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  1. I just want this visa process to hurry up as every day is see more reasons to leave the Uk. My god what ever next......your council taxes will sky rocket to pay for the following...click on the link and you will see what i mean. I have got to stop reading stories like this as it is making my blood boil, yes i hope to be going to another country to better myself and my family but i also have the self respect to acknowledge i have to contribute to that country unlike this lot from god knows where. If you get wound up easily do not read.....http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif :mad: Your Council Tax will Rise
  2. How much did people write for this question: Please outline reasons for choosing South Australia as a migration destination in your own words (max. 200 words each): I put so far: South Australia is the top of my list as a migration destination for the following reasons: It is a growing economy - whereas the UK and the Netherlands have a slow growing economy. I am attracted to South Australia because in these uncertain economic time South Australia is attracting economic investment and has maintained a triple 'A' rating throughout the recession. The Netherlands is a highly densely populated country and I am attracted to South Australia because it offers a clean and safe environment with less crouds. South Australia offers good employment prospects in the technology domain with sectors such as Defense, Healthcare, ICT and Telecommunications. Looking to the future my partner and I think South Australia would be an ideal destination to start a family. We think this because it ranks highly in the world for its standard of education and offers a unique lifestyle for children(warm climate and clean environment). There is an option to add more sections each section 200 words. What is the norm for this?
  3. 100. I got rather disoriented by the sudden mod action. Also, it is getting quite hard checking two different sections - one could end up getting vertigo shifting around between sections!!!!
  4. Shame on me for watching the first half at home but I did push myself to walk down Elizabeth Street at 6 am to watch the 2nd half in The Triple Aces (5 other guys had turned up but none were drinking beer!) Afterwards I had a 2nd breakfast with a couple of them back up E St - is it the Centennial Plaza? That ugly three-block complex full of cold-wind tunnels - it was chilly today too. Might have to go back to bed now though!
  5. In our grant it states: You must make your first entry to Australia before XX-XX-XXXX. In some circumstances the department may be able to facilitate travel after this date. If you are unable to enter Australia before this date please contact your case officer as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances. Is there anyone who did this and what are legitimate reasons to apply for this??
  6. Hi Folks Just want to throw this question out there! After several crap months and now reflecting on it I am a strong beleiver that things happen for a reason! Anyone else share my ethos? :hug:
  7. Im all for having a bit of sun and some predictability in the weather. therefore i say its perfectly valid. this summer, like so many before it, so far it has done nothing but rain, then today even though it was sunny, it rained. then i went to Dundee, where it was sunny, and while i was in B&Q it started to rain like i haven't seen since i was last in the Middle East during a monsoon! then when driving to another part of Dundee, i discovered not only had it rained, but:- That's right people, SNOW IN JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone is taking the piss!
  8. It all makes sense now!! http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/exhausted-kayakers-rescued-from-cockburn-sound/story-e6frg13u-1226039766398 :biggrin::biggrin:
  9. From Hansard, Senate meeting for updated budget estimates, February 2011. OK, so DIAC have 848 FTEs involved in sea borne (non)refugee arrivals. How many staff work for DIAC around the world? 7,924. So almost 1/10th of DIAC manpower is tied up in handling the anticipated 6,000 unauthorised maritime arrivals for this year. That's about 7 arrivals per DIAC person to be handled over a 12 month period, involved in all aspects of that situation. For the 180,000 other skilled family visas granted, DIAC have 7,000 people, or 26 visas per staff member. But wait, those 7,000 people also handle 70,000 457 work permits and employer sponsor applications 270,000 students 175,000 manually processed short stay visas and 2.5 million electronic grants (e-visitor etc) So setting aside the students which are mostly near automatic grants, that leaves 425,000 visa applications handled by 7,000 people, or 61 people per DIAC staff member. Versus just 7 people per staff member for maritime arrivals... Now that's what I call an unfair diversion of resources, all because this Government cannot admit that they got it wrong when they relaxed the stiff rules that were applied to "boat people" under the previous Government. And the good news? Medical issues for less than 100% family of applicants: Moeller is an SA doctor who was working in Australia on a 457 whose disabled child was the reason used to refuse PR, before public outcry skillfully fed by the doctor forced a reversal of decision. The message here is that migrants with "unhealthy" family members should look to regional or sponsored visas. I guess that frees up a few DIAC staff members to go help with the boat people... (oops!)
  10. Hey all I realise that the huge volume of applications is part of the reason for the long waiting period for spousal visas. But what happens during the waiting process when the application is pretty much approved by the CO and the months before waiting for the actual grant of the visa?
  11. Stellathedog

    No reason you should care but......

