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Chahal Family

Families consider relocating down under. Can Suckie convince her son and daughter to buy into her lifelong Australian dream?


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Having put your dream of emigrating on hold decades earlier,

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you are now determined to finally get the life you want.

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But if your children are set on staying in the UK,

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how do you persuade them to give up everything at home and follow you to

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the other side of the world?

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Suckie Chahal's already been cheated of a life down under.

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I was meant to have gone when I was about 14.

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Never happened, and it's never gone out of my head, ever since.

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Recently devastated by losing her husband and brother,

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she's desperate to reignite the dream.

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I just feel that the three of us - me, Aaron and Priya -

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could just do with a fresh start.

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But when getting her children on board proves tougher than expected...

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She really wants to make this work,

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but it's just not suiting me and my sister.

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The dream of a brighter future in Australia

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could be over before it's begun.

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The most isolated and remote of the world's seven continents,

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Australia's also the least populated,

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and with extraordinary scenery and a temperate climate,

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it's not hard to understand why over a million British residents

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have made it their home in the past 40 years.

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Having survived the heartache

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of losing her husband and brother in quick succession,

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Suckie Chahal is determined to put the past behind her

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and resurrect her lifelong dream of emigrating to Australia.

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Now she has just one week to convince son Aaron and daughter Priya

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to uproot their lives in the UK,

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and start again over 10,000 miles from home.

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The week begins with more than 20 hours in the air,

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flying from London to Melbourne,

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and the distance from home is already sinking in.

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It's not until you get onto the second flight when you realise,

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actually, how far Australia is.

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The middle of nowhere.

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Even so, Suckie's delighted to be on Australian soil

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for the first time.

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I said to these two as soon as we landed, it's as if we're home.

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Priya and Aaron know what's at stake in the week ahead.

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I think me and Aaron do feel a little bit under pressure,

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because we know how much it means to my mum.

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It's one of her dreams,

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and we just have to see if we can fulfil the dream.

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But Suckie's under no illusion about the task in hand.

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I do think I've got my work cut out this week,

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to try and get both of them to vote for Australia.

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Where the Chahals spend the rest of their lives

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depends on what happens in the next seven days.

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Back in the UK, the Chahal family are mum Suckie, daughter Priya,

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who's 21, and 19-year-old son Aaron.

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They're from Tipton, near Birmingham.

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Suckie's dreamt of living in Australia

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ever since family plans to emigrate there were cancelled.

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I was meant to have gone when I was about 14.

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It never happened and it's never gone out of my head, ever since.

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When she married at 19, the idea of emigrating was still strong.

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But Suckie's husband didn't share the dream.

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He never wanted to go to Australia, so he'd say it's too far.

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Instead, the couple opened a shop in Birmingham and Suckie focused on

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bringing up their two children.

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But the past two years have seen life change dramatically,

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with Suckie's husband and brother

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passing away within months of each other.

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Priya and Aaron have been devastated by their loss.

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It's really hit them quite deep.

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My brother was very, very close to them,

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and so, for them, it's like losing two dads in 18 months.

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It changes your world massively.

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So, it's hard, it never goes away, it's always there.

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It's been hard for all of us, really.

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Realising how fragile life can be,

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Suckie's determined to make the most of the future.

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That taught me that life is too short.

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I just feel that, yeah, the three of us - me, Aaron and Priya -

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could just do with a fresh start.

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So she's resurrected her decades' long dream of a life down under.

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I just think this is a chance now, this is my opportunity to go.

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For both Aaron and Priya, Mum's vision is no surprise.

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I've known about my mum's Australian dream for a long time now.

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My mum mentions Australia nearly every day.

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Whenever I talk about Australia to Priya and Aaron, they just tell me to be quiet.

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It's like, let's change the subject.

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Australia is a constant!

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But desperate for a fresh start, and disillusioned with life in the UK,

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Suckie's convinced Australia will help them get more from life.

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We do nothing at the moment together,

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because I work quite long hours and I work literally seven days.

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So I'm just in and out the house all the time.

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So spending an hour in the evening with each other,

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I don't think that's enough, really.

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That's not the life I really want,

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so while they're still living at home and under my wing,

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I'd still like to spend a bit more time with them.

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For Suckie, it's the perfect time to go.

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Priya's towards the end of her education.

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Aaron is now at the next, his last stage,

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where he'll be looking for universities.

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I want him to have that international opportunity, as well.

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All she needs to do now is get Priya and Aaron on board.

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I don't really like change as much.

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I'm kind of scared, kind of cautious about leaving family behind.

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I don't see family every day,

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but knowing that they're only down the road,

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is a big difference to 24 hours away.

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The children are open to a trial week,

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but will need a lot of convincing to make the move permanently.

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I can't see myself making a life in Australia just yet,

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until I know properly what work and home life would be like.

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I just need to see what it's like out there,

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before I can make a decision on how I feel at this moment in time.

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The whole family are only too aware of the challenge ahead.

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I have a week to prove to Aaron and Priya what sort of life they can have,

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-what they can achieve.

-I do feel like I'm under a bit of pressure,

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just to keep my mum happy.

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If my mum does like Australia and me and Aaron don't...

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The situation is we don't go.

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Suckie's determined to make her children see their life could be better

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on the other side of the world, but if she can't,

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her dream could be shelved all over again.

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As much as I'd love to say yes,

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I'm just going to go to Australia and it doesn't matter what they say,

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no, I don't think that could happen.

