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Series in which British families explore the possibility of moving to Australia or New Zealand. Single mum Lisa and ten-year-old Jessica visit Australia's Gold Coast.


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Every parent wants to give their child

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the best possible start in life.

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But what if you passionately believe the only place to do that

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is on the other side of the world?

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Would you be prepared to uproot them

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from everything and everyone they know

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to start afresh in a country thousands of miles from home?

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Bringing up daughter Jessica in the UK is getting single mum Lisa down.

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I can't give her everything that she wants.

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I love her to bits.

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I just want to make her happy.

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A trial-week down under sees both of them bowled over.

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-Oh! What's that?

-A pool!

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But when the figures don't add up...

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It's just not going to work.

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That's quite hard.

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..could it end up raining on Lisa's Aussie parade?

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With just seven people per square mile,

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Australia's 100-times less densely populated than the UK,

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and with miles of sandy beaches,

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a sunny climate and a laid-back outdoors lifestyle,

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it's no wonder it's the favourite destination for Brits

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seeking to make a new life down under.

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Struggling to make ends meet,

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Lisa Murray is desperate to give her daughter, Jessica,

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a brighter future in Australia.

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But as a single mum,

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starting again in a country she's never even visited

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is a daunting prospect.

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Now Lisa has just one week

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to see if Australia really does offer the lifestyle

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she wants for Jessica.

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At the end of it,

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both mum and daughter will face a life-changing decision,

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whether to stay in the UK or to make a new life down under.

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The Murrays' trial week begins with three flights in 24 hours.

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As they touch down in Brisbane, opinions are somewhat divided.

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The journey was actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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I couldn't sleep.

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The food was horrible and my ears kept popping.

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While Lisa can't believe she's finally on Australian soil...

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I've been so excited.

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We've been packed for weeks and weeks.

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..she does have some apprehensions.

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You kept saying to me on the plane, "Oh, before you go to the toilet,

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"check under the toilet seat just in case there's any spiders."

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I've been having really, really bad nightmares.

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And it's not just spiders on her mind.

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Everything rides on this week.

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It's kind of the final stage.

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I think after this week, it's kind of,

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"Right, what are we doing then? Are we going or are we staying?"

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The next seven days could be the biggest challenge

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mum and daughter will ever face

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as they decide on which side of the world their future lies.

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Meet the Murrays.

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Mum, Lisa, and Jessica, who's ten.

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Lisa's had the Australian bug for many years.

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Ever since I was a teenager, I've wanted to go.

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From quite a while...

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Watching, you know, Home And Away

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and Neighbours and everything Australian,

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I just love the whole idea of, you know,

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of the sunshine and the outdoor living

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and just having a better life.

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Single-mum Lisa moved to Edinburgh from Newcastle 16 years ago,

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and she and Jessica share an unbreakable bond.

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It's fine!

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Honestly, you'd think I was murdering you.

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Oh, she's my world. Absolutely my world.

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She just makes me so happy and so proud, as well.

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I love her to bits.

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I just want to make her happy.

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The past few years have been a struggle for mum and daughter.

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You know, having one wage

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and living in Edinburgh is actually very, very hard.

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I have actually been where I have come to a Friday,

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had £5, and that has to last me till Tuesday.

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Living hand-to-mouth,

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Lisa's had to rely heavily on her dad for financial help.

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My dad doesn't earn a lot, at all.

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And every time, obviously, I need help, he's there.

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He helps me out.

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Not being able to provide for her own daughter is heartbreaking.

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I can't give her everything that she wants.

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And her friends have got all these really nice things,

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and I can't afford to give her them. I feel ashamed.

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I find that quite hard.

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Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

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I need a fresh start.

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I would die for Jessica, and to give her the happiest life I possibly can

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is my whole aim.

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Fed up trying to make ends meet,

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childcare manager Lisa's resurrected her decades-long dream

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of a life in Australia.

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The job that I do, it's so much better paid out there.

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I know it's more expensive to live, but being able to

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not rely on anybody else for help,

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but also to be able to give Jessica a better lifestyle.

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Day-to-day life in the UK can often be difficult for Jessica.

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The school that I'm in is a good school,

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just there is A LOT of bullies.

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Like, a lot.

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So, I don't really like school here.

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I'm hoping taking her to the other side of the world

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is going to just give her more of a life to get out and just enjoy it.

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Although moving to Australia hasn't always been a shared dream...

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She was like, "Oh, do I have to?

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"Do I really have to go?"

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Having been promised a dog down under, Jessica's changed her mind.

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If I don't get a dog, I won't be very happy.

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And now she's counting down the days.

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I really, really want to go.

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I'll get to go more outdoorsy and all of that.

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I'll get to make new friends.

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And also it will be a better place to grow up.

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But a move would mean being separated

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from the grandfather she loves.

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Are you looking forward to coming down next week?

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-Yeah?

-I'm very, very close to him.

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Like, the day he goes away, I'm crying for, like, two whole hours.

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She's so close to her grandad,

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I think it's going to be heart-wrenching.

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I would be really sad to move to Australia and say goodbye.

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Lisa's also worried how she will cope without her dad.

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It actually terrifies me to think that I'll be miles away

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and I cannae just phone him up and say, "Can I borrow, like, £10?"

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Or whatever. I need to fix being in the rut that we're in.

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Desperate for a new beginning,

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the week ahead's Lisa's best chance at turning life around.

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And if Australia doesn't live up to expectations,

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she could be back to square one.

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I would be devastated if it's not everything

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that I'm hoping it's going to be.

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Because all that means is we'll be coming back here,

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and it's just the same routine and it's my dream over.

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I just want to have a good life for Jess.

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A good life for Jess.

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And I don't think we've got it here.

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For their trial week in Australia,

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the Murrays are staying in Hope Island,

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a popular canal-side suburb

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midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast beaches.

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Home for the week is a two-bedroom apartment

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in a secure gated community.

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Oh, this looks really nice.

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Do you know, this is actually a perfect area, though.

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that I would...I would like to raise you in, though,

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cos it's just so quiet.

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That's one box ticked.

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Whoa.

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Whoa.

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Oh, my goodness, Jessica.

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This is amazing.

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It's their first taste of Aussie-style living,

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and they're not disappointed.

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This is what I'd like to move to Australia for.

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The pair are awestruck.

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This is just so beautiful.

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I need this flat.

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And there's more to come.

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-A key to a swimming pool!

-What?!

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The icing on the cake is a private swimming pool within the grounds.

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Oh, wow! Jessica, this is gorgeous.

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Look!

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They've only been in the country a few hours,

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but Jessica's already won over.

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What would you rate it out of ten?

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Oh, I think it would have to be a nine.

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Mine would be a ten.

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It's the perfect start,

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but Lisa knows she can't afford to get carried away just yet.

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Everything hangs on the week ahead.

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It's kind of either going to make a dream or break a dream.

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And, hopefully, it's going to make it and not...

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and not go home disappointed.

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Back in the UK, Lisa and Jessica live in a two-bedroom,

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top-floor flat in Gilmerton, just outside Edinburgh.

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Yeah, it's quite small.

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-Very.

-This is Jessica's room.

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She's got so much stuff, there's not storage anywhere in the flat.

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The area's not what it used to be.

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So, when I moved in, it was really, really nice.

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But now, there's...

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-It's trashed.

-There's a lot of rubbish lying around.

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I just don't feel it's very safe for her.

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You know, so, I don't let her go very far at all.

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Lisa knows exactly the kind of place she'd like to live down under.

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See, when you see Neighbours and Ramsay Street,

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that is actually what I would like.

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OK, so what else is on the wish list?

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I think my dream house would be...

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-With a pool.

-..one with a pool.

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Quite large, open planned.

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-Very large.

-I don't want it to be

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where there's loads of, you know, greenery.

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So that no animals come.

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Because then that would actually terrify me.

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If they do make the move,

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the Murrays plan to rent down under

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and have a monthly budget of £1,100.

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To find out what kind of home this could get them,

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we're showing them three properties,

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two close to budget, and one which could be their dream home.

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The search begins in the suburb of Ormeau,

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conveniently placed between the city in the north

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and beaches in the south.

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With plenty of dog-walking opportunities

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and a strong sense of community,

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it could be the perfect spot for the pair.

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Jessica, these are beautiful houses.

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Ain't no doubt about it.

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What will their first impressions be of this modern three-bedroom home?

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I don't know if I like the double garage.

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I think because it looks just very...

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It looks very concrete.

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But I think it's very garage-y at the front.

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On the plus side, the area gets a thumbs up.

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Beautiful street.

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-What do you think?

-I love it.

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Whoa, there's two doors.

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Yeah, that's it, the gate and the main door.

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I like it's very neutral.

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I like the colour scheme.

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So far, so good.

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I really like having the kitchen with the sitting-room

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cos it'd be really nice being able to make your tea...

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And also chat to me.

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..and chat to you.

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So, this would be a nice room for you, wouldn't it?

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Smaller than the one you've got at home.

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It could do you, but you would have to get rid of some of your stuff.

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-That's fine.

-Yeah.

-Or like get smaller sort of...

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Very accommodating, Jessica.

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I like how all the rooms have got the fans in.

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-Yeah.

-Big double wardrobes.

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A nice big double bed.

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In fact, I think this one would be more for me.

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-Why?

-Because I could probably get more stuff in here.

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Mum's having second thoughts, anyway.

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Not much of a view.

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You've got your neighbours straight out the window.

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I don't need a perfect view to have the best bedroom.

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Quite right, Jessica.

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Just lots of room for your toys.

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Lisa's got mixed opinions on the family bathroom, too.

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Well, it's got a nice bath and shower.

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It's quite small though, isn't it?

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It's quite a little compact bathroom.

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Well, there's only two of us.

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Good point, Jessica.

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And coming up, something to get Lisa more excited.

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-Wow!

-What? What?

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This is my bedroom.

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No!

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The master bedroom's got all the storage Mum needs.

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Now, that is my dream.

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-Whoa.

-This is perfect.

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Beautiful views out onto the garden.

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Outdoors there's a great spot for entertaining.

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You know for friends over.

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Nice big patio.

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Although Jessica's got other ideas for the garden.

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I like it because it's very big.

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And if I did get a dog, this would be a good size.

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Is it your ideal garden?

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For the size of it, yeah.

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-But it hasn't got a pool.

-It hasn't got a pool.

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And is that what you really, really want?

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-Yeah, I really, really want.

-So, maybe just kind of as a starter,

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would you be happy with...?

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Yeah, this would be lovely for a starter.

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I could see myself living in a little house like this.

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This house is very nearly perfect for the pair,

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but is it somewhere they could afford to call home?

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Their rental budget is £1,100 a month.

