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The five fingers of the law

I had a package misclassified by Australian Customs and seized on that basis. I can apply for its release but apparently they are forced to sue me if I do so. Wtf? [more inside]
posted by polyglot on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Learning to Dive on Great Barrier Reef

Recommendations for PADI diving instruction on a liveaboard in the Great Barrier Reef? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Jul 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Where to get a joey for Joey?

Librarian/KidsBookFilter: I want to get a friend's imminent arrival a very specific species of stuffed animal with a related story book for 4-year-old big sister... Oz-tastic teeny tiny little snowflake details to follow... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

I could go to the US twice with that money (& it took me a while to afford getting here)

There's a New Years gig in Manchester I'm looking at attending, and I thought I'd make a trip of it by visiting my sister in Bristol (amongst other things). However, flights from Australia to England are ridiculously expensive. Is there a way I could fly to another European country and take a cheap flight (or some other form of transport) over? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Cheap dental insurance in Australia?

What's the best health insurance in Australia for dental work? I have a chipped tooth that needs capping and some wisdom teeth that need removing, and I don't want to wait a long time. I can't afford to spend that much either.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Index fund or term deposit?

Can someone shed some light the differences between term deposits and index funds in Australia? That is, what's best for me? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jun 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Sources for Understanding Animal Rights Debate in Australia

I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jun 14, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me make my garden tastier

I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 13, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the best wireless or mobile Internet in Australia?

What's the best/cheapest wireless Internet or mobile broadband plan in Sydney? I want to stop using my 3 Mobile Broadband, but I'm not sure what to replace it with. There's no phone line in my apartment, so that's not an option. I'll mostly be using it for downloading games and music.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Aussie bank urine test

I know that American employers conduct urine drug tests all the time, but what about Australian employers? I was recently offered a bank job in Sydney, and will have to undergo a "medical examination" before starting. The information sheet says nothing about drugs, but does mention a urine test. Will they test for cannabis, and if so, should a month (after pretty much semi-daily use) be long enough to be in the clear?
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How do savvy drifters shift their stuff across oceans?

How should I move 2m^3 of stuff from Australia to the US? [more inside]
posted by emmykm on Jun 4, 2011 - 11 answers

An Americans Guide to Australia in 10 minutes or less.

What would a Kiwanis group would like to know about Australia? [more inside]
posted by wwax on May 31, 2011 - 14 answers

23 days in Australia, from Melbourne to Brisbane - help me decide how to spend them!

Hey everyone. I'm going to Australia for 23 days in July, and would dearly love some advice as to how to spend them. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on May 30, 2011 - 25 answers

The hole truth

I remember seeing a picture (I think in National Geographic) of a gigantic hole -- in Australia, I am virtually certain. It was naturally occurring, not a mine, and very deep and mysterious. Now there is only a giant pit in my memory, and fear of a growing sinkhole called dementia -- can't find it anywhere. Am I just imagining this hole?
posted by Clyde Mnestra on May 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me find an Aussie moving company's cat logo!

Aussie Filter! Looking for a picture of a particular Aussie/NZ moving company's Cat-arrific logo! [more inside]
posted by salem on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

From Australia with Love

What cool, small, packable gifts should my boyfriend bring back from Australia? [more inside]
posted by cndelia on May 24, 2011 - 37 answers

Electric pushbike options?

I'm considering going electric and purchasing this bike. It has pretty much everything that I'd want: pedal assist, throttle and go, extended range, nice suspension, it looks durable and it qualifies as a pushbike in Victoria Australia. [more inside]
posted by michswiss on May 24, 2011 - 12 answers

What device will allow me to tether?

Australia smart phone filter: I need to buy a new smart phone. I would like one that will allow me to occasionally connect my laptop to the internet. (Tethering?) Clearly I'm not that tech savvy so I don't want to jailbreak (?) etc. Is this possible with any smart phone on the market in Australia? [more inside]
posted by MT on May 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Moving houshold permanently to Australia

How to move large household of stuff from San Francisco bay area to Sydney area Australia. [more inside]
posted by mechantbruce on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

How to pick a good lawyer?

A friend of mine is lawyering up for the first time after a motorbike accident and has some questions about the whole affair - he's in Canberra, in Australia. [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on May 4, 2011 - 3 answers

help me spend my aussie dollars...

What are some online shopping sites that ship direct to Australia. I'm wanting to take advantage of the stronger Australian dollar. [more inside]
posted by MT on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Are we crazy to camp...?

Will it be too cold to stay in a campervan in August in Victoria, Australia? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Apr 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Work & Holiday maritime jobs Down Under?