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They've lost one parent already and I don't think I'd leave them behind.

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It's definitely now or never.

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I'm just hoping it goes in my favour.

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The Chahals are spending their trial week in Melbourne,

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capital of Victoria on Australia's south coast.

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The city plays host to almost a million international visitors each year.

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The family's temporary base

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is this modern bungalow on the saltwater coast.

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-Not bad, this is nice.

-Yeah.

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Oh, it's the kitchen.

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It's a kitchen, diner and living room all in one.

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That's the open plan living the country favours.

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Outdoors, the garden's not quite up to scratch.

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-It's really small, isn't it?

-It's fake grass, as well.

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The garden's not very nice.

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This house, it wouldn't make me want to move to Australia.

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It's not up to what I want.

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They've only just arrived, but Suckie's dream's already on shaky ground.

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-There's more to come.

-Let's just see.

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-We'll see, yeah.

-We'll see how it goes.

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Things will need to improve in the week ahead if she's ever to convince

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Aaron and Priya to make the move.

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Back in the UK,

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the Chahal family moved into their four-bedroom new build in Birmingham a year ago.

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-Hi.

-Suckie's pleased with her choice.

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I'm actually happy with my home in the UK.

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If I could just pick it up and go...

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Obviously you're not going to downsize or go for less than we've already got here.

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I do like the open space in the Australian homes, though.

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I do like the way their layouts are.

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So something to the same standard in Australia would be nice.

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They've a budget of £300,000 for a property in Australia,

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but it will have to impress if Priya and Aaron are to agree to a move.

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When you're there, you want to feel like you're at home,

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you don't want to feel like you're just on holiday.

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It needs to be right for us.

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Finding the right home down under could be key in Suckie's quest to

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convince her children to follow her dream.

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To give them an idea of what's available in Melbourne,

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we'll show the family two houses on budget

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and one which could be their dream home.

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First stop of the day is Keilor Downs,

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an established suburb ten miles north of Melbourne.

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After a tentative start to the week,

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can this modern three-bedroom townhouse get things back on track?

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Oh, my God, is it this one?

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-Where?

-Oh, it's this one here.

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This one's massive!

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-This is nice.

-Oh, this is a nice house.

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Sounds promising.

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The living area has a familiar feel.

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I like this. This is our colour theme, this is our home.

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This is what it's like back at home.

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This kitchen's really nice.

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I'd change the cupboards, that's all.

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This is your domain, anyway, so...

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-No, I like this.

-And mine if she's not here.

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So far, so good.

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The positive vibe continues upstairs.

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-Oh, wow.

-That's a nice bedroom.

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This is really nice.

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-This is mine.

-Yeah.

-I like this.

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The other bedrooms aren't quite as impressive.

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-Smaller than yours, yours is bigger than this.

-Yeah, mine's actually bigger than this.

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-Kiddies room.

-It's the baby's room.

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It's too small for any of us to have it, isn't it?

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The family bathroom goes down well.

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That's a nice bathroom.

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But, something's missing...

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It's a bit weird, though, how the toilet's not in here.

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-Oh, yeah, there's no toilet.

-Don't you think?

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That's where the toilet is, they have it all separate.

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You see, I don't like that.

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That's that arrangement down the pan.

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I prefer it how it is in the UK.

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The outdoor area's a bit short on space.

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It's a nice garden. Small, though.

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It's nice, but no. Too small.

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-A bit too cramped.

-Overall, the house has evoked mixed reactions.

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-What do you think?

-I like it, but it's not big enough for us.

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But, if the price falls within their £300,000 budget,

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could it turn things around?

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I reckon it's about 325.

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I think, I reckon it's about 300-325.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, probably the same as well, 330.

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-Shall we have a look?

-Yeah.

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-That's good.

-That's surprising.

-272.

-That is good.

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That's £28,000 under budget.

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I thought it was way more than that.

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The standard of the house, I thought it would have been a lot more.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-I'm happy with that.

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-Yeah.

-Let's see what the second property's got to offer.

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-OK.

-House-hunting is off to a good start for Suckie.

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The next stop is Craigieburn, 20 miles north of central Melbourne.

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Property here offers good value for money.

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This four-bedroom house should have the space the family need,

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but what will first impressions be?

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-Yeah, look at it, it's nice.

-It looks big.

-This is nice.

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-This is nice.

-Spacious.

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It's a lot better than the last one

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even though it does feel open already as you walk in.

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-Yeah.

-Just through the door and they're already impressed.

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-Open plan kitchen-diner.

-Kitchen and diner, yeah.

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It's a good space, actually.

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Just feels a bit more homelier.

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The bedrooms strike a positive note.

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This is what we were looking for here.

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Wardrobe's quite spacious.

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-So's the en-suite.

-It's got two sinks.

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This is nice, this is a good one, double bed.

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I wouldn't mind having this one.

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This would be good for you, because it's bigger than what you've got at home.

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Aaron and Priya could be coming round.

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It's a nice little short staircase.

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-Yeah.

-It's not too big.

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But, once again, the family bathroom hits a bum note.

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The problem is the toilet, as well.

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What's the problem with a separate toilet?

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I don't know, we're used to having a toilet in there.

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Old habits die hard, Mum.

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The outdoor area's more pleasing.

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-This is nice. I like this.

-Oh, this is beautiful.

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This is what I like.

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The only thing that's lacking is a pool, but...

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The property is practically perfect,

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but is it somewhere they can afford with their £300,000 budget?

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This is going to be out of our range.

