anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:17 am

Don't know about Australia, but we had friends in their 50's who wanted to immigrate to New Zealand. It was fine for them to visit for extended periods, but the government made it tough to come in permanently, take jobs away from the locals, and so on. Much like Canada when I looked into it some years ago: If you are young and high in desirable skills you get lots of points, the older you are and less skilled, the fewer points. If you don't make the point cutoff, you can visit but you can't "stay".
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:00 am

The same kind of restrictions are in place for Costa Rica. There's a few ways you can go there, one of which is if you're going to invest $200,000 in a business there that will employ at least one Costa Rican. There's a lot of people from around the world that live there. You can't emmigrate there if you have any kind of criminal record. A lot of people want to move there these days so it's getting tougher.
We had dinner with the friends that are planning to move there last night, they have gone through a lot of paperwork to make their move possible. 350k will get them a hacienda within walking distance to the beach. Sport fishing, scuba diving, outdoor living...
The wife is Costa Rican originally, she's a naturalized US citizen that loves this country dearly. They have had enough of mean people in the New York Metro area. Costa Rica is a stress-free paradise from what I heard.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:14 pm

samhill wrote:I haven`t talked to my x-brother in law for awhile but he was in the outskirts of Sidney even built a house there then found out how much of his income & retirement they would take & he was gone. Hes been working in S. Africa two weeks on & two off for awhile now, loves that except the Co. has to supply him with armed guards.


he built a house there - *then* did his research ?
then moves to South Africa ?

out of the frying pan into the fire
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:21 pm

rberq wrote:Don't know about Australia, but we had friends in their 50's who wanted to immigrate to New Zealand. It was fine for them to visit for extended periods, but the government made it tough to come in permanently, take jobs away from the locals, and so on. Much like Canada when I looked into it some years ago: If you are young and high in desirable skills you get lots of points, the older you are and less skilled, the fewer points. If you don't make the point cutoff, you can visit but you can't "stay".


if the US took this position on immigration we would be labeled racist haters and would in fact label ourselves.
BTW - immigration policy just might be the straw the breaks the camel's revolutionary back in this country
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:14 pm

Not exactly smokey, he did build a house with all intentions of retiring there, then Bombardier made him a offer he couldn`t refuse. So he quit the job he had & sold that house, then he was in S. Africa two weeks on & two off so he did get back to Pa. for awhile.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:52 pm

samhill wrote:Not exactly smokey, he did build a house with all intentions of retiring there, then Bombardier made him a offer he couldn`t refuse. So he quit the job he had & sold that house, then he was in S. Africa two weeks on & two off so he did get back to Pa. for awhile.


I have a friend who retired from Bombardier and now works more than ever - as a consultant. He is working in Canada now and they're pressuring him to go to Korea to finish some project.
He also spent a lot of time in Singapore.

He likes Canada but says its expensive. For me - Canada is a decent alternative to the US should the states turn into a wasteland.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:28 pm

I know I went to Canada after returning from the Nam & could not get a job for 30 days when they figured no Canadians were going to apply--it was high tower work--way out in Jasper,Alberta-mostly all Mic-Mac Indians & my skinny little Deleware butt-I thought the cities were alot tougher--I don't know if that still goes on??If they are smarter then us,which ain't hard,it probably does :)
smokeyCityTeacher wrote:
rberq wrote:Don't know about Australia, but we had friends in their 50's who wanted to immigrate to New Zealand. It was fine for them to visit for extended periods, but the government made it tough to come in permanently, take jobs away from the locals, and so on. Much like Canada when I looked into it some years ago: If you are young and high in desirable skills you get lots of points, the older you are and less skilled, the fewer points. If you don't make the point cutoff, you can visit but you can't "stay".


if the US took this position on immigration we would be labeled racist haters and would in fact label ourselves.
BTW - immigration policy just might be the straw the breaks the camel's revolutionary back in this country
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:04 pm

freetown fred wrote:--it was high tower work--way out in Jasper,Alberta-

Fred, that must have been some crazy gig! I think I'm a big shot on ladders, but I get a little freaked out past three storeys...
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:36 pm

I wasn`t too bad on the tower work, mostly changing insulators one side at a time. But the one time that I was laid off from the steelmill I got hired on when they were building the New River Gorge Bridge in W.V., between the wind & height I think it was one of the best days of my life when I got called back to the mill.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:59 pm

samhill wrote:New River Gorge Bridge in W.V.,

Isn't that where all the base jumpers go? I think I saw a show about a guy that was trying to skydive under that bridge, he was an expert, but slammed into it at 125mph. Didn't make it.
You and Fred must have the thrill seeking gene....

You worked in a steel mill? I worked in a Foundry in Johnson City, NY; grinding flash off castings all day long on a huge belt sander. Brutal job. I didn't last very long at that job. There was a guy there, must've weighed 135lbs, that guy could bust molds all day long.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:10 pm

Thet jump off of it but its pretty much a clear span, you would almost have to go into the cliffs on either side of it. Didn`t do it for the thrill but for the money. Until then not much bothered me as far as height, didn`t have any problem first time I jumped out of a perfectly good plane, there was just something about that bridge that bothered me. With a feeling like that its best that I wasn`t there long.
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:40 pm

Finally lost a good friend--someone yelled head in the hole on a real windy day up top & a paint can got him--I got down & stayed drunk for a week :( Then went back up--$30.00 bucks an hr under the table back in the late 60's--now a 20 ft ladder is my shakey limit :)
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Re: anyone here ever lived in Australia ?

PostBy: ken On: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:30 am

If not for the USA , there wolud be no Canada , we carry with our econmy
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