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  • Piracy crackdown 'high-cost, low results'

    The Age News Headlines
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    Creative sector claims illegal downloading threatens viability of local film and music production.
  • The end of the work email? | Top Stories
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    NO MORE trudging through pages and pages of work emails. Can you even imagine such a paradise?
  • Top 3 reasons for using a Registered Migration Agent in your next visa application

    Australia Visa Immigration Information
    Alfonso Varela
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This month, I want to discuss one of the first and most important questions that anyone coming to Australia faces: Should I use an Agent to help me with my application or should I do it by myself? People have many different reasons to come to Australia and it is important for you to understand that regardless of what your intentions are, there are many legislative requirements to meet and each visa has its own independent criteria. Do I have to use a Registered Migration Agent (RMA)? In a nutshell, the answer is no, you do not have to. You may choose to lodge your own application with the…
  • Gomes shows off latest looks on runway

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Crowded House sang of Four Seasons in One Day, but for David Jones it was four seasons on one runway. Bikinis, biker jackets, trench coats and crop tops were among the all-weather looks at its spring-summer collections launch on Wednesday night in Sydney.
  • 14 things you never knew about Where’s Wally | Top Stories
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    WHERE’S Wally is a total diva. He is so tightly media-managed that it took us weeks to get an interview. But the famous enigma finally opens up.
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    The Conversation

  • Extreme weather isn't so unusual – it just depends how far back you remember

    Lucy Veale, Research Fellow at University of Nottingham
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Hail in summer - not so rare.@SCRainey2997/TwitterHail, heavy rain, lightning and flash flooding – not necessarily typical summer weather in southeast England. But the recent unexpected deluge saw homes evacuated, stations flooded, and road and rail services interrupted. According to the Met Office, more than half the monthly average total rainfall fell in just an hour. In Hove, Brighton and Worthing, the storm kicked off with a particularly heavy hailstorm leaving many waking up to positively wintry scenes. Such unexpected weather, described as “extreme” in nature, has prompted many to…
  • Abbott is now the cautious one as US and EU step up pressure on Russia

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott is showing caution on Russia. AAP/Paul Miller As the United States and the Europeans impose fresh sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, the Abbott government is notably out of step. The Prime Minister is not ruling out further measures later – Australia already has some financial sanctions and travel bans on named individuals and entities – but says that for now Australia’s attention is focused on getting access to the MH17 site to search for remains. There is no plan for more Australian sanctions. This is understandable. But, given all that was said about Tony…
  • Israeli opponents of the Gaza campaign are swept aside by a wave of violent invective

    Yoav Galai, PhD candidate in the School of International Relations at University of St Andrews
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    A right-wing protest demands military action in the build-up to Operation Protective Edge.EPAIsrael’s assault on Gaza has drawn international condemnation, sparked outraged protests around the world, and even roused talk of war crimes from the United Nations. But despite the onslaught of death and destruction in Gaza and the growing number of IDF casualties, Operation Protective Edge is widely supported in Israel itself. This support doesn’t just show up in polls; the operation in Gaza is being accompanied by public acts of violence in Israel directed towards Israeli Arabs and leftists.
  • Bankers should look eastwards for ethical guidance

    Atul Shah, Senior Lecturer - Accounting & Finance at University Campus Suffolk
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Diwali celebrations in the City of Londoneverheardofaspacebar, CC BY-SAThe crash of 2008 revealed an ethical crisis in banking, one of our most powerful and critical industries. To encourage bankers to clean up their act, proposals including caps on bankers bonuses, better risk management and tighter regulation were all put forward. However, all attempts to change behaviour have frustrated the regulators as finance workers are stubbornly refusing to change their values. The latest suggestion for a new oath for bankers comes from the think-tank ResPublica. Under the plan, bankers would pledge…
  • New bonus rules may make bankers happier campers

    Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School at City University London
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    The news was taken badly by some bankersthehutch, CC BYImagine having to wait seven years before you could be sure that what you were properly paid for your job. If it sounds like a bad deal then maybe it’s time to spare some empathy for bankers at UK financial institutions. Reports have signalled a series of tough new rules recommended by the Bank of England, but the flipside might well be a new creativity in motivating the money makers. Under these new regulations a banker could have all or part of their bonus clawed back if: There is reasonable evidence of employee misbehaviour or…
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Franchises Are Not Forever

