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  1. Hello all, We are possibly moving interstate from the Central Coast NSW to Melbourne, Vic. Hubby's future (fingers crossed) office is on Collins Street, near Merchant Street so a way from Flinders Street railway station. While we love the idea of living in Mount Eliza for the space, we have three young children (4.5, 2.5 & 1) and two large dogs. We fear the commute might be too much. Hubby at the moment is commuting roughly 2hr each way. He said he doesn't mind just over an hours commute and likes the idea of the tram. He also wants the kids to go a coed school. So, which suburbs (preferably East, Bayside) are within an hour commute be near to private coed schools that have an ELC program ideally? I am also looking for somewhere with a community as being a pom married to an Aussie I haven't found it that easy in Sydney to make new friends. Cheers
  2. cartertucker

    Head's in a spin ~ Help!

    Ok, so we need to go validate our visas in March! So far, I havent booked or sorted a thing! :embarrassed: (I have a new baby, so been a little busy!) I have made a start on researching flights & also campervan hire, but am so confused what to do....:confused: Do I book direct with the companies (as this seems the cheaper option) or is there a benefit to booking through an agent? I have other people telling me it may be cheaper to stay in motels & hire a car, rather than get a camper van? :confused: I dont know if I should book for 2 or 3 weeks, or choose 17days, so its in the middle? :confused: How long is 'long enough'? (bear in mind we are having to get 'dog sitters' in the Uk) We will be booking with Singapore airlines & im cocerned that they have said we may not get the bassinet I will request! I do not want to be crammed up with a 3 month old baby on my lap! :wacko: Does anyone know how I can guarantee these seats?:confused: Sorry, lots of dilemmas!....:confused::confused::confused: & am I missing anything, what else should I be booking/sorting? (you wouldnt believe that im usually pretty good at organising things, would you! :swoon:)
  3. Guest

    Cut back pure Spin

    From the Sydney Morning Hearld Wednesday 18th March 2009 Top of Form Immigration cutback is pure spin From the SMH 8th March 2009 Michael Pascoe March 18, 2009 - 11:48AM Congratulations Immigration Minister Chris Evans for the best spin since Shane Warne was at his peak, but I suspect the Minister himself might be surprised at how easy it's been to befuddle most of Australia's media - they make Mike Gatting look like Don Bradman. The "leaking'' of the "14% cut" in skilled migration on Sunday worked a treat, capturing all the headlines on Monday and getting a second run with the official announcement that night on the box and in Tuesday's fishwrappers. Oh, wasn't it lapped up, especially by the tabloids - just that little touch of xenophobic nationalism about it that so appeals. And nearly all of it, as Chris Evans well knows, was misleading nonsense, just throwing the CFMEU a bone to protect a few construction and building tradies, being seen to be doing something about rising unemployment, while actually having no meaningful impact on this year's record migration surge. Yes, Mr Evans did announce a reduction of 18,500 in the skilled permanent migrant category, "slashing'' the intake by nearly 14% to 115,000. The Minister might not have mentioned that that still means a 12% increase on the previous year's skilled permanent migrant intake - and that it represents a bare 5% impact on total migration this year, that's running close to 350,000 people. Maybe make that 332,000 now - still a record high. The industry and union commentary response - industry complaining about it, unions saying it wasn't enough - was all totally in tune with the Government's intention of being perceived to be active in the hitherto missing policy area while not really rocking the boat or reducing the demand created by new migrants. Uncomfortable truths There are several uncomfortable truths about the mix of labour and migration policies in this recession, starting with the reality that the labour market is weakening from an incredibly strong base - a period of boom and bubble, effectively full employment that we suddenly thought of as normal. If you accept that the Australia of 4% unemployment effectively enjoyed "full'' employment - nearly anyone really wanting a job could get one, notwithstanding some regional and individual employability issues - then our current 5.2% nominal unemployment rate really means 1.2%. There were already doubts in the first half of last year about the sustainability of sub-5% unemployment if inflation was to be contained. And while the latest jump in the unemployment rate captured the headlines, much less coverage was given to the fact that total employment managed to remain flat. Admittedly that was thanks to a surge in part-time employment making up for the fall in full-time jobs, but in harder times, a job is a job. Even when unemployment reaches the 7% forecast by the Federal Government and our major banks, it won't be much above the level that existed before Australia's last recession. And as Minister Evans admitted, there are still plenty of areas where Australia is very sadly lacking in skills and must continue to import the end products of other nations' investment in education and training. Yes, some people are losing jobs and more people will, but in any historical context, we're a long way from being in the national employment crisis the pollies and headlines often suggest. Rudd's trap The Rudd Government has caught itself in a little trap by convincing the electorate before the last election that working families were doing it tough, when they were really enjoying the very best of times and had never had it so good. From such lofty heights, any fall can seem steep. And then there's the once-over-lightly immigration figures. As previously reported, our real immigration numbers are running much, much higher than the official immigration program generally reported. Last May's budget boosted the "official'' program places by 20% to 190,300 - just to put this week's reduction of 18,500 in perspective - but there are another 160,000 or so not officially referred to as migrants. Kiwis, 457 visas and a few other odds and sods aren't part of that official migration policy. Kiwi refugees With the NZ economy doing considerably worse than ours, it's not unreasonable to expect the number of dipthong stranglers from across the ditch will at least be maintained, some of them economic refugees, maybe finding work here in the construction industry, helping build all those looming primary school halls and libraries. Last financial year, some 34,491 New Zealand citizens settled. There were a further 1428 people in an unspecified "other non-program'' category. And then there are the sub-section 457 guest workers who are the first to feel the chilly winds of labour protectionism. It seems that 457 visas are down by about 20% in January and February, but that still means about 100,000 people this year. I'd argue that the way 457s are holding up is a much better indicator of the real strength of the Australian labour market and our skills shortages and mismatches than what comes out of the ABS labour surveys. There are more challenges ahead for Chris Evans, starting with May's budget, when the protectionist forces will want another bone. I wonder if it has another flipper in his bag of tricks. Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor
  4. I was pretty upset when I read the new guidelines regarding the prioritisation of visas - I can understand why they have done it, however I felt disheartened by the Oz government moving the goalposts mid application - Good Luck to all those that have benefited though Anyway to cheer myself up I thought I'd put a list together of why this isn't so bad: 1) Our application is still valid and we will get to Oz eventually (well at least I think so unless they can change that as well) 2) We get to spend more time with family and friends in the UK 3) We still get to watch Premiership football (at a reasonable time) 4) No mozzies 5) Cheapest mortgage for a long time 6) Might be able to ride out recession and sell house quicker and for more cash when we do get visa 7) Can relax a bit more as resigned to having to wait rather than checking visa status everyday 8) Can look forward to English summer and long days rather than trying to sell house, pack up and ship your life to Oz I'm sure there are more, but it's a start Anyway to all you 175ers out there (that can't or won't change to a 176), always look on the bright side Rob
  5. Sorry but we haven't been on for a while. On the 11th November we got our visa and on the 16th we sold the house,the people buying it wanted to move in within 3 weeks OMG can you believe it nearly 12 month waiting for visa and house sale and within a weeks we had both. Well 2 weeks into the sale we have had a moving date 12th december, shippers are coming on the 8/9 dec and flights are being held for the 30 dec so if everything goes ok we will be starting the new year with a new life. God how quick everything can turn around. SO STRESTED SO HAPPY SO S******G OURSELFS:goofy: