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  • What Is Your Facebook Purpose? Here are 5 Ideas.

    Women's Network Australia Blog
    Natalie Alaimo
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    I love Facebook.  I love it for it’s ability to help me market my business and generate warm qualified leads for my business.  But using Facebook for marketing your business doesn’t have to be its only purpose.  In fact as a business owner you can select exactly how you want to use Facebook in your […]
  • 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary

    Rocky Travel
    rockytravel
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    How to create an Australia Itinerary that works Are you thrilled about your Australia Trip but don’t know how to fit the long-wish-list into a 2 weeks itinerary? Don’t let a feeling of frustration loom over you! Australia is a big country that requires good planning to make an itinerary that works. Balancing time frame [...] The post 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ethical gifts flash sale from Happy As Larry Designs

    Bondville
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Lovely Bondville sponsor Happy As Larry Designs is having a flash sale to make way for more product in the lead up to Christmas. Get all your gift shopping done early! Here are a few of my favourites on sale:100% wool rose cushion. was $44.95 now $20.00Velvet and cotton hand-stitched Indian baby quilt. Was $149.00 now $119.00OMM Designs memory game; great for older children through to adults and looks super stylish. Was $29.95 now $19.95100% felted wool pebble rug. Was $349.00 now $120.00 (save $229!)Rabbit and Bono felt softies, made from 100%…
  • Parliament ministerial wing in lock down

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Parliament reacts to fears that Tony Abbott may be a potential terror target following intercepted "chatter".
  • Gillard played misogyny card: Howard

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    EX-PM John Howard slams Julia Gillard for “playing the misogyny card”, saying her leadership was doomed from the start as “she had no authority”.
 
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    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • Why Aussies rarely have sober sex

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    FOR most people, dating and drinking go hand in hand. But this social activity can lead to dysfunction with a rising number who have never had sober sex.
  • Gillard played misogyny card: Howard

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    EX-PM John Howard slams Julia Gillard for “playing the misogyny card”, saying her leadership was doomed from the start as “she had no authority”.
  • Police call off search for William

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    POLICE have stopped the search for missing toddler William Tyrell on the NSW mid-north coast. He has been missing since September 12.
  • Bell tolls for peace atop Harbour Bridge

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    OLYMPIC gold medallist Sally Pearson rung a bell for peace on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday for World Peace Day.
  • Socialite drug dealer pleads guilty

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Socialite Lisa Danielle Stockbridge has pleaded guilty to supplying drugs like cocaine and ecstasy to Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs.
 
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    The Conversation

  • Abbott to make parliamentary statement on terrorism fight

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott will this week attend a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council. AAP/Mick TsikasPrime Minister Tony Abbott will make a statement to Parliament tomorrow on national security developments at home and abroad, as the government prepares to introduce new counter terrorism legislation centred on the problem of foreign fighters. On Tuesday Abbott leaves for the United States to attend the special session of the United Nations Security Council in New York chaired by Barack Obama that will discuss the issue. “Eighty nations face the challenge of dealing with…
  • NZ Election Results: Labour Performs Dismally

    Adrian Beaumont, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Melbourne
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    With all election night votes counted in yesterday’s New Zealand election, the centre right Nationals have won 48.1% of the vote, up 0.8% on the 2011 election. That meant they almost doubled Labour’s vote, which won a pathetic 24.7%, down 2.8%. The Greens had 10.0% of the vote, down 1.1%, NZ First 8.9%, up 2.3% and the Conservatives 4.1%, up 1.5%. Because the Conservatives failed to reach the 5% threshold or win a single member seat, their votes are effectively wasted, and parties that did reach the threshold benefit from this. The provisional results give National 61 seats, up 2 on 2011,…
  • Hong Kong: A Second Tiananmen?

