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Sacred trees v “progress”

It was nice to see the courts upholding a decision to block the bulldozing of sacred trees (arent all old trees sacred?). These trees have significance for the local Djab Wurrung people. The amount of money they have spent could have been used to go around the trees. https://amp.abc.net.au/article/12970540

Student visa

As always, we are competing with other Western countries for the international student population. Many of our universities have made good money, and employed a LOT of people, and run courses they wouldn’t have been able to run before. This is a seriously good money spinner for the Australian economy. We create a very well …

There are still good Americans

It’s really heartening in these dark times in the USA that at least half of America has seen the light and is not indoctrinated to the point where they will vote for a bad person rather than let “the other side” win. And there are stories like this one which brings cheer at this time …

Trumps Wall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/02/biden-border-wall-trump/ Poor old DRUMP! His mad idea to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it has run aground. Not only has Mexico not paid a cent, but Americans have spent billions of dollars (stolen from the Defence budget and Peurto Rico recovery) to destroy animal habitats and the natural beauty of the Rio …

UAE offers 10-year golden visa

Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced new visa liberalizations on Nov. 15, the Khaleej Times reported Nov. 15. Among others, all engineers in computer science, electronics, programming, electricity, and biotech and specialists in artificial intelligence, big data, virology and epidemiology plus their families can now seek a 10-year so-called UAE “golden visa.” – Source …

Accredited specialisation

Adjunct Professor Owen HARRIS obtains Specialist Status TranQuill’s Owen HARRIS has achieved accredited specialist status with the Law Society of NSW in Immigration Law. Specialist Accreditation is a structured peer to peer assessment process enabling legal practitioners to be recognised for their expertise. Each year the Law Society runs the accreditation program for a select …

Temporary visa holders with these skills could be fast-tracked back into Australia

Nurses, doctors, and software engineers on temporary visas blocked from returning to Australia because of travel restrictions will have their exemptions fast-tracked under a new government plan. The federal government has announced a priority skill list to lure back temporary visa holders who have been stranded overseas by the coronavirus pandemic.  Nurses, doctors, construction managers …

Update your will today with TranQuill

The Coronavirus pandemic has got us all re-assessing our lives, and a vital thing to do NOW is to update your will – or make a new one if you haven’t already. The TranQuill Legal team can assist you with everything from will creation, enduring powers of attorney and also probate with the courts. We …

A word from the Acting Immigration Minister on the priority skills shortage

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge: “Just a few days ago I announced a new priority skills shortage list which consists of 17 occupations and they will be prioritised first and will now have exemptions automatically at the borders as well to be able to come in”. If you think you may fall into these specialist …

Proxy marriages – what are they and are they legal?

This topic seems particularly pertenant at the moment, what with people being separated from their loved ones courtesy of Covid-19. But what exactly are proxy marriages? A proxy wedding or proxy marriage is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present, usually being represented instead by other persons. If both partners are absent …