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    Passport Renewal Notice

    We recently renewed our kids passports - was hoping to get them to a week at the snow in NZ before the current COVID outbreak shut that idea down - and one was turned around in 2 days, the other in 3. Application submitted at the post office on a Tuesday afternoon. Notified the first was ready...
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    Current US Credit Card offers

    Not entirely on-topic for an Oz forum but I know there are a bunch of people here who keep an eye on this sort of thing, so... I have a sizeable chunk of money still in the USA from when I used to live there, and some significant upcoming expenses (replace current car, house renovations) which...
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    ANZ QFF Black 75,000 bonus with no annual fee 1st year -only $2500 spend 1st 3 months

    That is pretty rubbish. 19,650 points get you a $100 Woollies GC, which is about as poor a value conversion as there is.
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    NBN Discussion

    In our previous house I was on a 100/40 plan with ABB. Since we were literally a stone's throw from the pillar, the modem actually synced up at about 150/50. At the time I was able to saturate both down and uplinks. I used to keep a Plex server at home I'd stream from while travelling, and...
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    NBN Discussion

    No. It is the difference between creating an organisation whose objective is to deliver a service vs an organisation whose objective is to be profitable.
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    NBN Discussion

    I think you are missing the point. Complaining that public utilities are no better than private companies, using an example of an organisation that was essentially setup from the get-go to operate like a private company (just one that happened to be bankrolled by the public) is not really a...
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    NBN Discussion

    Nobody should be under any illusions that NBN was setup or intended to be a public utility. It was called NBN Co. for a reason.
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    Car seats for kids - opinions

    No they don't. We're taking the seats regardless for exactly that reason - I'm just trying to decide if there's any point in putting the kids in them on the plane. Definitely leaning towards "no" at this point.
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    Car seats for kids - opinions

    Yeah, ours have the necessary stickers for use in Australia + instructions.
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    Car seats for kids - opinions

    Comfort was the main reason - if they did fall asleep they'd have some head/body support rather than just lolling all over the seat. That said we are in J so they'll probably be able to just curl up on the seat itself. There's also containment - they can't undo the car seat buckle but I've...
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    Car seats for kids - opinions

    Hi, folks, I'm after some opinions on whether or not it's worth dragging car seats onto the plane to use when flying with kids. We have 3yo (as of a couple of days ago) twins and are heading from Brisbane down to Melbourne & surrounds for a holiday at the end of the week. We're flying VA down...
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    NBN Discussion

    It's not really that surprising when you understand that Australia is a big land mass, but nearly completely empty. We are one of the most urbanised societies on the planet. Our population is not widely geographically distributed - something like 80% of the population lives in ten cities and...
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    NBN Discussion

    The purpose of public services and assets is not to turn a profit.
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    Lufthansa sues no-show passengers [Hidden City Ticketed]

    No they haven't, because clearly the passenger was not prepared to pay $1000 for the direct flight.
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    Lufthansa sues no-show passengers [Hidden City Ticketed]

    Whether or not airline tickets are priced based on distance travelled is not really relevant. The "consumption item" is transport from one place to another. The fee applies to exiting the station. It's a disingenuous example because those specific stations have specific exit fees. Pick any...
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    Lufthansa sues no-show passengers [Hidden City Ticketed]

    You mean transporting people from one place to another ? There’s a few. That is an extremely disingenuous example. Those specific stations have a special usage fee.
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    Lufthansa sues no-show passengers [Hidden City Ticketed]

    It's more like pricing 2L of milk in the same place, in 1x2L, 2x1L and 4x500ml containers differently. Only the 4x500ml is the cheapest version. Then trying to retrospectively charge you for the 1x2L option if you only use 3 of the 500ml containers and throw the fourth out.
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    Lufthansa sues no-show passengers [Hidden City Ticketed]

    No, but they think they've paid for a trip that goes A-B-C and if they happen to get off at B, why should the airline care (indeed, it should be happy for the lower opex). Similarly, they would expect to be able to miss getting on at A and still be able to fly B-C for the same reason (eg: if...
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    Travelled PER-BNE with a child

    We've flown VA BNE-ROK, BNE-SYD and BNE-AKL return with our (currently) 2.5yo twins a couple of times each (first when they were about 8mo old, most recently about 6 months ago) and the service and attentiveness of the hosties has always been excellent (admittedly in J). In fact, I even took...
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    Falling Short of Retaining Platinum - Qantas Points Offer

    Exactly. A few hundred bucks (at worst) worth of credit card annual fee to get the signon bonus(es), seems a pretty cheap and easy way to maintain status.
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