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  1. llessur

    Rise of the 'worliday'?

    I saw the following article a few months back about the rise of the 'worliday' - people taking their smartphones, laptops etc on holiday with them and putting in a few hours work each day to keep on top of things: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14526949 Personally I think this is a bit of a sorry state of affairs that someone might not be able to head off for a couple of weeks well-deserved rest each year without worrying about work - although I understand for the self-employed etc this might be a necessary evil allowing them to take a holiday they might otherwise not have been able to take. However, then it got me thinking about tourist visas - what if someone entered Australia on a tourist visa and wanted to check in with work back in the UK once a day? Would the terms of the visa prevent this or would this not matter seeing as you would be working for a company outside of Australia? Not that this is something I would ever consider - I value my holidays far too much :laugh:
  2. Theres been a huge 80,000 rise in unemployment in the UK and Nick Clegg is on the tv saying things are going to get a lot worse, the unions are balloting for strike action and its looking like a winter of discontent, just where will it all end? Unemployment Increases By 80,000 To Hits 2.51… Unemployment rose by 80,000 in the three months to July to 2.51 million, official figures revealed.
  3. The Pom Queen

    37% rise in visa cancellations last year

    THE visas of a record numbers of foreign students have been cancelled by the Immigration Department in the past year. The 37 per cent rise in visa cancellations was caused, in part, by a crackdown on students who were failing courses or rorting the system by not turning up to college or university. The number of visa cancellations had remained relatively steady for four years. And, for a decade, gaining a visa to complete vocational training courses in cookery or hairdressing was seen as an almost guaranteed route to permanent residency. But that back door has been blocked by changes announced last year that favour students who graduate with degrees from universities. University graduates will be promised the right to work here for two years after graduation. Vocational training students have to wait on a second series of changes, due next year, to find out where they stand. The proposed visa changes, combined with the high Australian dollar, triggered a 13 per cent fall in international student numbers in the past year. The visa crackdown hit Indian students hardest, while Chinese students have fared much better because they are less likely to be studying in the less academically demanding vocational education and training sector. Vocational courses include hospitality, hairdressing, mechanics, business, IT and accounting. More than half the 332,709 international students in Australia at the end of June are at universities, while a third are on vocational training visas to study diploma courses. One in every five international students is Chinese, while one in every six is Indian. Australian courses are also popular with South Korean, Brazilian and Malaysian students. Most international students come to NSW and Victoria. To receive a visa they must be enrolled in a course, show they can pay tuition and living costs, and meet health and English language tests. Of 15,066 cancellations by the department in the past year, 3624 students lost their visas because they flunked some or all subjects or were no-shows to class. Another 2235 visas were cancelled by students who quit their courses and 212 were from students who finished courses early. The department offers eight kinds of student visas. Despite the department overseeing the visa program, some foreign students never return to their home countries and end up as illegal immigrants.
  4. im looking forward to this film and taking one or two of the children..........i was a Planet of the Apes fanatic .......in fact i was that into them ,i married one ....hence the hair ...:laugh:
  5. The Pom Queen

    Interest Rates set to rise to 9.5%

    Just had this article sent through to me thought it would be of interest to those members following the property market. Property prices won't experience huge losses over the next three years but interest rates will rise to almost 9.5 per cent by 2014 to force buyers back onto the sidelines, a new study says. The report by BIS Shrapnel, released today, dismisses forecasts of sharp falls in prices over the short to medium term and predicts prices to remain steady through the rest of 2011 "with some cities even showing moderate price growth over the two following years". Report author Angie Zigomanis said the drop in home prices to June this year had been caused by the government's withdrawal of stimulus spending, rising interest rates and a 50 per cent pull-back in the number of first-home buyers entering the market. But he said buyers would return as investment from the mining boom started revving up the economy through 2012. "The only question mark for us is interest rates. Our forecast is for a half a per cent rise later this year, and another half a per cent rise in the first-half of next year," said Mr Zigomanis. "In an environment that is strengthening, we can probably handle that at current price levels. People have factored those rate rises in, so as the economy picks up people will wade back into the market knowing that there is a couple of interest rate rises on the horizon." He said the forecasts were based on unemployment falling below 4 per cent in "a strong economic environment" where rising wages and inflation would see the RBA hike rates. "Housing rates are consequently forecast to peak at 9.4 per cent by the end of 2013. While the momentum in purchaser activity is expected to continue into 2012-13, rates at this level will eventually bring about a downturn in both the residential market and the economy over 2014." City by city Mr Zigomanis forecast Sydney's median house price to be $640,000 in June 2011, or a 1 per cent rise on a year earlier. The report noted that house prices would "remain 9 per cent below the peak of March 2004" but home loan affordability was "at its best level since 2002". Melbourne's forecast median house price would hit $575,000, a 3 per cent rise on a year earlier, but Mr Zigomanis noted there was "little upward pressure on prices" as the construction of new dwellings was beginning to exceed demand. In Brisbane, the median house price would slide 4 per cent over the year to $440,000. The report noted that "underlying demand in the Queensland market has been weakened by lower overseas and interstate migration inflows that have fallen to long term lows". The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions were expected to have moved in tandem with Brisbane. Adelaide's median house price to June 2011 was predicted to remain static at $410,000, while Perth home prices would settle at $480,000, down 4 per cent for the year and 10 per cent since the March quarter peak of 2007. The median price of a home in Hobart was steady at $365,000 over the year to June and Canberra's median house price was estimated to have fallen 2 per cent to $512,000.
  6. Last evening me and oh chewing the fat as we do, were discussing this subject as its something that interests us and we have thought about for quite a while now, especially with the downturn. Today in the Daily Pail there is an interesting article about the subject in the Essay a good read for anyone who is interested in the way things are going. Of course there are may other articles around about the subject as well and powers that be tend to not want to think about it. However more is being paid out than comes in, more people are emplyed by the gov and its a prescription for disaster in the end. Saturday Essay: La-la land Britain faces permanent economic decline unless we face threat from East By Max Hastings Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2007977/Living-dreamlands-MAX-HASTINGS-Britain-confront-awesome-East-arrest-economic-decline.html#ixzz1QGuV3rSx
  7. All is sorted and we are arriving on 28th May, we are hoping to live in the Baldivis area and have looked at Kindy for my son who is just turning 4 this month, can anyone tell me anything about Makybe Rise in Baldivis? Its new this year and just wondered if anyone had heard any good or bad comments on it? Also my youngest son will be doing part time nursery does anyone know about the ABC nursery in Baldivis? Thanks !!!
  8. family of five

    Private school fees set to rise?

    Dear All, Just read this re private schools fees, does this mean that fees could be going up and if so by how much? Was looking at private schools for my kids but don't want them to start and then have to pull them out if the fees go up lots, anyone know any thing about this? Thanks all Tina, Family of Five x http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/sunday-mail/private-school-fees-in-600m-funding-hit/story-e6frep2f-1226047555084
  9. Guest

    Interest rates rise again

    Fortunately we fixed our mortgage before these last 5 rate rises but for those on variable rates it could be another $50 a month. It could have been worse as .5 was being talked about so lucky it was just .25.
  10. A bottle of Bells whisky could rise from £14.79 to £23.73 while Gordon's gin, another favourite of middle-class drinkers, would increase from £12.79 to £21.17. Budget 2010: Drinkers face rise in spirits duty - Telegraph MPs called for a return to the level in 1983 when the duty on a litre of pure alcohol was 11 per cent of the average male weekly manual wage, compared with 5 per cent in 2002. Such a move would send Britain to the top of the European league table for spirits tax. :arghh:
  11. Guest

    skilled jobs vacancies rise

    this interesting or i think so www.smh.com.au/business/skilled-vacancies-increase-in-november-20091125-jppl.html
  12. I'm not sure if this has been covered here yet. From: YG NEWS: Budget Australian Student Visa Fees to Rise
  13. Guest

    Eden Rise - Berwick

    We live behind Eden Rise and wondered what they were digging for, in case you may have noticed all the diggers etc.. Well I have been told that there are lot's of new shops being built, including an Aldi.. Not sure what other shops but will be a bit more competition for coles which is not a bad thing.. Shani
  14. House prices to rise next financial year House prices are tipped to rise next financial year as Australia's fastest population growth in two decades outweighs the effect of higher interest rates, an economic forecaster says. The BIS Shrapnel Residential Property Prospects, 2008 to 2011 report also says that banks may offer more attractive lending rates in 2009. The report said residential property markets would experience marginal price increases in 2008/09 as the population was expected to grow by 1.5 per cent, its highest level since the late 1980s. "Australia is experiencing record net overseas migration flows which is underpinning what is already strong underlying demand for housing," the report said. BIS Shrapnel study author Angie Zigomanis said rising rents and improving credit conditions would cause house prices to increase in most capital cities. "As credit conditions recover over the course of 2009, we expect banks will gradually pass on lower borrowing rates to customers," Mr Zigomanis said. "This easing will enable house price growth to pick up in many centres during 2009/10 and 2010/11." BIS Shrapnel, which forecasts another rate rise in the September quarter, said higher interest rates were more likely to stop price growth than force a downturn. Median house prices in Queensland were expected to grow strongly in the three years to June 2011. Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast properties were tipped to enjoy a nation-leading 22 per cent growth. Sydney, was tipped to have the nation's highest median house price, of $650,000, by mid-2011 as real estate values were expected to climb by 18 per cent during the next three years. The resources boom city of Perth was predicted to post the slowest capital city median house price growth, at nine per cent, in the three years to mid-2011. Perth's forecast median house price of $500,000 by June 2011 would be overtaken by Darwin's $515,000 as the Northern Territory capital was anticipated to enjoy 21 per cent house price growth during the next three years. Melbourne and Adelaide median house prices were tipped to grow by 16 per cent to June 2011, followed by Canberra's 15 per cent. Hobart house prices were tipped to rise by 14 per cent by June 2011, but would still give the city Australia's lowest median capital city house price, of $365,000. House prices to rise next financial year
  15. Hi all, the latest federal budget allows for an increase of 31,000 skilled visas and 6,500 family places in the 2008/09 year, together with modest increases in visa application costs, and improvements in speed of processing on 457 visas. More details later. DIAC will now become more of an obstacle to obtaining those skilled migration numbers...
  16. Bank lending rates rise again !! ... The R.B.A ( Reserve bank of Australia ) has just made history in announcing a rise in the Bank lending rates during a Federal Election campaign . A rise of .25% was announced , which will no doubt be passed on without delay to lenders . This rise will require the average Australian mortgage of $300K a payment of approx $2400 / Mnth to service . :arghh:
  17. Guest

    Interest Rates Rise !!

    The Reserve Bank of Australia has just announced a .25% rise in interest rates . This will add about $50/ mnth to the average mortgage repayment and is the 5th rise in less than 3 years . Bad news for the government , who are now likely to a tough run up to the next general election before the years end ..