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Making a Move

By GnT 26 July 2007 25

I was chatting to a friend the other day; he has lived in Canberra two years, yet still has his car rego, driver’s licence, electoral enrolment, pretty much everything registered in NSW. Even most of his mail goes to his mum in Sydney. The same day, I was leaving the gym where the Raiders train and saw them leave and get into their cars, three of which had non-ACT plates (2 NSW and 1 QLD).

Why are so many people reluctant to make the complete move? Why do they still hold on to their past address? Are they ashamed to admit they live here? Or is it sheer laziness?

I think if you move, do it properly. Especially change your electoral enrolment – if the electoral commission saw how many people really live here we might get a third federal seat. And do it now before the election is called.

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GnT 7:43 pm 27 Jul 07

They were driving a red car, a white car and a grey 4WD 🙂

Some good points, especially re car rego being more expensive here. I still think they should change their electoral enrolment – then again, I can see the appeal of being enrolled in a marginal seat so your vote actually counts.

Stung 12:44 pm 27 Jul 07

what sort of cars do the raiders blokes drive?

ck 9:38 am 27 Jul 07

I’m from Perth (over here for a while) and in Perth it costs me $191.50 to register my car and $235 for CTP. A grand total of $426.50 as opposed to the $650+ it would cost me in the ACT….

Over there they charge $14.75 per 100kg for rego of a regular car, plus $20 or so in admin fees.

deejay 8:30 am 27 Jul 07

When we moved, we weren’t sure whether we were staying. (We’re staying in the region but we don’t think we can afford to buy in Canberra – it’ll probably be Yass or Queanbeyan). When I told the ACT rego people this, they refused to transfer my rego, saying it was for permanent residents only (even though we don’t have a NSW home to go back to). NSW said we weren’t entitled to a registration there either, and when I asked then if itinerant Australians weren’t allowed to drive, they said if we could come up with a NSW postal address they’d let us keep our licenses. So that was what we did for a long time (my partner still hasn’t changed his, because he can’t spare his car for the week it would take to get the repairs done to make the transfer). And that meant officially we had no presence in Canberra whatsoever. I’m proud of being a Canberran and I did switch the rego and everything else later, but they don’t make it easy.

nyssa76 10:30 pm 26 Jul 07

I keep telling hubby we should move to SA…but there really isn’t a navy base there. Bugger.

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