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  1. Guest

    Sunday Nigt Group Hug

    OK enugh with all the bickering This forum is getting a little heavy so lets all take a deep breath and have a group hug. No kissy kissy though girls becouse i'm rather prone to sticking the tongue in and having a quick groap ( the misses can't understand why we don't get invited to dinner parties any more) sorry if i missed any minority group
  2. Hi all, Is anyone going to the big day out for dogs on Sunday? They are having the Bernese christmas party too so if anyone is going I'll be the one with the only bold Bernese, come and say hi! I was going to bring the other reprobate too but my OH is away and I probably wouldn't manage both so just the Berner
  3. Hi all, Edit ***In Sydney*** Just wondering if anyone had any ideas or suggestions about where to watch the Irish / Italy rugby match on Sunday? We are currently staying out in the Hills district, so don't really know many of the pubs out here bar the Mean Fiddler and that's ****e for watching matches. We have a three year old and would like to take her with us but we don't really want to go to somewhere packed & messy. We're not going out on the lash, obviously as we're bringing our daughter but would like to go somewhere with a bit of atmosphere. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, Cheers, Harry. Cheers, Harry.
  4. I don't mind it now but the first few years it was the one day of the week that I HATED! Monday to Friday I was at work, Saturdays was OK despite all the shops closing at noon (in Sydney.) Sunday everything was closed, no shops, no pubs. The main street of every suburb looked like a still from '28 Days Later'. The cinemas were open though, and McDonalds so that's what I used to do, Movie, Macca, ring my Mum and Dad from Martin Place GPO. Now, everything is open on Sundays in Sydney. I stopped in Punchbowl the other Sunday and a barber was open at 9 pm - probably a Moslem so it was a working day for him but even so it surprised me. Come to think of it, although there were plenty of shops open there, I couldn't see a pub. Is there one in Punchbowl? Is there anyone from PIO who calls Punchbowl home?
  5. Guest

    Tidbinbilla - Sunday 25/9 or 2/10

    We are happy with either date but I may have caused some confusion on the first email about this so maybe we should have a new vote and go with the most replies by Sunday 18/9 ....???? Please reply with the date you prefer for the next PiO meet up - at Tidbinbilla ... 25 / 9 or 2 / 10 Cheers!!
  6. Come and celebrate with us this Sunday (31st) at Erlestoke Park, Castle Hill, Sydney. Bring yourself, partner, friend or rest of family to meet up with the friendliest (mostly expat) crowd in the Hills District...if not the world! BYO meat for the BBQ, drinks, chairs, utensils and a plate of salad, nibbles or dessert to share. We'll have a load of fun games for the kids and a Christmas dip. Come along for a great get-together. All welcome! PM me to RSVP & for more info. Date: Sun 31 July Time: 12 noon Venue: Erlestoke Park, Erlestoke Place, Castle Hill.
  7. I will be watching this tonight. Not sure why, I just feel the need to keep updated with what is going on in this terrible story. I could go on and on about the rights and wrongs of how this happened, at the end of the day a little girl is missing and its just so sad. When you see the Jaycee Dougards and other kidnapped and captive children, it just makes you wonder will Maddie appear again in years to come?
  8. We're selling our in Hallett cove, SA, Sunday 1:30 - 2:00pm. Check out the link. http://www.brockharcourts.com.au/Property/View/SMV3733/Hallett-Cove-8-Sarga-Street
  9. sm79

    doctors open on a Sunday

    Does anyone know of any GP's open on Sunday in Melbourne? Anywhere in the metropolitan area will do. It's not an emergency but rather was hoping to avoid time off work to visit. Had an appointment with one this morning but for various reasons was forced to cancel it last minute and Google hasn't helped thus far. Thanks
  10. Would be nice to have a little chat with anyone who's making the big move too. (Qantas) We'll be the one giving bo*****ing's out left, right and centre to the kids, who'll be racing around us while were trying to get sorted.lol
  11. Just moaning, But two hours I will never get back to wait to see if anyone wants to buy our flat! And only one woman came, who has already been on friday, and spent another forty mins in our one bedroomed flat (!) and I can tell has no intention of buying. I like our wee flat and its not nice hearing them whispering! I am very bored, and a little depressed. :sad: Oh well only takes one, although not even convinced I would buy it in this market! Gill
  12. Guest