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Shall we have a look at how much it is?

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-Yep.

-Would you like to turn it over?

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-Yes.

-Go on, then.

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Oh, I'm dreading this!

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That's £160 a month below budget.

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Wow! That's on the lower end of our budget,

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which is quite exciting, because if you want a pool,

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it could still be in our price range.

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That gives me a lot of hope...

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..if I'm honest, that we could actually maybe afford a dream house.

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With the day off to a positive start, the next stop is Labrador.

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Overlooking the estuary of Southport Broadwater,

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this suburb boasts plenty of opportunities

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for outdoor activities,

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and with no shortage of shops,

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restaurants and a range of good schools,

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it could be just the ticket for the Murrays.

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Will this three-bedroom property work its charm on mum and daughter?

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Oh, this is a nice, colourful house.

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Isn't it?

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-Yes.

-It's very yellow fellow.

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That's got to be better than "too garage-y."

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Now, I love the look of this.

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This is like a Queenslander, I think.

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-Yeah.

-Isn't it?

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I really like all the palm trees

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cos it makes you feel like you're in Australia.

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Could be because you are, Lisa.

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Going through the front door, though,

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they're not sure where they are.

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I think this could be, like, the living room.

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Yeah, but, like, you don't just want to come in

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and then there's a living room.

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Well, what would you have this room as?

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It could be like a table and chair room or something.

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-A chill-out room.

-Yeah, a chill-out room.

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Now, this is nice.

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Not too big a kitchen.

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Love the tiles.

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Also, you've got more storage space.

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Mm-hm. So, it's very...

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It's a very contemporary house, isn't it?

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It's not, like, too big or too small

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because there's only the two of us right now. And maybe a dog.

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And maybe a dog.

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Jessica's not going to let Lisa forget her promise of a pooch.

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The family bathroom's not for Lisa.

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Yeah, I think it's a bit dated for me.

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But, you know, we could change it

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because if we live here, like, we could

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change it to, like, pink and black.

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Like hot pink and black stripes because that's what I would like.

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Not sure that's going to wash, Jessica.

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Wow!

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This is my room.

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-This is my room.

-No!

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That is stunning.

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The master bedroom's got the storage Lisa's looking for.

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Nice big double wardrobe.

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Triple wardrobes.

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And it's a room with a view.

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Can you imagine waking up to that every morning?

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I could jump out of bed and go, "Lovely morning!"

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But Lisa has other ideas.

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I think we'd fight over this room, but I would win as I am the parent.

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No, you won't.

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I'll be paying the rent.

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This would be my room.

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Oh, see, imagine every morning

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-stepping out with your cup of tea.

-Yeah.

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Outdoors, the covered entertaining area

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runs the full width of the house.

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I like this.

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-Yeah.

-This is...

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This is huge.

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-Lovely.

-Look, you've even got a Wendy house.

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Would that not compensate for not having a pool?

0:16:130:16:15

No. I need a pool.

0:16:150:16:17

Nice try, Mum.

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Thinking between the first one and this one,

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I would probably more so go for this one

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cos I really like the look of it.

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It looks so picturesque and so nice and girlie.

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It's very girlie. No, but that's what I like.

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-I think it just...

-I don't like girlie.

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-Do you want to have a little look in?

-Yeah.

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You'd have great fun playing in there.

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Not sure Jessica agrees.

0:16:370:16:39

I'm not a baby, you know.

0:16:390:16:41

I bet you have to crouch through this door.

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Yep.

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Although it may not have fitted their every need,

0:16:460:16:49

this house has impressed.

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But will it be a tight squeeze on their £1,100 budget?

0:16:510:16:54

Shall we see, Jessica, what the price is?

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Yes.

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-Yes?

-Yes.

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OK. Let's go.

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It's almost on budget, and Lisa's relieved.

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We're getting actually quite a lot of space for our money.

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I'm really quite happy with that.

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Maybe you might even be able to get somewhere with a pool.

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You just never know.

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With things continuing on a positive note,

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it's on to the final property of the day.

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We found what should be the Murrays' dream home.

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It's in Molendinar, a well-established suburb

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with a living-in-the-country feel.

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Will this three-bedroom home deliver the full package?

0:17:310:17:35

-Oh, wow.

-Wow.

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Liking this one.

0:17:380:17:42

Whoa. This is nice.

0:17:420:17:47

It's a hit, and they haven't even been inside yet.

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Loving the front entrance.

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It looks very posh, doesn't it?

0:17:520:17:54

Look at the front entrance,

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Jessica, even with this.

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-Oh, wow.

-This is lovely.

-I am loving just the corridor.

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So, I don't even know where we should start.

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-Shall we start that side?

-Yes.

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Right. Let's go.

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I'm so excited about this one.

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There's plenty to celebrate.

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Awesome interior.

0:18:110:18:12

-What's that?

-A pool!

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Looks like Jessica's dream's come true at last.

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We're buying this house.

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The number-one thing on your list.

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Come on, then. So, what do you think?

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SHE GIGGLES

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Are you very happy that there's a big pool?

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Oh, well, we'll have to see if we can afford it, eh?

0:18:350:18:38

-WHISPERS:

-We might be able to afford it.

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Right, OK.

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No pressure there, then.

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The kitchen's definitely got the wow factor.

0:18:430:18:45

This is gorgeous!

0:18:450:18:48

We are so living here.

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This is my dream house.

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It is mine because there's a pool.

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It's just, like, ideal.