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I'm thinking 325-350.

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I'll say 375.

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That's a lot, that is a lot.

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It's double the house. Shall we have a look?

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Go on.

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-OK.

-It's £1,000 under budget.

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-That is good.

-299.

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-That's doable.

-That is good.

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-Really good.

-Yeah, happy.

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With things continuing on a positive note,

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we found what we think could be the Chahals' dream home.

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It's in the suburb of Point Cook,

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just a half-hour commute south of Melbourne.

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Will this modern four-bedroom home be to the family's taste?

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This is really nice.

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Look at the size of the door.

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-It's quite big.

-It's quite big and airy.

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-Oh, wow.

-It's breathtaking.

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-Oh.

-Wow.

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Do you know what, I don't know what to say!

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Looks like they're lost for words.

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-It's big.

-It's nice, innit?

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-You've got a double kitchen here.

-Right, another mini kitchen.

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This one's actually got me.

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A living area upstairs impresses, too.

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Wow. This is good.

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-This is nice.

-I like the idea of having the lounge upstairs, as well.

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-Yeah, I think it's good.

-I do like this.

-But, on second thoughts...

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I wouldn't want you up here watching telly all day.

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OK, Mum.

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Aaron's got his eye on one of the bedrooms.

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-I'll probably have this one.

-Really?

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-It's the master.

-It's for a master.

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The walk-in wardrobe divides opinion.

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-Wow, this is big.

-This is a bit too much space.

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-No, it's not.

-No, it's not too much.

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-It's not, you know.

-It's what we need.

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The ensuite's a different matter, though.

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-This is really big.

-Is it too big, though?

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I think it's too big for me.

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The family bathroom raises the same old argument.

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-There's just no toilet anywhere again.

-Yeah.

-Why would you want it?

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-I can't understand...

-Because I'm used to having a toilet, as well.

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All right?

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You can do all your business in one room,

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instead of going in another room. That's it.

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Bedroom number two.

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Aaron can't seem to make his mind up about the bedrooms.

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-It would work for me.

-It would work for both of us, to be honest.

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I would have this bedroom.

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Bedroom number four, this is.

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I could see myself being in here, to be honest.

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That's got to be a good sign, Suckie.

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This is what I need.

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The outside entertaining area is a big hit.

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Oh, look at this. This is like a version of a conservatory.

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Wow.

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This garden's still big, isn't it?

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This is a good outdoor living space.

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You could definitely have barbecues out here.

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This property has impressed, but...

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It's nice, but it's too big for three of us.

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And with £300,000 to spend,

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would the family be able to afford the dream house?

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I think it's about 420.

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I reckon about between 375 and 390.

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Shall we find out the price, then?

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-Yep.

-Go on, go for it.

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Let's do it.

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Wow. You was dead on.

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-Yeah.

-420.

-Dead on.

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At 40% over budget, it's out of reach for now,

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unless the Chahals can considerably up their earnings down under.

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The family's property hunt has been enlightening.

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Property one was under budget,

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but lacked the space they needed in the bedrooms.

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The second property was an all-round hit,

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and at a price they could afford.

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Although the final property did have the wow factor,

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they felt it was too big for their needs, and their budget.

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So when it comes to houses down under, will it be home or away?

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After a busy day looking at Australian property, we're going to vote...

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-Undecided.

-Australia.

-Undecided!

0:17:490:17:51

We haven't found a perfect one.

0:17:530:17:55

I'm happy, anyway, for what I saw.

0:17:550:17:56

It's just a step-by-step process.

0:17:570:17:59

Let's see how the end of the week goes.

0:17:590:18:02

All right, I suppose that's OK, it's better than a no.

0:18:020:18:05

With both Aaron and Priya undecided about Aussie homes,

0:18:090:18:13

Suckie's first day ends with a blow,

0:18:130:18:15

but there's still some way to go.

0:18:150:18:17

Spending more time together after the pain of losing loved ones

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is high on Suckie's agenda,

0:18:220:18:23

something her job doesn't allow for back home.

0:18:230:18:26

In the UK, I work three days a week as a beauty therapist.

0:18:260:18:31

They are quite long days, so I'm out early and back late.

0:18:310:18:36

In Australia, I would like to do more days, but cut the hours down,

0:18:360:18:40

so we can just do a bit more together,

0:18:400:18:42

and spend a bit more time

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than just that one hour in the evening that we get now.

0:18:430:18:47

Suckie currently earns around £10,000 a year from her job,

0:18:470:18:51

with an additional income of £12,000 from rental property.

0:18:510:18:54

It's really important for me to get the right wage in Australia,

0:18:540:18:58

because if I am the main breadwinner,

0:18:580:19:01

we need to know it's going to work out there.

0:19:010:19:03

To find out what her options might be in Melbourne,

0:19:030:19:06

we've arranged for Suckie to visit a hair and beauty salon.

0:19:060:19:08

Owner Mario gives her an insight

0:19:100:19:11

into working in the beauty industry down under.

0:19:110:19:13

There's a minimum requirement, for example,

0:19:130:19:16

is you need a certificate three, or the equivalent.

0:19:160:19:18

-Yeah.

-You need to have the right skill set.

0:19:180:19:22

-OK.

-So some business background.

0:19:220:19:23

-Yep.

-And you also need to be trained in the latest techniques

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and the latest equipment we have.

0:19:260:19:28

Suckie satisfies most of the criteria,

0:19:280:19:31

but she would have to brush up her skills

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in some of the newer procedures.

