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The median price for a Perth house will pass $600,000 within three years as the city’s property market reclaims its title as the strongest and fastest growing in the country, a new report predicts.

The BIS Shrapnel residential property report forecasts house prices in Perth will climb an average 7 per cent a year for three years, pushing the median price to $610,000 from $500,000 today.

No other capital is expected to enjoy such strong capital growth, with even higher interest rates unlikely to slow the Perth market as much as others.

Senior project manager Angie Zigomanis said even though the Perth market slowed before other cities in 2007, conditions were improving on the back of another resources boom. Money flowing from commodities would soon push up house prices across Perth.

“With prices below peak levels in real terms and income in Perth set to grow substantially as the next round of resource expansion projects get up and running, solid price growth should continue,” he said.

“Nevertheless, further increases in interest rates will prevent the boom in prices that we saw in the last upturn.”

Mr Zigomanis said the median house price would climb 22 per cent by the middle of 2013. This growth would be quicker if the Reserve Bank did not increase interest rates in the next six to 12 months.

Growth at that rate would surpass other capitals such as Sydney (up 20 per cent), Melbourne (11 per cent), Brisbane (12 per cent), Adelaide (20 per cent), Hobart (12 per cent), Canberra (14 per cent) and Darwin (12 per cent).

House prices climbed rapidly through the second half of last year and into the first four months of this year.

Mr Zigomanis said this was directly because of record low interest rates in response to the global financial crisis and a “pull forward” of demand from the first-homeowner’s grant. Not only would house prices outpace inflation, they would affect rents.

“Even though overseas migration inflows are steadily easing, a deficiency of stock is still in place with dwelling construction below underlying trend,” he said.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show a fall in loans for people buying homes but an increase in loans for investment properties. Financial market analysts do not expect official interest rates to rise until May next year.

source  :  www.thewest.com.au

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Cathay Pacific flights sale 2010: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne & Sydney travel deals

Fly via Hong Kong to Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney in April, May and June 2010 for from £689 return – Cathay Pacific’s flights sale is on until 16 February 2010.

Cathay Pacific Australia flight sale prices: 

Cathay Pacific’s quality makes it worth considering the prices in the Hong Kong airline’s current flights sale. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have slightly better prices on roughly the same dates, but it is arguably worth paying the extra £20 or £30 – particularly if you fancy a Hong Kong stopover or are flying to cities other than Sydney.

The Cathay Pacific Australia and New Zealand flights sale is on until 16 February 2010. As part of it, return flights from London to Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth via Hong Kong cost from £689, while economy class tickets to Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane and Auckland in New Zealand cost from £699.

Cathay Pacific Australia flights sale: Terms and conditions:

The following are taken from the Cathay Pacific website:

Terms & conditions

  • Sale period: until 16 February 2010.
  • Fares are for travel from London Heathrow.
  • Offer valid on all CX operated flights.
  • The above displayed fares are valid for outbound travel in selected dates only: 06April – 15June 2010. For travel in other periods fares may differ.
  • Stay: 5 days minimum / 1 year maximum.
  • Dates Changes: Outbound- Not Permitted.  Inbound – Permitted GBP50.
  • On changing the outbound travel date when permitted, if the itinerary results in a higher fare then difference applies along with the date change fee. If the itinerary results in a lower fare then the date change fee still applies and no refund will be made.
  • Name changes are not allowed.
  • Cancellations/Refunds: Non refundable. Cancellation fee £200. No-show: nil refund.
  • Fares are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Other Terms and Conditions apply.
  • The fares detailed in the offer/promotion are subject to availability and offered on a first come, first served basis. The limited number of seats for the subject fare allocated to a particular flight may be fully booked although seats are still available in other fare types in the same class of travel.

Note: The fares displayed include taxes, fees and surcharges, which are subject to change at the time of booking due to currency fluctuations. 

Source  :  www.australiaflightbargains.com

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The professional association representing migration agents, the Migration Institute of Australia, is concerned about allegations raised on tonight’s Four Corners program on migration and education scams.

