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  1. Just wondering has anyone any experience getting sponsored at this kind of work in manufacturing or installing.Any feedback welcome
  2. pommysteve

    4 door car wanted in WA.

    Hello, I'll be looking to buy a car from the first week of January 2012 so if anyone knows of anybody selling one please message me or reply to this post. Advice on where to buy in Peel region would be helpful. Looking to spend no more than $5000. Needs to be reliable and safe as children will be in it. Preferable low KM's and service history. Thanks!
  3. whichway

    Closing the door

    Hi Folks, Anyone who has been conversing with me on this brilliant form will know I am going home.:biggrin: Since I started the return process (even although I have been unhappy here for several years) I was doubt full that this is the right decision for me and my family..... But my decision was reinforced about a week ago.... We had a beautiful house, the most beautiful and biggest house I think I will ever have the good fortune to live in, I had a good job, the best I've ever had in my life. About a week ago our house sale went through and it was time to move out. So we cleaned it out and shut the door. The thing that struck me most of all was how much I had loved this house but in the end I had no emotional attachment to it at all. Normally before moving out of a house I would have a sentimental stroll through, but I didn't and had absolutely no desire to. Just before I shut the door I looked into the lounge and all I could see was how lonely I had been there. To put it into context, if in a year I had 100days off work 95 of those days were spent by myself. And everywhere I went I went by myself. All that house was to me was almost like a cell. If I am ever questioning my motives for returning, I'll just remember my big fat lonely cell.
  4. Guest

    Another Door Closes

    Greetings One & All... I'm feeling a bit TragiGoth This day :sad: You have all heard me mention how happy I have been since getting the oppotunity to continue my training as a Tattooist. Well yesterday afternoon it came to a sudden & abrupt end. :arghh: My Bosses father often drops by the shop for a coffee, generally he doesn't engage in conversation with me just a hello. However yesterday he actually addressed me directly for the first time & in polite but not uncertain terms told me that his grandaughter would be returning to the shop & that I was taking up space she needed. I told him I was only there training before going to Australia & he said he wasn't aware of that, but still there wouldn't be room. I'm very disappointed by this unexpected developement, I spent the rest of the day quietly getting on with stuff, & made sure I gathered all my belongings so nothing important would be left behind at the shop. & tried to get a moment to speak to my boss quietly, however the shop is constantly busy with clients & visitors hanging out. So I didn't get the chance. Now my bosses daughter is just 18 so only just legal to work as a Tattooist, he always talks about her & how she did her first Tattoo at the age of 13, easy when you grow up with a Tattooist as a father who lets you tattoo on him. Any way I was told how said daughter lives in the midlands with a boyfriend & doesn't want to come down south as she is too busy having fun & doesn't want to leave her boyfriend & mates. However next week My Boss, his wife & father are all going up to the midlands for a family wedding & the shop is closed all week. From overheard conversation the talk was that they were bringing the daughter back with them. & then The bosses father said in a roundabout way for me to go. The Tattoo industry is very unregulated & basically someone like me only gets to stay in a shop on the whims of the owner, so there is nothing I can do to change the situation. I knew it was a temporary place before going to Australia but I thought I had a few months left to absorb as much learning as possible to make myself a better prospect to approach Brisbane studios when I get there. Alas it has ended rather more abruptly than that. I sent my boss a text last night saying I understand his daughter is returning to the shop & thanking him for the oppotunity & telling him I will have to put off any further practice until I get to Australia as I dont believe in Tattooing at home for ethical reasons & thanked him again & said I have tattoo appointments booked in the future & would see him then. & He hasn't even replied to my text to say sorry or good luck with your future, this I find even more disappointing, I cant abide that lack of basic courtesy. This is the third time a Tattoo job has ended for me without prior warning. Though this time I jumped a few days before I was actually pushed to avoid any emotional crashes at being let down again, through no fault of my own but by the emotional life of a boss. I've invested so much of myself into becoming a Tattooist it's notoriously difficult to get into a shop & it's totally crushing when you have to leave through no fault of your own. I have no intention of giving up, but it is a huge set back. Fortunately I have a very supportive husband who backs up my decisions & who I will be Tattooing on in the future. So once again another door has closed for me. So I need to find a new door that will open for me, it may take awhile & will probably be in Australia. Anyway tomorrow I'm booked into a different studio to have a Tattoo done on my arm, so that should cheer me up.
  5. Its Sunday morning! Why wouldnt I open the door . . . . . . . :arghh: Bloody Census on a Sunday morning. Why God Why????????????? :arghh: They got me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I said Ive posted it already - the lovely man was ever so apologetic :biggrin:
  6. Guest

    Newbie ~ door closed?