0:19:330:19:35

You can get trained up pretty quickly.

0:19:350:19:37

It may also be provided as part of your employment contract with the employer.

0:19:370:19:41

-OK.

-So up-skilling would be easy,

0:19:410:19:44

but could a role down under mean more time at home?

0:19:440:19:48

Well, typically the average working week's 38 hours.

0:19:480:19:51

-OK.

-And you'll work no more than one late night,

0:19:510:19:54

and either the Saturday or the Sunday.

0:19:540:19:56

That's better than the UK.

0:19:560:19:58

So what about the all-important question of salary?

0:19:580:20:01

There's a minimum requirement by the department of immigration

0:20:010:20:04

to pay you a set amount and that equates to £28,500.

0:20:040:20:07

That's almost three times what Suckie currently earns.

0:20:080:20:12

I'm really happy to hear that.

0:20:130:20:15

But what would her chances be of getting a job in a place like this?

0:20:150:20:19

Well, at the moment, we don't have a vacancy,

0:20:190:20:21

and we've also hit our limit with the number of people we're allowed to sponsor.

0:20:210:20:25

-Yep.

-Disappointing news, but...

0:20:250:20:27

As far as your prospects are concerned,

0:20:270:20:30

there is definitely a skill shortage in Australia for qualified beauty

0:20:300:20:33

therapists and salon managers.

0:20:330:20:34

My recommendation is you sit down with a qualified migration agent,

0:20:340:20:37

and talk you through all the different options.

0:20:370:20:40

That's put some of Suckie's concerns to rest.

0:20:400:20:42

Meanwhile, across town,

0:20:440:20:46

Priya's finding out about her job prospects down under.

0:20:460:20:49

Back home, she's just finished training

0:20:490:20:52

to be a primary school teacher.

0:20:520:20:54

Work placements in UK schools have proved stressful,

0:20:540:20:57

and she's keen to see if Australia could offer a better experience.

0:20:570:21:02

To find out, she's visiting an independent school in Melbourne,

0:21:020:21:05

where she is met by principal Jean Shaw

0:21:050:21:08

and vice-principal Sophie Fenton.

0:21:080:21:10

Come with me and we'll show you around.

0:21:100:21:12

-We have our invitation for our kids, in terms of learning experiences.

-OK.

0:21:120:21:16

First, Priya gets to see things in action.

0:21:160:21:18

We have our grade 3s working in this classroom at the moment.

0:21:190:21:23

The school boasts a unique teaching method.

0:21:230:21:26

You come, and you sit down on a couch, you sit on the floor,

0:21:260:21:29

you maybe go and sit at a desk by choice, you are relaxed.

0:21:290:21:31

-And when you are relaxed, your mind is open to learning.

-Yeah.

0:21:310:21:34

It's very different from what Priya has experienced so far in the UK.

0:21:340:21:40

From when I first started to now,

0:21:400:21:42

the stress levels in teaching are very, very high.

0:21:420:21:44

At Sandridge School,

0:21:440:21:46

we work towards giving teachers the space to be creative,

0:21:460:21:51

and to have their own way to drive a teaching and learning environment.

0:21:510:21:54

I think what's very impressive about you

0:21:540:21:58

is that you are very aware of how things could be better.

0:21:580:22:02

-Yeah.

-The children need people who get it.

0:22:020:22:06

So would Priya's three-year UK training be enough to get her

0:22:060:22:10

a teaching job down under?

0:22:100:22:12

You'd have about another year of work experience and training

0:22:120:22:14

that you would do here, with support,

0:22:140:22:16

and then you'd be qualified to be a teacher in Australia.

0:22:160:22:19

Very encouraging, so what could she expect to earn?

0:22:190:22:23

So, as a first-year teacher,

0:22:230:22:25

you'd be earning about £30,000 a year in your first year.

0:22:250:22:29

And then obviously the salary goes up each year as your experience increases.

0:22:290:22:33

Wow, that salary's really good, compared to the UK.

0:22:330:22:36

Do you think I could work in a school like yours?

0:22:360:22:39

I would be quite confident to give you a trial.

0:22:390:22:42

It's been an inspiring afternoon for Priya.

0:22:420:22:45

That was helpful.

0:22:450:22:47

It probably has made me think twice now a bit more about moving over here.

0:22:470:22:53

So has what they've discovered today been enough to persuade Suckie

0:22:530:22:57

and Priya to choose work in Australia over the UK?

0:22:570:23:00

After a nervous but enjoyable work day, it's now time to vote.

0:23:010:23:04

-Australia.

-Indecisive!

0:23:200:23:21

-Why?

-Because everything's good,

0:23:210:23:25

but I just don't think I'm ready to move yet.

0:23:250:23:27

I think you've come negatively and you're thinking negative.

0:23:270:23:30

-You're not going to stay positive.

-When I come,

0:23:300:23:33

I wasn't even going to come at all, or stay at all.

0:23:330:23:35

Now I'm saying at least two, three...

0:23:350:23:38

I am thinking about it, I'm just not ready yet.

0:23:380:23:41

Priya's second vote for the UK is another setback for mum's dream.

0:23:410:23:46

Suckie has been reassured by work prospects,

0:23:500:23:53

but with Priya refusing to rush into a career down under,

0:23:530:23:57

where the family's future lies looks far from certain.

0:23:570:24:01

Believing the move would help give them all a fresh start after traumatic times,

0:24:010:24:04

will a day experiencing Australia's lifestyle helps steer Suckie's

0:24:040:24:10

dream in the right direction?