“Unfortunately, hearing reports about international students and visa applicants falling prey to unscrupulous operators is not a new issue”, says Maurene Horder, CEO of the Migration Institute of Australia.

In May 2008, the MIA reported 60 rogue agents from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and is unaware if any of these were prosecuted.

Any unethical or illegal behaviour by registered migration agents is not tolerated by the Institute and should be cracked down on by the Department.

“We’ve been asking government to sort out problems with education agents and illegal or unscrupulous operators for an extended period of time. The announcement that education agents will have a register is a first step but doesn’t go far enough in reforming the sector,” says Ms Horder.

A recent independent report, entitled Changing Together, confirms the nature of some of the problems which affects the profession – that the bad behaviour of a minority of unscrupulous operators’ impacts negatively on the entire migration advice profession.

“Following the report’s release, the MIA is acting on a comprehensive range of reforms to strengthen standards and ethics of migration agents.” says Ms Horder. These include:

• Comprehensive reform to the education and training of agents
• Requiring current Registered Migration Agents to requalify to a higher standard of English language and professional competence
• Introduce a tiered system of registration to protect consumers
• Formation of an independent complaints body with the power to review fees

Responsibility for change should be shared by education providers, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

“I wait with interest to see tonight’s Four Corners episode and hope that it will provide an added impetus for the key stakeholders to come together and develop appropriate policies to meet Australia’s educational and immigration interests without anyone being exploited.”

  • Source  :  www.mia.org.au
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    High profile national infrastructure group
    • Attractive Salary Package $$$

    Our client is one of Australia’s leading infrastructure engineering groups, involved in delivering key projects across Australia as well as overseas. They operate in civil, marine, rail, pipelines and mining infrastructure and have a reputation which is second to none.

    Opportunities exist for intermediate to senior estimators to join their highly professional team in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

    These appointments will suit an experienced engineering professional with proven experience in estimating and cost planning of civil construction.

    We are interested in talking to enthusiastic Estimators seeking to relocate/return to Australia & who can demonstrate the following:

    • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline
    • Solid estimating experience in the construction or building industry with sound costing analytical skills
    • Experience in any of the following sectors: Civil, Marine, Rail, Pipelines & Mining Infrastructure
    • Proficient in planning, organising and working to time lines
    • Strong communication skills and capable of enthusiastically engaging others
    Our client offers exciting projects Australia-wide and an opportunity for you to work with like-minded professionals. Working within a team and independently you will make a contribution to your field of expertise.

    An attractive salary is on offer with assistance in relocating to Australia. Individuals with visa plans in place or Australian PR/Citizenship will be highly regarded.

    If you are relocating to Australia now or the near future and wish to discuss these opportunities further please call Jo Mount in our UK office on +44 (0) 7966 718 442 or Tara McLaughlin in our Australian office on +61 (0)3 9654 9646.
    Alternatively send your CV outlining your project experience to date to apply@valuableresources.co.uk.

    Take your skills to the world, Go Global at http://www.valuableresources.co.uk
    All applications will be treated in confidence.

    Source  :  www.expatengineer.net

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    AN Australian family who met Michael Jackson more than 20 years ago and became lifelong friends was devastated by the pop star’s surprise death.

    Joy Robson, mother of choreographer Wade Robson, said her family could not come to terms with the news the King of Pop was dead.          Michael_Jackson_1971_got_to_be_there

    ”We are all in shock right now,” Ms Robson, sobbing heavily, said.

    ”We’re devastated.”

    A Los Angeles County Coroner’s office spokesman has confirmed Jackson had died.

    Lieutenant Fred Corral told CNN Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead at 2:26pm (0726 AEST) local time after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.

    The Robsons, formerly of Brisbane, befriended Jackson when Wade, at the age of five, won a dance competition in Australia where first prize was a meeting with the star.