    Hi all, Firstly, congrats to all for a wonderful website with lots of helpful advice and great stories of people who have been there and done it. We've been to visit our niece over in Oz a couple of times and have always enjoyed our time there,we also have a friend/old neighbour who has now gone out there and is making a life for himself on a skilled visa. I/we feel 'trapped' now in a way, we 'found' Australia late in life,...does the door close to all of us/those over (or just over! ), age 50?. I'm non-skilled but my other half has some financial qualifications that 'may' be useful. My question is ,(and I'm dreading the answer as I see our dreams crash and burn),...is there anyway to migrate for non-skilled/semi-skilled folk with no direct family?, as I said,we have a niece but it's not direct family. Having looked at a lot of the info' on here for quite some time,I'm almost certain our dream may be just that now, a dream,...in which case this will probably be my first and last post.:daydreaming:
  7. A HIGH Court victory by Brazilian student Marcos Berenguel is increasing the already considerable pressure on Australia's skilled migration policy. It allows graduates to overturn the refusal of skilled migration visas on the basis that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship failed to take into account up-to-date English test results. "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say there could be thousands [of former foreign students] to take advantage of it," Sydney immigration lawyer Peter Bollard said. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has launched court challenges to try to limit the fallout from the Berenguel case. If Berenguel helps some former students, others with applications in an already long queue will be pushed back as the government sharply reduces the number of places for independent skilled migrants. This category was blown out by student demand, distorting the migration program, the government said. In March, the High Court found for Mr Berenguel, saying it was absurd and unfair for the department to refuse to accept an English test result that came in after his application for permanent residency as a skilled migrant. Under the rules, Mr Berenguel had to show results from "a test conducted not more than two years before" the visa application. But there was plenty of demand for an International English Language Testing System test, which enjoys an immigration monopoly, and Mr Berenguel could not book an exam until a month after his visa application. The High Court said the rules simply meant he had to show "recent competency" in English. The case has created a boom in retesting because there are long delays between visa application, a decision by the department, and any review by the Migration Review Tribunal. Former students, required by the rules to get higher IELTS scores these days, can take tests right up to a tribunal hearing. "I've seen [ex-students with] eight [iELTS tests]. I've heard of cases where they've gone into double figures," Mr Bollard said. To date, the Berenguel ruling is cited by 133 published cases in the tribunal and 10 in the Federal Magistrates Court. The courts have sent more than 30 cases back to the tribunal for rehearing. Nobody could say exactly how many applications already in the system could be affected. One reason for uncertainty is disagreement over which visa categories and criteria other than English test results are affected by the High Court's ruling in favour of up-to-date information. On November 3 in Sydney, a full bench of the Federal Court will hear the minister's appeal in a case called Habib, where a federal magistrate applied the Berenguel rule to a temporary skilled graduate visa. In effect, the minister argues magistrates have been interpreting Berenguel too liberally in favour of former students. His department said it was "closely monitoring" these decisions. The minister has not always lost the argument. In a case called Gill, a former Indian student failed in an attempt to extend Berenguel to a medical test result obtained after his visa application. Finally some justice for foreign students. Ruling opens door for retesting of language skills | The Australian
  8. steve goz