0:24:100:24:12

The family start the day with a stroll

0:24:150:24:17

through Melbourne's trendy urban area.

0:24:170:24:20

Next up, a trip to Victoria market.

0:24:250:24:28

It's been a popular attraction in Melbourne for more than a century,

0:24:280:24:32

and, at around 17 acres,

0:24:320:24:34

is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.

0:24:340:24:37

Days out like this don't happen often back home.

0:24:370:24:40

I think it's really nice that we are all out together.

0:24:410:24:43

It's something we wouldn't do in the UK, so, yeah,

0:24:440:24:48

I think it's good for all of us.

0:24:480:24:50

As the family enjoy a picnic in one of the nearby parks,

0:24:500:24:53

Suckie seizes the opportunity for a bit of hard sell.

0:24:530:24:56

It's nice that we've had the chance to do this.

0:24:560:25:00

We could see ourselves doing more of this out here in Australia.

0:25:000:25:03

I think you can make it work here.

0:25:060:25:08

Here, I wouldn't have to work weekends all the time.

0:25:110:25:15

But it doesn't seem to be having the desired effect.

0:25:150:25:18

Any of you actually listening to what I'm saying?

0:25:180:25:20

-No.

-No?

-No.

0:25:200:25:23

Can you just stop talking about it for, like, two minutes?

0:25:230:25:27

Please?

0:25:290:25:31

Suckie's getting frustrated.

0:25:320:25:34

Yeah, I'm a bit disappointed in the way they're reacting.

0:25:350:25:38

I think my mum feels a bit...

0:25:380:25:39

..a bit, I wouldn't say annoyed, a bit agitated,

0:25:410:25:45

because she really wants to make this work,

0:25:450:25:48

but it's just not suiting me and my sister.

0:25:480:25:51

I can't actually understand why it's so urgent to move now.

0:25:510:25:54

Maybe in, like, three, four years' time, but not yet.

0:25:540:25:59

Sometimes I do feel Aaron and Priya are not taking this serious.

0:25:590:26:02

I think we are taking it seriously,

0:26:020:26:05

it's just the fact that I think my mum's

0:26:050:26:08

got Australia in her head too much.

0:26:080:26:10

The last two years in the UK have been really, really hard for us.

0:26:100:26:14

For all three of us. But that should be a wake-up call to them,

0:26:140:26:19

to Aaron and Priya, to say, look, life is too short.

0:26:190:26:22

If my mum can't move to Australia, she will be disappointed,

0:26:220:26:26

because she does want a new start.

0:26:260:26:28

It's quite upsetting, knowing that I'm trying to give them a good life

0:26:280:26:32

in Australia, that is less stressful.

0:26:320:26:34

It's not relaxed in the UK. And that will never change.

0:26:340:26:37

So I can't understand why they're being so selfish,

0:26:370:26:40

and not trying to change it themselves.

0:26:400:26:43

It's been a day of highs and lows for Suckie,

0:26:430:26:47

so when it comes to lifestyle,

0:26:470:26:49

has it done anything to sway Aaron and Priya around to her way of thinking?

0:26:490:26:54

So now it's time to vote...

0:26:540:26:55

-Undecided.

-Australia.

-Undecided.

0:27:120:27:15

So why did you vote undecided?

0:27:150:27:16

I'm not sure, I think it's just the fact that Melbourne,

0:27:160:27:19

it just seems like England.

0:27:190:27:21

I really don't think it's anything like England.

0:27:210:27:24

There's not a massive change.

0:27:240:27:25

Well, in my eyes there is.

0:27:260:27:27

-I think you're just never going to get off it, are you?

-No.

-Until you're here.

0:27:280:27:32

But it's up to you guys, it's up to you guys,

0:27:320:27:35

if you can't understand I'm trying to give you a better future...

0:27:350:27:37

With both her children still undecided about a move,

0:27:410:27:44

perhaps a glimpse into student life down under could help persuade Aaron

0:27:440:27:49

Oz could be an option.

0:27:490:27:51

We've arranged for the family to visit Melbourne Institute of Technology.

0:27:510:27:55

Ranked in the top 15 universities in Australia,

0:27:550:27:58

it boasts a strong international student presence.

0:27:580:28:01

They are met by Associate Professor Jonathan Boymal.

0:28:010:28:04

-Hello.

-Hi. Welcome to MIT University.

0:28:040:28:07

We have 12,000 students studying here,

0:28:070:28:09

and they're studying everything from diplomas, bachelors degrees,

0:28:090:28:13

masters degrees, all the way through to PhDs.

0:28:130:28:16

It's not the traditional chalk and talk,

0:28:170:28:19

with the lecturer standing up front.

0:28:190:28:21

It really is designed for students

0:28:210:28:23

to interact and learn from each other.

0:28:230:28:25

So I'm interested in doing a business degree.

0:28:250:28:27

Why would this university be the best place to do that?

0:28:270:28:31

Sure, well, we offer a range of undergraduate degrees,

0:28:310:28:34

in areas as diverse as marketing, management, international business.

0:28:340:28:38

So all of our programmes have work-integrated learning activities,

0:28:380:28:42

so you're ready for life and work when you graduate.

0:28:420:28:45

Next, Jonathan introduces Aaron to a couple of undergraduates.

0:28:450:28:49

Aaron's keen to know how being a student here might help shape his future.