    John Keane, Professor of Politics at University of Sydney
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    In Hong Kong, public tensions are mounting over Beijing’s recent decision to restrict free and fair elections in 2017. A week-long strike by students begins on September 22. The citizens' initiative Occupy Central with Love and Peace plans to stage a mass sit-in on the streets of Central. Readers may be interested to listen to my brief radio analysis of the roots and reverberations of the developing conflict. John Keane does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.
  • Americans torn between relief and confusion by Scottish No

    Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, Associate Professor, Government and Politics at University of Maryland
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    I don't think we're in Falkirk any more. warriorwoman531, CC BY-NDAfter a flurry of interest in the Scottish referendum, with the vote featuring on the front page of the New York Times and dominating nightly news programmes, Americans may now be wondering what all the fuss was about. Before the No vote, American perceptions of the Scottish referendum were diverse. Some feared the consequences of the break up of the UK, while others lauded the fruition of a long struggle for national independence. In the United States there is both a feeling of solidarity in having seen a nation press…
  • Birthing on Country could deliver healthier babies and communities

    Sue Kildea, Professor of Midwifery at The University of Queensland
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Inuit women carrying their kids in traditional hooded parkas. Indigenous midwifery programs have expanded across Canada and are linked to excellent health outcomes. Spencer/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SATony Abbott spent most of this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. In the final of our Abbott in Arnhem Land series, we asked our experts: what stories does the PM need to hear? Imagine you are 36 weeks pregnant and about to have your third baby. But coming from a small community, you can’t…
 
 
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • What Is Your Facebook Purpose? Here are 5 Ideas.

    Natalie Alaimo
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    I love Facebook.  I love it for it’s ability to help me market my business and generate warm qualified leads for my business.  But using Facebook for marketing your business doesn’t have to be its only purpose.  In fact as a business owner you can select exactly how you want to use Facebook in your […]
  • How Blogging Can Protect Your Website From Penguin and Panda

    Sorcha Mullis
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Thousands and thousands of websites that don’t comply with the high quality and transparency standards of Google are hit by their algorithm updates, such as Panda and Penguin, losing their rankings and slipping out of the search results for their target keywords. As you most likely know, if you’re not ranking on the first page […]
  • 5 Great LinkedIn Profile Tips

    Ingrid Cliff
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Copywriting is not just restricted to your website. You need to ensure your brand flows through all of your social media presences, including LinkedIn. Here are 5 useful tips to help you maximise your LinkedIn Profile. 1. Include Your Keywords Keywords on LinkedIn are as important as your keywords on your website. The keywords you […]
  • How Do You Generate Business via LinkedIn?

    Robyn Henderson
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Social media can be so time consuming and when you are already busy running your own business it can be a real task to be consistently monitoring, updating and interacting with your connections. The important thing is that you remain accountable and can justify the time you spend on social media with positive outcomes for […]
  • Find Your Own Freedom and Success

    Dianna Jacobsen
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    We all have our elevator pitch, and mine is “I work with people to create lives of FREEDOM and SUCCESS!” So what is ‘Freedom and Success’ to you? Have you REALLY thought about it? Is it having a nice home, living where you choose to live, doing the ‘work’ you want to do, sending your […]
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    Policy Online - apo.org.au

  • CMCT01 Case Management (National Certification) Competency Training

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Essential training for the case management agency, educator, practitioner, professional or supervisor” ~  brought to you by the CMSA,  Australia & New Zealand’s national registration & regulatory body for...Read more
  • CMCT01 Case Management (National Certification) Competency Training

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Essential training for the case management agency, educator, practitioner, professional or supervisor” ~  brought to you by the CMSA,  Australia & New Zealand’s national registration & regulatory body for...Read more
  • Peephole to power

    Stephen Mills | Inside Story
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Private secretary, chief of staff, enforcer? A look at the role of the prime minister’s most influential gatekeeperRead more
  • Surging with the sophomores

    Peter Brent | Inside Story
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    There’s a case for encouraging popular but defeated MPs to throw their hats back into the ringRead more
  • Blak wave

    Tahjee Moar | Wheeler Centre, Tony Albert | Wheeler Centre, Destiny Deacon | Wheeler Centre, Virginia Fraser | Wheeler Centre, Clinton Nain | Wheeler Centre, Richard Bell | Wheeler Centre
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    A panel of artists discusses what it means to be a 21st Century Indigenous art practitioner and how their artistic practices are helping to forge a fresh path to the future.Read more
 
