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Siwak Family

Eastender Edna Siwak has fallen out of love with London and dreams of a better life in Australia for her, husband Daniel and baby Jotham.


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East Ender Edna Siwak has fallen out of love with London...

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In our area, there's a lot of crime,

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you feel after a certain time

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you can't go out without feeling a bit unsafe.

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..and dreams there's a better life on the other side of the world.

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Australia provides something that I feel like I'm not getting here.

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But for husband Daniel the thought of leaving loved ones keeps him up at

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-night.

-Leaving my family behind and not being there for them is hard to

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think about, it really is, I can't even put it into words.

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A trial week in Melbourne gives the family a taste of what life could be

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-like.

-Go, baby, go!

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But, will it be enough to convince Daniel?

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You did it!

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The idea of going, then not having it or not being able to achieve it

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or convince Daniel, then I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

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With around a quarter of its 23 million population born overseas,

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Australia's the top destination for those seeking a new life abroad.

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Promising sun, sea, and a laid-back lifestyle, it's easy to see why.

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But life on the other side of the world doesn't work out for everyone.

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And of the 34,000 Brits who flock there every year,

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almost half end up returning to the UK.

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Childhood sweethearts,

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Edna and Daniel met when they were just 12 years of age.

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They married in 2013,

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had a child of their own and lived exactly where they grew up,

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in London's East End.

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But now as a mum,

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Edna is looking at her surroundings through different eyes and doesn't

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like what she sees.

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High-rise living and rising crime rates,

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Edna thinks East London isn't the same.

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She wants better and believes Australia is the answer.

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But after losing his mum,

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Daniel is incredibly close to his sisters and doesn't want to go.

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It's going to be a struggle to convince him the other end of the

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earth is where their future lies.

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The family's trial week begins its journey from London via Abu Dhabi

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and Sydney before landing at Melbourne.

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When they finally touched down on Melbourne's Tullamarine airport,

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it's evident the family have endured every air mile of their 22 hour

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-journey.

-The journey here was very long,

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and it's definitely challenging to come with an infant this far away

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-from home.

-I didn't get enough sleep so I'm already setting the mood of,

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what am I really doing here but I'm here.

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Even Edna has been rocked by the distance travelled.

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Is she beginning to have second thoughts?

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Once you're here, you forget how far it is, it's just in the moment,

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you question yourself, can you actually come this far away from home?

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Surprisingly, it's Daniel who seems keen to get going.

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During the whole flight I was a bit hesitant,

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I kept thinking am I doing the right thing coming here but, yeah, I'm

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definitely looking forward to the week and seeing what it has to offer.

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It's with mixed emotions the family collect their bags.

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They now have just seven days to decide whether Australia really is

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where their future lies.

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Meet the Siwaks, mum Edna, dad Daniel and little live wire Jotham.

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Edna was brought up in London while Daniel moved from Poland when he was

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-ten.

-Bye-bye!

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We met in secondary school and we were really good friends.

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Give me kiss-kiss. I fell in love with Edna when I was 16,

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she was chasing me everywhere and I would be playing...

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OK, all right, we don't need to go that far.

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And we've been together since then.

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We just created a bond that we can never let go really so wherever she

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goes I go, probably.

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You can meet someone at 15 and they can be your soul mate.

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Edna is a real East Ender,

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but she feels that the London she loves has turned its back on her.

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I love London to death, like, I grew up here,

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I met everything that's beautiful in my life here but it's not the same

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London any more. In our area, there's a lot of crime,

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a lot of delinquency in the area.

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You feel, after a certain time, you

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can't go out without feeling a bit unsafe.

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Things have just gotten worse and it just makes us feel like is this how

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it's going to continue growing?

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Edna's convinced that a better life awaits them in Australia.

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I've always dreamt about going to Australia since I was 13 years old,

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the feeling of wanting to move there has become stronger.

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First of all, the crime rate is not as high as it is in the UK,

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you always hear that there is much safer neighbourhood for kids and the

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upbringing for the kids and Australia provides something that I feel like

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-I'm not getting here.

-However, husband Daniel doesn't share her dream.

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When Edna first told me she wants to move to Australia,

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I actually laughed in her face, I was like, "Are you serious?"