0:28:490:28:53

Is this university the place to, like, think about being an entrepreneur,

0:28:530:28:57

or anything along running your own business?

0:28:570:29:01

-Is it good for that?

-It is.

0:29:010:29:02

I find it's fantastic, especially when you do study business,

0:29:020:29:05

they offer all these opportunities where you can be in a team,

0:29:050:29:08

or by yourself.

0:29:080:29:10

Sounds like the perfect place to learn.

0:29:100:29:12

I honestly wouldn't have wanted to study anywhere else for business.

0:29:120:29:15

This is probably the best university for it.

0:29:150:29:17

It's been fantastic.

0:29:170:29:19

Strong endorsements,

0:29:190:29:21

but is it enough to convince Aaron to move to the other side of the world.

0:29:210:29:24

Today gave me a bit of a sense that I could study here,

0:29:240:29:28

but it might have to take a bit more

0:29:280:29:30

to get me influenced in moving to Australia.

0:29:300:29:33

That's not really what Mum was hoping to hear.

0:29:330:29:36

It's just something...

0:29:360:29:37

You don't think there's more options here then?

0:29:370:29:40

As I said, I'm not sure about it.

0:29:420:29:44

-You've got to think about it.

-I've got to think a lot about it.

-OK.

0:29:440:29:47

With both children still sitting on the fence,

0:29:530:29:56

Suckie's hopes of a new life for the family could be slipping away,

0:29:560:30:00

but if the figures prove positive, could she still win them round?

0:30:000:30:04

Getting the right price for her home in the UK would be a good start.

0:30:040:30:08

Suckie thinks it's worth £230,000.

0:30:080:30:12

We sent two local estate agents round to see if she's right.

0:30:120:30:16

-Oh.

-The house looks different.

-It looks good, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

0:30:160:30:19

ALARM BEEPS

0:30:190:30:22

I love it. The beeping!

0:30:220:30:23

Really nice modern hallway.

0:30:260:30:28

Really good first impression.

0:30:280:30:30

Nice family lounge.

0:30:350:30:36

-Good space.

-Looks big.

-Looks empty though, doesn't it?

0:30:360:30:39

-Yeah, it does look empty.

-But it does look nice.

0:30:390:30:41

Small garden.

0:30:480:30:49

Nice patio area, but not very much grass area.

0:30:490:30:52

-What? That's quite big grass there.

-Yeah. That's a bit cheeky, that.

0:30:520:30:56

Yeah. I think that's a bit cheeky.

0:30:560:30:58

There's a lot of grass there.

0:30:580:30:59

OK, really nice open-plan kitchen.

0:30:590:31:02

Really good size.

0:31:020:31:04

Fresh, modern.

0:31:040:31:05

OK, the main master bedroom,

0:31:120:31:13

bit on the small side which may deter some buyers.

0:31:130:31:16

It does have the en-suite just to the side.

0:31:160:31:19

-Your room looks tiny.

-It does look small.

0:31:190:31:21

Your standard house bathroom would be better if it had a shower.

0:31:210:31:26

But nice tiling.

0:31:260:31:28

In today's market, I would put the property on the market for 230,000,

0:31:280:31:32

if the vendors were looking for a quick sale,

0:31:320:31:34

I would put the property on the market for 220,000.

0:31:340:31:36

I would value this house at £220,000.

0:31:360:31:40

For a quick sale, I would put it on the market at 212,500.

0:31:400:31:44

He doesn't know what he's on about, I'm sorry.

0:31:440:31:46

If the owners wanted to rent the property,

0:31:460:31:49

I would suggest a monthly rental of £850 per calendar month.

0:31:490:31:52

-AARON:

-That's good.

-Rental's good.

-Yeah, that is good.

0:31:520:31:54

-It's not about a bog-standard house.

-Yeah.

-It's upgraded.

0:31:540:31:57

No, I don't think they've done that right.

0:31:570:32:00

With mixed reaction to the valuations,

0:32:000:32:02

it's now time for the family to examine the everyday cost of living.

0:32:020:32:06

We've provided a comparison between the UK and Australia.

0:32:060:32:10

First up is the weekly shopping bill.

0:32:100:32:12

-Bread.

-Is 1.08.

0:32:140:32:16

-In Australia.

-Yeah, in Australia.

0:32:160:32:19

-Lettuce.

-Which is 1.80 in Australia.

0:32:190:32:22

-1.80.

-Double.

0:32:220:32:24

-Cucumber.

-75 in Australia.

0:32:240:32:26

-Cheaper.

-Which is good, that's cheaper.

0:32:260:32:28

-Cans of pop.

-We're going to have the shock of our lives.

0:32:280:32:30

6.19 in Australia.

0:32:300:32:32

6.19.

0:32:320:32:34

-Total?

-That gives you a total of £78.09.

0:32:340:32:39

That's extra £22 a week on food alone.

0:32:390:32:42

That's quite a lot more than what I was expecting.

0:32:420:32:46

Back in the UK, the Chahals are mortgage free.

0:32:460:32:49

Basing their sums on the second property they saw,

0:32:490:32:52

a home down under would cost them £360 a month

0:32:520:32:55

and then there's the other household bills.

0:32:550:32:58

So, gas is 35 in the UK.

0:32:580:33:02

-35.

-And it is 66 in Australia.

0:33:020:33:06

-66.

-Oh. So, everything seems to be double in Australia.

0:33:060:33:09

-Double. Yeah.

-Let's hope the wages cover this then.