    Simone Pentis
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Franchise agreements generally have a set period that they are to exist, with no automatic rights to extend operations after the expiry date. Neither is there generally any rights for a franchisee to be able to sell its franchise for a period that exceeds the Term and any renewal options expressly set out in their […]
  • Getting Some Perspective

    David Solomon
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    With all the challenges that our businesses (and life) throw at us, it’s way too easy (and perfectly understandable) to lose perspective because we become have become lost in our own world. And when that happens we fail to see either the big picture or the small picture. The small picture is microscopic – the […]
  • Protect Yourself From The Tax Man

    Kate Fairley
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Firstly to all the fabulous business owners out there, here’s a great big congratulations on surviving another financial year in business. Give yourself a pat on the back! Now tell me how your accounts are looking. Did you have to race around scrambling up receipts for your accountant? Or are you one of those people […]
  • How To Create Instant Content – Without Writing A Word!

    Bernadette Schwerdt
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Today I thought I would share the Un-Copywriters Guide To Content Creation. When it comes to offering prospects and customers a chance to ‘get to know you’, content marketing is the name of the game. But for many, creating content – writing blogs, running webinars, writing emails is time consuming, expensive and hit and miss. […]
  • How Do I Pick The Right Marketing Tactics?

    Danielle MacInnis
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    As a small business there is no doubt unless you are an IT geek like me that the world has become a whole lot more confusing in terms of what are the right marketing tactics to use and which are the best tools. Terms like CRM, CMS, SEO, CCP, USP make understanding the marketing landscape […]
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    Pearl Maple

  • We Moved. . . . . .

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Thank you to all my followers and regular visitors. My blog space as  moved to    I appreciate meeting you here and would love to see you follow the link to our new space.  There are many things I love about Blogger as a free and easy to use tool to get on line quickly, it is the greatest.  You have seen my business change and evolve in different avenues and that is the
  • Hope & Feathers

    4 Jun 2014 | 3:34 am
    "Hope is a thing with feathers . . . . .  that perches in your soul" Emily Dickinson Love watching industrious little birds rushing about catching their prey, the look so cute flapping about but guess their day is just as busy as ours, without the beeping electronic reminders.  These are Piping Plovers, a threatened species due to the loss of habitat.   Relaxing on the beach is my
  • Catching nature on the run

    21 May 2014 | 3:44 am
    In our hurry scurry lives full of lists of things to do, I like the idea of Chrisy's party theme of reconnecting with nature.  For me sometimes that is the little things like admiring a sunset on the evening commute and on special days it includes found flowers full of beautiful colours. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy what ever it is you are up to. Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch
  • Erosion and Nature Creeping

    13 May 2014 | 2:26 am
    Erosion when it is your back yard can be scary we want so much for everything to stay nice or the same but sometimes nature just creeps along with changes.  When I think of erosion, there are huge examples like the Grand Canyon and Fraser Island, nature piling up or washing away.  This part of the forest is falling into the river bank and makes an interesting spot to watch the cycle of
  • Beyond the Horizon

    8 May 2014 | 2:43 am
    “We have always held to the hope,  the belief,  the conviction that  there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt Heading off for a big weekend drive to spend time with family and enjoy the views over the horizon.   Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch FridayChrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
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    Coffee, Tea or Baabooo


    16 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.Mark Twain
  • How to become invisible

    28 May 2014 | 6:14 am
    I'm a real pro at this. In fact, everyone could do it after awhile since it tends to become second nature. How magic is that!Let's get right into it then.So easy, you're gonna throw an egg at me. Seriously.Here's the secret : Put a bag over your head. Voila! You are instantly invisible. The caveat is YOU think you're invisible which is the important part yeah?  However, thoughts are free and everyone else may not think the same way you do. So, you can think yourself invisible but others may not. So easy to understand no?Nooooooo, of course not. OK coconut heads, let's cut to the…
  • 217 ... time to hatch a plan!

