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EU Referendum live chat with moneycorp
John Kinghorn, from the foreign exchange
expert's moneycorp, is hosting a special EU
Referendum live chat session with forum members
on Tuesday 10th May (7:30pm until 9:30pm, UK
Back in February this year, UK Prime Minister
David Cameron announced a referendum on whether
Britain should remain in the European Union to
be held on Thursday 23 June. The vote has been
described as one of the "crucial votes of our
Therefore, due to the potential movements in the
exchange rate before and after the referendum,
the result is an important factor to consider if
you are transferring money to or from Australia.
About John from moneycorp
John Kinghorn is Head of UK Private Partnerships
at moneycorp. With over 11 years’ experience in
the migration industry, John regularly speaks at
seminars across the UK and can also help you
with other aspects of your move to Australia.
When transferring money to or from Australia,
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State of the States
The economic weakness linked to the end of the mining
construction boom continues to weigh on Australia's
resource-rich states, but both New South Wales and Victoria
remain strong, according to CommSec's latest quarterly State
of the States report.
The report analysed eight key indicators including economic
growth, retail spending, equipment investment, unemployment,
construction work done, population growth, housing finance
and dwelling commencements.
NSW remained the country's best performing economy during
the latest quarter, but Victoria edged closer to the top
Both states maintained a strong lead over the other states
NSW boasted the best scores on population growth, retail
trade, dwelling starts and unemployment, but drifted to
second place on the housing finance indicator.
CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian said Victoria had very
strong housing finance, retail spending, population growth
and unemployment figures and was becoming a real threat to
its northern neighbour.
"It's very likely that Victoria will edge even closer to New
South Wales," he said.
"Maybe in six to nine months' time, if the trend and the
momentum continues, Victoria may surpass the New South Wales
The ACT was ranked the third-best economy, while the
Northern Territory held onto fourth place.
The report revealed there was now not a great deal of room
between the Top End and the fifth-placed Queensland economy.
WA drops as mining construction boom ends
Western Australia dropped from equal fifth with Queensland
into sixth place.
Tasmania moved up the rankings from the worst performing
economy, to be equal seventh with South Australia.
Mr Sebastian said the WA economy had undergone a huge
turnaround, and there was now very little to separate the
bottom three economies
"Over the past couple of quarters, the Western Australian
economy has continued to shift down in terms of the
rankings," he said.
"I think those concerns around the mining boom — the
construction phase coming to an end — it's creating a bit
more concern around unemployment and in particular, with
population growth slowing as well."
The Northern Territory scored very highly on economic growth
and construction work, but momentum in its economy is
The Top End is now ranked last on population growth,
business investment and housing finance.
Signs positive for Queensland, South Australia
Mr Sebastian said Queensland had been languishing around the
middle of the economic ladder for some time, but the low
Australian dollar was likely to provide a boost.
"Tourism is going to be a big driver for the state, exports
of agriculture will be supportive and also the education
sector from international students," he said.
"So we should see over the next couple of years that the
Queensland economy continues to strengthen. But it is a very
big economy in terms of the size of the state, and it takes
a while for that ripple effect to feed through."
Mr Sebastian said there were also some encouraging signs for
the beleaguered South Australian economy.
"The defence deal for submarines — that may actually provide
a bit of a boost for the South Australian economy," he said.
"It used to be a big education hub the last time the dollar
was down at these sort of levels, and now that the dollar is
back in the 70s rather than at parity with the US dollar, I
think over the next year or two, you will see that
international education will be a driver of the growth story
for South Australia."
He added that Tasmania was beginning to pick up some
much-needed momentum and there were some healthy indications
in that state's labour market.
"There is a modest lift in momentum taking place and I
think, a healthy pick up in terms of retail, and keep in
mind, it's fourth ranked when it comes to unemployment as
CommSec State of the States rankings
1.New South Wales
3.Australian Capital Territory
7.Tasmania, South Australia (equal)
Discuss migration and visas
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Thousands of overseas students in extreme financial hardship in
An estimated one in four overseas students
studying in Australia is facing financial
hardship, according to an academic.
