My sister-in-law is somewhere in NSW, Australia, pregnant, and a US citizen ... are we supposed to be freaking out? Links to pages of how a US citizen gets healthcare in AUS appreciated. [more inside]
Do you have any experience of investing in an NRAS (National Rent Assistance Scheme) house in Australia? Or the Australian property market in general? [more inside]
I would like to learn more about the Australian Aborigines [more inside]
Can you help me plan a three week honeymoon to Australia? Looking for general travel tips as well as recommendations for individual places to visit and stay. Thanks! [more inside]
I bought a couple of Twinkies today and just noticed that their expiry date is August 2007. My SO has misgivings about eating something so, well, old. I contend that Twinkies are basically Cold War-era bunker spec foodstuffs. So: Perfectly Fine, or Deadly Poison?
Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
Husband and I want to take a holiday during the school holiday break (I know, but we're teachers) in September and/or December (in the lead up to Christmas) this year. We live in Melbourne, Australia. The major catch - I'll be 5 or 7 months pregnant, depending when we go. [more inside]
Has anyone used the Indian Pacfic railway in Australia? Was it worth the price? [more inside]
Dowdy-shoe wearer needs advice about buying decent quality ballet flats in Australia [more inside]
I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
There's a piece of furniture I want, and I'm having a difficult time searching for it online in Australia. Any advice to help me find it, search for it, name it, or discover an easy way to locate one would be helpful. [more inside]
Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
What cellphone and service should I choose for an upcoming 6-week vacation to Australia? [more inside]
Interest rates for US certificates of deposit: 1%, if you're lucky. Interest rates for Australian term deposits: 4-5%. What gives? [more inside]
What is the smallest, lightest mosquito tent available in Australia (or to be shipped to Australia within three weeks for a non-ridiculous price)? [more inside]
Pregnant in a termite infested house - do I have to move? [more inside]
I am trying to find a source for a stuffed quokka. Google-fu has failed. Please help! [more inside]
BookFilter: This book had some futuristic name for Australia. What's the name of the book? [more inside]
I'm going to be spending the upcoming weekend in Melbourne, and am interested in shopping for vintage and handcrafted items, as well as general wandering/people watching. Where should I go? [more inside]
Seeking mobile broadband on the cheap in SE Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
Could a gecko really trip the breakers in an electrical mains box? [more inside]
Could someone please explain to me the arguments against and counter-arguments for the role of unions in the Australian Labor Party? [more inside]
I would like to meet a wombat in Newcastle or Sydney. How can I do this? I will pay money. [more inside]
I just got invited to spend a week or so with some friends in Sydney, Australia (yay!). But the flight is going to be long and painful enough that I'd like to go for longer, and probably get a little ways out of Sydney. But I do not want to drive. Is the following feasible, doable without driving, and reasonable for an older (60ish) woman on her own? [more inside]
Jog my memory: what do I miss from Denmark? [more inside]
Cheap clothing in Sydney? [more inside]
For an Australian citizen thinking of moving to the United States, is it better to see an immigration lawyer in Australia, or one in the US, for consultation? This assumes that one is currently in Australia, but travels occasionally to the US. [more inside]
Help me track down this weird Australian folk band! They were called Avocado Baby, and had a really great song about aliens. Their record came out in the early 90s I think. Any idea where to find mp3s or vinyl would be much appreciated!
[AustraliaFilter and CricketFilter] What are the Aussie cricket fans chanting in the SCG stands? [more inside]
I am going to be visiting a good friend in the US, and I want to give her some Australian wine. However, I am a wine ignoramus. Help me choose a good wine for my friend. [more inside]
How can I ship vodka to Australia from Ohio?!? I know the USPS won't ship hooch, but is there ANYONE that will. I'm trying to send some locally-made vodka to a very special lady in Sydney, but it's starting to look dire. HELP!
What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
Is there something like Gilt Taste that is based in Australia? I'm especially keen on their artisanal sweets and chocolates and cakes.
Where can I buy an iPad camera connection kit between Brisbane and Byron Bay? Non-local details inside. [more inside]
Sydney vs Melbourne as a pedestrian paradise: I am a sociologist doing a study which involves observing pedestrians/window shoppers/etc. I am based in New York City, which is fantastic for my field of work. In Feb/March, I plan to go to Australia for two months, to either Sydney or Melbourne. I have never been to Australia before. QUESTION: Which city has more of a "pedestrian culture"? That is, which is more of a "walking city?" (If you know New York City, my favorite place to observe is Union Square -- I am looking for a comparable location.) Would prefer a place filled with locals, not tourists. Thanks!
Help an American engineer a good Australian christmas. [more inside]
I'm heading from Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown, NZ for 6 weeks of hiking over Christmas. Am I better off buying my outdoor gear in Aus or NZ? [more inside]
Aus Politics: No-one wants to be speaker, where to from here? [more inside]
Going to Perth/surrounding areas, advice needed. [more inside]
The Secret Order of Employed Physicists: How did you get there? [more inside]
How to go about buying furniture in Bali (Indonesia) and getting it to Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
I would be finishing my bioinformatics master's degree next year and am considering to go to Australia or New Zealand for PhD in bioinfo, or Computer Science with a focus in computational biology related stuffs What are the academic and industry situations like in these two countries? [more inside]
Tell me everything you know about Kangaroo Island! Side question: If this seems too good to be true, is it? [more inside]
Help my friends plan a honeymoon in Australia. [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine said, "He's fixated on that faggot. . .I bet he's afraid that after a few drinks. . ." I was shocked at the use of that word, then confused by the ending implication.* Is my Australian friend homophobic or is this a cultural difference in word connotation? [more inside]
Help me emigrate to AU/NZ! [more inside]
Got a really weird call from a car insurance company after a minor accident. How does the car insurance system work in Australia? [more inside]
Know where to find the video of the Sailor's Hornpipe that used to show up between kids programmes on Australian ABC afternoon TV in the 1980s? [more inside]
My husband and I have decided to "settle down" in Australia - his home country (I'm from California); we'll probably make the move in about a year. I've lived in Australia before, but the permanency of it is...new. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knew of any good resources for expats or "lifers". [more inside]