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  1. I've recently come across a book written by a British nurse who emigrated to Australia. It explains the differences in nursing between Australia and the UK and there is a free introductory download. I think that is a long overdue publication which is written from an independent perspective. It looks like it will answer lots of questions people have about nursing in Australia and according to the website it will be due out in May.
  2. Guest

    The art of conversation

    I am a HORRIBLE conversationalist. It's not hard to understand given that my routine 'leisure' is reading news on the internet, reading technical books on computer science, playing video games now and then... and nowadays PIO. I only get extremely philosophical/theoretical things in my mind. Which obviously makes for HORRIBLE conversation. I know some people in real life who have a knack of maintaining conversation. It's not just that they have a whole treasure trove of new things to say... they could be talking about the most mundane things, but it's just the way they converse... the way they speak... that you just pay attention. Or maybe I am a very good listener because I'm not a very good speaker so I find somethings interesting which others would find horribly boring? Well, obviously I would like to become a better conversationalist. So I am starting this thread in the hopes that people will share advice on how to hold a good conversation. You can pitch in by suggesting possible topics. You could pitch in by suggesting some sites I should start reading (other than news sites that is). Or in any other way you like. Let's hear it from fellow conversationalists.
  3. Thousands of Britons emigrate to Australia every year in search of a better life, but now more and more are deciding Down Under is not for them and returning home. The same trend seems to be happening to Australians deserting the UK. Why? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15799571
  4. http://www.youtube.com/embed/Hdx5xUWfKgc
  5. Guest

    Interesting article

    This webpage is quite interesting. Not sure how that will affect chances of finding work etc. Published in australia. http://au.smallbusiness.yahoo.com/article/-/10420408/most-australian-workers-in-recession/
  6. http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/reccie-arrival-reports/125181-wdu-sort-reccie-perth.html
  7. I have been granted the 176 Visa ( Family Sponsored) on 12-Jul. I have not posted much but have been an avid reader these last couple of years. So wanted to summarise my experience before I move on. First thanks to PIO for having been a mine of info and for all you wonderfull ppl who post on this forum. THere have been times when the info here is more reliable and accurate than my agents. Kudos to you all. My timeline - Applied for 176 in Nov-2009. CO assigned Mar 2011 (I think though I did not get a formal notification). Meds submitted Feb 28 2011, PCC submitted in stages, last one in May 2011. My kids Meds got lost and I had to redo them again in Jul 2011. VIsa finally granted Aug 2011. It has been a harrowing time these last 2 years, what with all the documentation, a so so agent. The waiting was starting to tell on my professional and personal life (sorry to say). But finally I forced myself to ignore the visa application and distract myself with the more mundane task of living my life (easier said than done). And then finally there it was one fine day. The loop is now closed. The first landing date is fixed before Mar-21 2012. This was fixed based on the first of the PCCs that I submitted. So now I have to wind up stuff in India and plan ahead for our new life. Have applied for affixing the label today. I had question here though - agent says that the first landing should in the following order - Primary Applicant lands first and Sec app could follow. Or all the applicants can travel together but the Secondary appl should not land without the PA having landed first (Is this correct?) I have now started to apply for jobs from India. No bites yet. Is this possible (I mean can I find a job before I land? How easy or difficult is it?). I have been suggested that I land first (I am the PA) and find a job as it is easier that way. Any thoughts? My line of business is Proj Mgmt in IT. Would be happy to hear your views. Sincere prayers to all out there who are waiting. Please hang in there....Good luck.
  8. Why Britain's brightest and best are emigrating 12:01AM GMT 21 Feb 2008 112 Comments We already knew, courtesy of the Office for National Statistics, that emigration from this country is running at higher levels than at any time since before the First World War, with 200,000 British citizens a year departing these shores. <LI sizcache="34" sizset="31">Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years Your view: How can we halt the brain drain? We now learn from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that we lead the world in exporting talent, with a higher proportion of highly skilled professionals emigrating from this country than from any other (except Mexico). The OECD estimates that 1.1 million highly skilled Britons - more than one in ten of the total - are now living overseas. That 1960s phenomenon, the Brain Drain, is back. Should we worry? The urge to wander the globe has been in the DNA of the British for centuries; it produced an empire and gave the world a universal language. Pushed by poverty or oppression at home and pulled by the lure of fortunes to be made overseas, we have proved a footloose nation. But the current burst of wanderlust is motivated by something rather different. We are the world's sixth biggest economy - few places offer better financial prospects for the talented and industrious. So why the exodus? Scratch an expat in any of the 100-plus countries that have sizeable British communities and you will rapidly find out. They will cite the coarsening of British society, the rudeness and the aggression on our unsafe streets, the dead hand of welfarism, hospitals that make you sick, not better - the list is long. One thing will be mentioned more than any other: that unchecked immigration over the past decade is creating a country many Britons no longer feel comfortable in. The Government, stung by the backlash against this in its own electoral backyard, yesterday published a Green Paper on citizenship. It is no more than window dressing, an attempt to show it is "doing something" about immigration when it has proved incapable of delivering the one thing that would actually have an impact - a strict curb on the inflow of immigrants. While economic immigration is healthy, what the OECD figures reveal, when set alongside the half a million foreigners coming here each year (nearly four million new arrivals since 1997) is a "churn" effect that is fundamentally transforming the make-up of our society. The highly skilled are being replaced by incomers who may be hard-working, may have trades - but are not as qualified. This has serious long-term implications, social as well as economic. Regrettably, the Government has so far shown it has not even started to grasp the significance of all this, let alone framed a serious response
  9. xenos1987