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • Around the Interwebs

    Karen Andrews
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Who needs to hear another ‘oh woe, I’m sick’ tale, I know, but as I’m still wandering around the brain fog that I’m calling “whatever the hell I’ve got” I’ve done a lot of internet consuming lately (without a whole lot of creating). Here’s some of what I’ve been reading/watching that I think is worthy of a share. Flavorwire has a list of the 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature. I liked it because for all the worthy usual suspects that such lists throw out (Jane Eye, Holden Caulfield, Humbert Humbert, Holly Golightly…
  • What I’m Reading September 2014

    Karen Andrews
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The first book I read was Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen tends to be a rather polemic writer and as I was reading I felt a kind of… tension within myself, from piece to piece, that was interesting (if a little off-putting). I adored the title essay, an exploration of his grief following the death of his friend David Foster Wallace – in fact, I like every time he mentions Wallace. By unpicking their relationship, and he’s unafraid of examing his own failings of personality, I got the sense of two things a) he is a very loyal friend b) he is a hard one, too. His…
  • Road Tripping

    Karen Andrews
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’ve been away. When a very sick family member calls asking for you to come, you go. So we did. And now we’re home, all down with a bit of a lurgy, but back all the same. I made a video about the road trip, made in a Ford Territory Titanium which we’ve got for the next six weeks thanks to Kidspot Voices of 2014. All footage is from my iPhone. Although I took my DSLR, naturally I forgot my battery charger. All the juice the camera had in it was to turn on… and then go black. So that was a pain. Rural escaping – here it is! There’s some lovely colours in the…
  • The Creative Life – Lorelei Vashti

    Karen Andrews
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The ‘blog to book’ transition has become normalised enough that it forms the basis of many conference or festival panels around the country, featuring successful writers who went their own way or who caught the attention from publishers with their blogging activities. One of these writers is Lorelei Vashti. Her blog ‘Dress, memory’ (dressmemory.com) was born from a desire to be more creative, and so every Friday from May to November 2011 she posted about a dress she wore in her twenties. Within a month her project had attracted the attention of three publishers; that number…
  • To The Pharmacist Who Sold Me Baby Formula

    Karen Andrews
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This letter is the first in my ‘Write open letters of thanks to people who have influenced my life’ goal from my Living List To The Pharmacist Who Sold Me Baby Formula, It was a cold Saturday morning, and I was at the end of my tether. I’d gotten out of bed, dressed, and left Keira with Adam in order to walk to the chemist and buy a tin of baby formula. I was familiar with the horror stories that some mothers had told on parenting forums about feeling judged or shamed by doing the exact same thing, and I hoped I wouldn’t get the same kind of service and, even if I did,…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • The Other Mummy

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    To celebrate Children’s Book Week here in Australia, my eldest decided to dress up as a mummy for his school’s parade. Of course, I had to help him with his outfit. It was 20 minutes before we had to leave for school and I was frantically trying to wrap him up in toilet paper and sticky tape. It was the stupidest idea ever. The toilet paper didn’t work because it kept tearing and falling apart. I was getting desperate and quite close to tearing up my old white bedsheets, so I could get a good wrap around my son. But then I had an idea… I used kitchen paper towels with…
  • From City To Surf To Hamburger (Then Bed)

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    My friends and I participated in the recent Perth City to Surf! This year the running event celebrated it’s 40th year, but for me, this year was my first time running in it… so I was pretty excited! However, two weeks before the event, I was down with the flu, fever and dizziness, and it threw my running training out of whack (ie. I didn’t do a training run for 10 days). And it was only the day before the event, that I felt 90% back to normal and I decided I would still run – BUT I had to promise myself to take it easy. This is my friend Pippa and I, about to run the…
  • Building a Stylish Wardrobe – White Pants and Oxfords

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was recently introduced to someone as a “fashion blogger” and she immediately asked me earnestly, ‘Ooh! I need a fashion tip! What should I buy?” It’s a tricky answer. But it made me realise that most people – as well as me – just need a quick and specific suggestion to get them thinking about their next fashion purchase. So here’s a tip! If you need to refresh or update your wardrobe this season, I suggest you get some slim white pants and oxford shoes! Mine have instantly multiplied my outfits, giving me endless combinations with my existing…
  • Simple Cheese and Bacon Scones

