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]
Sydney (AU) MeFites, I need some specific must-see suggestions. [more inside]
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]
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?
Is it possible to get any sort of loan or credit in Australia as a non-permanent resident? [more inside]
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?
Help me figure out transport in Melbourne for a conference. [more inside]
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?
Awesome online stores in Australia? [more inside]
Some questions about the NSW, Australia public school system. [more inside]
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.
Is a trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock worth it? [more inside]
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.
What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I want to know more about decent Australian hip hop. [more inside]
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]
Can you explain Australian prepaid phone service to me? Why do you get more credit than the dollars you paid? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Where can I watch live Ashes cricket in Manhattan? [more inside]
Australians of Metafilter, I want to hear from you! I've long heard that turning your glass upside down in a bar in Australia is the same as saying you think you could take anyone in the place. For some reason, this idea fascinates me. Is it true? Do people actually do this? What happens when they do? Where did it come from? [more inside]
What kind of job could I, a franglo-canadian journalist/researcher/communications-type in her mid-twenties, find in Australia? [more inside]
Where should we stop overnight between Robe and the Clare Valley in South Australia? [more inside]
Melbourne, Australia for the food and wine festival - Where to stay? [more inside]
What does "for sale in one line" and a "gross" quote for lease rental mean in the context of Australia's real estate market? [more inside]
I'm trying to keep track of cheap tickets for a dream international flight in end July 2011. However, almost all the sites I looked at say I'm searching way too early and have no information for me. When is the best time to look, and are there any websites that will email me with details once a good price or deal shows up? (I vaguely remember hearing of such a thing but can't remember the URL) [more inside]
"American Thanksgiving" in Melbourne, Australia -- for a few Americans and a bunch of new Aussie friends who have never celebrated, but want to help with the cooking. How should I use the next few days to prepare? A few of the difficulties: I've never hosted Thanksgiving before, in ANY country. I'm not sure how to best coordinate the pot-luck aspect -- trying to shape a decent team-effort menu would be wise. I'm not even sure where the best place is to buy a turkey. Bonus points for menu suggestions that add Aussie flair to the American holiday (let's put kangaroo in SOMETHING), or that go over-the-top American (who says we can't have turkey AND bacon cheeseburgers?). [more inside]
Help me get to know Brisbane, QLD from afar, and help me pick the right neighborhood for me. [more inside]
Know any good Australian xmas charity gift registers? [more inside]
We are in Vincentia, NSW, Australia. We have a car and an unexpected weekend off. We've already done a ton of stuff in Sydney and we'd like to see someplace else. Help us plan our weekend trip. [more inside]
Halloween in Australia? I'm confused and need guidance for next year. [more inside]
What steps would be necessary, for an Australian superannuation fund to enable its members to exercise the voting rights associated with the shares held on behalf of those members, such as to attend annual general meetings and vote on shareholder resolutions? [more inside]
[SydneysiderFilter] Where can one buy affordable art for home decoration in Sydney? [more inside]
My father's birthday is coming up and he's always dreamed of going to Australia (he lives in the US). I'd like to make that happen. The catch: I don't know when him and my mother will actually be free in order to take the trip. What's the best way to give him this gift? [more inside]
Going to Sydney for three weeks in November. How do I find decent, affordable accommodations? [more inside]
Now that I'm hooked on Hulu & Watch Instantly Netflix, will I be able to utilize them while traveling this winter? Or, are there similar websites that I can use to watch TV shows or movies on my Mac laptop from SE Asia and Australia?
What are some US-centric gift ideas to send to a friend in Australia? [more inside]
What would you recommend as the most comprehensive and helpful online site for searching for accommodation and holiday deals in Australia? [more inside]
Where can I find information about local substitutes for fish varieties from other countries? [more inside]
My mom is moving to Australia. Which major appliances can/should she bring with her? [more inside]
What are some really great contemporary Australian films that have been criminally overlooked? [more inside]
I want to learn to paint. My job doesn't leave me any time to attend art classes on any kind of schedule. What should I do? [more inside]
Why are consumer products so expensive in Australia? [more inside]
My younger brother (late 20's, American ex-pat living in Sydney) is planning a solo motorcycle trip across Australia then up through South Asia to Russia (skipping China). What should I give him for his upcoming birthday? [more inside]
Is Sydney's future in finance? If so, will there be a significant demand for more skyscrapers/offices with large floorplates than are already available or being built, to meet the needs of this growing sector? [more inside]
What would happen if every Australian 'donkey-voted' this Saturday? [more inside]