Crime UK lowest in decades

    Risk of becoming a victim of crime 'lowest since 1980s' - Crime, UK - The Independent Crime rates are falling rapidly, with the number of offences recorded by the police dropping by 12 per cent in a year. The continuing decline – which includes a 19 per cent decrease in car crime and a 21 per cent fall in robbery – means the risk of being a victim of crime is at its lowest since the early 1980s. New figures showing historic falls in crime measured by the British Crime Survey (BCS) over the past year across England and Wales - equivalent to a million fewer crimes - were welcomed today by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. According to the annual publication "Crime in England and Wales 2007/08", produced by the Home Office under the new arrangements for statistics overseen by the new UK Statistical Authority, the risk of being a victim of crime has fallen from 24 to 22 per cent, the lowest level ever recorded since the BCS began in 1981.
  4. Happy days.....crime is dropping in good old Oz. Most people think crime is rising even when the evidence plainly reveals the opposite to be true, according to a survey carried out late last year and early this year in New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA). You might think a 60 per cent increase reflects an increase in crime, but instead crime rates are falling. Victoria is the safest state in Australia. The overall crime rate has fallen 23.5 per cent since 2000-01. It has fallen for seven consecutive years. So, if crime is down, why are prison numbers up? One of the main reasons is because courts are imposing longer sentences. Over the six years to June 2006, the average prison sentence increased by 18 per cent. Worldwide crime against the individual is down an amazing 35% since the mid 80s. Infact it is dropping worldwide. US crime hits 30-year low Crime in the United States fell last year to the lowest level since records started being compiled 30 years ago, the US Justice Department has said. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3179263.stm