0:33:090:33:12

Suckie's getting worried, but suddenly things start to look up.

0:33:120:33:15

Car insurance and MOT is 328 in the UK.

0:33:150:33:20

328.

0:33:200:33:22

And it's only actually 70 in Australia.

0:33:220:33:24

What? £258...

0:33:240:33:26

..we're saving. So, if you look at that, how can you say...?

0:33:260:33:30

That's probably levelled it out straightaway.

0:33:300:33:34

I was having a bit of a panic at the beginning.

0:33:340:33:36

Yeah. Maybe. Maybe it's OK.

0:33:360:33:38

So, factoring in the rest of the household bills...

0:33:380:33:41

OK, £365 worse off in Australia, but then it depends on wage.

0:33:410:33:47

My wages are double here for the same amount of hours.

0:33:470:33:50

-More than double, actually.

-Yeah, so it could work.

0:33:500:33:53

Taking their Australian earnings into account,

0:33:530:33:56

the result's more positive.

0:33:560:33:57

£371 better off in Australia.

0:33:590:34:03

£371 better off a month in Australia.

0:34:030:34:09

That's £4,452.

0:34:110:34:14

-Write that down.

-That's almost £4,500 a year.

0:34:140:34:18

Mum's waiting for the cheers.

0:34:180:34:21

No reaction off you two? Blimey, what do you...?

0:34:210:34:24

That is really good.

0:34:240:34:25

I don't know.

0:34:250:34:27

That is telling you you can have a better lifestyle here.

0:34:270:34:30

It's more doable here than it is in the UK.

0:34:300:34:33

Because I haven't... What life do we have?

0:34:330:34:35

I'm just scraping it with my wages there.

0:34:350:34:37

It's better, but it's not...

0:34:370:34:41

It's not a huge, huge amount.

0:34:410:34:43

It's a lot. Nearly £400 more.

0:34:430:34:45

I know. But it's not a huge, huge amount to think of moving like...

0:34:450:34:49

Yeah, it's not a huge amount, but it's still enough to enjoy it.

0:34:490:34:55

Personally for me,

0:34:550:34:57

I'm coming because I can afford a better lifestyle here.

0:34:570:34:59

Yeah, good for you. It's good for you.

0:34:590:35:01

Let's find out on the vote.

0:35:010:35:02

It's not quite the reaction Suckie was hoping for.

0:35:020:35:05

So, based on finances, how will Aaron and Priya vote?

0:35:050:35:10

After a constructive reality check, it's now time to vote.

0:35:100:35:14

-ALL:

-Australia!

0:35:270:35:29

Oh, my!

0:35:320:35:34

-I thought you were going to say UK.

-What made you change your mind?

0:35:350:35:40

The money difference, it does make sense to come here.

0:35:400:35:43

The figures just show you get a bit more of a cushion here.

0:35:450:35:48

I'm actually feeling really happy to hear that you've at least done

0:35:480:35:51

one Australia vote, so you are thinking about it.

0:35:510:35:54

Oh, you've made my day.

0:35:540:35:56

-Oh!

-For now.

-OK.

-For now, for now, for now.

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With Aaron and Priya's first vote for Australia,

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Suckie's dream of a new life down under may finally be getting off

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the starting blocks.

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But moving halfway around the world

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will mean breaking close bonds in the UK.

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Oh, I'm excited for this moment.

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As the family prepare to watch messages from loved ones back home,

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will the thought of leaving those

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who have supported them through difficult times

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put Suckie back at square one?

0:36:370:36:39

-Hi.

-Hi, Aaron.

-Hello!

-Hi, Priya. Hi, Suckie.

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-Hi, Suckie.

-Hi, Suckie.

-It's your mum and dad.

0:36:440:36:47

-Hi!

-Hi, Suckie.

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Hope you're having a fab time and got all the answers that you were looking for.

0:36:490:36:53

I think what my sister's gone through in the last few...

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The last two years is something that actually has made her stronger.

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She's had to cope on her own a lot.

0:37:000:37:02

I think she's just... I think she's amazing.

0:37:020:37:05

I think she's so strong.

0:37:050:37:06

Priya's one of those people you can go to when you need girly advice,

0:37:060:37:10

she's always there.

0:37:100:37:11

Aaron's a really good friend.

0:37:110:37:13

He's always there for you when you need help.

0:37:130:37:15

He's really funny, as well.

0:37:150:37:16

Aaron's more like a little brother to me.

0:37:160:37:18

-Come on, man.

-I've got so much love for him.

0:37:180:37:20

Suckie's like a second mother to me.

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The way she's looked after me. Priya's like a little sister.

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They're absolutely wonderful as a family.

0:37:240:37:26

Well, my sister's always talked about moving abroad.

0:37:260:37:30

She deserves her dreams to come true.

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I think now she wants to grab life with both hands.

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It's like she wants to appreciate every single moment for her and the kids

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and make sure they live a full and happy life.

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It's going to be very difficult.

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With the sad situation we're in at the moment.

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But it's very, very sad, I'm afraid.

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It's going to be quite hard, but if he's happy, it's the right decision.

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And we will be very, very sad if she decides to make a move.

0:38:000:38:03

I think my daughter knows that. She knows we're going to miss her.

0:38:040:38:08

She's going to miss us, as well.

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Honestly, I'd miss them like crazy.

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But I'd be happy in the fact of knowing that they'd be out there

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and they're living their lives and they're doing what they need to do.

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That's probably we what would make me and probably my family feel better.