    26 May 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Air tickets have a nasty sharpness, they rip viciously across your pockets, barely giving me a chance to react. Now that I've shed blood, I have to make it worthwhile.I need a plan. But I'm lost in a great vast, blankness. I haven't been lazy. I've been doing heavy duty researching, switching between my laptop to my tablet as the power wears thin on each. I even used B's iPad if he forgets to bring it to class ... ah, the sneaky cunning of mums. I charge it back up before he comes back and clear my history and cache. Password? No worries! Mothers are great hackers if they keep their eyes and…
  • entrapment

    19 May 2014 | 4:06 am
  • 220 days to go ...

    13 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I'm floating ... in the grey cloudswith the imminence of rain crashing around meI'm trapped in the numbing drone of my daily routineThe chill is creeping through my veil of glass doorsBirds are still trilling outsideThe hum drum, drumming sound of soft rainfallSay something, say nothingQuiet all roundexcept for the cawing of crowsTheir black bodies glistening in the wetI look for the warmth of Max's furry bodyBut he has retreated to his fleecy bedMy path is fixed, sealed firmly downWhy am I feeling lost?Deep inside, I know but I'm afraid to sayWe are a condemning lot, cruel…
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    Policy Online -

  • Online copyright infringement: discussion paper

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    This paper outlines the Australian Government’s proposed approach to amending the Copyright Act 1968 and invites submissions from the public.Read more
  • New Zealand by numbers

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    A collection of statistical data on population developments in New Zealand.Read more
  • Reinvigorating education in the Australian Army

    Chris Field | Australian Army Journal
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This article argues that combined excellence in education and training is critical if the Australian Army is to remain a pre-eminent warfighting organisation, particularly in the post-Afghanistan era.Read more
  • Building consents issued: June 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The trend for the number of new dwellings consented to in New Zealand is at its highest level since August 2007, according to this report.Read more
  • What did we learn from the war in Afghanistan?

    Gareth Rice | Australian Army Journal
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    This article argues that Australia’s military commitment to Afghanistan, while successful, suffered from a limited strategic vision that descended into restrictive campaign plans and ultimately a confusing and conflicting tactical application of the ADF’s own counterinsurgency doctrine.Read more
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • What Would You Do If You Saved $500? {Sponsored}

    Karen Andrews
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This post is sponsored by Goodyear.   Adam turned to me last month and said, “I think it’s time we got the tyres checked on the car”. Luckily, I was able to get into a place straight away. As I explained my request, with a vague “I’m not sure, I think they’re okay” clause, the mechanic came out, bent over beside the car, and immediately stood up again. “Well, I don’t know about the others, but this needs a new tyre. Like, last month.” He ran his fingers around the circumference. “This is worn down, the tread is practically gone.” Eventually, I was informed that…
  • Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

    Karen Andrews
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
      Like a silly billy, it’s occurred to me that I haven’t said, or linked to via a post, articles I’ve been writing for Essential Kids. I’ve been enjoying my time over there – it’s a lot of fund writing about subjects I’m into like technology and games and reading. Here they are: 5 new apps for primary school kids Best apps based on board games 7 ways to get your life organised 6 apps to make travelling with kids easier   If I’m allowed to have a favourite, it’s probably my most recent one. I’ve extracted the first paragraph…
  • Notes to Myself

    Karen Andrews
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I just wrote 300 words without coming to any sort of point, so I’m going to start over and get to the matter straight away: crying. I’ve been crying a lot lately. I’ve done it ever since I was a child. What child doesn’t cry and scream, you ask? Well, quite. But I’ve always been able to summon tears within seconds; it’s a talent, if you can call it that, and I certainly did. A solid crying jag can be healing. People who know me have always been bemused at my ability to sob in movies, sometimes long after they’re over. As a teenager, I sobbed for a solid 90 minutes after first…
  • Limited Offer on Crying in the Car

    Karen Andrews
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    As a special offer leading up to the Melbourne Writers Festival, I have Crying in the Car on sale for a very special price (and no postage!) at 40% off RRP. Click here if you would like to purchase it. I’d be happy to sign it if you like, just ask. This offer will end on 21st August 2014. Limited Offer on Crying in the Car is a post from: Miscellaneous Mum Click here to purchase! Sign up to the newsletter here. You gorgeous feed reader, you. Related posts: Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood – 1st Review Mother’s Day Special – Crying in the Car, no…
  • “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”