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I woke up one morning and I was SO SICK OF MAKING SANDWICHES for my children’s lunch. So I found a new recipe and made some very simple cheese and bacon scones. They were so delicious, tasty and soft. I ate two for breakfast. They were just like what you’d get from a fancy cafe, I was soooo pleased. They really are best eaten hot and fresh from the oven! I modified the recipe of course, so here’s my version. Cheese and Bacon Scones 400g of self raising flour 50g of regular butter (with salt), diced and left at room temperature 250ml of milk (I just used low fat, because…
  • Cow Suits and Cow Puns in Cow Town

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    On a sunny Saturday morning, out for a drive in the countryside, we drove into a little town called Cowaramup, hoping to find a quite cafe with a sleepy view of the main street and a yummy breakfast menu. The town’s name originates from Cowara, the Australian Indigenous word for a bird, the Purple-crowned Lorikeet. The town was originally created around timber milling, but now it is best known for it’s wines, beef and DAIRY products (mainly cheeses and chocolates). A perfect combination if you ask me! But of course, the amazing coincidence is that… the town’s name has…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • The Snow Kimono

    Joy Lawn
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A buzz has been building about Australian author Mark Henshaw’s long awaited second novel after Out of the Line of Fire. The Snow Kimono (Text) is a literary psychological thriller set in Japan and France. Insights into both those countries shape the contours, ridges and atmosphere of the novel. Paris is wet and snowy and […]
  • Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN Competition – WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi

    Jon Page
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi  To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell us your favourite […]
  • Review – Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

    Romi Sharp
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Having two kids under five is busy enough; constantly picking up after them, the daily hustle and bustle, and the shouts, shrieks and laughter that goes with sibling shenanigans. But what about young, lively, always busy, curious twins? Now that would be a handful! Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner make a great award-winning team, already […]
  • Review – The Drop by Dennis Lehane

    Jon Page
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    This is absolute vintage Dennis Lehane. Contemporary Boston, working class neighbourhood, crime is not about right or wrong it is about survival and everyone has their own choices to make. Dennis Lehane originally wrote this as a short story called “Animal Rescue”. He then turned it into a screenplay which is about to be released […]
  • On My Bedside Table – # 3

    Dimity Powell
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Back by popular demand, the bedside table revelations of our literary heroes and heroines or as some of us like to address the towers of teetering titles yet to be tackled, the TBR List – To Be Read List. Be it on the bookshelf, coffee table, lounge room floor or humble little bedside cube like […]
 
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: Australia and Iraq, economic convergence, India-China and more

    Sam Roggeveen
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. With Prime Minister Abbott committing to the still-developing international coalition that will work toward containing and combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, several Interpreter contributors discussed what it meant for Australia. Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Rodger Shanahan:  More importantly, the Australian public needs to understand that this mission is simply about targeting IS; it's not about making a better Iraqi nation. I would argue that the multiple identities (to coin a Bernard Lewis…
  • New Caledonia: Australia's benevolent disregard

    Denise Fisher
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    Imagine that the most senior leader of one of Australia's neighbours resigns suddenly during a visit by a minister. And that this follows an election where the winners cannot agree on allocating a key economic portfolio, a street protest where two policemen are shot and a boozy lunch where a senior political adviser is murdered. Now imagine that none of this is even mentioned in an Australian newspaper. Noumea, New Caledonia. (Flickr/lagrandeterre.) Well, it's true and it reflects of our lack of awareness, and information, about what goes on in New Caledonia. I have written about Australian…
  • Grant Evans 1948-2014

    Milton Osborne
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    The death of Grant Evans at the age of 66 is a notable loss for Australian scholarship on Southeast Asia and a sad event for his many friends. As one of a few academic specialists on Lao society and history anywhere in the world, his death at such an early age leaves a gap that will not be easily filled. And the fact that he will no longer be present to welcome visitors to Vientiane robs us of a host who was always generous in sharing knowledge and wise advice as well as a drink and a meal in his house beside the Mekong River. I was privileged to know Grant for more than twenty years, but I…
  • Documentary trailer: Red Army

