June 14, 2009 at 11:51 am #28715
For our international friends, in Australia 'the dole' is what we call unemployment benefits paid by our welfare system, and 'Centrelink' is the name of the govt. organisation that distributes the payments. The ACT plates will also mean something to our Australian members. Its just an area that is renowned for being a cushy place to live lol..At least he had the good taste to spend the extra 100 grand and get the M series 🙂( I say 'he' because a girl would have bought a Z4
Mitz from Tips4pcJune 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm #32053…spikepitParticipant
Same happens in the UK and we call it the 'Dole' as well or Benefits is a more common understanding of it, I think a Government Body/Organisation distributes the benefit money here not sure how much. Very cushy here as well for those on benefits be idle and you get hundreds of pounds and a house to live in, it's no wonder all the Africans and Eastern Europeans pass through all other countries like Germany, France, Italy and Spain and head straight here, I'm quite sure our benefits system is one of the most generous on the planet especially to those outside the country coming in legally or illegally. When coming to Europe you are meant to register or get a Visa at the first EU country you visit so for Africans that is mainly Spain, Portugal, Italy, France or Malta depending on how they get there, For Eastern Europeans it would be Germany or Italy I think?It doesn't annoy me that they come here just that they just come to live off the benefits for the rest of their life and never do anything and just drain the benefits system dry.I guess it's the same for Oz but mainly on your Northern Coast? for those coming from South and South East AsiaEDIT: But yep at least he spent the extra 100 grand and got the M series 😀 ;DJune 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm #32054
The ACT is the Australian Capital Territory. Its inland, halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. It was established to settle a disagreement between those two cities as to which city would be the nations capital at federation in 1901. Canberra is the only city in the ACT (a state not much bigger than the city it contains), and was designed and built specifically to be the nations capital. Construction of the city began in 1913 and the government moved to Canberra in 1927.Canberra now has about 345,000 people, making it Australias largest inland city. As the seat of government, the city pretty much revolves around the public service. As the nations capital, and a small easily managed city, its treated as a showcase. I'm sure there is poverty in Canberra somewhere, but they sure arent going to allow it to be publicly displayed. The city is very pretty, and always in immaculate condition.For this reason, its kind of the standing joke that Canberra is the best place to be broke. You wont sleep in the parks in the sub-zero winters, they'll give you a bed and a hot meal. Then no-one can see you lolOf course, you cant buy a 200k car on the dole. That car is some rich guy taking the piss, and I love the rear windscreen decal, Centrelink logo and all. A very nice touch lol...
Mitz from Tips4pcJune 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm #32055
WOW….I think I might have to go on D DOLE because I need a new car!!!June 15, 2009 at 10:00 am #32056…spikepitParticipant
Yep I realised a 200k (I assume we are talking Aussie Dollars? About Â£1 – A$2 so it would be 100k for me :)) car couldn't be bought on the Dole 🙂Your immigration system sounds a lot tighter than ours, always been known to me and my Dad that it is quite tight, I had an old Maths Teacher who moved to Oz he got a job sorted out (Part of the way to get in I think by a Company or Organisation sponsoring you for entry) and then had to wait 9 months until he got a reply from whatever department handles Immigration in Oz.Don't think we have an agreement like that with a different country unless Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland count between England? although maybe not since all are considered the UK. Doesn't make much difference us English mainly pay for it all anyway don't know why the current Government in Scotland (SNP, Scottish National Party, Probably no surprise why they are whining with that party name) want devolution from the UK (I've said this plenty of times before so if you've already heard it you can skip this part :P) meaning to separate, it would sink quicker than the Titanic under a Mountain of debt from the UK Government because we jointly (Mainly England Taxpayers) bailed out their 2 banks RBS and HBOS (Both Scotland based) as well as giving the Scottish money so they can fund free University Education amongst other things, the only thing they have going for them is the Oil and that makes bugger all difference because it's running out in the North Sea anyway another 15-20 years time if that and it will be gone.http://www.simplemachines.org/As you can probably tell by the tone of my posts I'm sort of a Slight Nationalist, Centre Right I believe is considered my standpoint of the Political Spectrum, which puts me in with the current Opposition (Conservatives better known as the Tories) to the Government (Labour, Considered a Centre Left Party).Hope all this is not too boring, me and my ramblings hey 😛August 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm #32057
The immigration laws are the only things that are strict about this country…Its not too bad otherwise…And it is true that some people earm big bucks out the government here. If you ask an aussie who they stand with in the government, they might be a bit confused at the moment…The country voted Kevin Rudd in and he demolished our 20 bil surplus by giving it away to everyone…and then told us to go out shopping and spend it to keep the economy alive…Any wonder we are all buying BMW's with the money. But they also sadly missed a few groups such as single, with no children, unemployed people…they got nothing…That just widened the poverty gap a bit more.. I forgot to mention that to get all this money you need to have a few kids up your sleave… I know someone that has 7 kids and got 7,000 for one bonus alone…there were at least another 3 bonuses this year…
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