    Karen Andrews
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    If you’ve been watching the calendar as closely as I have, you perhaps will already have noticed that we’ve passed the halfway mark of winter. Of course anyone who lives here, or further south, knows that is absolute bollocks. The weather doesn’t significantly improve until October. In my head, I think of winter as ‘the first – and worst – but not the last of the cold’. Sickness has hit us this season more than it generally does; Keira has been struck down again by another virus. She came down with it on Saturday, a day I had been booked into attend…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Being a Book Nerd, at Northside Books

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other evening, I found myself right smack bang in the middle of the city with 3 hours to kill. It was 4:30pm, I had just finished a meeting and I was going to have dinner with some girlfriends, nearby at 7:30pm. OMG what am I going to do with 3 whole hours?! It was such a rare and extraordinary moment that I had no idea what to do with myself! I decided to pop into Northbridge, to visit a friend who owns a café and another friend who owns a fashion boutique. I thought I would do a bit of shopping and wander around to discover some new shops in the area. Who knows what treasures I would…
  • Looking up, looking down, looking forward

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    While were we in Margaret River, we took the kids on a wintery bush walk somewhere off Carters Road. It was so peaceful and beautiful! The colours of the trees were singing out with life in the soft forest light. I looked up and was mesmerised by the black and grey masterpiece printed in the sky. A light sprinkle of rain fell. And occasionally, a burst of sunshine spilled little coins of light onto the forest floor. The mud stuck to our boots, but it didn’t stop us from following the track into town. The children ran ahead and disappeared out of sight. Their shouts of laughter seemed…
  • Just go for it, girl

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to finding my own personal style and dressing for my body shape, after many years of experimenting, I think I’ve finally figured out what works best for me. I have a very petite, hourglass figure – which lets me get away with a lot – but I have short legs. If I wear a long top, a long tunic, a pelplum top, a drop waist top, or even a shirt that ends below the waist, I always feel overly elongated and visually “top heavy”. This may or may not be an accurate certainty… but fashion is all about how it makes one feel right? So I’ve learnt several tricks. I tuck my tops…
  • A birthday of bagpipe farts

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    For my birthday, my husband and I planned to go out for a fancy, romantic, degustation dinner. In fact, I was so organised that I booked the restaurant about 6 weeks earlier. It was at a restaurant that I have been dying to visit… and finally I had an excuse to spend hundreds of dollars on a meal there! So on the day of my birthday, my family made me breakfast: Bacon, eggs, mushrooms and spinach. It was just how I liked it. So much love right there. In the afternoon, I went out to lunch with my parents. We shared a huge bowl of delicious nachos. I had my usual soy flat white. After…
  • Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The other day I had some left over waffle batter in the fridge. I don’t know how was that even possible, because we LOVE eating waffles. Anyway, the batter was all thick and gluggy, so I added a bit of water to it and then it became a bit too watery. I cooked it up in my waffle maker anyway. They didn’t rise very well, but OH MY the results tasted a bit like crispy, crunchy pancakes with that soft, spongy moistness. They were incredible to eat. I ate like 4 (!!), which is more than I’ve ever eaten in one sitting. My waffle batter recipe has no added sugar to it, but that’s kind of…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

    Jon Page
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I think I loved this even more than The Magicians (which if you haven’t read beware spoilers ahead). The first half of The Magicians was like an adult Harry Potter and full of the wonder of discovering magic was real. The second half was an exploration of what happens to people who discover a new power. It was much darker, which I really liked, and you really got to know the negative sides of the books characters which is not something many books of this genre do. The Magician King picks up where The Magicians ended. Quentin, Elliot, Janet and Julia are now the Kings and Queens of…
  • The Stupid Country

    Fiona Crawford
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I was fortunate enough to attend a literacy forum yesterday at which Jane Caro was the keynote speaker. I’ve long admired her from afar (mostly through my TV as she appeared on The Gruen Transfer and through the recently released Destroy the Joint: Why Women have to Change the World book she steered to great success). Caro is, as I was discussing with my colleague at morning tea, the kind of woman I’d love to grow up to be. That is, incisively intelligent, pragmatic, and cutting a firm but fair line between warm and fuzzy and necessarily angry (an extreme too many of us are at either end…
  • Review – Life Or Death by Michael Robotham