0:18:540:18:56

I think I'm sold on this house too, Jessica.

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And this time the family bathroom doesn't disappoint.

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Oh, now this is nice.

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Very modern. It's really nice.

0:19:060:19:09

Very contemporary, I like it.

0:19:090:19:11

I like it a lot.

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Bath, separate toilet.

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That'll be so good for us.

0:19:140:19:17

The master bedroom leaves Lisa gobsmacked.

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SHE SQUEALS

0:19:200:19:22

This is my... Oh, wow.

0:19:220:19:25

Oh, my God. Oh, my God, this is amazing.

0:19:250:19:28

I can imagine myself in that bath.

0:19:280:19:32

Mum.

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-Mum.

-This is more than what I could actually dream of.

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But Jessica's found a flaw with the open-plan layout.

0:19:370:19:40

Just say I wanted you for something right,

0:19:400:19:42

I come in and you're sitting in the bath...

0:19:420:19:45

You'll be in your pool, honey.

0:19:450:19:47

You won't want me. It's fine.

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Lisa's seriously smitten with this property.

0:19:480:19:51

This is my perfect, perfect number ten.

0:19:510:19:56

But she's beginning to worry it'll be beyond her reach.

0:19:560:19:59

I just know I'm not going to be able to afford it.

0:19:590:20:01

I really hope we can afford this house...

0:20:010:20:03

-Same.

-..because I will seriously cry.

0:20:030:20:05

Compared to their flat in Edinburgh, this is the house of Lisa's dreams.

0:20:050:20:09

It's...it's absolutely perfect.

0:20:090:20:11

It's ticked off a lot of things.

0:20:110:20:13

It's ticked off with the pool.

0:20:130:20:15

Not too big and not too small.

0:20:150:20:17

It just looks the type of house that I want.

0:20:170:20:21

They're both sold,

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but could the pair actually afford to live in a house like this

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with a monthly budget of £1,100?

0:20:250:20:28

I don't know if I want to look at this.

0:20:280:20:30

Well, we have to. Just wait, I'll turn it over.

0:20:300:20:33

Are you ready?

0:20:330:20:35

Look at it, then.

0:20:350:20:37

What? Really?

0:20:400:20:42

It's £300 over budget, but...

0:20:420:20:45

-That's amazing!

-Yeah!

0:20:450:20:47

Could we afford this property?

0:20:470:20:48

So, if we looked at what the salary was over here, then yes,

0:20:480:20:54

we so could afford this house.

0:20:540:20:56

That would be amazing.

0:20:560:20:58

It's been a positive day on the property front.

0:21:000:21:03

The first house was under budget and had a garden big enough for a dog.

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But no pool meant no go for Jessica.

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The second property's modern interior twist

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was appealing to Lisa,

0:21:120:21:13

but Jessica couldn't see herself hanging out in a Wendy house.

0:21:130:21:17

House number three was the dream home, and although over budget,

0:21:180:21:23

could still be within reach.

0:21:230:21:24

So, when it comes to Aussie homes, will it be home or away?

0:21:240:21:28

So, on today's property search, we are going to vote for...

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-BOTH:

-Australia!

0:21:420:21:44

All the three properties we've seen were really good,

0:21:460:21:49

but I really loved the third one.

0:21:490:21:50

So, that's why I voted for Australia.

0:21:500:21:53

The last property was my dream property

0:21:530:21:55

and had everything, and it's not out of reach.

0:21:550:21:58

So, it's kind of...

0:21:580:22:01

It's helping with my dream of knowing

0:22:010:22:02

that we could have a good life over here.

0:22:020:22:05

Aussie homes have got the thumbs up from both Lisa and Jessica.

0:22:110:22:15

Would you just be in there all day?

0:22:150:22:17

But their plans for a life down

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under could yet come to nothing if Lisa

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can't find the right work opportunities.

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Back in the UK, she's a childcare centre manager,

0:22:240:22:28

a job she's passionate about.

0:22:280:22:30

Your day's never the same.

0:22:300:22:32

Very busy, but you get so many rewards

0:22:320:22:35

when you see the children learn and progress.

0:22:350:22:39

Lisa's worked in childcare for 14 years,

0:22:390:22:42

but to transfer her skills down under

0:22:420:22:44

she'll have to complete a diploma.

0:22:440:22:46

It's kind of putting a lot of pressure

0:22:460:22:48

having to go back to college.

0:22:480:22:50

Financially-wise, am I going to be able...

0:22:500:22:52

..to support while studying?

0:22:530:22:56

There's no point in me going all the way over there

0:22:560:23:00

to be in the same situation that I am actually over here.

0:23:000:23:04

Getting the right salary down under will be crucial if Lisa's hopes

0:23:060:23:10

of a fresh start are ever to become a reality.

0:23:100:23:13

We've arranged for her to visit a local childcare centre

0:23:130:23:16

to find out just what her job

0:23:160:23:18

prospects might be on the Gold Coast.

0:23:180:23:20

While the children have fun outside, Lisa's met by manageress Bonnie.

0:23:200:23:25

-Would you like me to take you round? Have a look around?

-Yes, please.

0:23:250:23:28

-I'd love to. Thank you.

-Great, let's go.

0:23:280:23:30

Come through.

0:23:300:23:32

Every teacher has their own style of doing things.

0:23:320:23:36

Bonnie's impressed with Lisa's experience in the industry.

0:23:360:23:39

I can see your resume was fantastic, so you've done so much.