    Interesting figures

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/fewer-students-to-win-skilled-migrant-visas/story-e6frgcjx-1226097798488
  10. http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/06/14/wanted-workers-who-speak-english-and-show-up-sober/?ncid=txtlnkuscare00000002
  11. Today is the day, the Greens now control the Senate so things are likely to get very interesting, carbon tax, mining all that stuff, interesting times. They will pull the strings.
  12. Who stands out as the most interesting person you ever met?Someone you'll never forget.Just asking as iv'e just had a flashback to four years ago,when,as a Cab Driver in Liverpool i picked up a woman who was 100 yrs old,and had a good chat to her about her life.I was spellbound beyond belief.She told me many interesting things about how life was in the early part of the 20th Century.She was born in Southampton,and as a young girl used to go with her 2 older sisters to wave the Troops off to Northern France to fight in the Trenches.How she coped during WW2,after the war and how the world has changed since she was a girl.Fascinated was i.Has anyone got to you like this?
  13. Hey I`m (F, 34 originally from London UK ) about to move to Sydney and also about to have my first child in October so would love to meet women in a similar position! Preferably in their thirties and keen to maintain interests outsides of the children (however unrealistic that may be for a few months!) Interested in travel, culture, books, politics, beaches, bikes, hikes, music, science, festivals, the chance to have a drink again soon and of course babies! Just want to meet some generally interesting, funny, laid back, nice people that could I potentially hang out with while I`m not working. Cheers!
  14. Just wanted you guys who are waiting for medicals to be finalised to know the following: We submitted our medicals (mine and other half) via e-health last Monday (11/4/11) (as part of our 175 visa app lodged in May 09). On 11/4//11 (same day) my partners showed received and then referred, and then four days later changed to finalised, and then at the same time changed on the document checklist to met (for both forms). Mine, however, still said requested. Then this Wednesday 20th, mine changed to received and referred, and then today (22nd!) changed to health requirements finalised (not changed to met on doc checklist). I'm absolutely blown away by this. For 1, it's the early hours of Saturday morning (and the previous day was bank holiday Friday), so why have they changed now? And also the speed at which they have been referred and then finalised. We both have medical issues but minor ones that we weren't too concered about. I can only assume that computer updates are automated and delayed, and not particularly accurate? I'm only posting this to help understand how HOC works, and give hope to people waiting (things can move quickly when they want them to). Why people have been left waiting for weeks and weeks when things seem relatively straight forward is beyond me. After nearly 2 years of waiting, we've now submitted everything. Can't wait for CO to get to work and pray he'll give us our visa asap (we leave for Sydney is less than 3 wks on a temp visa and would love to be able to validate then!). Best of luck to everyone waiting. :jiggy:
  15. Was just listening to the radio and they had Neil Oliver on there discussing his new series about Scotland. Really interesting fella, gives his opinion in a way I can understand. Anyway, the chat came around to the present economic climate and the past history of such things. Neil Oliver said that in the Bronze age there had been similar circumstances where Britain and indeed Europe had suffered 'recessions'. He admitted that it could have been for many reasons, but one of the possible reasons as that 'bronze' in its raw form had lost all 'kudos' and people realised that just maybe the