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Old 01-09-2014, 23:04   #121
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As a visitor and planning to leave in 12 months - was $350, now $380 (if the OP's info is correct).

So maybe you will drop $20K getting across the Pacific and then a another $20K while you are here but I get some of you can't budget for the $380
How does it cost $20K to get across the Pacific? The wind is free.

Or is that your beer budget for the passage?
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Old 01-09-2014, 23:17   #122
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Re: Yet Another Fee Hike in Oz

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...Just because sheep and lamb were imported a few hundred years ago ...... you'd have to be daft to not see what a unique ecological system Australia is regardless of the errors af anyone's forefathers.....
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I'm a little confused Dan....
I thought we didn't talk about the breeding techniques of the Australian sheep industry in mixed company? )
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Yet Hawaii doesn't charge anything for quarantining yachts, and they're equally adept at protecting themselves from invading species.
Nawh, they still get the toursits from the Mainlaind, don't they?
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So to get this right, people have been traveling to Australia for thousands of years by boat without charges or quarantine.

Recently, the uk sent their rejects to australia. These people selfishly destroyed most of the forests and caused the extinction of countless species. Today they cause more pollution per person than anyone else in the world. Further, they decided that australia is now off limits to anyone who doesn't have more money than 99% of the people on the world. Finally, they impose all sorts of restrictions on importing species that are only due to their own prior mistakes and because of their ridiculously wasteful and inefficient agricultural system which relies on fossil fuels (If you have less than 50 types of plants per acre your system is not sustainable)

Why is this country full of criminals allowed to continue? Maybe it is time after all to take individual action.

I will keep in mind, maybe I can take a canoe to australia if I want a free ride home.
Sounds as if you are a bit sore about your choice not to visit Australia because you know you would not get away with the same issues and problems you had in NZ. That's fine by me as long as the nasty pathogens stay out of this country.

No doubt our quarantine is tougher and more expensive than NZ.
Certainly our system is a bit touchy at present with our unwelcome smuggled boat people.

I am based in Mackay and often meet people who have entered through that port and apart from the cost I don't see any issues.

I am sure that you would have more problems in Aus than you created in NZ.

I am sure we would give you a trip back to USA when you need it and look after your food and health until you got back.

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Re: Yet Another Fee Hike in Oz

Im not sure that I trust ANY medical or ecology advice regarding pest invasion in Australia or the USA.

Both introduced external species and diseases to deal with specific local problems over the years, visa and cost free I might add, and stuffed up the ecology. Species of fish, Bufo toads, etc etc.

Even the pesticides used for 'control' have minor side effects like death or similar to humans and animals, or at the least, genetically play with species systems to give them an extra leg or testicle or something.

Im all for protecting what exists, and Australia is one heck of a beautiful country. Im just thinking the best way to protect it is to not allow scientists and Monsanto to be in charge of that job.

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Re: Yet Another Fee Hike in Oz

Do people really have termites on their boats? Golly.... mine is suffering a bad attack of polyestermites but termites????

Meanwhile.... an observation.... based on quite a few observations..... arrive at Tulla and if you have an honest face -like me- you will just be waved through quarantine.... Auckland every single item of everyone's baggage goes through the xray machine.... no exceptions.
So who has the more secure bio border?
Handy tip... tick the 'been on a farm' box at Tulla and there is a good chance you will get your boots steam cleaned all fancy like for free....
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^^^^Oh, Gary, just a little DNA mixing!

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and also... Chile puts everything single bit of inward baggage through Xray.... they have the same healthy ag status as Oz/NZ thanks to the Atacama and the Andes... buggers picked up my Branston Pickle last year... thought it may have been honey.
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Im not sure that I trust ANY medical or ecology advice regarding pest invasion in Australia or the USA.

Both introduced external species and diseases to deal with specific local problems over the years, visa and cost free I might add, and stuffed up the ecology. Species of fish, Bufo toads, etc etc.

Even the pesticides used for 'control' have minor side effects like death or similar to humans and animals, or at the least, genetically play with species systems to give them an extra leg or testicle or something.

Im all for protecting what exists, and Australia is one heck of a beautiful country. Im just thinking the best way to protect it is to not allow scientists and Monsanto to be in charge of that job.

that's a trick picture, our swans are black.
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How does it cost $20K to get across the Pacific? The wind is free.

Or is that your beer budget for the passage?
You rumbled me
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Handy tip... tick the 'been on a farm' box at Tulla and there is a good chance you will get your boots steam cleaned all fancy like for free....
Used to be a good tip in Oz also way back when.

You got sent straight to AQIS thus bypassing customs and the AQIS guys were so intend in steam cleaning your boots and checking socks etc that they had no time (or interest in) in the excess of other dutiable goods.

The good old days have passed...
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Used to be a good tip in Oz also way back when.
I think Tulla is still in Oz.....
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...Just because sheep and lamb were imported a few hundred years ago ...... you'd have to be daft to not see what a unique ecological system Australia is regardless of the errors af anyone's forefathers.....
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I'm a little confused Dan....
I thought we didn't talk about the breeding techniques of the Australian sheep industry in mixed company? )
Hey I wsa talking about the farmers -

Australia - when men are men and sheep are nervous...
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that's a trick picture, our swans are black.
Yup........ thems the imports that they invited in.......
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