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Australian Government Abolishes 457 Visas thumbnail

Today the Australian Government made a special announcement, and for some of you this will not be very good news at all. Political rumblings have been going on for a while with the opposition and a couple of fringe parties expressing their disapproval of this temporary work visa. The government insists though that this is [...]

Buying an Australian House; Housing Chain? What Housing Chain? thumbnail

In last week's post called Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared, we had a reprint of an Australian and New Zealand magazine article called 'House hunting part 1'. Clearly if you append 'part 1" to anything, you need to be sure that's not the end of it. It needs to have a follow-up of some [...]

Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared thumbnail

As those of you who have read my post Moving House in Australia will know, I have recently moved house. That, of course, involves finding a house that you want to buy and also selling your existing house. It's been a quite exhausting couple of months, decorating my old house and setting up the new [...]

Queensland’s Cyclone Free Summer Comes to an Abrupt End With Debbie thumbnail

In a post called It’s Official: Brisbane Summer of 2016/17 Hottest Yet at the beginning of this month, I mentioned how strange it was that we had not had any cyclones at all this year in Queensland. Oh dear. I think it was Saturday when I first heard about Cyclone Debbie forming off of the [...]

The Pros and Cons of Moving to Sydney or Melbourne thumbnail

What a difference a decade makes. When I first moved to Australia in 2007 I chose to live in Brisbane. I could have chosen Melbourne, I could have chosen Sydney, or I could have chosen anywhere else. Back in those days, house prices from city to city were not really significantly different. The first time [...]

Australian Roadsigns: A Collection thumbnail

At the end of last week's article about Brisbane's record hot summer, I said I would let you know how I got on with the sale of my house. Yes, well spotted, that's not my house, this is... Let's recap on my Moving House in Australia story, and then bring it right up to date. [...]

It’s Official: Brisbane Summer of 2016/17 Hottest Yet thumbnail

I've been very quiet lately on this blog, my last post being Heatwave in Australia: Part One. There is a good reason for that, I've just moved house for the first time since moving to Australia over nine years ago. I mentioned that in my post called Moving House in Australia. Thankfully everything is beginning [...]

Heatwave in Australia: Part One thumbnail

I've called this 'Part One', because I know with an unerring certainty that there will be a part two at some point in the future. For now though, let me tell you about the weekend we have just had here in Australia. Scorchio! Yes, it was hot, very hot. Don't take my word for it, [...]

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