For thousands of international students living
in Australia, extreme financial hardship leaves
them struggling to afford a decent meal, the
Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis from the
University of Melbourne has studied higher
education and the role of international students
"Australia, in the last 10 years, has been very
successful in the international student market,
so successful that it is our third largest
export industry," she said.
Professor Arkoudis said there tended to be a
lack of empathy because many assumed
international students were well off.
"We need to break down some of barriers that
exist within society about common held
assumptions and generalisations about these
students," she said.
Her studies in the area show that almost a
quarter of all international students studying
in Australia are experiencing extreme financial
A food truck for the homeless now making a
weekly stop at the University of Tasmania is
being used by some students.
University of Tasmania student EJ Yeoh from
Malaysia agreed many overseas students faced
financial hardships in Australia.
"[It's a] huge shock, because I'm from Penang
Malaysia, which we have street food and we just
have food everywhere and super cheap, and coming
here everything is just expensive," she said.
When she arrived in Tasmania, EJ said she relied
on support from her parents for six months to
help cover food and rent costs.
She said many students did not have the
financial means for further support and felt a
sense of shame if they spoke up.
"Some of my friends will have days where they'll
just eat one or two meals, just because they
want to save money for other things like rent,"
"They don't want people to look down on them or
their families and see them as a lesser of a
student or human being compared to other people
who live comfortable lives."
The chair of the Multicultural Council of
Tasmania, Alphonse Mulumba, said he had dealt
with many students facing financial problems.
He said the common assumption that international
students were rich could not be further from the
truth for the students he had helped.
"That assumption that all international students
are rich or are better off because they can
afford the school fees is completely wrong," he
"We have people who have people whose parents
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No extra government assistance
The Federal Government has ruled out offering
further assistance to overseas students.
The Minister for International Education,
Senator Richard Colbeck, said there would be no
"Part of the visa application process is that
they demonstrate that they have the capacity to
look after themselves when they are here in
Australia," Senator Colbeck said.
"We have some very generous work rights here in
this country where students can work for up to
20 hours a week."
The University of Tasmania has declined to
Discuss migration and visas
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Furthermore, the costs involved in shipping,
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Backpacker tax review continues
With the stage set for a federal election on
July 2, the tourism and agriculture industries
are nervously awaiting the results of a
cross-departmental review into the controversial
The plan to tax foreign workers 32.5 cents for
every dollar they earn from July 1, raised
serious concerns about labour shortages and a
potential downturn in the number of visitors
choosing working holidays in Australia.
It would also result in a scrapping of the
$18,200 tax-free threshold for foreign workers.
Minister for Tourism, Senator Richard Colbeck,
heads the cross-departmental review and said
discussions with industry groups had been
"One of the things that we want to do as a
government is to ensure that we maintain a
strong flow of visitors to the country," Senator
"Obviously they make a contribution by the fact
that they're here as tourists — they also assist
particularly in regional areas, in tourism and
"We want to make sure that both those sectors
maintain the workforce capacity that they do and
the assistance they provide in that space as
"We also need to be cognisant of the fact that
we want to have available jobs for Australians,
so all of those things have been part of our
discussions," Senator Colbeck said.
"We're now working through the government
processes to finalise what we might be able to
Shortage of local employees, farmer says
Industry leaders questioned the Treasury
Department's forecast that the backpacker tax
would generate $540 million over the next three
Chris Fullerton from 'Fullerton Farms' at
Elimbah on the Sunshine Coast said the damaging
effects of the proposed backpacker tax on the
pineapple industry should not be underestimated.
Half of the pickers and packers employed for his
family farm's harvest were casual labourers and
international backpackers provided up to 90 per
cent of that casual work force.
"The potential that that backpacker tax has on
us being unable to source labour has huge
impacts," Mr Fullerton said.
"Of course, like most other businesses we'd love
to employ the locals for our casual labour
source, or for all our labour needs, but the
fact of the matter is we just can't get them.