    Perfect Sunday

    Inspired by the film 'hot fuzz' My perfect sunday.... Wake up early and head out to the spit..we'd take a nice picnic hamper and sit and watch the waves break on the beach with the gentle sound of the shells as they rolled in and out of the surf...We'd walk and sit and read a while, then run to the dunes and I'd pull him to the floor in a spot where no-one could see us, pull him close and gently whisper into his ear......My boyfriends on the beach and I think he saw us :eek: Just thought I'd share before I go back to the mind numb which is reality...work!
  13. RobandCatherine

    Canberra get together - Sunday at 1 o'clock

    Starting a new thread so we get everyones attention. Meeting in Lennox Gardens around 1 ish - Territory and Municipal Services - Lennox Gardens Bring along whatever you want to throw on the BBQ etc & perhaps some light alcoholic refreshments - I'll bring some gear to clean up the BBQ before/after we use it. Looking forward to catching up... just hope the weather improves, we may end up back in the Durham! Rob.
  14. I posted this on another thread in the Western Australia section but thought it may be useful in here too. I'm arranging a meetup for new people arriving in Perth: Date: Sunday 30th Jan Time: 3pm onwards Location: South Perth Foreshore, Coode St end of Sir James Mitchell Park The link here should show you the location on the map - we'll meet between the boatshed restaurant and the funcats 'hut' (the centre of the picture) South Perth, Western Australia - Google Maps There are a couple of BBQs in this area so maybe people could bring some meat and salad for an early evening BBQ? We'll bring along a cricket bat, some balls, frisbee etc so feel free to add to that should you wish! Please rsvp so we know at least some people are going to turn up! We have a colourful fish windsock thingy so I'll try and put that up to identify us easily. Thanks ! Jo and Seb PS We'll def do another bbq a few weeks later so that those of you arriving early Feb can come and join us too.
  15. Hi all Just recently moved to Varsity Lakes I am Jayne (38) & also Angie (31). We are going for brunch on Sunday 30th January 11ish at Lake Cafe in Varsity Lakes. We wondered if anyone else would like to meet up for a bite to eat or just a coffee and a chat. Please feel free to either reply to the thread or send me a private message. Look forward to hearing from you Jayne & Angie Ps DjBurgessuk will see you there
  16. Oh my god, its this week I'm leaving, can't bloody believe it. Went out with friends last night and they are all saying such lovely stuff about us, not sure maybe it was the drink talking. Found out this morning that my hubby's boss has sorted out accommodation for us for a month, so panic over for the short term. It doesn't feel real though. When does it hit that I'm actually going on Sunday? Good bye Ireland and essex and hello Sydney :wub::wubclub:
  17. Guest

    Sleep Sunday Five Faves

    Bored and hungover I've decided to start a thread 'Sleepy Sunday Five Faves' (can you see what I did there? :biggrin:) So who and what are your favourite for the below random categories.... 1. Comedian 2. Word 3. Song 4. Male actor 5. Novel Moi: 1. Frankie Boyle 2. Cummerbund 3. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley 4. Al Pacino 5. Bird Song - Sebastian Faulks (although it has a weak ending)
  18. FlappyChicken