    sectional garage door for sale

    selection of new and used garage doors for sale. i have three new garage doors for sale 2 @ 5m x 2m aprox and 1 @ 5.3m x 2.6m all with tracks and moters can be supplied. i also have 2 used roller doors fitting can be suplied.i am based in perth:cool:
  9. With back door swinging shut, immigration drops Immigration is in free fall, with new figures showing net permanent and long-term overseas arrivals have plunged to barely half last year's levels. Bureau of Statistics data shows that in the wake of the Rudd government's crackdowns on immigration rorts, net arrivals for the June quarter slumped to 32,700 - down from 58,940 a year ago and almost 60,000 in 2008. A record 81,440 permanent or temporary residents left in the June quarter to live overseas, while just 114,400 new or returning residents arrived, down 15 per cent from last year. Annual figures show that the sharpest fall has been in arrivals of Indians aiming to live here. In 2008-09, Indians formed the largest group of new permanent or temporary residents, with more than 80,000 arriving to study, work or settle here. But in 2009-10, the number of Indians arriving shrank by a third to just 55,000. Fewer than 3000 left, as most Indians who come here to study stay on as workers. The sharp fall follows reforms to shut the back door by which foreign students in low-level courses such as cooking and hospitality could stay on as permanent residents. It also follows the killing of an Indian student in Yarraville. For the year to June, net arrivals of permanent and long-term residents plummeted 28 per cent from 336,000 to 243,000. Within that tally, net arrivals of New Zealanders shrank almost 40 per cent, from 30,600 to 18,800, while net arrivals from Britain plunged from 44,600 to 34,100. The figures pull the rug out from opposition claims that immigration is out of control. They show that the cut they have promised in migration is already happening, and fast. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged to cut net overseas migration to 170,000 by 2012-13. That is a different measure from net overseas arrivals, but it follows the same trends. The latest figures, for the December quarter of 2009, show net overseas migration also fell 28 per cent year on year. While most of the fall in 2009-10 was in arrivals of temporary residents such as students, arrivals of permanent migrants also fell 11 per cent, from 158,000 to 140,600. Most of that fall was in migrants from New Zealand and Britain, but permanent migrants from India also fell 10 per cent. New Zealand (18,100) remained our main source of migrants, ahead of China (16,600), India (15,600) and Britain (15,500). A record 4450 settlers arrived from Sri Lanka, many as refugees Thanks VIJ
  10. PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has declared she does not believe in a ''big Australia'', signalling a major shift in policy on the nation's burgeoning population growth. In her first significant policy break from the Rudd-era, Ms Gillard said the nation should not ''hurtle down the track towards a big population''. ''I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia. ''I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.'' Australia's growing population has become a politically sensitive issue, and Ms Gillard pointedly targeted her comments to marginal voters in outer suburban seats. ''If you spoke to the people of Western Sydney, for example, about a big Australia,'' she said, ''they would laugh at you and ask you a very simple question: where will these 40 million people go?'' Treasury's Intergenerational Report earlier this year predicted Australia's population would rise from about 22 million to 35.9 million in 2050 if current trends in overseas migration and fertility continued, with immigration by far the biggest contributor. Melbourne was predicted to hit 7 million people, and Sydney would grow to more than 7.5 million. The report caused widespread unease about whether big cities, now straining under inadequate infrastructure, could cope. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd backed away from his earlier comment that he favoured a ''big Australia'' by appointing Tony Burke as Population Minister to develop a strategy. Ms Gillard said Mr Burke's job description would now change to ''send a very clear message about this new direction''. He would now be known as the Minister for Sustainable Population. Although Ms Gillard stressed her belief that population growth should be limited was ''not about bringing down the shutters in immigration'', any move to lower current rates would involve taking in significantly fewer immigrants. Last year, overseas migration added almost 300,000 people - about double the rate of natural increase accounted for by births and deaths. Australia's population has been growing faster than some developing countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. ''It is a debate about planning affected by many factors, water supply, open space, infrastructure, ensuring the appropriate tax base to support our ageing population … the need for skills and the need to preserve a good quality of life,'' the new PM said. The opposition has no clear policy on immigration levels, but immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has suggested 300,000 a year is too high. It has also tried to link the population debate to a rise in the number of boats carrying asylum seekers. Ms Gillard will face new scrutiny over the government's policies after another boatload was intercepted near Christmas Island last night. Ninety-six asylum seekers and three crew were aboard. Earlier, Ms Gillard suggested the government could pursue different immigration policies for different parts of the country. ''Australia has this very difficult problem - parts of Australia are desperate for workers, but other parts are desperate for jobs. ''Having a smart and sustainable population, coupled with the right skills strategy, will help improve this imbalance.'' Any move to cut significantly Australia's migration intake would anger business groups, which support strong population growth to keep the economy growing and fix skills shortages. Gillard rejects 'big Australia'
  11. Hi all. Is there a time in your life when you can adamantly say that has since you experienced it changed your life forever. I'm not talking about marriage, kids, etc, what I am trying to say is have you ever experienced 'Sliding Door' syndrome, where ONE experience has influenced the life you now lead. Difficult to get my point across but, if you had taken one path then your life would have been wholly different, but in the end you chose to take a different path. I guess the easiest way to explain it is with my own experience. When I left school I was adamant that I was going to join the Royal Marines, unfortunately colour blindness negated such a path. Then my dad had a contract in Perth and I chose to join him for a year to sort myself out. From that minute on I knew that one day I would live in Australia and it has to this day influenced most things in my life, for better or worse. I could have stayed in the UK and sought a career here, I know for a fact that two marriages later and several moves to Australia that if I had chosen to stay in the UK I would not have had the experiences I have had. So in essence what I am trying to say is that if you have been faced with a choice, either to go left or right do you reckon it was for the better and are you happy with your decision. I know we cannot defiantly say that if we had taken the other path our lives would have been any better or worse, but if you have had this experience do you think it was the correct choice. Don't know if I have explained it fully, but any of you who have seen the film, 'Sliding Doors' will know what I mean. Cheers Tony:cool:
  12. I'm having abit of stress with my new job, been there for about a month and half now, when i started i really stressed to the boss that it needed to be a long term job and he reasured me that it was 6 months plus.... well already he's saying he is having probs finding work which means i left a secure full time job to end up in a unsecure fulltime possibly turning to part time job/nothing :mad: so i'm thinking it all oes pear shaped and i can't find a new job quickly i might hit the backpacker trail for a few months and see where it takes me.. don't know why i'm writing this as i doubt anyone gives a toss lol
  13. Guest