    When Jackson toured Australia in 1987 the pop star invited Wade to perform at his Brisbane concert.

    Robsons, formerly of Brisbane, befriended Jackson when Wade, at the age of five, won a dance competition in Australia where first prize was a meeting with the star.When Jackson toured Australia in 1987

    Two years later, with the help of Jackson, the Robsons moved to the US so Wade could pursue his dancing career.

    Wade appeared in three of Jackson’s music videos, Black or White, Jam and Heal the World and today, at the age of 26, is one of the world’s most renowned choreographers, hosting his own MTV series The Wade Robson Project, working with Britney Spears and N’SYNC and winning two Emmy Awards.

    Wade, Ms Robson and her daughter, Chantal, were called as witnesses at Jackson’s 2005 molestation trial in California.

    Jackson was eventually acquitted.

    The Robsons spent many nights at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. After Jackson’s acquittal in 2005, the Robsons were again in tears, but back then it was tears of happiness.

    ”I’ve never questioned Michael,” Ms Robson said in 2005.

    ”That’s the bottom line. I’ve never ever had a second of a concern.

    ”I don’t care what people say of me.

    ”You have to know Michael to understand.

    ”I’ve always said to Michael I wished the world could know the Michael we do.

    ”He’s not what the media makes him out to be.”

    Jackson, aged 50, died in Los Angeles today, although a cause of death is yet to be officially announced.

    Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at Jackson’s $US100,000 ($A124,378.11) a month rented mansion in the exclusive LA suburb of Holmby Hills, just after midday.

    He was taken to the nearby UCLA Medical Centre but was pronounced dead.

    RIP

    Source  :  www.news.com.au

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    alliedhealth4Skilled health professionals in the west of the UK are being given the chance to find out about a new life in Australia at the Down Under Live event in Cardiff. on the 11th July. 

    There is currently a significant shortage of doctors, medical specialists and nurses in Australia, particularly in regional areas. One of Australia’s leading healthcare recruitment companies, HealthStaff Recruitment, will be coming from Australia to interview candidates for positions in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and other cities.

    Candidates will also be able to talk to a range of companies that will make the move possible, including migration agents, state governments, banks and shipping companies.

    Tickets are free to any skilled professionals in the healthcare professions. For further information or to apply for tickets, go to www.emigrationseminars.com/cardiff.php

    Source  :  www.australiamagazine.co.uk

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    I know if Jane were here today, she would have been so happy to see that so many Australian women and their families are being helped by the work the McGrath Foundation is doing each day.

    Executive Director of the Foundation TracyBevan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Memorial services will be held across the nation today to honour breast cancer victims including Jane McGrath, one year after her death.

    The McGrath Foundation, led by her husband and former cricketer Glenn McGrath has raised more than $5.5 million for cancer research.jane McGrath

    Jane and Glenn co-founded the McGrath Foundation in 2002, to raise money for breast cancer nurses and to raise awareness about the disease.

    The cancer campaigner lost her own battle with cancer on June 22 last year, sparking an outpouring of grief.

    Today memorials will be held in the Art Gallery of NSW and at other sites across Sydney, as well as in Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

    Executive Director of the Foundation Tracy Bevan says it’s a significant day.

    “Today is a hard day for us, but it’s also a very proud day. I know if Jane were here today, she would have been so happy to see that so many Australian women and their families are being helped by the work the McGrath Foundation is doing each day.”

    The foundation currently has 45 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working in health care facilities across the country, with another eight to be placed in coming months.

    Source  www.livenews.com.au

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    Location: Australia     
    Salary:
    Company: Valuable Resources Ltd
    Sector: Traffic and Transport
    Job role: Estimator
    Job type: Permanent
    Date posted: 18/06/2009 18:50  

    • High profile national infrastructure group
    • Attractive Salary Package $$$ with relocation support

    ‘Reach beyond your Estimations….Go Global!’

    Our client is one of Australia’s leading infrastructure engineering groups, involved in delivering key projects across Australia as well as overseas.They operate in civil, marine, rail, pipelines and mining infrastructure and have a reputation which is second to none.