    Sam Roggeveen
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    [youtube:a_euhvZQMaw] Synopsis: Red Army is about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky tells an extraordinary human story from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the friendships, the betrayals, and the personal dramas, which led to his transformation from national hero to political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.  (H/t Slashfilm.)
  • Religion in Southeast Asia: Diversity and the threat of extremes

    Elliot Brennan
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Until recently, parents in Thailand would leave their children in Buddhist temples while they worked the fields and factories. Buddhist monks would act as caretakers and teachers. Religious education was strong, as were the donations flooding into Buddhist temples. But with the rise of state-run primary school education, religious education has slipped dramatically (so too the temples' cash flow). This is a familiar story across Southeast Asia. As the region climbs from the bottom rung of the economic ladder, there is often less time devoted to religious practice and more to working the…
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    Gigajobs

  • Automation Test Analyst

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    My client is one of the largest telecommunication organisations within Australia. They are seeking an Automation Test Analyst who will be able to perform software testing activities to increase the quality of their websites and applications. Your Responsibilities: • Conduct tests as they are delivered through Agile delivery process • Testing web applications • Testing middle-ware • Configure testing estimates for agile stories and epics • Add Automated test scripts for new features and from a feature backlog to increase test coverage • Assist business validation testing after…
  • Implement your change today

    admin
    28 Feb 2012 | 3:45 pm
    What’s your next career move? Gigajobs has the best job listings from great companies, whether you’re looking for opportunities at a start up or at a major corporate. You can search our job listings or create a profile and let employers find you. Need the an IT resource right now? Find the candidate you’re looking for here. Post a job or search the candidate database.
  • Seek posts 60 Mil profit

    admin
    21 Feb 2012 | 6:32 pm
    Thought you were paying too much for your online ad? received hundred of applicants and only a fraction are suitable candidates? Bigger is not always better. Thought this was interestingt reading.. How much do you think an an ad should cost to? Online job listing site SEEK has reported a record first half profit of $60.6 million, up by 26.5% from the previous corresponding period, mostly due to growth in Australian employment, and its Chinese arm. Shares rose 35 cents or 6.1% to $6.05 after the announcement was made. Revenue from its employment business was up 15% on the previous…
  • Implement your change today

    admin
    22 Sep 2011 | 8:35 am
    What’s your next career move? Gigajobs has the best job listings from great companies, whether you’re looking for opportunities at a start up or at a major corporate. You can search our job listings or create a profile and let employers find you. Need the an IT resource right now? Find the candidate you’re looking for here. Post a job or search the candidate database.
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • Australian Visa Application Fees and Charges 2014

    National Visas
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Australian visa fees and charges rise every year, implemented on the July 1 start of each migration program year. The last significant increase on visa charges occurred in July 2013, when the Australian government approved price increases for skilled visas and partner visas, among others. Unusually, 2013 saw fee increases at other times throughout the year also as the labour government sought to claw back its debt. A look at Australian visa application costs The components of a visa application cost include (1) base application charges, (2) government charges, and (3) non-government costs.
  • Prepare Your Skills: Australia’s High-Demand Jobs This Next 10 Years

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The Australian labour force is gearing to adapt to the “competitive, technology-driven future,” summarised the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency in its 2013 paper that envisions the country’s working future. According to Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy, Australia’s working population needs to be composed of highly skilled workers with “technical, professional, and managerial” knowledge. This outlook is due to the continuous global movement towards technological growth. Among this group of workers, one set seems to be in greatest…
  • Australian Visa Application: Your Impact on Visa Processing Time

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Visa processing time is the average time the Department of Immigration and registered migration companies take to handle visa lodgements up to approval. Considered unique and of equal urgency among all applicants, visa applications are processed using time service standards that are linked to the Portfolio Budget Statements. Simply, the department can only assign migration places based from the approved budget. How does a visa applicant affect visa processing time? Technically, the processing of any type of visa can only start once it is received by the department. In a scenario wherein…
  • My URGENT Application!