    Brisbane Sunday Remembrance Day Service

    Hi POMinOZ Does anyone know of any services taking place this Sunday 14th November for Remembrance Day in the North Brisbane area. Thanks FC
  19. Anyone fancy a meetup this Sunday afternoon in Manly? Exact location and time still to be arranged but if you are interested please get in touch!
  20. LAURIE OAKES: Minister, welcome to the program. CHRIS BOWEN: Thanks Laurie, good morning. OAKES: Before we go on to immigration, Tony Abbott’s just flown out of Afghanistan where he’s been visiting our troops. Is the Government pleased that he made the trip? BOWEN: Absolutely. I think everybody will welcome the fact that Tony has been to Afghanistan. I think the troops will welcome that and I think that’s perfectly appropriate, so that’s a welcome thing. OAKES: Do you agree that going on his own he would have had more time with the troops and more chance to talk with them than he would have if he just tailed after the Prime Minister? BOWEN: Oh look, not necessarily, I think the Prime Minister invited him to go with her as a sign of bipartisanship. That didn’t work from his point-of-view, that’s fine. I think he would have had full access if he was there with the Prime Minister, but equally now that he’s gone by himself that’s perfectly appropriate as well. OAKES: I understand that Mr Abbott actually asked if he could be embedded with the troops and spend some days with them so he could go out on a mission with them, the way some journalists do. Would that have been a good idea? BOWEN: Well look, I’m not aware if that’s the case or not Laurie, you wouldn’t expect me necessarily to know about that. If he wanted to do that I’m sure the appropriate considerations would be those of security for the troops and for him and that would be a matter that the Government would take the advice of the Defence Forces on, but I’m not aware of the details of that particular report. OAKES: And in fact Defence said no, Tony Abbott I gather accepts the reasons, I mean, you don’t put the alternative Prime Minister in harms way I guess, but it’s typical of Abbott that he wanted to do that. Isn’t Abbott the action man? BOWEN: <laughs> Well look, that’s really a matter for him. I could understand the reasons why he’d want to see the operations in Afghanistan as closely as possible, I would understand that. Also, I think as I said before, we would understand the reasons of the Defence Forces in protecting both his personal security and the personal security of the troops. OAKES: Now you’re heading off tomorrow for East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia - BOWEN: Yes. OAKES: Now is this a genuine, serious attempt to get a regional asylum seeker processing centre off the ground? BOWEN: Absolutely, and its about more than just the Regional Processing Centre, it’s about an entire regional framework. We have a regional and international problem which needs a regional and international solution. What we need to do is to develop a regional framework in a similar way that one was developed in response to the Vietnamese humanitarian crisis in the ‘70s and ‘80s; similar way than what’s been done in Latin America more recently and even in Africa; a sensible and regional framework which deals with what is essentially a regional issue. With almost 4 million refugees in the Asia-Pacific region, it makes sense for all of us, all of our regional neighbours to work together in reaching a solution to what is essentially an international and regional problem. OAKES: Why are you making the trip and not the Foreign Minister? BOWEN: Well because I’m the Immigration Minister and this is an immigration matter Laurie, and the Prime Minister has given me carriage of processing the regional framework for immigration as Immigration Minister. Kevin Rudd and I have been in regular contact about it; he’s also raised the matter with his contemporaries on his international visits and he is providing me every possible assistance, but it’s appropriate that the Immigration Minister has primary carriage of what is primarily an immigration matter. OAKES: And what’s Kevin Rudd’s view of the idea of a processing centre in East Timor? BOWEN: He supports it. He supports it because it would be in line with UNHCR principles, it would be developed in very close consultation with the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, so he supports it because he recognises that it would be the best way forward in dealing with what is a regional problem. OAKES: And what signals are you getting from East Timor now? Are the people in Dili more favourably disposed to this idea than they were when Julia Gillard first put it forward? BOWEN: Well look, we’ve had some encouraging feedback. Obviously it’s a big issue for East Timor, it would be a very significant development for them and they obviously have issues they want to worth through. But certainly, President Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Gusmao have indicated they are very interested in talking it through, very interested in talking though those issues, and certainly that’s what I’ll be doing when I leave tomorrow. OAKES: Now if East Timor doesn’t want this thing dumped on its soil, have you got other locations in mind? BOWEN: Well certainly East Timor has been our focus and I wouldn’t obviously accept your characterisation of it being dumped on East Timor’s soil. I think its something which could very much work for East Timor’s benefit as well as for Australia’s and the regions. Certainly East Timor has been our focus, but I’ll be visiting a number of countries in this trip and a number of countries as this develops, and we’ll be talking about all the options with all the countries in our region that are signatories to the Refugee