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  1. 78% of Australians aged 18 years and over were satisfied with their lives, similar to the 76% who reported being satisfied in 2001, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2010 General Social Survey (GSS). In 2010, 43% were pleased or delighted with their lives, while 34% reported being mostly satisfied. Those who were married (82%), widowed (78%) or never married (76%) were more likely to be satisfied with their lives than those who were divorced (66%) or separated (56%). People who had contact with friends and family outside their household at least weekly were much more likely to be satisfied with their lives (78%) than those who either had no recent contact (33%) or who had no friends or family outside their immediate household (28%). Most Australian adults (97%) have at least weekly contact with family or friends living outside their household. However, changes in technology are clearly having an impact on how Australians communicate with their friends and family. In 2010 twice as many adults (40%) spent time engaged in Internet social activities compared to 2006 (20%). The proportion of people using Internet services such as email and chat rooms to contact friends and relatives also increased, from 47% to 60%, over the four years. In 2010, the number of people using mobile phone/SMS (14.2 million) to contact friends and family living outside their homes exceeded the number using fixed phone services (13.9 million). While these changes were reflected across all age groups, the decrease in the proportion using fixed phones was most significant amongst 18-24 year olds, with 98% using mobile phone/SMS compared to 67% using fixed phones, down from 79% in 2006. In 2010, almost one third of Australian adults (30%) had problems accessing some type of service. The most commonly reported of these were telecommunications (11%) and doctors (10%). The most frequently cited causes for having difficulties accessing a range of services were having to wait too long/no appointment at the time needed (18%) and poor customer service (13%). Almost 1 million adults lived in households that had experienced exclusion from accessing a financial service such as a loan or credit card in the year prior to the 2010 survey. On the other hand, over 14 million adults lived in households that had undertaken some sort of financially resilient action, including making regular savings (63%) or following a budget (59%). There were 251,000 people aged 18 years or over who were estimated to have experienced homelessness in the 12 months prior to their 2010 GSS interview. Just over 1.1 million people had experienced at least one episode of homelessness in the previous 10 years. Of these people, 40% had sought assistance from a service provider while they were homeless. Of the people who sought assistance when they were homeless, most had approached housing service providers. Of the 60% who did not seek assistance from service organisations, most (81%) did not seek assistance because they did not feel they needed it. For the most recent period of homelessness in the past 10 years, 13% were homeless for less than a week. A further 6% were homeless for less than 2 weeks, and another 12% were homeless for less than 4 weeks. However, 22% had spent 6 months or more without a permanent place to live. The 2010 GSS results show that 6.1 million adults in Australia (36%) had undertaken some form of voluntary work in the year prior to the survey. This figure is about the same as in 2006 (34%) with this year being the International Year of the Volunteer Plus 10.
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    Ned Kelly Lives (Sort Of)

    Just been confirmed that skelotical remains found recently are that indeed are the famous (infamous) Ned Kelly. I know some view him in different lights, good, bad or indifferent, but all the same, a unique part of Australian folklore and history. Only a menial thing in some peoples eyes, but as one who loves this sort of stuff I'm excited as an excited thing,:eek::jiggy: If any 'bones' start appearing on eBay make sure of the authenticity,:biglaugh: Cheers Tony.
  3. Hi, We are seriously contemplating renting a property in one of these northern suburbs, however, I am concerned about the commute into the CBD for work? From what I can gather, a bus and train ride into the city will take approx 1 hr, which I have no major worries about. But, I have just been reading an article (not sure how long ago it was written) that said the northern burbs have become too large for the public transport system which results in overcrowded trains heading into Perth. What is the commute really like? One of the draws to the north is that we seem to be able to rent more property for our $$$ there, as opposed to the property that is nearer to the city centre, but a consideration is that if we end up spending those savings on a longer commute to work, is it really worth it? I'd really appreciate some guidance from people that live in these areas and use public transport to make the daily commute into Perth. Thanks, Simon
  4. Just listening to a fairly interesting 'spat' on the radio about the boss of The Royal Bank Of Scotland and his alleged affair with a work colleague. In short callers are saying that the affair may have affected his work and had an impact (big or small) on the debacle when the bank went bust, as I said, some are saying it MUST have affected his working life, and others are saying his private life has nothing to do with his banks collapse. So without getting into a debate about his behaviour, how do you deal with such issues. I'm not necessarily talking of affairs, but the normal day to day things, money worries, children, wives, husbands, and so on. Are you able to separate what may be happening your personal lives to that of work. Are you affected by it all and take your troubles into work and does it affect your ability to do the job to the best of your abilities, or are you one of those that is able to separate work from social life and carry on as normal, difficult one I know, but would be interesting. I will fess up. If something goes on in my personal life, (not the niggly little things, but the more major issues) then I well and truly take it into work with me. No one may know what is going on, but even though I try my hardest to switch and do the job to the best of my ability I know full well that I may be a little of target and 'maybe' not do my job as it should be done. It vis a very easy expression to say, 'Don't bring your social life into work', but that is a very difficult sentiment to follow for me. As I said, we all have little niggles, and most of us can deal with these, but when bigger issues are discussed, i.e., divorce, affairs, children's health, death, etc then I am more than willing to admit I can NOT switch off from these things and is a constant thought in my mind. Cheers Tony.:wink:
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    Sister lives in Melbourne

    Hi, I am new here and hoping to get an understanding of life in Australia after you emigrate. My sister lives there and I have considered the move many times, but cant leave the UK. I am going to post on the Dilemmas thread as I am looking for insight into how you all relate to family back in the UK and how to perhaps keep the relationship going from such a distance.
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    Who lives in the outback??

    Anyone live perhaps not so much in the outback, but a small place or on acerage out a bit?? Bit more rural like ?? How did youget to settle there,how is it and would you change location?
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    sponsorer ruining our lives

    we found a sponsorer in perth who promised the world and instead has delivered hell!!! he and his dog are on a rampage to completely destroy our lives and put us through hell. they told us they wanted us to fail our visas and that they will prob cancel with DIAC so we have to return to UK. They also are causing problems with our letting agent and making up stories to try to get us evicted :realmad:. we have done nothing to them. my OH has been used and abused as a slave to this company and worked so long hours and today the sponsor decided not to pay him for the week!!!!! they are trying to drive us away and is so unfair. not only are they messing around with us but trying to evict our 10 yr old and 15 months old from their home, its sick. They even used a corrupt agency in perth city to fail us but it backfired as we submitted it ourselves. Cant believe what they turned out to be like. we are desperate not to apply for 176. OH is to start TRA tom. i so hope we get to stay. will mess up our 10 yr old so much Please all keep your fingers crossed for us as we gave up everything for this. we sold and binned all our belongings and only came with our suitcases and the promises were a lie and the sponsorer a sadistic bleep bleep bleep :arghh:
  8. Hi guys, We are the biggest victim of government immigration policy.Yes! We are the AUSTRALIAN Group 4 applicants. No one know us, no one mention us !!We have scrificed so much in making sure we meet Australia’s requirements, lodged perfectly good applications to australian immigration office, however our lives have been put on hold an inordinate amount of time. 1 year; 2years; 3years!!! How long do we need to wait?!!. We are planning to lodge a complaint letter together to the greens or immigration office and do everything we can to let the public know our current situation.Share out your story.Thank you very muchT_T :hug:
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    Time Of Our Lives, Not.

    Makes you think when you read the statistics, when the hell do we get some time to really enjoy ourselves. Needs must and all that, but all the same. I would like to point out one figure, the ladies orgasm time, I'm so sorry for my inadequacies, must try harder next time:frown:..:eek: In the average lifetime we spend: Women. Applying make-up, having a shower and dressing up for a night out uses up a total of 136 days in a ladies lifetime. 11 and a half years in total working hours, not including travelling etc.. 2.8 years washing clothes. 115 days laughing 9hrs, 18secs is the total amount of time men spend having an orgasm in their lifetime.:shocked: 1hr, 24mins for the female orgasm, in TOTAL in a lifetime.:policeman::embarrassed: 27 days waiting for trains 160 days having a cigartte.:shocked: 7 years of insomnia, in other words waiting to get to sleep. 6 months queuing. 5 months waiting on 'hold' on the phone. 4 years on the phone at work. 125 days shaving. 366 days off sick at work. 11 years in front of the TV.:shocked: 1,583 hours eating. 5 years surfing the net. (PIO members can treble this figure.) 26 years sleeping. Cheers Tony. I'm off to waste a further five nights of my time to watch the Ashes, :goofy::wink::cool:.
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    secret lives

    just a bit of fun--if you had a secret life what would it be:wink:mine is i used to be a profiler for the south arfican armed forces in the 80s--most of my time wuz spent in angola teaching the special services the inner workings of the freedom fighters of angola--this give me heaps of money,and loads of birds--if you had a secret life what would it be:biggrin:i also wuz the body of brad pitt in several movies--hes a fatty realy:wubclub:--so let your imagination run wild--why not:jiggy:
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    Our lives for sale brisbane!!

    Hi There We have a nice 2005 Ford Territory RWD for sale in Lightning Strike (Silver) Just been serviced at the Ford dealership, 4 new Goodyear tyres. Registered 2005. 94k Km's, 5 seater. Fab family car. $19500 Bargain!
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    Lives in limbo

    I keep stumbling across threads where people mention that although they've been in Oz for 10, 15, 20 years or so they are still homesick and miss the UK. That they couldn't move back and had to stay. Now their children are grown up, gone where ever and they long to go home, but the chance has long gone. One person mentioned that he was glad that PIO was there for other people to learn from his mistake. I feel quite sorry for these folk and it just re-enforces our decision to return to the UK as soon as we can. I do not want to be another person who lives in limbo for the rest of my life. It takes a lot for folk to move to Oz, though if you are thinking of going back don't be afraid of what people say or think as it takes a brave person to put up their hands and say 'enough is enough'.
  13. Hi Our visa is skilled family sponsored and my OH's fam (who are sponsoring us and providing the assurance of support) live in Briz, QLD. Do we have to live in QLD when we get our visa? I havent found much info on the immi website but sometimes I do get google eyes from being on the comp for yonks! I know that the assurance of support is lodged through centrelink and being in a different state to your sponsor might not be allowed. Thanks for any help Dugong