0:23:390:23:41

People will jump at that and you'll find you'll progress

0:23:410:23:44

extremely quickly through the system.

0:23:440:23:46

She's got some advice for Lisa on continuing her career down under.

0:23:460:23:49

You could start off as your Certificate III as the assistant,

0:23:490:23:52

learn the ropes while you're doing your four subjects and the diploma,

0:23:520:23:57

move into the teacher's role and then slowly as you're getting more

0:23:570:24:00

involved in the industry, move up into the director's role.

0:24:000:24:03

So, it's about getting your feet in the door, really, isn't it?

0:24:030:24:06

-Yes.

-And kind of proving, showing yourself and progressing forward.

0:24:060:24:09

-Yes.

-That makes total sense.

-Encouraged,

0:24:090:24:11

Lisa's keen to find out what kind of hours she'd be expected to work.

0:24:110:24:15

So, some of our staff with children would work an 8:00 to 4:30.

0:24:150:24:18

Some of them would work, you know, an 8:30 to 5:00.

0:24:180:24:22

There's a lot of flexibility in hours.

0:24:220:24:24

That's really good hours.

0:24:240:24:25

Flexible hours could mean more quality time with Jessica.

0:24:250:24:29

So, could Lisa actually get a placement in a centre like this?

0:24:290:24:33

We have three locations very close to each other.

0:24:330:24:36

So, definitely there'd be a spot in one of those locations

0:24:360:24:39

for you to do that placement.

0:24:390:24:40

Do you have part-time job opportunities as well?

0:24:400:24:43

There are a lot of people that go off on maternity leave,

0:24:430:24:45

so we are always looking for good educators.

0:24:450:24:48

It's all positive,

0:24:480:24:49

but Lisa's still got one very important question for Bonnie.

0:24:490:24:53

What kind of salary initially would I be looking at?

0:24:530:24:56

OK, so just as a Certificate, you'd be on 21.48 an hour.

0:24:560:25:00

-Right, OK.

-Which works out to 40,805 for the year.

0:25:000:25:06

At £22,000, that's roughly £2,000 less than Lisa's current salary,

0:25:060:25:11

but once qualified as a centre manager or director,

0:25:110:25:15

she could earn more.

0:25:150:25:16

And you'd look at 55,000 a year.

0:25:160:25:19

That's a potential increase of almost £9,000 a year.

0:25:190:25:23

It's good news and bad.

0:25:230:25:25

To be a director would be a lot better for me financially,

0:25:250:25:29

but I'd be worse off coming in as a level III which is the one thing

0:25:290:25:34

that I would be a bit worried about

0:25:340:25:35

obviously for coming over.

0:25:350:25:37

The day's given Lisa plenty of food for thought,

0:25:390:25:42

so how will it impact on her vote?

0:25:420:25:44

Based on my work day, I am going to vote for...

0:25:440:25:48

..undecided.

0:25:550:25:57

I vote undecided because long term, I would be extremely happy,

0:25:570:26:02

but the short term,

0:26:020:26:03

I need to ensure that if I came over to Australia,

0:26:030:26:08

I have everything in place and that I don't fail and end back in the UK

0:26:080:26:13

from struggling.

0:26:130:26:15

Doubts about making ends meet in the short term

0:26:190:26:22

have thrown a question mark

0:26:220:26:24

over Lisa's hopes for a fresh start down under.

0:26:240:26:27

But determined to give daughter Jessica a better future,

0:26:270:26:31

she's not giving up on her dream at the first hurdle.

0:26:310:26:34

So, will a day sampling the potential lifestyle they could have

0:26:340:26:39

help reinforce her reasons for wanting to relocate

0:26:390:26:42

to the other side of the world?

0:26:420:26:45

Jessica's passionate about animals.

0:26:460:26:48

So, where better for mum and daughter to hang out than one of

0:26:480:26:51

Queensland's animal welfare sanctuaries?

0:26:510:26:54

They're met by Rachel Willis.

0:26:540:26:56

-I'm Lisa.

-I'm Rachel, nice to meet you.

0:26:560:26:58

-And you are?

-Jessica.

0:26:580:27:00

Jess. This is Almond.

0:27:000:27:02

Jessica's big ambition in life is to work with animals

0:27:020:27:05

and the sanctuary has the perfect plan to jump-start her career.

0:27:050:27:09

It's called our animal care programme.

0:27:090:27:12

You spend the whole day learning how to look after companion animals.

0:27:120:27:16

When you've done that, if you're really super keen,

0:27:160:27:19

then you can come and volunteer for us.

0:27:190:27:22

Would you like to do a programme like that?

0:27:220:27:24

-Yeah, I would.

-Having been promised a dog if the move were to happen,

0:27:240:27:27

it's time to meet a potential pooch.

0:27:270:27:30

Sanctuary worker Megan introduces Samaya.

0:27:300:27:33

The best thing to do is take your treat,

0:27:330:27:35

put it in between your fingers like that and hold your hand flat.

0:27:350:27:40

There you go. Very nice.

0:27:400:27:41

Samaya's only been with us since Tuesday.

0:27:410:27:44

Just say when we do come here and just say she's still here,

0:27:440:27:49

I would definitely buy her.

0:27:490:27:51

Looks like Jessica's lovestruck.

0:27:510:27:53

-Aren't you gorgeous?

-Lie down.

0:27:530:27:55

-Do we take you home?

-Yeah, we should!