Convention. OAKES: Now you talk about a regional framework and a Regional Processing Centre, but this is not a regional issue is it? The vast majority of asylum seekers who lop here are from Afghanistan which is nowhere near the region. BOWEN: Yes, but they come through the region Laurie. They come through Indonesia primarily… OAKES: They come through the region because they want to come here. We’re the regional problem aren’t we? BOWEN: Well no, I wouldn’t put it that way Laurie. Of course, when you’ve got a very high number of refugees around the world, 42 million displaced people around the world, they are going to go to developed countries that are signatories to the Refugee Convention: they’re going to go to Canada, they’re going to go to Europe, they’re going to go to America and yes, they will seek to come to Australia as well; so of course in that regard we will always be attractive because we’re a developed country who are signatories to the Refugee Convention, that’s always going to be the case. But what you do need is a regional framework because the trafficking goes through our region: goes through Malaysia, it goes through Indonesia and goes through a number of countries on the way to Australia; and us dealing with it domestically can only do so much, you need a regional solution to this, it needs to be done in a developed way. It’s much more effective than stunts and sound grabs about turning boats back and boat phones and things which won’t actually have any impact; the thing which will actually have an impact is a regional… OAKES: But it still is - it’s exporting our problem to some other country, isn’t it? BOWEN: No I don’t think so Laurie and I don’t think the other countries see it that way either. I think they see a regional solution as being in their best interests as well. That’s why the Bali Process was set up for example, recognising that these issues are best tackled at a regional level and this is taking the Bali Process one step further. OAKES: Well over the weekend we had four boatloads of asylum seekers arrive within 48 hours. Where are you going to put all these people? BOWEN: Well Laurie, we do have significant strains in our detention centres, I’ve been very clear about that since I became Immigration Minister. I’ve announced some short-term measures to deal with that. I’ll also be announcing some longer-term measures in the not-too-distant future to deal with those pressures on our detention system and those pressures don’t just come I must say from boat arrivals. They also come from a number of other factors. They come from the fact that our rejection levels have increased for example. As you’d understand Laurie, when somebody’s accepted for asylum it’s a fairly simple process to then move them into the community. But when a claim is rejected, you then go through a process where they can have an Independent Merits Review; we’ve then got to seek to return them to the country from whence they came. We have return agreements with some countries, we don’t have one, for example, with Afghanistan which we’re working on, so that has also led to pressure. There’s a High Court challenge, which means that some people have not been repatriated as yet, so there’s a number of things that has led to those pressures and I’m dealing with those pressures through a long-term plan which I’ll be saying more about over coming weeks. OAKES: Your predecessor Chris Evans said that his greatest failure as Minister was failing to control the immigration debate. How are you going to try and control it? BOWEN: Well, I will engage in a sensible and mature discussion. I won’t engage in sound grabs, I won’t engage in cheap policy, I won’t engage in stunts like boat phones and sound grabs like turning boats back. I will engage in proper policy development with the regional focus as its core, and I’ll talk to people about the issues: about the international issues, about the movement of people, the fact that we have historically high levels of movement of peoples around the world in an irregular manner. What I won’t be doing is engaging in a race to the bottom of stunts and sound grab which Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison seem to be intent on doing. OAKES: Well I guess that will be a change from the Labor Election Campaign… BOWEN: Well I don’t think so… OAKES: But can I ask you, do you believe in a ‘Big Australia’? BOWEN: Well look Laurie, I think what’s important is that we have a sustainable population. I think our immigration program for example, is very important in the skills debate, is very important in terms of dealing with the ageing of our population and we need to strike that balance. But I think what Australian’s rightfully want is to be reassured there’s proper planning in place for infrastructure, there’s proper planning in place in relation to the impact on our environment and that’s what Tony Burke, the Population Minister and I will be working closely on in relation to the population strategy. OAKES: But Julia Gillard before the election said we mustn’t rush forward to a population of 36 million. How are you going to stop that? BOWEN: Well, I don’t think Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t have necessarily any particular population target, she said essentially what I’ve just said, that the Australian people… OAKES: She was having a whack at Kevin Rudd who talked about a Big Australia in the light of projections of 36 million by 2050. That’s specifically what she was talking about so presumably she doesn’t want 36 million by 2050. BOWEN: Well by saying that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a particular number, she was saying that we need to have the proper processes in place; we need a population strategy. For the first time – we have never had one before Laurie – it’s Tony Burke’s job to get the population strategy up and running for the first time, which will deal with the issues of sustainability, of infrastructure, of where people live. It’s not just about the total number of the Australian population, it’s about the spread of the population throughout the… OAKES: When you talk about a ‘Big Australia’ you are talking specifically about population. You said you were not going to engage in this sort of obfuscation; you are doing it quite effectively. BOWEN: Well Laurie I don’t necessarily, I obviously don’t agree with that. What we are doing is engaging in a discussion about a strategy, about a population strategy, for the first time in Australia’s history. We have grown exponentially over a hundred years, but we have never actually had a proper population strategy, where we have talked to people about the needs for our population. We have talked to people about the skills need, about the needs of an ageing population, to keep our population growing, but at the same time talked about what sort of things that entails in terms of demands for infrastructure, and demands on the environment, and that’s perfectly appropriate. OAKES: Are you going to cut immigration? BOWEN: Laurie, we set our immigration targets on an annual basis around Budget time and that’s what I will be doing. I will be going through all of the evidence of what our needs are in relation to skills, what our needs are in relation to the economy, and what the humanitarian situation is around the world. I will be doing that in the normal, methodical way that that occurs. I certainly won’t be engaging in speculation about what that immigration rate will be, before engaging in that process. But what we have done is… OAKES: Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a population of 36 million; she then said we need to stop, take our breath. So when are you going to stop? BOWEN: Well Laurie, when she said that, she was talking about that planning, talking about the infrastructure needs, and environmental needs. What we have done in the immigration space and this due to my predecessor, the good work that he did, was make sure that our immigration needs were being driven by immigration, he has taken steps to ensure that our Net Overseas Migration level is sustainable, for example, by dealing with temporary visas for education purposes, and by making sure that the right balance is there. I’ve got more work to do there, but we have taken steps there, and my predecessor did good work there. OAKES: We thank you Minister. BOWEN: Nice talking to you Laurie.
  21. Does anyone want to meet up next sunday for lunch or afternoon drinks? Was thinking in the city somewhere but open to suggestions. I always seem to be working when other meet ups are arranged so thought I'd try and organise one myself. I'm Jane (32) and my husband is David (28). All welcome!!!!
  22. Anyone interested in meeting up at the Art gallery of NSW this sunday to watch a free film screening, oggle afew masterworks, sip a coffee etc?
  23. MASSIVE GARAGE SALE TOMORROW! Sunday 23rd May 10am to 4pm Located at 38 Masthead Close, Jindalee (15 minutes north of Joondalup / 30 minutes north of Perth) No TAT here!! Loads of great stuff for sale due to upcoming move back to UK. * Reclining Cream Leather ELECTRIC MASSAGE CHAIR - Forget spending $$$$ at Harvey Normans... a bit of luxury at a ** BARGAIN ** price! * American style Samsung FRIDGE-FREEZER - As new ** BARGAIN ** * Assortment of TOOLS - both handheld and power - Selling all very ** CHEAP ** * LG HDD/DVD Digital Video Broadcaster and Multi Recorder * GARDENING EQUIPMENT inc. lawn mover and strimmer * Portable electric RADIATORS * Portable electric FANS * Antique CHEST OF DRAWERS from UK * Ikea Cream metal DOUBLE BED FRAME * Double MATTRESS (4 months old and spotless) * Ikea Cream OFFICE CHAIR * Golf Bag with assorted mens GOLF CLUBS * Girls BIKE (age 6+) * Kids CUBBY HOUSE * Kids SLIDE * Wooden BABY COT * Wooden Toys R Us CHANGING TABLE * Baby HIGHCHAIR * Child CAR SEATS * Assorted TOYS - girls & boys * Ladies CLOTHES (size 10/12) - Inc. Next, M&S, Monsoon & Mango * Ladies SHOES (size 7) - Inc. Jones * Girls CLOTHES (age 7/8) * Boys CLOTHES (age 2/3) * Assorted indoor PLANTS * FREE BBQ to good home!!!! Plus loads more.... Feel free to contact me if you want to find out about or see any particular item. Will carry on selling what's left over after Garage Sale, so contact me if interested. PM me or call - Mobile: 0430 566144
  24. Hi, We have been here for just over 4 months and have run out of "tourist" things to do on a Sunday. What do you all do? We have done Freo, Rockingham, show houses etc. and Sunday's are becoming a bit too much like how we spent them in England in front of the TV!!!!! Any thoughts would be great!!
  25. Suddenly One Sunday - Crime Library on truTV.com Although much of the blame for Port Arthur was centered on the availability of guns used in violent crimes, Australia's homicide statistics prove otherwise. Tasmania, Martin Bryant's home state, has the lowest murder rate in the country with just 0.85 murders per 100,000 population, a rate far lower than Japan which has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, fists, knives and blunt instruments are the most frequently used weapons in homicides, with guns accounting for just 25%. Martin Bryant is now housed in Hobart's Risdon prison under protective custody. His mother who, apart from his defense counsel, was Martin's only visitor during the trial, later told interviewers that she wished her son had died along with his victims. When asked how Martin was adapting to life in prison, she answered, "He's his usual self, he's smiling and laughing.