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  1. I went to transfer some money today to OZ and was SHOCKED with the rate!. Its been going down and down and at this stage I am not sure if I should sent the whole lot now or wait a few more weeks... :mad: Look at the graphs below, the rates are the worst in the last 10 years! :cry: Cheers B!K3R
  2. Regards to all Pls advice, what would be the economical or lowest rent in regional Australia for small house preferably 1 or 2 bedroom. We are planning to move to australia next month pls help us.
  3. Murders in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level for 20 years, according to official crime figures published today. Murder rate at its lowest for 20 years - Times Online Cannot really fudge these figures as there is always a body around.:biglaugh: Being serious this is also reflected in the States and probably world wide....great news for once. New York’s murder rate at lowest for over 40 years http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article538081.ece
  4. Who says the weather is rubbish in Melbourne:spinny: Below is an article from todays Herald Sun which can be found here: Melbourne records lowest rainfall in 153 years | Herald Sun MELBOURNE has recorded its driest September in more than 150 years as the drought continues to plague southeastern Australia. Just 12mm of rain fell in the city, the lowest since records began in 1855. The previous driest September was in 1907 when 13.4mm of rain fell. September is usually one of the wettest months of the year, with the city's rainfall averaging 57.8mm. In a statement released today the Weather Bureau said: "This record low rainfall in September continues the very long drought which has affected Melbourne (and indeed most of southeast Australia) since late 1996. "With just 3 months left in 2008, it is now virtually certain that Melbourne will record its 12th consecutive calendar year with below average rainfall. The previous record is six years set in 1979 to 1984, highlighting the unprecedented severity of the current drought." Across the state it was the same story with 11 towns recording falls of below 10mm. The state's driest town was Mildura in the state's northwest where just 2.2mm of rain fell for the month, followed by Kerang and Echuca with 5mm. Other areas to record falls of below 10mm for September include Shepparton, Bendigo, Warracknabeal and Swan Hill. The highest rainfall of 136mm was recorded at Weeaproinah in southwest Victoria, but even that was below average for the area which usually gets about 200mm of rain in September. Other big falls were at Mt Hotham with 94mm and in the Grampians which received 86.4mm. The weather bureau's monthly climate summary also shows daytime temperatures for September were above the long-term normal in most districts. Mildura, Hopetoun, Swan Hill and Kerang in northwest Victoria all recorded the hottest temperature of 34C. The mercury moved passed the 30C mark in 17 Victorian towns in September including Horsham, Echuca, Kerang, Shepparton and Yarrawonga. The hot days and low rainfall was not good news for Melbourne's water storages, with the four major catchments receiving just half of their average rainfall. Inflows into reservoirs were also down with less than half the average amount of water flowing in. The city's storages are at 34.5 per cent. At the same time last year they were just under 40 per cent full. "This has been one of the driest Septembers on record for our catchments, which is disappointing given that it’s normally one of our prime filling months," Melbourne Water spokesman Andrew McGinnes said. "Good rainfall during winter helped us recover some ground, but we now have about 90 billion less water in storage compared with the end of September last year. "This really reinforces the need for everyone to keep saving as much water as they can before the warmer weather sets in." Ballarat's water supplies are sitting at 9.1 per cent, in Bendigo storages are at 15 per cent, while Geelong's storages are 31.2 per cent full.
  5. Oil prices fell to their lowest level for about four months amid expectations that slower world growth would reduce demand. Light, sweet crude traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange - the world's benchmark price - touched 112.75 US dollars before edging up slightly. It is nearly 25% lower than the 147.27 US dollars seen in the second week of July. The drop came after Europe's biggest economies - Germany, France and Italy - contracted during the second quarter. Japan also said this week that its gross domestic product shrank between April and June, while Bank of England Governor Mervyn King warned that the UK economy was likely to shrink in the coming year. Victor Shum, an energy analyst with consultancy Purvin & Gertz in Singapore, said: "Worries about an economic slowdown in the US and Europe, and even Japan, are weighing on the oil market." Oil also fell despite the continuing tensions between Russia and Georgia. In the UK, average petrol prices have fallen 6.5p to 113.15p during the past month, the AA said. Petrol prices peaked on July 17 at 119.7p per litre. The average price of diesel has fallen from 131.56p per litre to 125.58p, a saving of 6p a litre. But filling up a tank is costing normally £1 more than it should, the AA has argued, based on falling wholesale prices which are down 18%. That equates to an 8.5p per litre reduction in the average price of unleaded petrol, taking it down to 111.2p. The AA's Paul Watters said: "Whichever way you look at it, many drivers are being short-changed by around a £1 a tank when they fill up with petrol in the UK. As well as undermining family budgets, selfishly holding back two pence a litre in wholesale price reductions is denying potential consumer spending at other local businesses suffering from falling sales."
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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.
  7. 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
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