    Jon Page
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The advanced reading copy bills this as “the best novel yet from Michael Robotham” which is a big call considering his previous nine novels. While I’m not a fan of the Joe O’Loughlin novels that has nothing to do with Robotham’s writing just the fact I don’t like psychological thrillers. But what all Robotham’s books have in common is precision plotting. Robotham knows exactly how to unfurl a story, keeping you interested and guessing in equal measure. My favourite Robothom was Lost (aka The Drowning Man) which demonstrates this perfectly. But I have a new favourite Robotham now…
  • All the Birds, Singing

    Julie Fison
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Evie’s Wyld’s brooding novel, All the Birds, Singing is hard to let go of. A damp menace clings to the story from the very first line and draws the reader in as the main character Jake Whyte attempts to discover who or what is mutilating her sheep. At the same time we are sucked backwards to the Australian outback, to uncover Jake’s past and understand why she is living on an isolated British island – her only companion: a dog named Dog. Wyld’s book recently won the Miles Franklin award, beating Tim Winton’s Eyrie, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and…
  • What Were Girls Like?

    Joy Lawn
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Three recent YA historical fiction novels by Australian women (all published by HarperCollins/ABC Books) inhabit times when girls had to bend to the influence of men and were comparatively powerless. The Raven’s Wing is Frances Watts’s first novel for teens. It is set in Ancient Rome where fifteen year-old Claudia is strategically offered in marriage several times. Making an alliance which can best help her family is paramount. Primarily a romance, the book addresses Claudia’s growing awareness of human rights (here through the fate of slaves) which interferes with her sense of duty and…
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    The Interpreter

  • From the comments thread: Green energy

    Sam Roggeveen
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Two reader comments I'd like to flag in response to my piece highlighting new research by the Brookings Institution's Charles Frank, written up in The Economist, which suggests renewable energy is still way too expensive to take over from coal, oil and gas. Here's OfKember: The basic inadequacy of Frank's analysis is that it takes no account of the amount of emission reduction needed from the power sector over time. Sure, it's cheapest in the short term to switch to gas if you want to go from high- to low-carbon power production (and how is that news?), but by 2050 we need to be approaching a…
  • Indonesian corruption watchdog could gum policy works

    Peter McCawley
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    What should be done about corruption in developing countries? Stephen Grenville discussed this issue in commenting on the recent work of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (universally known in Indonesia as the KPK or the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi). It is important to note that the problem of corruption is hardly ignored in developing countries. In Indonesia, corruption has been at the top of the public policy agenda for decades. Indeed few topics attract more local attention than corruption. When a 'big fish' politician or official is caught by the KPK, it is headline news.
  • Myanmar: Media freedom and the 'Unity Journal' case

    Rhys Thompson
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The 'Unity Journal' case in Myanmar has been cited as an example of media freedom under threat and as proof that reforms are slowing down. The case began with an article published in Unity Journal in early 2014, which claimed that a named defence facility was really a chemical weapons factory. The Government denied the report, claiming the accusations were baseless and highlighting that it relied only on comments from 'locals'. Officials also reportedly confiscated unsold copies, and arrested and charged the journalists as well as the journal's CEO, citing violations of national…
  • China links: Zhou Yongkang, Ethiopia, Japan, climate change, KFC, and more

    Dirk van der Kley
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Fairfax's former China correspondent John Garnaut tweets about the detention of Zhou Yongkang: And here's why the detention of Zhou matters. The NY Times has an infographic explaining his influence. Could Ethiopia become the China of Africa?  Beijing's anti-corruption drive is making state media bolder. What do Chinese dumplings have to do with global warming?  The Lowy Institute has a new analysis out on the actors and drivers of China's climate change policies. China's digital transformation. (Thanks Marty.) Raffaello Pantucci writes that problems in Xinjiang increasingly resemble…
  • China's Zhou Yongkang under investigation: What it means

    Vaughan Winterbottom
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Yesterday was International Tiger Day, and Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the occasion by hauling in the biggest kill of his 'Tigers and Flies' anti-graft campaign yet: Zhou Yongkang (pictured). Zhou is a retired member of China's most powerful committee and former head of the country's security apparatus.  The innocuously worded announcement on Zhou's fate came from China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection last night. He is 'under investigation' on 'suspicion of grave disciplinary violations,' which means he'll almost certainly be jailed for corruption. Zhou is the…
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • 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…
  • Professional migration advice on a budget – our Visa Advantage Service