wealth accumulated by the more bronze one had was really rather insignificant. He explained that it 'may' have been one or two people at the time just said, 'Hang on, bronze ain't worth a damn, just because we are TOLD bronze is valuable doesn't necessarily make it so', once this rumour started (if true) the arse fell out of the bronze market and people for all intents and purposes had to look for other things to 'reflect' how well off and rich they were, bronze may have lost all of it kudos simply because as he said, it was no different to any other commodity. I don't know if I have explained that properly, but it got me thinking. Just because a car has BMW stamp on it, a house has a swimming pool, or you wear a Rolex watch what the hell does this really mean, just because we believe (some believe) that something is valuable and worthy of aspiring to (or rather we are told this time and again) does this truly make that particular item any more valuable than a clapped out car, a house that is very small, or a Timex battery powered watch. I know some of us like really nice things, fair play, but have we been conned into thinking that 'certain' brands are a status symbol and in someway reflect who we are. I haven't got a problem with anyone wanting the above things, (after all, I used to own a Rolex watch, until I got divorced, looked at it, and thought, bloody hell, it's JUST a watch, no more, no less) but I do feel at times that we have been convinced that the bigger house we own, the 'branded' cars, etc, makes us more worthy of Harry down the street, when in reality we are just the same. Just a thought peeps. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  16. It's a bit wordy but looks at growth rates in population using mathematical models in respect to fertility,migration and an ageing population.It summarises some of the many opinions voiced in recent years. Research - Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future For me the conclusion sums it up. It follows from this that any grand overarching plan or strategy designed to calibrate current public policy to future population will have shaky foundations. Australia’s demographic future can’t be planned for, but we can make existing institutions more flexible to better cope with whichever population scenario emerges. Because of the ‘momentum for growth’ in Australia’s current population, Australia’s population will grow. It is therefore prudent to ensure we have a flexible policy environment to create the right processes and institutions to deal with the challenges of population growth and ageing. There is no right or wrong population size or rate of population growth, but there are right and wrong policies for dealing with these challenges. This is where the real debate about population should be—it should be about housing, hospitals, roads, pensions, the natural environment—all the things we urgently need to plan for a growing and ageing Australia. The debate should not be about whether we should have a ‘Big Australia’ or a ‘Small Australia’ but about how we can make a growing Australia work and how we can make it a prosperous and liveable place for us all. The pollies have been using the migration hot potato rather than looking at the real issues that face Australia. No sh7t sherlock.
  17. If anyone is interested there is a documentary on ABC TV tonight at 8.30PM Eastern standard time called "The Making Of Modern Australia",it's about the great Australian dream of owning a house.by the look of the synopsis it should be interesting.
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHuuUFCDpaY
  19. A Referendum on "Big Australia" Just saw this in my news feed. Some of the main points covered includes - Reducing population growth will reduce average economic growth rate. - The need for skilled migration. - Ms. Gillard's stand on immigration (or the lack of)
  20. Ozzieland

    This is an interesting link...