0:38:200:38:24

Aaron, I know you've had a rough couple of years recently

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and it could be a fresh start for you.

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But we as friends ultimately would want you to stay

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here in England.

0:38:310:38:32

Aaron, I love you, little bro.

0:38:320:38:34

Do what makes your heart happy.

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Priya, whatever choice you make, we're happy if you're happy.

0:38:360:38:39

Suckie, we love you to bits and we're so proud of you.

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Follow your heart. Love you.

0:38:410:38:44

I don't want you missing Ishan growing up and he needs you guys to help him grow up.

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Life would be different here now for us as a family,

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so they will be missed.

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OK, Suckie. This is your final decision.

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I hope you make the right choice.

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But as a parent, as your dad, I wish you don't go.

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But at the end of the day, it's your choice.

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But my thinking is it's a long way, you shouldn't really go.

0:39:100:39:15

I'll be happy if you stay here.

0:39:150:39:18

Making me cry now.

0:39:190:39:21

-I didn't expect that.

-Does that change your thoughts?

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Or has it kept at the same?

0:39:270:39:29

-No.

-It's changed mine.

0:39:290:39:30

Yeah, definitely.

0:39:300:39:32

I don't realise how much people actually feel.

0:39:320:39:35

If you're not here.

0:39:350:39:36

-What about you?

-I don't know. It's just the fact that when...

0:39:380:39:43

By the sounds of it, everyone wants us to stay, not go.

0:39:430:39:46

Yeah, life moves on. Life is different. You have to move on.

0:39:460:39:49

Maybe we don't want to move on that quickly like that.

0:39:490:39:51

It's different for you.

0:39:510:39:53

It's harder for us.

0:39:530:39:55

-But then you know how hard it is for me, as well.

-Yeah, I know.

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There's so many memories in England what bring back Dad

0:39:590:40:02

and obviously your brother, but there's nothing here.

0:40:020:40:06

There's no memories here.

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You can think of them in whatever country you're in.

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We just have to see how we vote then.

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Messages from the UK were a poignant reminder of the close bonds

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the family share with loved ones back home.

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Now, the family must face the biggest decision of their lives.

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With just one vote for Australia from Aaron and Priya so far,

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could the dream that Suckie nurtured for nearly three decades

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be about to burn out once and for all?

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The trial week has left Suckie more convinced than ever Australia

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can offer the fresh start she's desperate for.

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I know which way I'm going.

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I know exactly where my thoughts are.

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But which way the children will vote is still very unclear.

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My mum's probably got, like, butterflies in her stomach thinking

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about the decision, what we're going to do.

0:41:010:41:03

At the moment, I'm feeling pretty nervous,

0:41:030:41:07

just because I don't want to disappoint my mum.

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I think I know what I'm going to do,

0:41:090:41:11

but I'll keep my cards close to my chest.

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Yeah, I'm going to make a decision which is the best decision.

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I'm not just going to do it for the sake of it.

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It's been a make or break seven days,

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so will the final turn of the cards see Suckie secure her dream?

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After an interesting, but exhausting week,

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it's now time for the final votes.

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-Australia!

-Australia!

-Thank you!

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I'm actually glad that you voted... Especially you!

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I never knew which way she was going to go!

0:41:580:42:01

Oh, yeah, I'm happy.

0:42:010:42:03

-I'm really pleased.

-Financially, it is better for us.

0:42:030:42:07

I mean, university, as well, that was good.

0:42:070:42:09

It's better. I'm just...

0:42:090:42:10

I know the family and friends bit have just a bit...

0:42:100:42:13

-I'm going to be a bit stuck on. But, yeah.

-Yeah.

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Overall, this week has made me think hard.

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Like, hard about leaving.

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I'm glad you started to think that way. Really relieved.

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Are you glad that you came?

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Yeah. It's good to see it, as well.

0:42:280:42:30

-Yeah.

-It's good for you to see it, as well.

0:42:300:42:32

-Yeah.

-I needed to see it.

0:42:320:42:34

You've been in, like, fairyland, that's what it is.

0:42:340:42:37

Now you've actually seen it, as well.

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I'm in more fairyland now.

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I do appreciate it.

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It was hard to vote, I'm not going to lie.

0:42:430:42:45

-Yeah.

-I can imagine it was hard.

0:42:450:42:46

My stomach was hurting.

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I'm not going to say it was easy for you guys.

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It's been an emotional and at times frustrating week for Suckie.

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But with Aaron and Priya now willing to make the move,

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it looks like her perseverance has finally paid off.

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Almost 30 years since Suckie's Australian dream first surfaced,

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we hope it won't be too much longer

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before the Chahals are packing up and on the move.

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We wish them all a bright and happy future together down under.

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When Suckie Chahal was 14 years old, her family cancelled plans to emigrate to Australia, but for her, the idea of moving never went away. When she married at 19, thoughts of a life down under were shelved once more as she turned her attention to running a convenience store with her husband and starting a family.

Now, having survived the heartache of losing her husband and brother in quick succession, Suckie is determined to pursue a happier future and resurrect her dream of moving to the other side of the world.

All she needs to do is convince children Aaron and Priya that it's the right place for them too. Although they are old enough to remain in the UK, she won't contemplate going without them.

A trial week in Melbourne is Suckie's first experience of Australian living and a chance to get Aaron and Priya signed up to a move. Will the country be everything she wants it to be, and if so, can her children be convinced of the merits of moving to the other side of the world?