0:27:550:27:59

What does Samaya mean again?

0:27:590:28:00

It means eternal.

0:28:000:28:02

I can't remember what eternal means.

0:28:020:28:04

-So, forever.

-Ah, right.

0:28:040:28:06

Oh, yeah, that's a lovely name.

0:28:060:28:08

I would keep her name Samaya, or I would call her Gorgeous,

0:28:080:28:11

-cos she is gorgeous.

-Yeah, you liking that?

0:28:110:28:13

You're liking all the attention?

0:28:130:28:14

-Want your belly rubbed?

-Yeah, you like that, don't you?

0:28:140:28:19

Can we get this doggy?

0:28:190:28:20

Oh, we cannae today, sweetie.

0:28:200:28:22

Today's been a big hit with Jessica.

0:28:220:28:25

Samaya was my dream dog.

0:28:250:28:27

It was really nice to see as a mum her passion actually coming to life.

0:28:270:28:31

It was lovely.

0:28:310:28:32

It's left Jessica with no doubts as to where her future lies.

0:28:320:28:36

I would love to live in Australia.

0:28:360:28:38

I never want to go back to the UK.

0:28:380:28:40

It goes to show that my dream is actually now going on

0:28:400:28:43

to Jessica's dream as well.

0:28:430:28:44

But the day's also given Lisa a chance to reflect on the pressure

0:28:440:28:48

she is under to deliver on the lifestyle Jessica's fallen for.

0:28:480:28:52

If she wants to come and I can't afford to come,

0:28:520:28:55

I don't know how it's going to be for Jessica.

0:28:550:28:57

Cos I'm the only breadwinner,

0:28:570:28:59

it is the biggest burden in making sure that we don't struggle.

0:28:590:29:03

After just a taste of the life Jessica could have,

0:29:030:29:06

I think this vote's in the bag.

0:29:060:29:09

So, today we had a great day with the animals.

0:29:090:29:13

So, based on that, we are going to vote for...

0:29:130:29:17

-BOTH:

-..Australia!

0:29:260:29:28

I voted for Australia because I felt

0:29:280:29:31

Jessica really came out of her shell.

0:29:310:29:34

Working with animals is my dream, so, yeah.

0:29:340:29:37

I want to see her happy in an environment,

0:29:370:29:39

in an area she absolutely loves. So, that meant quite a lot to me.

0:29:390:29:43

So, it was really nice. I'd like to do that more.

0:29:430:29:45

Giving Jessica a brighter future is what her move's all about.

0:29:500:29:54

In the UK, everyday life's not quite what it should be.

0:29:540:29:57

Back home, Jessica's not happy at school.

0:29:580:30:01

She doesn't want to go in.

0:30:010:30:03

I hate school in the UK.

0:30:030:30:04

She's had bouts of, you know, bullying

0:30:040:30:06

and things like that at school.

0:30:060:30:08

To find out what Jessica might expect from school life down under,

0:30:080:30:12

we've arranged for mum and daughter to visit Coomera Anglican College.

0:30:120:30:16

Lisa's got high expectations.

0:30:160:30:18

I'm really, really excited to see what the school actually holds

0:30:180:30:21

-from what I've read about.

-But Jessica's got mixed emotions.

0:30:210:30:25

I'm nerve-cited.

0:30:250:30:26

You're nervous and excited?

0:30:260:30:29

Enrolment officer Rachel Castles shows them around.

0:30:290:30:33

Welcome to Coomera Anglican College.

0:30:330:30:35

-Shall we go and have a tour?

-Yes.

-Let's go.

0:30:350:30:37

Jessica loves drama, so first up, some role-play with Year Sixes.

0:30:370:30:41

If they're a little bit freaky cos there's so many of them

0:30:410:30:43

and only one of you, you don't have to talk to them,

0:30:430:30:45

you can just look at them like they're peasants.

0:30:450:30:49

-Deal?

-Hello, my name is Bridget Mandala.

0:30:490:30:53

I'm a pop star.

0:30:530:30:54

Oh, my goodness! Hello!

0:30:540:30:56

Give you my shoe?

0:30:560:30:57

LAUGHTER

0:30:570:30:59

# Whoa! #

0:30:590:31:01

She doesn't even want to listen. Off you go.

0:31:010:31:03

Sorry, sorry. Sorry.

0:31:030:31:05

After being thrown in at the deep end,

0:31:060:31:09

Jessica chats to her new Aussie friends

0:31:090:31:11

while Rachel fills Mum in on the school's anti-bullying policy.

0:31:110:31:15

We have a zero tolerance.

0:31:150:31:16

We teach the children not to be bystanders.

0:31:160:31:19

Go and talk to a teacher

0:31:190:31:20

and obviously get that in process to stop...

0:31:200:31:24

-That's fantastic.

-..dealt with straightaway.

0:31:240:31:26

That's Mum reassured.

0:31:260:31:27

Rachel's keen to put Jessica's mind at rest, too.

0:31:270:31:30

On your very, very, very, very first day, we give you buddies

0:31:300:31:33

and those friends are usually in your class.

0:31:330:31:35

-They can show...

-I think I've already made some friends.

0:31:350:31:37

Have you made some friends already?

0:31:370:31:39

-Some in the group.

-Jessica would fit in straightaway.

0:31:390:31:43

Rachel also introduces them to mum Sheena who made the move down under

0:31:430:31:47

six years ago.

0:31:470:31:49

My daughter was a year older than you, Jessica,

0:31:490:31:51

when she moved over here and, you know, she loves it.

