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Wooden Boats

Kim Huynh is an ANU lecturer and ABC Radio Canberra presenter. He is also a personal friend of Bronwyn, our double-speed RMA. Here he talks about wooden boats. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6551962/so-heres-the-thing-about-boats/

Tourist visas in US

The Chinese claim the US is playing games. The Conference organizers say the Chinese took too long to provide the attendance lists and so they couldn’t organize the visas in time. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/23/top-chinese-official-misses-space-conference-amid-us-china-tensions/

What would happen if we randomly gave $1,000 to poor families? Now we know.

What happens to one of the world’s poorest places if you randomly pick more than 10,000 poor families out of an eligible pool and give them $1,000 each, no strings attached? It sounds like a plan some mad scientist might hatch, but no: It was actually a group of researchers from the University of California …

Contract cheating in Australian universities

In an article published this week by SBS News, a world of illicit ghost-writing across Australian universities has come to light. Ghost writers, often from China, are assisting international students with poor English with their essay writing, many claiming a ‘100% pass rate with zero risk of discovery’. What is the Australian government doing to …

Big driver licence change for international students, visa holders

I wonder – will any of the following regulations come in to force in the ACT any time soon? What do you think about these new laws? New road safety regulations in Victoria could leave many temporary visa holders, including foreign students, unable to drive using their overseas licence if they do not get a …

New Humans of Australia

Please note – we are not affiliated with the organisation ‘New Humans of Australia’ in any way and are not being paid to promote their work, but we do feel this a worthy cause and the stories are very interesting. Here is just one such story about the horrors people go through to try and …

Lure of cities too strong for regional Australia to keep migrants

Over four decades, country towns have mostly failed to retain migrants, according to the most comprehensive snapshot of Australian migration ever collated. And this trend of migrants moving to the cities appears to be increasing, despite repeated government efforts to make life in the regions more appealing. Professor James Raymer, who led a team of …

What it’s like to be an LGBTIQ+ asylum seeker in Australia

Like many refugees, Tina Dixson and her partner Renee’s decision to seek asylum in Australia was a matter of life or death. The couple had been working as LGBTIQ+ advocates in their home country (the location of which they are unable to disclose for safety reasons) and internationally for years before they made the difficult …

Perth and Gold Coast now categorized as ‘regional areas’ to entice skilled migrants

Skilled migrants are now being encouraged to move to Perth and the Gold Coast as the Federal Government grapples with congestion in Australia’s three biggest cities. For the first time, the two destinations will be added to the list of locations migrants can move to on a regional visa. Immigration Minister David Coleman denied it …

Fast-track tech visa is here

The launch of a new fast-tracked visa marks a new era for skilled migration, with the federal government actively seeking tech talent from around the world to live and work in Australia, StartupAus chief executive Alex McCauley said. The Global Talent – Independent Program was unveiled by the Coalition earlier this year as a “major new initiative in …