    Simon Delmo
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Unless you are an Australian citizen, you must have a Visa to enter Australia! So you’ve just realised that you have no Visa arranged for your trip. You have left your Visa to the last minute and now you are panicking that you are going to have to change or cancel your flights, hotel bookings and other plans. You are also probably considering that you have arranged a particular leave period at work, too. What a disaster! Unfortunately, this is a very common problem. Can your Visa be arranged urgently? There is no single answer to this. In some cases, we can get your Visa finalised within…
  • Changes to English language testing requirements across various visa programmes

    Alfonso Varela
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The Department of Immigration has recently released some good news for visa applicants in regards to the English language, providing more alternatives to meet this requirement across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes. From November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from 2 different providers: Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic); and from early 2015, scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be…
 
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    Bondville

  • Family Day Trip: 8 things to do in Dural and Brooklyn, NSW

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I've been hugely lucky this year to be loaned a zippy Ford EcoSport Titanium as part of the Kidspot Voices of 2014 program and this weekend took advantage of the gorgeous Spring weather to take the EcoSport for a semi-rural escape/half-day trip to peaceful Dural, NSW.Dural is only 36 km north-west of the Sydney CBD but feels like you've reached the country, with its rolling hills, horses, farms, and views out to the Blue Mountains. It's instantly relaxing and perfect for a Sunday drive - ours was in the Ford EcoSport Titanium - a small SUV, but a comfortable fit for our family…
  • Ethical gifts flash sale from Happy As Larry Designs

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Lovely Bondville sponsor Happy As Larry Designs is having a flash sale to make way for more product in the lead up to Christmas. Get all your gift shopping done early! Here are a few of my favourites on sale:100% wool rose cushion. was $44.95 now $20.00Velvet and cotton hand-stitched Indian baby quilt. Was $149.00 now $119.00OMM Designs memory game; great for older children through to adults and looks super stylish. Was $29.95 now $19.95100% felted wool pebble rug. Was $349.00 now $120.00 (save $229!)Rabbit and Bono felt softies, made from 100%…
  • Kip & Co. new One Fine Day collection for baby and kids

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Kip & Co. are the Queens of mix-and-match.  They are styling geniuses! Add their beautiful bed linen, pillows and bean bags to these amazing Incy Interiors beds (below) and it's a feast for the senses.Here are four very different rooms for kids and babies, mixing and matching pieces from the new One Fine Day collection with limited edition Incy Interiors beds. First up, an Indian-influenced girl's room (amazing combination of the Munster leopard sheets with the floral!):Read more »
  • Udder effortlessly cool children's clothes - huge sale

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    I've been following Fliss from Udder's journey for years along the south-east coast of QLD creating beautiful handmade toys and effortlessly cool kids' clothes, and now to Bali where she and her family are continuing their creative endeavours. Sadly for us, Fliss is discontinuing her children's clothes line to focus on her new ceramics line (exciting!), but the good news for us is that her gorgeous clothes have been heavily reduced (up to 70% off!).Read more »
  • New Oobi SS14 girls clothes and now for tweens!

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Oobi is one of those children's clothing brands that has a true cult following. Oobi Mamas love Oobi with a passion and really connect with the labels fresh, fun, 'let them be little' ethos and mix-and-match prints. My girls have worn and loved so many Oobi pieces and still live in their Oobi hats, which is why we are excited to see this classic Australian brand expand up to size 11 for tweens!Read more »
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    Scarlet Words

  • #79 – Complete an alphabet photo series

    Elizabeth
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Task #79 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Complete an alphabet photo series For almost three years my deadline for the this project, 28 September 2014, has seemed a very long way away.  It’s hard to believe that I’m staring down the barrel of the final week.  Just 6 days to go! This is the 88th completed task, and I promise that sounds far worse than it actually is.  So many of my tasks are neeeearly complete, and those that are yet to be started are part of a special plan for next weekend.  More on that later. But first, enjoy this fun little photo series.  Each…
  • #98 – Make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting

    Elizabeth
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Portrait from Scarlet Words on Vimeo. Item #98 on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting. I spent Saturday at my dining table, surrounded by brushes and watercolours and paper. With just 21 days to go until my deadline (eek!) I have a stack of drawing to get done, and by the end of today I started to feel like the lady in this drawing looks.  Over it. Serves me right for procrastinating, I guess. This facepalming lady was fun to make.  I’m starting to learn how to use water soluble graphite which, when paired with canvas paper,…
  • #67: How to cure an #iSlave

    Elizabeth
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Image source: Romance Academy   Task #67 of my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: Have a technology-free weekend Let me tell you about life without phones, screens and social media!  I’ve just spent a weekend free of all my gadgets and it was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I left work last Friday afternoon with my phone locked in my office cupboard, and by the time I reached the car park I already felt different.  It felt very liberating to be free of the buzz each time an email, text, tweet or Facebook notification came in and that was the moment that I realised…
  • The art of unplugging

    Elizabeth
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    I have a handful of tasks on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days which have been kind of hard to get excited about.  Some of them are gym-related (no surprise there!) while others have challenged me to give up something I love.  That month without coffee was rough. So it’s probably not surprising that I’ve waited until Day 965 to embark on Task 67: Have a technology-free weekend. This Friday afternoon I’ll switch off my phone, lock it in my desk drawer at work and walk away.  I’ll put away my iPad and laptop too, as well as any other gadgets that would normally make…
  • #55 – Build a snowman

    Elizabeth
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    I can’t quite believe that I haven’t posted anything here for more than 2 months!  It’s the usual story – the less action you see here, the more is (probably) going on in my offline life.  When I grow up I want to be one of those people who can manage both and still have time to brush their teeth. It’s crunch time now with my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days - only 41 days left to finish the remaining 28 tasks on my list.  It sounds bad (right?), but more than half of those items are already well underway and the others are probably manageable as long as I…
 
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  • Why You Should Visit the Mornington Peninsula

    Sean Cane
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Roughly an hours drive to the southeast of Melbourne lies the Mornington Peninsula. A sleepy region that’s a far cry from the bustling city and an escape to this area will not disappoint. From beaches to golf courses, wineries to hot springs, the Mornington Peninsula needs to be high on your list of places to visit in Victoria. Mornington Peninsula Wineries There are over 200 vineyards on the Peninsula, the rich fertile soil of the area, plus the unique microclimate allow for a wide range of grapes to be grown. The vast majority of these wineries offer on the spot tastings at their…
  • Fishing in Australia

    Sean Cane
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Australia is the biggest island in the world and with this title comes 1000’s and 1000’s of kilometres of coastline. It doesn’t take much imagination to think that there would be some amazing fishing in these waters and the good news is that there absolutely is. From record breaking tuna, monster bill fish to bountiful bream and boisterous barramundi, Australia offers some of the best fishing adventures in the world. It’s not all salty either. World class trout fishing has a home in Tasmania and then there’s the Murray River in Victoria. If your planning on…
  • Amazing Lesser-Known Things to Do In Melbourne

    Sean Cane
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Melbourne is one of Australia’s hot spots for travellers. From this modern city you can explore many different regions and engage in fishing, adventuring, take in major sporting events and more. Here are just some of the lesser-known highlights of what you will find in the Melbourne area. South Melbourne Market The South Melbourne Market is something you have to visit when you are there. It is one of the world’s largest indoor and outdoor markets that feature mostly fresh foods and produce. What makes this market so unique is it is consciously put together and run to create as small a…
  • The best road trips in Australia: Western Australia

    Sean Cane
    6 May 2014 | 4:32 am
    Road trips are more Aussie than AC/DC and are the best way to see everything Australia has to offer. The only problem is deciding where to go and what to see and do. This was the motivation behind creating this infographic of a fantastic 5 day road trip around South Western Australia as suggested by Australia.com With stunning weather, natural beauty, top shelf wine, local produce and a wide range of activities to experience this region of Western Australia is perfect for an extended drive. From a spot of shopping in Perth to winery hopping in Margaret River to whale watching in Albany…
  • Tips on Renting a Car and Driving in NZ