    Opportunities exist for intermediate to senior estimators to join their highly professional team in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

    These appointments will suit an experienced engineering professional with proven experience in estimating and cost planning of civil construction.

    We are interested in talking to enthusiastic Estimators seeking to relocate to Australia & who can demonstrate the following:

    • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline
    • Solid estimating experience in the construction or building industry with sound costing analytical skills
    • Experience in any of the following sectors:Civil, Marine, Rail, Pipelines & Mining Infrastructure
    • Proficient in planning, organising and working to time lines
    • Strong communication skills and capable of enthusiastically engaging others.

    An attractive salary is on offer with assistance in relocating to Australia.

    If you are relocating to Australia now or the near future and wish to discuss these opportunities further please call Ben Dodd in our UK office on +44 (0) 7976 221 381.

    Alternatively send your CV outlining your skills and experience to date to apply@valuableresources.co.uk.

    Take your skills to the world, Go Global at www.valuableresources.co.uk  All applications will be treated in confidence.

    Reference: CareerStructure/CS12009BD

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    HOUSE prices could rise by as much as 22 per cent during the next three years, an economic forecaster says.   house price

    ”The conditions are ripe for a sustained recovery in residential property prices,” according to BIS Shrapnel’s Residential Property Prospects, 2009 to 2012, report.

    ”Low interest rates, solid growth in rents and housing shortages are evident in most markets.

    ”However, the current economic malaise will mean confidence will only recover slowly during 2009/10.”

    BIS Shrapnel senior project manager and study author Angie Zigomanis said that, at this stage, all of the action was occurring at the lower-priced end of the market.

    This is due to a surge in first-home buyer demand as a result of the federal government’s first home owner boost scheme and low interest rates, he said.

    BIS Shrapnel forecasts there will be 180,000 first-home buyers in 2009.

    Although first-home buyer demand was expected to ease after the expiry of the government’s boost scheme at the end of 2009, upgraders and investors were expected to take the baton, Mr Zigomanis said.

    ”We expect rising confidence in the prospects for an economic recovery in 2010, so investors are likely to return in greater numbers, attracted by increased rental returns and low interest rates.”

    Among the state capitals, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will show the strongest price growth over the next three years, at 19 per cent.

    More moderate growth is expected in Brisbane, Hobart, and Canberra, while price growth in Perth and Darwin is expected to be weak as the local economies of these cities are impacted by a decline in investment spending in the resources sector.

    BIS Shrapnel estimates Sydney’s median house price at June 2009 to be $530,000, and predicts it will rise by mid-2012 to $630,000. Melbourne’s current median house price is estimated at $425,000, rising to $507,000 by June 2012.

    In Adelaide, the median price is estimated at $360,000 and predicted to climb to $430,000 over the three years.

    Among other cities around Australia, Newcastle and Wollongong are expected to benefit from the migration of residents from Sydney over the coming years.

    The median house price in Newcastle is expected to soar 22 per cent over the three years, while Wollongong is forecast to see growth of 20 per cent in the same period.

    In Brisbane, the average house is estimated to cost $391,000 now and is expected to cost $455,000 by mid-2012, an increase of 16 per cent.

    Hobart’s median house price is estimated to be $335,000 and will rise by 15 per cent to $385,000 over the three year period.

    An average house in Canberra is estimated to cost $440,000, increasing to $515,000 by 2012, a rise of 17 per cent.

    In Perth, the estimated median house price is $425,000, expected to reach $475,000 in three years, up 12 per cent.

    Darwin’s forecast median house price is $470,000, predicted to show an increase of 11 per cent over the three years.

    For the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, BIS Shrapnel forecasts prices will increase by 14 per cent, while Townsville prices are expected to grow 13 per cent over the three years.

    Source  :  www.news.com.au

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    Source  :  http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/content/local/UK/promo_fares/index.jsp

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