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- Happy New Year to a Booming Australia!
- So how do you like Australia?
- These boys have big new goals
- How far can a migrant go?
- Western Australia still needs you!
- Aussie Surprise of the Month
- A Town Like Armidale
- New! One nation, many cultures
- New! Aussie Survival Guide
- Aussie Recipe of the Month
- In Brief
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Happy New Year to a Booming Australia!
At the dawning of 2008, Australia’s population is growing faster than at any time in the last twenty years. One cause is rising fertility, the other a seemingly ever-expanding immigration boom.
Australian population growth of 1.2 per cent is higher than the world average, being only just behind the rapidly expanding Indian population growth of 1.6 per cent.
Last financial year Australia experienced a record net migration of 177,600 breaking the standing record of 172,900 set in the Bicentennial year of 1988. The intake also dwarfs the huge migration after both world wars: a net 166,303 in 1919 and 149,507 in 1950.
The chief economist at CommSec, Craig James, said immigrants were being attracted by Australia’s booming job market.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the boom state of Western Australia, with 2.3 per cent population growth the biggest of any state.
The surging population is stimulating economic activity in many areas, most notably in the home building industry. With the Australian population growing by 315,700 people, over the year to last June 30, the nation topped 21 million for the first time, the boom and the skilled migration it generates is certain to continue.
A senior economist at Commonwealth Bank, Michael Workman, said:
“Population growth is likely to remain quite firm as the Federal Government responds to strong demand from the business sector for skilled and professional staff. The jobs markets need more people.”
Talk to an LIA Migration Advisor soon and get the data you need to join the boom and build a prosperous future.
Scottish-born scientist, Professor Ian Frazer, said becoming an Australian citizen was ‘no decision at all’. ‘We’d been in Australia a couple of years and decided we wanted to stay here,’ Ian said.
An immunologist, he worked in Melbourne and Brisbane to develop a vaccine to prevent and treat cervical cancer, a disease contracted by 500,000 women each year, with half dying from the disease. In worldwide trials the vaccine has prevented viral infection and reduced pap smear abnormalities by 70 per cent.
Ian first came to Australia as a student in 1974 through the Australian Working Visit Scheme. He settled here permanently with his family in 1981 and became a citizen in 1998.
These boys have big new goals
It’s fair to say that Ring and Akon are very happy with Australia. While born in Sudan, they are now keen players and fans of Australian Rules Football (AFL). This season, Akon was in Albion’s Under 12 B premiership side while Ring played for the Under 14 team.
The Australian Football League (AFL) Foundation and Sports Without Borders (SWB) presented them with a cheque at St John’s Primary School in Sunshine West in Melbourne, to ensure Ring and Akon, who arrived in Australia nearly four years ago, have all the equipment necessary to continue their football careers with Albion Football Club.
SWB is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, who are involved in sport or want to be.
Introduced in 2005, the AFL’s Multicultural program is a joint initiative involving the AFL, AFL Victoria and the Victorian Government. Since its inception the ‘Welcome to the AFL’ message has reached over 10,000 school students.
If their dreams come true, in just a few years, Ring and Akon could be the first Sudanese players drafted to an AFL Club!
Ring and Akon from Sudan love playing football
If you would like an exciting future with new opportunities for your children, contact LIA and see what Australia can do for you!
No listing of famous and successful migrant to Australia would be complete without Sir Sidney Myer. Although he died in 1934, his name lives on in his work.
He was born Simcha Baevski in 1878, in Kritchev (now Belarus). He migrated to Melbourne in 1899, with little money and poor English, to join his elder brother, Elcon.
Determined to succeed, Sidney and Elcon Myer established a shop in Bendigo, country Victoria. As this venture wasn’t successful, Sidney Myer sold his goods, from door to door. In spite of having little English, he sold enough to buy a cart and travelled to nearby country towns. The business was later re-established in Pall Mall, Bendigo, where it prospered.
His big move was in 1911 when he bought drapers, Wright and Neil, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, near the central Post Office. A new building was completed and opened in 1914. In 1921 Myer opened another new building fronting onto Post Office Place. And so, the Myer chain of department stores came into being.
During the Depression of the 1930s he cut his own wages and kept on all workers, on reduced pay. He also set up a Relief fund to provide vital employment opportunities. At Christmas he financed a dinner for 10,000 unemployed people at the Royal Exhibition Building, including a gift for every child.
When he died suddenly in 1934, 100,000 people attended his funeral. The Sidney Myer Charitable Trust was established, to continue the philanthropy begun by Sidney Myer. The most famous project was the construction of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain in 1958.
Sidney Myer remains to this day a shining example for people choosing to ‘take the plunge’ and establish themselves in Australia.
Australia’s booming economy presents many opportunities to skilled migrants. Contact an LIA advisor now and see how far you can go.
With the highest population influx of any state or territory in the past 12 months the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah MacTiernan, says most of the growth is linked to the resources boom.
Ms MacTiernan says, “We’re hopeful that with the new Rudd Labor government that we’ll get a more sympathetic hearing in terms of being able to bring more people into Western Australia from overseas and help the private sector cope with this extraordinary burst in growth,” she said. “We’re all competing for more resources.”
At this time, Britain continued to be the biggest source of immigrants to WA in 2007, accounting for more than a third of migrants to the State.
Department of Immigration and Citizenship figures show:
- of the 11,910 people who settled in WA between January 1 and December 4 last year, 4374 were British
- South Africa was the second biggest country of origin for migrants to WA
- these countries were followed by Malaysia, Singapore and India.
If you want a prosperous lifestyle with well-paid satisfying work, contact a LIA Advisor now.
Aussie Surprise of the Month
The discovery of penicillin is usually attributed to Scottish scientist Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928, though others such as Ernest Duchesne had earlier noted the antibacterial effects of Penicillium.
However, the development of penicillin for use as a medicine is attributed to the Australian Nobel Laureate Howard Walter Florey.
Florey is regarded by the Australian scientific and medical community as probably its greatest scientist. Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister said that ‘In terms of world well-being, Florey was the most important man ever born in Australia.’
No matter what all the ins-and-outs are, Australians have clearly been at the forefront of medical research for many decades. It’s a fact that often gets overshadowed by sports results!
Florey’s portrait appeared on the Australian $50 note for many years, and a suburb in the national capital Canberra is named after him. The Howard Florey Institute, located at the University of Melbourne, and the largest lecture theatre in the University of Adelaide’s medical school are also named after him.
If you want seek a career in a skilled environment counted amongst the world’s best, log onto LIA and see if Australia’s in your blood.
Resting high on the Northern Tablelands, it is the most cosmopolitan NSW city outside Sydney providing harmonious living for 25,000 citizens from 53 different nations. It is the administrative centre for the New England region and is the seat of The University of New England. It is located approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway.
Armidale’s elevation gives it a mild climate, with pleasant warm summers, extended spring and autumn seasons, and a short cold winter. This presence of four distinct seasons, unlike most of the rest of Australia, is the reason for the ‘New England’ tag.
Air, road, rail and broadband infrastructure links including communications provides the ability to conduct business across the globe. Here you can create a future that embraces technology and computerisation, and with an expanding global vision whether in your own business, or in a career with brilliant prospects.
As well, Armidale offers many lifestyle opportunities in educational, social, cultural and sporting activities.
Some of the beautiful views around the city of Armidale
If the idea of living in a prosperous culturally rich city appeals, contact LIA without delay.
Armidale Dumaresq Council: http://www.armidale.nsw.gov.au/
Armidale Information: http://www.nnsw.com.au/armidale/index.html
University of New England: http://www.une.edu.au/
The Armidale region: http://www.armidaleregion.com/
New! One nation, many cultures
When you have citizens and residents from around 200 countries … when over 50% of your population was born somewhere else, or had parents that were … it’s a fair bet you end up with a country incredibly rich in lifestyle, cultural activities and sheer fun.
Those people who have lived here for many generations – and those who’ve lived here for tens of thousands of years – inevitably absorb some of the influences of those arriving more recently. Any Australian who grew up in the fifties can testify that the country is very different and much more diverse 50 years later.
Consequently, each month LIAISON will be bringing you news of activities you can look forward to, when you finally realize your wish to live here and see for yourself.
Fittingly, the first event we’re talking about is the Share The Spirit Music Festival, on Saturday 26th January in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens. That date is Australia Day, which celebrates the landing of the first British settlers. Indigenous Australians may have less cause to celebrate such an event. However, Share The Spirit is presented by Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation in conjunction with a number of media and government organisations.
It’s based on the belief that a bright future depends on everybody concentrating on the road ahead, working together to help this great country reach even greater heights in harmony and co-operation. It’s a day when Australians of all creeds, colours and backgrounds can come together to have a great time and celebrate, while recognising the history and enjoying the culture of the first Australians.