    Foot in the door..!!!

    G'day, wonder if anyone can help. We have been here is aussie land for just over 1 year now, we came September 2008. I work as a nurse and work at a nearby private hospital on the Gold Coast. Hubby has applied for every job under the sun..!!! He is a tradesman, marine engineer ex army 24 years, he has applied for carpet cleaning,mining,sales jobs,obrien windscreens you name it. Just cant seem to get a FOOT IN THE DOOR as dont know anyone in industry. We have no reles here only distant ones in Sydney so no family with contacts for work if you know what I mean. I do understand the Job situation on the Gold coast. We are even thinking of cutting our losses and moving to another state. Hubby has applied for jobs all over now, in WA, North QLD,even Victoria. It would be an upheavel as we would have to do removals all over again and also fly our two dogs again, but it feels like this is the only option we have. Any ideas????? we will not be beaten and love the way of life out here,Our son loves it here too and we moved over here for him..just getting frustrated now thats all:arghh: Good luck to everyone on the same rollercoaster....!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. This is our last week in our rental, in Beerwah. We are moving out next week and moving to Caloundra. Our neighbours (the hoons) have got the better of us and the family on the other side of them have put their house on the market. We have taken a 6 month lease this time we will be living in an older style high-set house, in the heart of Caloundra, minutes from 4 boat ramps, so I'm well made up about this. Also school on our doorstep and the beaches minutes away. It will be a shame to leave Beerwah but we feel for us now, at this point in time, is the right move for the whole family. This will be the last time we move before we buy our own house and settle. It is no fun to up and move every 5 minutes, it does the children no favours either. We feel as a family this is the place we want to be so we are getting ready to let the roots settle. eddie
  15. Hi all We have been in WA for about 4 months now and have recently been introduced to doing our grocery shopping online and having it delivered direct to our door. Thought I would spread the word as its currently the only company we know of that do this......................we used to use Tesco Direct in UK. They also do a discount card for the partner stores - Harvey Norman, Optus, Hertz etc http://www.a2k.com.au A2k was first set up in USA about 40 years ago. They now operate in UK, Australia, Africa.............. We recently signed up as IBO's with them and now get 80% of of shopping delivered direct to us which is great cos we don't have the stress of going to Coles with the kids!!! Anyway thought you may be interested. Best Wishes Adam & Jen Burgess IBO number 7204109
  16. Hello everyone, and a quick statement/query to all: I've had pretty much of a gutfull here in Britain and have been to the OZ on a working holiday visa (2000) and drove a 'cruiser right around the country (including "Pajinka") etc in 2005. Pretty good! So, I'm looking at retraining in mechanics or maybe welding and reckon that if I train up in Aus in a MODL "in demand" area, then surely I can become eligible for some sort of work visa? I have an Aussie mate who is starting to commute from NSW to WA for mining work 'coz it's going mental over there. I have sent some Queries off to migration agencies, but would very much value some real life experiences from tradespeople out there. Can this be done? Also I have no illusions about how tough it can be out there. Cheers Muppetino :lol: