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    Quote Originally Posted by ossierob
    got into Australia as there is barely a taxi driver now that is not Indian
    Friggin good that is as they are extremely polite and accommodating.

    Try getting an Aussie driver to shut off the shite commercial radio or wind up the windows in winter or turn on the air-con and close the windows in summer. A bit more negotiation involved.

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    Going back in March with my son for our holiday, happy the USD has risen significantly to the AUD compared to March 2012! By March it may even be better than it is now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Nice post ossierob. My story is very similar. Two homes, two lives, two countries. Also tried to get my niece over more permanently then just the 3 month tourist visa they granted but hit the same road block as you did also.

    Where about's in rural Victoria are you? I am currently in Kununurra (far north WA) but was in Victoria scoping out a place to move to just a few weeks ago. Spent most of our time around Warragul and Drouin etc.
    Gidday MM I was born and raised in NE Victoria at Wangaratta and am really really happy to be going back there. I am currently setting up my place there and my son is going to move in whilst I am away in LOS. I love Wang and its district.....just hope my missus is ok with the winter. We have our Thai house about 30 km from Bangkok in the Nakorn Pathom district in a town called Samphran. Both are wonderful places
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    Going back in March with my son for our holiday, happy the USD has risen significantly to the AUD compared to March 2012! By March it may even be better than it is now!
    The Australian Government is hoping for the same thing Bung....Govt. believe it would be ideal for Australia if it settled at about Aud.85 to the USD

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    2 weeks holiday? I thought it was 4.

    5 days sick leave? I thought it was 10.

    7.5% super? It has been 9% for years and has just risen slightly this last FY.
    Quoting costs 8 years ago apart from the wages even then small businesses avoided hiring people unless they had to

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    Why do people call it a " rant " if you take the time to write a decent and informative piece about a subject ? Is it the same people who say " Bah Humbug " if you say you dislike Christmas ?

    Just carry around a small stock of negative phrases like that and then you never have to do any thinking for yourself at all !

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    Ba humbug. I think it comes from Charles Dickens Scrooge,a Christmas tale. Dickens was another twat who plugged Christmas to sell his books and get rich. Once he was wealthy he left his wife of his many children and lived with an English bar girl young enough to be his daughter.
    Ba Humbug

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Ba humbug. I think it comes from Charles Dickens Scrooge,a Christmas tale. Dickens was another twat who plugged Christmas to sell his books and get rich. Once he was wealthy he left his wife of his many children and lived with an English bar girl young enough to be his daughter.
    Ba Humbug
    What point are you struggling to make here ?

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    Hey guys I am planning a years working holiday in Oz in the near future and would like some good tips on jobs market places to visit and well anything really. I am a british citizen and I am currently in SE asia before my onward trip. Thanks!

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    Yeah everything over here in Aus is really expensive because the Government insist on taxing it through the roof, alcohol, cigarettes fuel etc kind of makes it hard to live at times, ow and you have income tax and gst that sux ass as well

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    Its a joke here now Tony abbot in canberra and camblell newman in qld.
    electricity dearest in world my bill $600 odd every 3 months
    petrol $1.57 litre
    10 oz beer $4.30 stubbie over the bar $4.80
    carton stubbies 24 375 ml $42
    dearest rego on motor cars $549 4 cyl qld
    50 grams tobacco $44 and raised !0% every year for the next 5 years
    25 pack cigarettes winfield $19.65 and raised 10% every year for the next 5 years
    Budget out end may with the following changes
    $6 tax to vist GP to prop up medicare
    Pension age suspected to raise to 70 years for retirement
    eligability currently 1 mill in assetts can have pension
    proposed if you have these assetts no pension
    If you have super when you retire and get a super pension not allowed old age pension
    super will be taxed at a higher rate if withdrawn
    9.5% is paid into super fund by employer if you add extra that will be taxed when you put it in and when you withdraw.
    Joe Hocky the federal treasurer is forcing the states to sell off assetts and he will give them 15% extra funding for roads Electricity power generators will be sold off to private enterprises.
    These asest sales can not be used by the states to pay off debt they must be spent on infrusture. or no extra 15% will be given to states and money will be with held.
    Disability pension and aged pension $840 a forthight will be reduced.
    Cpi increases will be reduced.

    So if you expect to retire with some super and live on the pension forget it.
    If you take your old age pension overseas it will be reduced by 17% if you are out of the country for more than two years you will have to apply to re enter australia.
    The pension rate will now depend on how many years you have worked in australia
    35 years you get the whole pension $840 any less say you have worked only 20 years you get a reduced pension 10 years work bad luck no pension
    anyone born after 1964 will not get a pension when they retire.
    so super is your only retirement.

    welcome to the lucky country

    divide the $840 by 35

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    Quick reply: South Africa has gone the same way. Everything costs a shitload now. Petrol, electricity, road taxes, taxes in general, food, car prices (new and used), etc etc.

    Such is the case that I'm living in the shittiness that is China. But do earn THB100+/month (for about 25 hours/week work) with relatively low living expenses - no car, minimal tax, cheapish food (local and western), cheap taxis, cheap high speed rail, cheap flights - an hour from Honkers, three from Bangers.

    BUT, no social welfare or pension scheme of any sorts.

    That said I am banking plenty of RMB, and hope to escape to a cave in a mountain, near a beach, with a small sailboat in the near future. Just for a year or so.

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    Tony Abbott has to put the country back on track - years of overspending by a Labour govt out of control has come home to roost.

    I am sure you remember the good old days and are aware of the surplus left by John Howard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
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    Tony Abbott has to put the country back on track - years of overspending by a Labour govt out of control has come home to roost.

    I am sure you remember the good old days and are aware of the surplus left by John Howard.
    Exactly; the 150 days in power are not long enough to wrought all these changes that frankly are typical of a Labor gummint.

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    But the wages match the prices right?

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    Wages drive the prices. Again, thank Labor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy View Post
    A bit of a rant.

    Most things are relative, one of the the blog comments points out that, yes, the price of a beer is high, but so is your own wage.

    But as for the cost of real estate - fook me. Social unrest might be the only way.
    Teetering on your own bubble..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuttaPercha
    But I am going to give LOS one more try.
    Keep us posted. Thailand ain't as cheap as what is was. Splitting your time between home and LOS is a good option if you can sustain it. Man has to have his amusements, and the occasional rabbit might not be enough.

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    Just a real life comparison here.

    At the moment I'm staying in a nice hotel near the beach in Bali for $50 a night with breakfast.

    Next week I'm flying into Perth, will pick up my car and caravan and head of to Coral bay for a spot of fishing with some mates.

    I will pay between $1.60 to $ 2.00 a liter for fuel on the trip and when I book into a caravan park I will pay $ 30 for a piece of dirt with no power.

    Yes, Australia is truly fuked but the fishing's good.

    2 weeks after that I will be back in Bangkok thank fuk.
    I do not give Patsycat " The Horn " thank Fuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munted View Post

    Thailand ain't as cheap as what is was.


    This is true but Australia is a shit load more expensive than it ever was.

    Jam it up there arse, I'm hanging in Asia and only because I like it a heap better.

    Boring as fuk compared to Asia. Fat slappers every where as well.

    Bottom line is, I can afford to pay there silly prices but refuse to play the game.

    Up Em, fuk Em and ream Em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    I will pay $ 30 for a piece of dirt with no power.
    That's not a bad deal. Last xmas holidays I was on the south coast and they wanted $55 per night for an unpowered camp / caravan site. In Berma - fuking - gui!

    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    This is true but Australia is a shit load more expensive than it ever was.
    That's it. Due to the AUD going up against other currencies, everyone else is feeling the pinch in Thailand with inflation and their currencies going down. For Aussies the comparative value is about the same over the last 5 years.

    Got a real tough decision in the coming years. Do I bite the dust and move the family back, or try raise the kids here with the shitty education system. A lot of Thais would give their lest testicle to have their kids go through the Aussie education system free, but is it really that good? Anyway I got a few years before making that choice, it's always been the plan to move back to Aus when the oldest is ready for primary school, but as time goes on staying here seems more and more like a viable option (Aus is still the front runner purely due to education).

    I could probably pay for a good international school here and still be better off financially than shelling out for Aus living costs and putting them through the public system.

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    Go with the international school. There is a trend developing.
    NZ universities drop in world rankings - National - NZ Herald News
    The climb of the Asian university vrs the decline of the NZ / AUS universities in the ratings.

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    If you come back to Oz, I hope you've got a good job lined up. The situation is not so good right now, and it doesn't look like improving soon.

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    ^

    The bottom line is that if one never had kids to worry about one would never consider going back to Australia.

    When one has young kids then one must wrestle with the decision to move back for there Education.

    Its a hard one innit and one must make there own decision on this issue.

    But if one liked living in Thailand it would be really shitsville to have to go back to Australia.

    Totally different way of life, nothing like here.

    Thank fuk I never need to consider it but on the other hand to go back short time is great.

    Just don't make it to long.

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    Sorry Willy,

    Grammar no good again EH

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