    There is no reason anyone should care about this, but I have just become a Grandma again!! Beautiful baby boy born in Sydney to my daughter and her husband, their first. He took forever to arrive, 36 hours, and was already 10 days late! Even then needed a dyson vacuum thing and some horse forceps to get him out!!!!!!! I spent all night with the laptop on and the mobile phone by my bedside, getting updates as and when they could. Saw them on skype when he was only one hour old. (Sooner than I saw my equally gorgeous granddaughter when she was born in Bath and I was only 10 miles away. Bath hospital wouldn't allow visitors.) Now I am really really torn: 2 year old granddaughter lives half mile away and I look after her when Mum and Dad are both at work. Although there are inlaws, they just don't do anything. New baby in Sydney will need looking after as Mum only gets 2 months maternity pay and I desperately want to do it as they have no other family over there to help them. I am going over on my own in 4 weeks time to see them (and to celebrate my 60th), but how I wish I could apply for CPV and move permanently. I am still a very happy grandma and hope it will all work out in the end. If you're not on a diet, raise a glass with me to a brand new Aussie............... Cheers Pam
  12. Guest

    Reason For Loving Australia

    Will try not to bore you, I SAID TRY by the way. Most of you know that I love Australia, I have had a long relationship with the country and its people for many, many years. BUT, I can also acknowledge that it has its fair share of negatives, and realise that it is not for everybody, so this a very personal thread. Went to Southend today, :arghh:, it was youngests birthday midweek and as a treat we decided to take her there as she loves the rides, rock, candy floss , etc. Well, we reached Southend in under an hour, just took a further 45 minutes to find somewhere to park, and then be charged £5 for the privilege. Had a great day, the kids loved it, we had fish and chips on the beach, went on some rides, played crazy golf, and all in all it was a memorable day, BUT. As much as I truly love this country and most of the people there was something missing. Couldn't figure out what it was for ages. The sun was out, the people looked happy, and for all intents and purposes I should have felt as happy as the proverbial Larry, but no matter how nice the day, there as something missing. Been trying to figure it out since I got back, and at last I have come to this conclusion, I never really felt as if I 'belonged'. As I said, I love this country and will always remain truly thankful for what it has given me and my family, it is to this day one of the greatest countries on the earth, but nonetheless I still felt a little uneasy. I have always viewed Australia with realism and objectivity, at times I could scream at the stupidity and many a negative that I find unappealing, but on the whole it has been a country that has given me so much more than it has ever taken. No matter what the future holds I know that since arriving in Australia it has felt like home and a place that I 'Belong' to. To put it into words is very difficult, but today really did hammer home to me that Australia will always be the country that I owe an awful lot to. As I said, to put into words how I feel and indeed felt is nearly impossible, but today even though we had a wonderful day I still felt as though I could not in all honesty say I was truly happy here. To say I have been truly happy in Australia would also be an exaggeration, but when all things taken into consideration I would have to say that Australia still makes me feel a little more complete. Stupid maybe, I don't know. After all the sun was out today, people had smiles on their faces, the kids had a great day, but to me I could not help but think that this day would have been 'different', 'better' more enjoyable had it been in Australia. As I said, we had a truly great day, I 'should' have been totally pleased with what happened today, but in some small way there was something missing. Me and my better half sat on the beach eating our fish and chips and we both said in unison, 'It's nice, but it's not Cairns is it'. Don't get me wrong, for the long term future our family are going to have to make our homes in the UK, and that is no great hardship. The UK has been very good to us all when looked at with realism. And to think that we have to spend the next few years here does NOT fill us with dread. But no matter what I/we will always look toward Australia as our long term home, and to say I don't really fit in to the UK at the moment is not exaggerating a point. My mind and body may be in the UK, but my heart truly remains in Australia. Thanks for listening to the whining, but have had a few beers and was feeling as if I had to get this off my chest. Cheers Tony:wubclub:
  13. After a (heated!) discussion with my father who is visiting here at the moment, I wondered what people's main reason was for emigrating here. I know often it's a combination of reasons, but what is the main one that either made you move, or is making you want to move to Australia? I've put the same poll on the Poms in Adelaide site, and wondered if people's reasons over the whole of Australia vary at all.
  14. Evening everyone, We just heard some very sad news, my husband drives a taxi at the weekends and last nite he was workin. He said this morning when i asked how last nie was that for whatever reason there was an unusual amount of violence, alot of police and people being arrested all over the place. Half an hour ago his boss phoned to ask if he dropped off a certain fare (which he didnt) and explained because the police had been at his door as the passenger had been been dropped off and then they dont know what happened but he was severly beaten up and died in hospital this afternoon, he was only a young lad. This is getting to close to my own front door now and yes im aware it happens all over but with out doubt this loutish anti social violent society is becoming normal in britain, due in part to our population bursting at the seams!! The thought of ever letting my son out on the streets fills me with fear, i just want out of here. this has really upset us and shocked us, as i say its too close this was only a 5 min drive away. my thoughts are with that boys family and i hope they find the evil b"*&ards that are guilty. sometimes the world just doesnt make sense:sad:
  15. Another reason to get the Hell out of FCUK Polygamous husbands can claim cash for their harems I apologise if you burst a few blood vessels after reading the article i found.
  16. " 13 year old becomes Dad" :arghh: www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25048945-23109,00.html
  17. Most likely not the same for everyone but i commute from caloundra into the hinterland on a daily basis and once i get the other side of the bruce highway there's just no traffic at all........its supurb, sort of what where i lived in norfolk used to be like when i first started driving 15 years ago. Here's a picture i took today on the way home from work. :hug:
  18. Interested to see what the MAIN reason people have/had for moving to Australia
  19. Guest

    Another Reason to Come Home

    Marmite Cheddar Bites : Marmite
  20. kernow43

    one good reason not to go back!

