Australia’s Ever Changing Economy; Have Sydney and Melbourne Peaked? thumbnail

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in case you didn’t know, is one of Australia’s big four banks. Commonwealth Securities, also known as CommSec, is an Australian online stockbroking firm operated by the Commonwealth Bank. I’m sure you’re grateful of introduction, but why should we care? Because every three months, CommSec produce a report called ‘State [...]

6 Must Dos in Cairns and Port Douglas; a Queensland Coast Road Trip thumbnail

As any long-standing readers with even longer standing memories will recall, back in 2016 I was writing a series of posts about my coastal Queensland road trip. Then in November 2016, when the series had got as far as Cairns, I had to put it on hold after we bought a new house. That placed [...]

Latest Visa News Update: July 2018 thumbnail

Current SkillSelect pass mark, New pool mark across point-tested visa categories, States and territories up-dating their skills shortage lists, Partner visa proposed changes and Proposed Citizenship changes.

Faulty Goods and Australian Consumer Law: Meet the ACCC thumbnail

In the 10 years that we’ve lived in Australia, we’ve bought quite a bit of stuff. Furniture, electrical goods, white goods, beds, houses, cars, all sorts of stuff. As anybody who buys stuff knows, sometimes things go wrong. Of all the stuff we’ve bought, things have gone wrong on several occasions, and by and large [...]

Microbreweries in Australia: Who Needs the Beach with These Crafty Changes? thumbnail

As I’ve said many times on this website, Brisbane doesn’t do beaches very well. But who needs them? Things are changing here in Australia, and I wrote about it for Australia New Zealand magazine some time ago. This article appeared in their September 2017 magazine, and I gave it the title of “Better than beaches”, [...]

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Biff! Bosh! Bash! ‘Ouch!‘ This is exactly what you don’t want to happen to you whilst you’re out at night on walkabout, or any time really. But when you’re looking at new areas in which to live, and you don’t know the country well let alone those areas, how do you find somewhere that is [...]

Latest Visa News Update: May 2018 thumbnail

Recent significant changes to temporary and permanent work visas, SkillSelect, Back flip on Parent visa Assurance of Support, ENS restriction and a New Zealand citizen’s update.

English Premier League (EPL) in Australia thumbnail

Yes, let’s talk about my favourite subject, football. I wrote this article for Australia and New Zealand magazine some time ago, in fact it would probably have been around June 2017 and it appeared in August 2017 in their magazine. Right at the start of the new football season. Of course, the season is nearly [...]

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