Share the Spirit is for everybody, interstate and overseas visitors included. So if you’re in the area, drop by and have some fun.
The Spirit Music Festival
If you’re attracted by Australia’s multi-faceted society, contact LIA and maybe you’ll be here for the 2009 Share The Spirit Festival!
New! Aussie Survival Guide
If you’re from India, the UK, Malaysia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and about 63 other countries, you won’t be fazed by the fact Australians drive on the left side of the road.
But … if you drive on the right side of the road where you come from remember … in Australia you MUST drive on the left! (Unfortunately, several overseas people each year have road accidents because they forget!)
At first, you’ll probably find yourself trying to drive from the passenger seat! And another thing: because Australia comprises several states and territories, road rules can vary from place to place … different speed limits, different car inspection policies, different blood alcohol rules and so on.
A good thing to do when you arrive is get the Rules of the Road for the State or Territory you’ll be living in and study them. These are available from State and Federal Road Transit Authorities and also motorist service clubs, like the RACV (Victoria), NRMA (NSW), RACQ (Qld) and so on. You’ll soon get used to it. But please be very careful!
Royal Automobile Club of Victoria: http://www.racv.com.au
NSW NRMA Ltd: http://www.mynrma.com.au
Royal Automobile Club of Queensland: http://www.racq.com.au/
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated): http://www.rac.com.au
Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Inc: http://www.raa.net
Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited: http://www.ract.com.au/
Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc: http://www.aant.com.au
Many Australian homes (especially in the country) have their own passionfruit vines, whether the black or banana variety. While a native of Brazil, the passionfruit has been incorporated into Australian culinary culture with great relish. There are many ways to use the delicious ‘pulp’ of the passionfruit. For example, you can enjoy Passionfruit butter as a spread, or as an ingredient in recipes such as pavlova.
1 cup passionfruit pulp
1 cup sugar (more if fruit is tart)
100 gms butter (must be butter)
2 eggs well beaten
Juice of 1 lemon
Method: Put pulp and sugar in medium saucepan and soak for an hour or so to help dissolve the sugar. Cut butter into small dice and put in the saucepan. Turn on low heat and dissolve sugar and melt butter, when almost dissolved and mixture is not too hot, add the lemon juice, give it a stir and then add the eggs. Transfer mixture to the top of a double boiler, add water to bottom part and bring to simmer. (If no double boiler, use a basin over a saucepan). Stir until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour into bottles and put lids on while still hot. Keep in refrigerator. Freeze passionfruit pulp and you can make a small batch of passionfruit butter at a time.
Get some passion into your life!
Citizenship test arrangements review
Citizenship test arrangements currently in place would be reviewed as part of the usual process an incoming government undertakes upon taking office, Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, said recently.
‘The Government supports the citizenship test, however a review of portfolio programs and undertakings – including the content of the test and the support services provided with it – is the normal process of any new government,’ the Minister said.
‘If there are ways to improve service delivery or client interaction, we will consider them.’
More Kiwis bring their skills to Australia
In 1996 there were 291,388 New Zealand-born in Australia; by 2006 this had grown to 389,463. In 2003 there were an estimated 460,000 New Zealand citizens living in Australia – easily the largest New Zealand expatriate community in the world, and a far higher number than that of any single foreign-born population in New Zealand.
Successful migrants such as satirist John Clarke, actor Russell Crowe, film-maker Jane Campion, and Snowy Mountains hydroelectric engineer William Hudson, among many others, have been claimed by Australians as their own. Between 1996 and 2000, New Zealanders were the largest immigrant group arriving in Australia.
Is there anywhere safer to be in business?
Australia remains one of the safest countries to do business. The Dun & Bradstreet Global Risk Indicator, which assesses the risk of doing business in 131 countries around the world, has listed Australia as the third safest country in the world in which to do business, behind Austria and Switzerland.
It is still the safest country in which to do business in the Asia-Pacific region.
Countries that achieve the highest possible rating demonstrate the lowest degree of uncertainty associated with expected returns, such as export payments, and foreign debt and equity servicing.
Make it your business to find out what Australia offers. Contact LIA today.
Aussie Word of the Month
Squizz(noun): look, examination – “take a squizz at this”
Aussie words in action: If you are seeking a great lifestyle, take a thorough squizz at the LIA website and then talk to a supportive and fully qualified Migration Advisor.