Posted 21.07.2014 @ 2.13PM (Edited 21.07.2014 @ 2.16PM)
Not Macs, but my last two PC laptops were refurbished, and both have been great (first one got stolen in Chile, hence why I had to buy the second within a couple of years). I also do know of a couple of friends who have bought refurb Macs and been very happy. If it's from a reputable dealer (presuming you're buying from Apple) then no real reason not to.
A lot of the "refurbished" units are simply items that have been returned for a refund for whatever reason, or they had something not working or faulty when a buyer first got them new but had to wait for the replacement part so the buyer got a new unit, once the part comes in the first unit is sold as a "refurb". So many are basically exactly the same as "new", maybe a few months older.
Posted 15.07.2014 @ 9.30AM (Edited 15.07.2014 @ 9.43AM)
"it's like trying to argue with a teenager"
Yeah, that's not an out and out insult is it?
And again: "For the kids watching at home. Here we see the final fallback of the left: When your opponent doesn't get distracted by you debating tactics and keeps demanding facts which you don't have, feign insult. Avoid the topic all together and shut it down."
Again, targeting the person you're with rather than sticking with the subject.
No thanks, I'll stick to trying to make a difference where it does so. Shouldn't have got sucked into this at all, my mistake as I said.
Posted 13.07.2014 @ 6.43PM (Edited 13.07.2014 @ 6.49PM)
@Looney pretty disgraceful ranting there. People don't share your world view so you question their intelligence, experience and ability to think.
I agree with you on corporate welfare though, I think the government should stay out of the markets, it's either a government service or it's a free enterprise - if it needs government help it's probably not viable or the founders are not so good, otherwise they could raise venture capital.
Some questions regarding your points?
:: $4.5 billion to Mining ::
Does this include the fuel rebate/other tax rebates which every business can claim? What's the real figure for direct subsidies?
:: $9 billion to superannuation tax concessions to the top 5% ::
Are these concessions means tested to prevent the bottom 95% from the same benefit? If people want to put aside for their retirement, why shouldn't they get a tax break? I guess you are all for pension cuts too.
:: $11 billion for subsidies for investments, held mainly be the wealthy ::
Are these subsidies also means tested to only include the wealthy? I do question why the government is subsidising investment though. are these subsidies or tax breaks?
:: $15.0 billion in tax cuts for the top 10% ::
How do you figure?
Tax rates 2013/20154
NOTE: The the only marginal rate increase was to the top bracket.
::One year of these subsidies will pay our debt for 3 years.::
No, it will pay the interest on the debt for three years, it will pay nothing off the debt.
I believe in equity of opportunity. If you can't make it, you get a minimal safety net.
The Australia I grew up in was a place that provided everyone with the opportunity to become what they choose. A place where if you have a dream and you take the steps to make it happen, you can achieve it. If want to be a multi-millionaire, I can be, it' up to me. Society doesn't owe me a living, it won't recognise my brilliance, if I am a loser or I fail it would provide me with a base level safety net. That is all I expect, nothing more, if I fall to the bottom of the ladder, I don't expect to be comfortable.
Your concerns over uni fees are just plain fear mongering. De-regulation doesn't mean price rise, it may it may not. If it does, so what we have a lack of non-degree skills in Australia so it could be a good way of changing that.
::The latest sending Sri Lankans back to their torturers is too far for me, not for some who care not one hoot for decency or international law.
Now I want you to think about that, we are sending desperate people back to the scum who tortured them.::
Are talking about the economic refugees who were coming to Australia for work and a better life? The ones are are now on bail for illegally leaving the country - yeh persecuted people get bailed all the time. And let's not forget that Labor was sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, so if you are going to jump up and down, be consistent.
::There is no "left" or "right" in Australian politics, it's "right" and "far right". But along with being able to earn a living, we should be giving a shit about others with less opportunities::
There is a left, it's called the greens. As far as the major parties go, I'd call them both fairly central, there is definitely no far right (some individuals maybe, but not a major party). We wouldn't have the dole or support, public education, public health, public transport if it were. We spend a lot of money on foreign aid and we do have a refugee program, we have public schooling available for all and welfare programs/payments for the unable/unfortunate.
As for your comparison with Nazi Germany, you've got to be joking, that's pathetic and just plain offensive. Give me examples of Australia sending people who are victims of genocide back to be slaughtered. Actually, let's play your game, give me an example where we've knowingly sent people back to be tortured.
You may be happy being able to earn a living, I'm not, I want to be globally successful and be able to buy a Lamborghini, and a jet and a big boat and I want to go into space. The good thing about our country and the global economy, is that I can do all those things. Sounds like if you guys got your own way we'd all just be comfortable living on 50-60K a year and give everything else away.
@Dave kudos to you, I know you've done volunteer work overseas and it's something you are passionate about, you've put your money where your mouth is - good on you.
You know what I'm passionate about? Helping businesses make more money by leveraging tech and efficiencies, and helping people get better services as a result. You don't see me expecting everyone to pay more taxes to make it happen.
I you want something done Looney, don't expect everyone to agree with you and foot the bill, do what Dave did and do it yourself. Besides which I think you are banging your head against a wall, the country voted, overwhelmingly, I think you are a vocal minority.
Posted 01.05.2014 @ 11.34PM (Edited 01.05.2014 @ 11.49PM)
wow guys thanks so much for all your help and advice!
lots to take in and think about... i think from what everyones said the 1 yr working visa is going to be the way to go, and see how things go while im out there- whether i can get sponsored etc... off the back of this id like to pick your brains somemore if you dont mind! you seem like a pretty knowledgable bunch!
-so if your on a W.H.V do you have to work explicitly for clients in australia or can you do work for clients overseas....?
-also does anyone know what the deal is with tax if your a freelancer working under a W.H.V? for both australian and overseas clients...?
-can anyone recommend some fabulous illustration/design agencys who might possibly be willing to take on someone working in aus under W.H.V?
-from what i can gather to extend your W.H.V for a second year you have to do 3 months regional work, like fruit picking, farming etc... (im sure this would be agreat experience buuuut does that have to be fulltime work? im just a little concerned that if you have to sack in the freelance work in order to do this, you'll loose your clients...?)
last but not least, as its quite a big and possibly isolating move to make especially if freelancing- can anyone recommend any good sites for finding shared studio space (it would be great to work with other creatives and meet new people instead of being sat at home solo on my laptop!) also as iv mentioned im pretty sold on TAS, i already have freinds there so i guess it seems like the obvious choice (and a little less scary!) but from what iv seen through researching melbourne seems like the place to be for all things creative.... if i base myself in TAS am i going to feel cut off from the creative industry...?
thanks again you lovely people!
p.s @LOONEY and @DAVE the whole permanent visa things makes falling in love look eeeeeasy! ;-)
Posted 30.04.2014 @ 8.16AM
@Dave thanks for the clarification.
Does that mean, if someone from the UK who has clients in Australia has to stop servicing them if they come here on a holiday or whilst travelling?
I understand the whole going in and working onsite thing, but what if they are working remotely?