    Ivanna Cheng
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Ever since the government introduced a major pricing reform for Visa Application Charges in September 2013, prospective clients have been telling us they can no longer afford to have their cases professionally managed. Although it is true that these clients are now facing substantially increased government charges, it is important to understand that this added expense in fact raises the stakes, in that you simply can’t afford to have the application refused. Having a Visa refused does not entitle you to a refund. We understand that this unfortunately doesn’t change the reality of what you…
  • Medical student from Queensland wins National Visas scholarship contest

    National Visas
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:10 pm
    One month after the conclusion of the essay contest for its scholarship program, National Visas can reveal the student who deserves its cash grant of AU$1,000. Meet Helen Truong, a medical student from James Cook University, whose submission beat other students in the competition by explaining the benefits of studying in Australia. From Canada to Australia Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Truong had always dreamed of living in Australia. Although she had travelled within North and Central America as well as Europe, she had long been attracted to the country’s many great…
  • Top 3 reasons for using a Registered Migration Agent in your next visa application

    Alfonso Varela
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This month, I want to discuss one of the first and most important questions that anyone coming to Australia faces: Should I use an Agent to help me with my application or should I do it by myself? People have many different reasons to come to Australia and it is important for you to understand that regardless of what your intentions are, there are many legislative requirements to meet and each visa has its own independent criteria. Do I have to use a Registered Migration Agent (RMA)? In a nutshell, the answer is no, you do not have to. You may choose to lodge your own application with the…
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  • Bondville Does USA: White Hall, Maryland

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    We had a fabulous time in White Hall, Maryland with the cousins, playing, putting on Frozen performances in the living room and crafting up a storm. The girls are having a ball. We also visited the cutest farmers' market including a hole-in-the-wall-of-a-barn coffee shop, fresh wild raspberries and sweet flower posies.There were cornfields as far as the eye could see and the most charming red barns. Having all the family on one side together, we organised a photoshoot at Wallace Cross Mill, built in 1826. Can't wait to see!Follow along on Instagram (@sbond) if you would like to see more…
  • Bondville Does USA

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    We're on holidays! We've escaped the depths of Sydney's winter to spend some time with Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents and extended family in the US. First stop, Seattle! Then White Hall, Maryland, north of Baltimore, then driving to Roanoke, in south-west Virginia.So far we have flown right by Mt Rainier in Washington State, seen deer, owls, robins, chickadees, eagles and hawks in the woods at my sister's house, eaten our full of summer berries and serious (pizza) pie and visited the touristy-but-fun Pike Place Market in Seattle.Now we're in White Hall, Maryland in Baltimore County on…
  • Win this gorgeous felt ball rug

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Win this gorgeous felt ball rug from Happy As Larry Designs - simply head to their Facebook page here. Good luck!
  • Peachy Baby handmade a-frame tent cubbies

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    If you missed out on your favourite a-frame tent cubby design from Such Great Heights, Ebony O'Connor from Peachy Baby has made a very cute version with black crosses and mint paint-dipped tips. Shown below open and folded for storage.Read more »
  • Oobi crocheted fruit poufs for kids

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    Sneak peek! Next week Australian kids' fashion label with the mostest, Oobi, are launching five super-cute fruit poufs, hand crocheted, for $249 each including delivery within Australia. I just about had a heart attack when I saw these on Facebook today. Fruit styles are yet to be announced, but I'll clue you in when they are available. The new Oobi clothing range is looking lovely too!Image: Oobi
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    Rocky Travel

  • Here is my Solo Travel Book

    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: “”. What is this [...] 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

    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

    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! ]]
  • My Solo Travels in Australia

    26 May 2014 | 5:29 am
    A wrap up of my solo travels in Australia 2014 marks 10 years of solo travels in Australia. In 10 years I have experienced Land Down Under in different ways and have developed my own way of travelling alone around the country. On my first solo trips in 2004 and 2008 I was a bit [...] The post My Solo Travels in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arriving in Australia

    18 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    How to prepare for arriving in Australia The last part of the stress-free travel to Australia series takes place at the destination airport in Australia where you will go through customs, collect your checked baggage and get to your accommodation. Let’s see how to go through the next steps without stress. Before landing in Australia [...] The post Arriving 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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