0:31:510:31:54

The teachers are all so helpful.

0:31:540:31:56

The communication with the teachers is really good.

0:31:560:31:58

There are so many activities that you as a parent can be involved in,

0:31:580:32:01

-as well.

-So, Mum could make friends, too.

0:32:010:32:04

Lisa wants Jessica to leave school with a career plan,

0:32:040:32:07

so what kind of opportunities would she have here?

0:32:070:32:11

From Years Seven to Eight, they do core subjects.

0:32:110:32:13

So, they have a taste of everything.

0:32:130:32:15

Then when they get into the older year levels,

0:32:150:32:17

that's when we start to look at careers and what you want to do.

0:32:170:32:20

We've got fabulous teachers that will sit down and help

0:32:200:32:22

-with careers advice.

-Impressed with what she's seen,

0:32:220:32:25

Lisa's eager to find out how Jessica could make the switch to a school

0:32:250:32:29

-like this.

-If you were to move out next year, in January,

0:32:290:32:32

she would go into our Year Six.

0:32:320:32:33

-Right, OK.

-Which would be perfect for her.

0:32:330:32:35

It gives her a really great year of transitioning,

0:32:350:32:37

getting to make new friends,

0:32:370:32:40

finding her feet in Australia and in a whole new world.

0:32:400:32:43

-Thank you very much.

-Pleasure.

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It's been an inspiring day for both of them.

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I think this school's amazing.

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And I would be so happy if we moved over here to...

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for Jessica to attend this school.

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And I think moving to Australia

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would be a really good choice to make.

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Knowing Jessica would settle easily in Australia is another boost for

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Lisa's dream, but in order to turn it into reality,

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the figures will have to stack up.

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She's already concerned about the calculations.

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If it says that we are worse off in Australia,

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it's going to kind of be the end of the dream, really.

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And we have to be very realistic.

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It doesn't have to be the end of the dream because

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if it's more expensive, just it's more expensive in Brisbane,

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it could be less expensive somewhere else.

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So, you're staying think positive?

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-Yes.

-OK.

0:33:450:33:46

That's the spirit.

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To help them do the sums,

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we've provided a comparison of costs between the UK and Australia.

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First up is the weekly shop.

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So, tinned sweetcorn is 35p in the UK and it's 53p here.

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That's a difference of 18p.

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My hair dye, must...

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is a huge must.

0:34:070:34:08

-Yes.

-It's £6.94 in the UK.

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It's - oh! - £5.30!

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That's minus £1.64.

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I could dye my hair all the time.

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Your hair might fall off, so let's not suggest that.

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-OK.

-So, what does the weekly food bill come to?

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That's a plus in Australia of £15.53.

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That's an extra £62 per month on groceries alone.

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-But...

-It's not a big difference.

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-Yeah.

-And we could probably save...

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-A lot more.

-Yeah.

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We're not going to cry...

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..as my mum would say.

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So, no tears over the grocery bill.

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But what about the bigger outgoings?

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Basing the figures on the dream property they saw,

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their monthly rental costs would almost triple in Australia.

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Per month, we'd be paying £821 extra for a swimming pool.

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If it was... If I was you, I would pay that much money for that house

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if I was on my own.

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Would you? So, you think there's more value for money, then?

0:35:080:35:11

Yeah, definitely.

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It may be, Jessica,

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but factored in with all the other outgoings down under...

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So, it's £1,028 more expensive

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to live in Australia for our expenditure.

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A lot per month for Mummy to find.

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That's an extra £12,000 a year.

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The mounting costs could spell an end to Lisa's dream.

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We could maybe...

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..find cuts here and there, but it's still quite a big commitment.

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But Jessica's determined not to give up.

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We'll find a way.

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I mean, we are the Murrays.

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And the Murrays always find a way.

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You could do without your pool.

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Yeah, I'll do that.

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And your dog.

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I'll do that for a year.

0:36:030:36:04

Jessica's being very brave,

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but based on Lisa's initial earnings

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and without giving up on the dream house,

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the pair would be worse off in Australia

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by almost £500 a month.

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Seeing the figures in black and

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white has confirmed Lisa's worst fears.

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It's the realisation that the dream that I've had for so long

0:36:230:36:27

for a better life is just...

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It's just kind of blown it out of the water, really.

0:36:350:36:37

You've got to be realistic.

0:36:370:36:40

Don't cry.

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It is quite gutting to know that...

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..even though I'd get a better life over here for Jessica,

0:36:450:36:47

it's just not going to work.

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That's quite hard.

0:36:490:36:50

Sorry.

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As they prepare to vote, Lisa is crushed.

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It's been a bit disappointing.

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Sorry.

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So, because of this, our vote will go to...

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-..UK.

-Oh, wait. UK.

0:37:160:37:18

I'm shocked that you put the UK.

0:37:220:37:25

-Why did you put UK?

-Well, I wanted to go with Australia,

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but obviously you're the boss, so I have to go with the UK.

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But your dream doesn't have to end, Mum.

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I love your positivity.

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I've got a great daughter, don't I?

0:37:400:37:43

Finances have dealt a devastating blow to Lisa's hopes

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of a new life down under and now there's the emotional cost

0:37:530:37:57

of a move to confront. We've put

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together a DVD of messages from home.

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Will Jessica's positivity survive the reality of leaving loved ones

0:38:010:38:06

behind in the UK?