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There was a straight no.

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But since becoming a dad to Jotham,

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Daniel's become more receptive to Edna's plans.

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Like having my son now come to the world is just,

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my thinking changed and all I can think of is providing a better life

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for him.

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And the two have certainly produced their own little pocket rocket.

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We definitely need more space like this,

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something where he can actually go and play cos he is such a runner.

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He needs to be able to explore his surroundings.

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-Yes.

-And somewhere that's clean.

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There he goes.

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Bad news for Daniel's family, however, put their plans on hold.

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My mum sadly passed away from cancer and it was a really difficult time

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because it came as a shock to all of us, we only had

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three months before she passed away.

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So the only way we could deal with it is by supporting each other.

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All we had is one another.

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And just thinking of leaving my family behind and not being there

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for them is just hard to think about it really,

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I can't even put it into words.

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Edna knows that she's asking a lot.

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If we did make the move I feel like there would be resentment towards me

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for doing so but at the same time as a mother and as a parent,

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you just want to offer your child

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more than what you've had and better opportunities and currently,

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that's not available to Jotham now.

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So do you do what's best for him as a parent or do you just stick with

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the family to make sure they see him grow up?

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And she's not without some concerns of her own.

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Cos we're multicultural, we want to feel part of the community,

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we want to feel part of the society and London offers that but with

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Australia, my biggest fear is that Jotham will face prejudice,

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he'll feel isolated

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and he'll feel unwanted and no child should go through that,

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and that's not something he would experience here so why would I take

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him to the other side of the world for that?

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So with the trial week approaching,

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Daniel knows a lot rests on his decision.

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Edna and my family are the two things I've had in my life.

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We know that all we have is one another so we just want to be there

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for each other and just being away from that just...

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Big mess.

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Wow. Now what toy are we going to choose to play with?

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She has just seven days to persuade Daniel to move from what he knows

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and loves to a new life on the other side of the world.

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-Good boy.

-The idea of going then not having it or not being able to

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achieve it or convince Daniel, then I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

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The Siwaks are spending their trial week in Melbourne,

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in the south of the country.

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With a population of almost five million,

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it also gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year.

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With an average temperature of 21 degrees during its warm hot summers.

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Their base for the week is a 2-storey modern house in South Morang,

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a new suburb 14 miles northeast of Melbourne.

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-Oh, wow!

-Yeah, it's so modern, I love it.

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I wanted it more to be an island, it's more like in the corner,

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so it's like we will still be like our kitchen at home,

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where you're just all kind of squeezing in the kitchen

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at the same time.

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Over the next week the family will be weighing up property costs,

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work prospects, lifestyle, and how far their money will go.

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And only at the end will Edna find out if husband Daniel is up

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for a move.

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But that doesn't stop her trying to suss him out early.

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I'm really praying that this week impresses you.

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And for once, the long distance from

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London plays right into Edna's plans.

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For me, the journey was a nightmare, I'm not even looking forward to

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doing a return flight so...

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OK.

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Might have to stay here for a little bit.

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Oh, so that means you're interested in staying?

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Don't get your hopes up, baby.

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Back in the UK,

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Daniel and Edna live in a high-rise apartment in East London.

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With its bijou living area, two small bedrooms, and tiny balcony,

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it is too small for their growing family.

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We don't want to

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let ourselves get attached to something that we know is not a

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forever home, so in our flat we only have three pictures on the wall.

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And Oz soap loving fan Edna knows exactly what she wants to see in

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property hunting down under.

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A three to four bedroom house, not flat.

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If we had a big spacious garden, that would be amazing,

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-I would love that.

-That's all?

-Yeah.

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And a kitchen where I can see my boys,

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a very spacious one so that we can spend time together in the mornings.

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That's the dream in Australia.

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With a monthly rental budget of £1,200,

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we'll show the family three properties in Melbourne,

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two on budget and a third which could be their dream home.

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Only after they've seen each one will they find out its value.

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For their first viewing,

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the Siwaks travel half an hour to one of the fastest-growing

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Melbourne suburbs, Mernda.

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It has the family-friendly feel Edna wants and a quiet lifestyle

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away from the buzz of the big city.

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Will this modern three-bedroom house persuade them Edna's dream is worth

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-considering?