"There's a lot of local employment agencies that
continually contact us and are willing to supply
us with labour, but generally they might turn
up, they might work half a day and then we don't
see them again or they don't even bother turning
up for the job interview," said Mr Fullerton,
who is also the chairman of the board of
"With the backpackers they are more than willing
to work, they have a clear goal that they want
"We pay them exactly the same, they get all the
same entitlements that any of the locals would
do, so that's why we desperately need them. We
don't need any deterrents," Mr Fullerton said.
Backpacker Guillame Coulon was a physical
education teacher in France and said his working
holiday in Australia would not be worth it if he
lost a third of his wages in tax.
"I think nobody want to come," Mr Coulon said.
"Just one good point is learn English, but
without that I make more money in Europe than
here, so what is the best for me?"
Senator Colbeck would not be pressed on when he
would release the results of the view.
"We are going through internal government
processes right now and I think I've said before
I'd like to get my answer out the door as
quickly as possible and I haven't changed my
view on that," he said.
Discuss backpacking and Working Holiday Visas
Newly opened $3.6m Riverland backpackers resort 'will be full'
during citrus season
The developer of a new 236-bed backpacker resort
in the Riverland expects the $3.6 million
facility to be full during the upcoming fruit
"I believe through the orange season coming up
we will be full. Predominantly this is the busy
period, we expect to be busy from now until the
end of November," Rockford Homes Riverland
builder John Pearce said.
The Paringa development attracted $1.2 million
in Federal Government funding and has been
purpose-built to accommodate backpackers to
provide seasonal labour to Riverland farms.
It was officially opened on Wednesday by South
Australian Regional Development Minister Geoff
Mr Brock praised Renmark Paringa Council for
working to rezone the site, which was originally
gifted to council by an early settler, and said
the development would stimulate the Riverland
"This will be a great boost for local jobs here,
if people can stay in the region then they will
spend in the region," Mr Brock said.
A lack of suitable accommodation for backpackers
has been flagged by job agencies as an ongoing
issue in meeting farm labour demands in the
'Setting the bar' to impress backpackers
The facility is the brainchild of Renmark
builders John and Leeane Pearce and will have
four full-time staff.
"We have managers on site, they are experienced
in this kind of accommodation, we will be in the
background making sure everything goes alright,"
Mr Pearce said.
The resort has 28 cabins, a swimming pool,
barbecue areas, gym, recreation lounge and staff
"It's something anybody can use, but
predominantly it's here to support the workforce
to pick the oranges, that's what it is designed
for," Mr Pearce said.
"We just tried to do the best we can to impress
the backpackers, that there is some good
accommodation here for workers, it's just trying
to set the bar.
The first guests at the resort will be
working-visa holders from Taiwan.
"They are certainly a part of the workforce that
is going to be involved in some of the packing
sheds here and involved in the upcoming season,
that's just one of the groups coming through,"
Mr Pearce said.
The influx in seasonal workers staying in
Paringa would provide a boost to nearby
"It's ideal, the location is fantastic, it's at
the town so if they haven't got transport they
can walk to the hotels and shops and the work's
just up the hill, so it's perfectly located for
that," Mr Pearce said.
"Hopefully we treat them as guests and give them
a good memory of the Riverland."
A boost to economy as Government reviews
The development attracted $1.2 million from the
Regional Development and Innovation program as
part of the $265 million South Australian River
Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS).
The program is funded by the Federal Government
and delivered by Primary Industries and Regions
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin described
the resort as the "equivalent of the Hilton for
He said he had pushed for a "favourable outcome"
on the proposed backpacker tax, which was under
review by the Federal Government.
It could see foreigners on working holiday visas
taxed 32.5 cents from the first dollar they earn
and a scrapping of the $18,200 tax-free
"This is about economic stimulation for the
Riverland," Mr Pasin said, adding he had left
his Federal cabinet colleagues under "no
misapprehension from me of the need to ensure we
are at least on a level playing field with our
competitors like New Zealand".
Discuss backpacking and Working Holiday Visas
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