    Here is a link that is interesting. Just wondering if the Aussie Govt have even bothered to look at the needs rather than focus entirely on winning the Elections !! Economic stress if immigration falls: CCI - Yahoo!7
  21. Hi everyone The link below is to an article that might be of interest, from Australian Policy Online, about the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010. It's written by Peter Mares - one of the few journalists who I believe reports on migration issues with a balanced perspective. http://www.apo.org.au/commentary/capping-and-culling-queue Best wishes Susan
  22. Not sure what to make of this, but interesting none-the-less 'Wrong' workers given skilled migrant priority | Adelaide Now
  23. Guest

    Interesting email from (DIAC).

    Hi all, I recently emailed diac regarding a WA SS also 1022 form and they have recieved both Phew!! I also asked them about medicals to see if i should get them done due to iv already done my police checks and frontloaded at the time of lodging my visa. Anyway what really got my attention was the mention on the july date, Have a look does look better than telling us 2012 like it has before when they have emailed. Thanks Carina. Dear Client, Thank you for your email in relation to your visa application under Australia's General Skilled Migration program. 1. Our records indicate your WA State/Territory Nomination (Form 1100) & Form 1022 have been received & have been attached to your visa application on 14/01/2010 & 23/03/2010, respectively. 2. As you have applied for one of the 'offshore' permanent General Skilled Migration visas, then you may add certain dependent family members after lodgement and before the finalisation of your visa application. Information about including dependant family members on your application is available from our website at: <General Skilled Migration> If you marry, become pregnant or have a child after lodging your application, then you need to notify the department of your change in circumstances by completing Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances and submit it to this office. This form is available from the department's website at <http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1022.pdf> For each dependant over 18 years of age you will need to complete Form 47A Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over which is available on the department's website at <http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/47a.pdf> Information about the health requirement is available on the department's website at <Health Requirements for Visa Applicants> Information about the character requirement, including police/penal certificates, is available on the department's website at <Character Requirement - Applications & Forms> For each dependant added to your visa application you will be required to provide the following information: * Birth certificate * Copy of passport bio data page * Two passport photos of the dependant * Notification of your change in circumstances (Form 1022) * Form 47A (if applicable) * Health Examination * Police Clearance (if applicable) Please note that there may be additional requirements which will need to be satisfied in order to attach a dependant to your visa application. This will vary depending on the relationship of the dependant to the primary applicant. Please check the eligibility criteria specific to the visa subclass you have applied for via our website. Your case officer will contact you during the processing of your application if any further information is required. 3. GSM Adelaide and Brisbane are again processing a small number of STN non CSL cases and are closely monitoring application rates for clients who are nominating with an occupation on the CSL. As we only expect to finalise a small number of STN non CSL cases this program year it is unlikely that your application will be finalised prior to July 2010. You will be contacted directly by a case officer if further processing is to take place on your application. We appreciate you patience in this matter. 4. Information about the health requirement for General Skilled Migration and medical examinations is available on the department's website at <Health Requirements for Visa Applicants> Applicants for a General Skilled Migration visa may undertake health and character checking prior to their application being allocated to a case officer. However, as your nominated occupation is not on the CSL and you are not sponsored by an employer, the processing of your visa application will be delayed until those visa applications which meet the processing priorities are finalised. In light of this, please wait on a request from a case officer before proceeding with these checks. Yours sincerely, General Skilled Migration Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  24. From Money Morning 9/3/2010 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) reported this morning that in February, the number of homes coming onto the market outstripped the number of new buyer enquiries for the second month in a row. This represents the “first sustained shift towards supply for two years”, said Rics. Meanwhile, a net balance of 17% of agents said prices had risen over the past three months. That's a lot lower than the 31% who reported rises in January. And sales per agent fell by nearly 5%, to 17.6 in February. Before the crunch, the number of sales averaged 25. www.moneyweek.co.uk
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