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Old 11-11-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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Oh yes, I haven't paid a cent in tax for a few years. I am very happy. Our free healthcare, free roads, and free education are great perks.
What are you two talking about? Free of WHAT tax? Everyone is obliged to pay tax to support the gov't finances.
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:44 PM
 
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Recently heard of time that Australia has exempted their local residents free of tax. That's really amazing and their locals must be really happy to be that way. An ideal location to be.
HUH? LOLOLOL

I can assure you this is untrue. We pay tax. A lot of it. There is no such thing as free education or free medical ( unless you're under 18 or have a pension card).

What on earth are you talking about?
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:35 PM
 
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what are you two talking about? Free of what tax? Everyone is obliged to pay tax to support the gov't finances.
I forgot to add a
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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Oh thank goodness!
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:11 PM
 
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oh thank goodness!
haha.

All I can think is they are thinking of the minimum tax rate, ... maybe.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:17 PM
 
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Recently heard of time that Australia has exempted their local residents free of tax. That's really amazing and their locals must be really happy to be that way. An ideal location to be.
Can't make heads or tails of this post.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:19 PM
 
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Can't make heads or tails of this post.
Maybe a sarcastic post?
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:51 PM
 
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Those criteria don't sound that outlandish for retirees. If you have a pension or investment income of AUS $50k/year, plus let's say a house with a paid off mortgage that you would sell in the U.S. for at least AUS $500k... that would be pretty common for a middle income or upper middle income retired person. Having private health insurance would be obvious if you aren't an Australian citizen.

It makes sense that they don't want retirees with minimal savings or income moving there. Elderly folks who no longer work don't pay into the health care system, and if they become incapacitated (which is kind of inevitable at some point)...who would look after them? State nursing homes?
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:26 PM
 
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People could have all that money but the Government only allow 4 years Visa which you will be required to renew after that period, i have friends who met all the requirements they have contributed to the community by doing voluntary work, pay taxes are not a burden on the country but still do not qualify for permanent residence.
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Old 11-19-2015, 11:30 PM
 
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People could have all that money but the Government only allow 4 years Visa which you will be required to renew after that period, i have friends who met all the requirements they have contributed to the community by doing voluntary work, pay taxes are not a burden on the country but still do not qualify for permanent residence.
That would be because PR entitles them to Medicare.
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