    Sean Cane
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    New Zealand (NZ) is in many ways the perfect destination to travel by hire car and if you’re planning on visiting from Australia (or anywhere else) then you should definitely consider renting a car. Benefits include the fact that there are no large marsupials willing to randomly jump out in front of your vehicle and the landscape is constantly changing and more often than not, stunning, beautiful and unique. Also, unless you take a bus tour or fly there isn’t really any other way to get around. Fortunately, NZ is the kind of place you’ll appreciate every moment on the road…
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  • How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure

    rockytravel
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Tips to pack light for an Outdoor Adventure My Australia Travels are focussed on Nature and Wildlife. So, when it come to preparing my Australia trip I know how to pack for an Outdoor Adventure. I usually spend 65-70% of of my time in the outdoors, 20% walking and exploring cities, and 10% visiting art [...] The post How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Australia Travel Apps

    rockytravel
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Best Travel Apps to help you explore Australia Once you have planned your trip to Australia, the next step is to prepare for explorations. While there are still tons of information on paper, such as brochures, leaflets, maps, printouts, it is beneficial to have all information stored on one our device, either smartphone, iphone or [...] The post Australia Travel Apps appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here is my Solo Travel Book

    rockytravel
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    What I have been up lately After months of hard work, I am thrilled to announce my first Solo Travel Book, which is now live on the internet! So, now you know why it was so quite on the Rocky Travel Blog, lately… Drums roll. Here is my Solo Travel Book: “”. Why this ebook? [...] The post Here is my Solo Travel Book appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary

    rockytravel
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    How to create an Australia Itinerary that works Are you thrilled about your Australia Trip but don’t know how to fit the long-wish-list into a 2 weeks itinerary? Don’t let a feeling of frustration loom over you! Australia is a big country that requires good planning to make an itinerary that works. Balancing time frame [...] The post 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Places to eat in Australia

    rockytravel
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    Australia is a great place for a food experience. The variety of genuine foods along with the rich multi-cultural background make of Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney a mecca for food and wine lovers. What if you are not a foodie? Don’t worry you will be tempted to try out the tasty and [...] The post Places to eat in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Great Walks of the World : Magnetic Island

    Jo Castro
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Don’t know about you, but gyms aren’t for me. I’ve just cancelled my membership (again) because I couldn’t justify the money and I didn’t use it enough. For me, the best way to keep fit is to walk, and in Australia we are blessed with some amazing walks with incredible scenery. Just recently I was […] The post Great Walks of the World : Magnetic Island appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Accommodation Surfers Paradise and a Beach that Never Ends

    Jo Castro
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    I’ve just attended the largest annual Bloggers’ meet-up in Australia; the Problogger Event in Queensland. I know, lucky … but to tell you the truth it’s such a great event that I’d fight hell and high water to get there again next year too! Accommodation Surfers Paradise For the second year in a row it […] The post Accommodation Surfers Paradise and a Beach that Never Ends appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • South West Events: Balingup Medieval Carnival 2014

    Jo Castro
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Gotta love the South West Events and Festivals. One of our faves is the Balingup Medieval Carnival which is held annually in August and even if you’re not into all things Medieval, it’s a fabulous event. In fact it’s a bit like being transported back to the Middle Ages, with music, costumes and re-enacted battle […] The post South West Events: Balingup Medieval Carnival 2014 appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Why you should visit Nannup, Western Australia

    Jo Castro
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    When we first arrived in Western Australia we were told about the Golden Triangle. It sounded a little like the Bermuda Triangle and equally as mysterious, given that we had so much to discover over the very wide ground that is Western Australia. But nowadays we pop down to Nannup quite often, for a weekend […] The post Why you should visit Nannup, Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • A trike, a staircase and a silvery moon in Broome, Western Australia

    Jo Castro
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Today ZigaZagers we’re going on a magical mystery tour to Broome, way up in the north west of Western Australia. I’m going to take you with me on a unique motorised ‘trike-limo’ to view a staircase to the moon, and then (Yay!) we’re off for a cooling beer at the  most remote brewery in WA. […] The post A trike, a staircase and a silvery moon in Broome, Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
 
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