If I were to do a Work and Holiday Visa in New Zealand/Australia what jobs could I reasonably expect to get that allow me to legitimately log USCG Sea Time and and gain other valuable maritime experience? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Indie Songs of Sex

Suggest some non-mainstream songs about sex, the erotic, and especially seduction. Bonus points if Australian. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 20, 2011 - 48 answers

Places around Sydney for Day Trips

[SydneyFilter] The Easter holidays are upon us, and we aren't going anywhere. Right now, it seems likely that we'd only be able to do day trips (same day return, no overnight stays) to places around Sydney. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Apr 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Is there a trick to probate I'm not seeing?

My mother died, and now I need to know what to do about wills and probate and so forth. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Down Far South

I know that there is a big country scene in Australia, and I know some of the artists (Kasey Chambers, et. al) but I don't know the details really. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Apr 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Private Health Insurance or Self Insurance?

I'm being kicked off my parents health insurance, so I'm trying to decide whether to take out my own policy or "self insure". Is there something major that I'm overlooking? (In Australia) [more inside]
posted by cholly on Apr 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Sort of specific fun in Sydney

Sydney (AU) MeFites, I need some specific must-see suggestions. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Taxing carbon?

The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Apr 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Living Under Australian Censorship

How do I oppose and deal with censorship in Australia? The Australian government has just announced it'll fine people $100,000 if they import Mortal Kombat. I'm not asking how to import it, but what if I want to import something else on the banned list? What do I do if the government decides something I say is illegal? And what organizations can I join to defend free speech in Australia?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Mar 15, 2011 - 38 answers

Credit in Australia for Non-PRs

Is it possible to get any sort of loan or credit in Australia as a non-permanent resident? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Is a ticket home required?

I'm leaving for Australia next week from Thailand, I have my tourist visa & will be staying with friends. What I don't have yet is my return ticket home to the US. Am I going to have any problems (with the airlines or AU immigration, or - ?) because I'm not yet ticketed?
posted by jsslz on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Figuring out transportation in Melbourne

Help me figure out transport in Melbourne for a conference. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Feb 22, 2011 - 5 answers

If I'm going to spend 24 hours flying there, I might as well stop somewhere on the way

If you had five nights to spend on stopovers en route to Australia, and your options were Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, how would you apportion your time?
posted by smackfu on Feb 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Awesome online shopping in Australia

Awesome online stores in Australia? [more inside]
posted by KLF on Feb 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Some questions about the NSW, Australia public school system.

Some questions about the NSW, Australia public school system. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Feb 16, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me find a good river near Melbourne...

Does anyone know any sections of rivers or creeks not too far out of Melbourne (Australia) that are very wide yet quite shallow? You know the type, like something you see in a documentary about Alaskan bears with pebbles on the bottom and crystal clear water. After swimming in an amazing river in West Virginia may years ago I've dreamed about finding a similar one over here.
posted by soymilk on Feb 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Is a big trip to the big rock worth the expense and effort?

Is a trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock worth it? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 11, 2011 - 35 answers

Trying to find the Green Machine

In the late 1970s the Australian Army made a recruiting film called "The Green Machine". I remember it having some fairly spectacular flying footage by the Army Aviation Corps as well as the usual other stuff. For reasons I'd probably not want to examine too closely I'd like to see it again. Does anyone know of an on-line source? It's not on Youtube as far as I can tell.
posted by Logophiliac on Feb 10, 2011 - 4 answers

How does Lionel Logue sound Aussie in The King's Speech?

What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jan 29, 2011 - 31 answers

What's the required cash and carry of losing the keys to your apartment?

What would be the average cost to get a locksmith to come over in the middle of the night to help me get into my house in a suburb close to the CBD in Melbourne, Australia after I lost my keys? Additionally, what do I need to prove that I'm the actual tenant of the apartment? [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I know before doing a long road trip in New Zealand?

I'm going on a road trip around New Zealand and also around Australia. What should I know about before doing a long road trip like this? [more inside]
posted by Bron-Y-Aur on Jan 22, 2011 - 25 answers

Good, healthy, takeaway food in Haymarket in Sydney

Help me find a relatively cheap, relatively healthy takeaway alternative to greasy fried chicken or chain pizza to feed to groups of volunteers in Haymarket in Sydney. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jan 18, 2011 - 9 answers

australian hip hop

I want to know more about decent Australian hip hop. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Jan 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What snack foods can survive a plane trip from Canada to Australia via the USA?

What snack foods can I take on the plane (for personal consumption) for a trip from Canada to Australia with a short layover in the USA? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Jan 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Why are these cell plans sold this way?

Can you explain Australian prepaid phone service to me? Why do you get more credit than the dollars you paid? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Going to Australia BRB

I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jan 11, 2011 - 61 answers

****ing body corporates, how do they work?

Australian home owners: please explain to me about body corporates. How much power do they have? And why do the fees vary so hugely? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Differences and similarities in the US/AU undergraduate experience?

For those with experience of undergraduate study at both American and Australian universities, what were some of the most notable contrasts? I'm particularly interested in differences in student culture and in assessment methods / difficulty.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jan 2, 2011 - 15 answers

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