    From the BBC BBC NEWS | Business | Unemployment reaches 11-year high
  21. Good Evening everyone! I was wondering if anyone could help us out...we sent our TRA out last month and unfortunately we fall short of points, but would get in (we were informed over the phone)if my husband done a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, despite him having 10 years experience and all relative up to date and sought after trade qualifications...So we are considering OH doing the diploma (of course rules could change within immigration dept and then we'd never get in!) or going for a sponsored 457 route - we do believe alot of guys who work in the oil indusry opt for this route...Obviously we would prefer to get in via the skilled route and gain PR asap. I have a BA Degree in Marketing and Business Management. Shouldn't this have gave us enough points, add to this my OH's experience and long list of qual's and i know they are looking for NDT Inspection Engineers - it is a very skilled job! But unfortunaltly the emmigration company are saying he needs a diploma....:goofy: Help! Could we turn it around and do me as the main applicant, focusing on my degree? Or should be be contacting oz NDT companies to sponsor us? What do you reckon? Please help us out - we have two little boys and want a better life style ASAP. Thanks x
  22. Hy Here is one reason to leave this country, don't laugh it's a lot nearer the truth than the Government will admit. You will have to click the image to enlarge it. GBUK more like FCUKED What do you think ? [ATTACH]88[/ATTACH]
  23. I've just been sent this. It's a bit of a read but worth it I think! A Squirrel's Tale REST OF THE WORLD VERSION: The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. THE END THE U.K. VERSION: The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving. The BBC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food. The British press inform people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so, while others have plenty. The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Council of GB demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house. The BBC, interrupting a cultural festival special from Notting Hill with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall Overcome". Ken Livingstone rants in an interview with Trevor McDonald that the squirrel got rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair share" and increases the charge for squirrels to enter inner London. In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work. The grasshopper is provided with a council house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel's food is seized and re distributed to the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper. Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old home and utilises it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Britain as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of Britain's apparent love of dogs. The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people's credit cards. A Panorama special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel's food, though spring is still months away, while the council house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper's drug 'illness'. The cats seek recompense in the British courts for their treatment since arrival in UK. The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery. A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost £10,000,000 and state the obvious, is set up. Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum-seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Britain's multicultural diversity and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats. The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison. They call for the resignation of a minister. The cats are paid a million pounds each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in the United Kingdom. The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds. THE END
  24. I've just been sent this. It's a bit of a read but worth it I think! A Squirrel's Tale REST OF THE WORLD VERSION: The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. THE END THE U.K. VERSION: The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving. The BBC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food. The British press inform people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so, while others have plenty. The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Council of GB demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house. The BBC, interrupting a cultural festival special from Notting Hill with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall Overcome". Ken Livingstone rants in an interview with Trevor McDonald that the squirrel got rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair share" and increases the charge for squirrels to enter inner London. In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work. The grasshopper is provided with a council house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel's food is seized and re distributed to the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper. Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old home and utilises it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Britain as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of Britain's apparent love of dogs. The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people's credit cards. A Panorama special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel's food, though spring is still months away, while the council house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper's drug 'illness'. The cats seek recompense in the British courts for their treatment since arrival in UK. The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery. A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost £10,000,000 and state the obvious, is set up. Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum-seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Britain's multicultural diversity and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats. The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison. They call for the resignation of a minister. The cats are paid a million pounds each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in the United Kingdom. The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds. THE END
  25. What a lovely day yesterday was, sunshine, blue skies, perfect day for a walk to the park with my two year old. Ok, as soon as we step foot on the green surrounding the park, we spend our entire walk having to avoid the dogs s*** covering a majority of the grass, what is up with these people if I allowed my children to leave their mess on pavments and park area's they would be disgusted, well why do they feel it is ok for there animals to do it. :shock: Upon reaching the play area we are faced with up to twenty youths slouching all over the play equipment including the baby swings. Upon asking them to move on I receive a mouthful of abuse including langauge I found shocking. My two year old was so upset she just wanted to go home, I have no doubt she will now never want to return, what a shame! :cry: What is this country coming to when you can not even visit a play area without feeling safe. A very sad missiemo and two year old
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