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Yeah, how do you feel about watching these videos?

0:38:080:38:11

-Nervous.

-What are you nervous about?

0:38:110:38:13

Because I want to move,

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but then they're going to be saying not to move.

0:38:150:38:18

Well, shall we watch it, then?

0:38:180:38:19

-Yes, we shall.

-OK.

0:38:190:38:22

Hi!

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Hi, Jess. Hi, Lisa.

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Hi, guys. I hope yous have had a fab week.

0:38:280:38:30

-Hi.

-Hi, Lisa and Jessica.

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Both Lisa and Jessica are crazy.

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But really, really bubbly, lovely girls.

0:38:350:38:38

Lisa and Jessica...

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..are like... They're like sisters.

0:38:420:38:45

Both similar personalities and sometimes they can have eruptions.

0:38:470:38:51

What?!

0:38:510:38:53

My relationship with Jessica, we are very close.

0:38:530:38:57

We really do cherish the time that we spend together.

0:38:570:39:00

Australia's always been a dream of Lisa's.

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So, it's been something that's been discussed

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from the beginning, really, of our friendship.

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I think Lisa will find it difficult to make the decision

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when it comes down to making the decision.

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We'll miss you very much.

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And I hope you're thinking very, very hard about what you want to do.

0:39:180:39:22

We will miss yous.

0:39:220:39:24

If they move to Australia, I'd be...

0:39:240:39:26

I'd be upset. I mean, I'd be devastated losing out on my girls.

0:39:260:39:30

But also really happy for her as well,

0:39:300:39:32

for the both of them.

0:39:320:39:33

I can't describe how much I'd miss them.

0:39:350:39:37

I'd miss Jessica to the end of the universe and back.

0:39:370:39:41

I don't think she realises that she's not going to be able

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to come back and when it comes to school holidays,

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it's no coming down to Grandma's any more.

0:39:480:39:51

Well, we will miss you cos we've become very good friends.

0:39:530:39:57

We'll miss you loads if you decide to go, but whatever you decide,

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I'm here for you,

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no matter what, no matter when and always remember that.

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Love you both lots.

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So, how does that make you feel?

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Like I don't want to move.

0:40:170:40:19

Really?

0:40:190:40:21

Aww.

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OK?

0:40:270:40:28

After years believing Australia would give Jessica a happier future,

0:40:370:40:42

Lisa now realises the move would leave them with a heavy financial

0:40:420:40:47

and emotional burden.

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But having glimpsed how good life could be,

0:40:490:40:52

will the pair decide that's a price worth paying?

0:40:520:40:55

There's no doubt their time down under has shown Lisa and Jessica

0:40:560:41:00

just how good life could be in Australia.

0:41:000:41:02

I've seen Jessica flourish this week,

0:41:020:41:05

so I think it's enforced my vision of why I want to come out here.

0:41:050:41:09

I do think me and my mum will have a better life

0:41:090:41:12

in Australia than Scotland.

0:41:120:41:14

I actually really do want this

0:41:140:41:16

and knowing Jessica would really love to come out as well is...

0:41:160:41:20

has made me very happy.

0:41:200:41:22

But the harsh reality of costs down under

0:41:220:41:24

could see Lisa's dream washed away.

0:41:240:41:27

It's the same story that I can't improve my life for Jessica.

0:41:270:41:30

It would just be a big struggle all the time.

0:41:300:41:33

Predicting the outcome is difficult for Jessica.

0:41:330:41:36

And I do think she'll make the right decision,

0:41:360:41:39

but I can't really help with making the right decision for me

0:41:390:41:42

because my mum's the boss.

0:41:420:41:45

I need to go away and re-evaluate what I'm going to do.

0:41:450:41:52

So, when it comes to the final turn of the cards,

0:41:520:41:54

will the Murrays' future be decided by their heads or their hearts?

0:41:540:41:58

We've had an amazing week in Australia,

0:41:580:42:01

full of ups and downs, but now it's time to vote.

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-BOTH:

-Australia!

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Yay!

0:42:160:42:18

So, you want to move to Australia, then?

0:42:200:42:22

Yep. How are you since the reality check?

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I thought you wouldn't want to move.

0:42:250:42:27

Because after listening to you last night, you talked a lot of sense...

0:42:270:42:32

No, I didn't. My brain's still hurting, you know.

0:42:320:42:35

No, but you did. And you were right in what you are saying.

0:42:350:42:38

We just need to re-evaluate.

0:42:380:42:39

We need to look at what we can and can't afford

0:42:390:42:42

and even if it takes us a little bit longer to get out here.

0:42:420:42:46

And knowing that she's going to be really happy makes me a happy mum.

0:42:460:42:50

Give me five.

0:42:500:42:51

Yeah!

0:42:510:42:53

It's been a week of tears and laughter for the Murrays,

0:42:560:43:00

but believing their long-term future

0:43:000:43:02

ultimately looks brighter in Australia,

0:43:020:43:04

Lisa has decided to stick with her dream

0:43:040:43:07

and Jessica's more than happy to go along with her.

0:43:070:43:10

Hopefully, it won't be too long

0:43:100:43:12

before they are packing up and heading for

0:43:120:43:14

a happier new life together down under.

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Single mum Lisa feels she can provide her ten-year-old daughter Jessica with a better lifestyle in Australia.

A childcare centre manager, Lisa needs to know whether the move would work financially. Having never set foot in the country before, they visit the Gold Coast for a trial stay.