-Oh, I love this!

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First impressions are good.

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But, on closer inspection,

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it's clear it'll be a matter of convincing herself because

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Daniel's loving it.

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First impression is I'm in love.

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Edna's initial impression is not good.

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-OK.

-And once through the front door, she remains underwhelmed.

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There is a bit too much going on for me.

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It's almost like a big closet with no door.

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There is no disguising her disappointment.

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And the carpet is a bit too brown

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-for that colour.

-I like it, you don't want to be too bright.

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Things don't get any better when they see the kitchen.

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-I already know what you're thinking.

-What do you think I'm thinking?

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It's a bit small.

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I want open-plan living and it is open-plan living but I want to be

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open, not open.

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Will the bedrooms be any better?

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Edna brightens up on seeing, yes, a walk-in wardrobe.

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Oh! Definitely not something we have at home.

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-I know.

-It's not something I've had and I've always wanted one.

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I'm quite surprised that this house actually has one,

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I just wish it was a teeny bit bigger.

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The point of moving was to get much more space and for Edna,

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that's what's lacking here.

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-So this is the en-suite.

-Apparently.

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It's a bit small.

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I would really like my own sink, I'm tired of sharing with you.

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Although Jotham's staying with a child minder,

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he may have found his perfect room.

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-This is cute.

-This is so cute!

-I do imagine Jotham having this room.

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-Yeah. It's probably the best room I like in the house.

-Yeah.

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Back to bijou with the third bedroom.

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Bit tight, if someone was staying over it will do what it needs to do

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but if we have more kids...

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-Which we will.

-Which we will, I don't know if it's big enough.

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Edna's complaints are falling on Daniel's deaf ears.

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I think it's big enough. I mean, I will sleep here.

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Finally, the outside.

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They desperately want space for Jotham to run around.

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Could this small house deliver a decent sized garden?

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Oh, this is better.

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This is exactly what I was asking for, spacious garden,

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Jo to run there and there, it's nice.

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Literally, I can imagine myself knocking down those posts and

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extending the grass and having a five-a-side football pitch.

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Five-a-side football pitch.

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So she may not like his plans but with a budget of £1,200,

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will she like the price?

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-So, what do you think?

-I'm in love.

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-Really?

-If I could, I'd move in right now.

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I think this house would be slightly over our budget so I'm guessing

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around between 1,300-1,400.

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The area that we're in is very nice, very up-and-coming.

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-Should we have a look?

-Uh-huh.

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Wow.

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-I did not expect that.

-I did not expect that.

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It almost makes me feel sad because I, like, I pay more a month in

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England and I get less.

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This just makes it more realistic, more believable, doesn't it?

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Yeah, it actually makes me feel like the dream is just not in my head,

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it actually exists, you can have more.

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Next, the couple is off to see property number two in the suburb of

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Doreen in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges, ten minutes away.

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Less built up, this is a more laid-back neighbourhood with plenty

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of shops and schools and Australian wildlife.

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Interesting area.

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This should be right up their street though by the look

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on Edna's face it doesn't look like it.

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And the road is quite busy, I don't like that.

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-Yeah.

-For Jotham I don't think it's quite safe.

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But appearances can be deceiving.

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Oh, OK!

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More spacious than the first house.

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I actually like the kitchen.

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-I love the kitchen.

-I like the fact that it's got a long island,

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and I can see you guys.

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However, Daniel's not sure.

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It does feel a bit darker, though.

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-Yeah.

-The light doesn't come through.

-It's modern,

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that's what we asked for but it

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doesn't really live up to my expectations.

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-I like the carpet.

-You do?

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OK, Edna, carpets outside, what about the main bedroom?

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Don't like it, it's too loud.

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If I changed everything in this room then I could live in it.

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I love the space of it,

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it's definitely more spacious than the last property.

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I think even if you changed everything,

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I still wouldn't see myself living here.

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With such bad vibes,

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it probably doesn't matter what the bathrooms are like,

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but Edna is desperate to lift the mood.

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Oh! There's a mirror!

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You're scraping the barrel now.

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-Shower's a bit small but...

-I think it's sufficient space.

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Got a bath, shower, and you can open the windows.

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Slim pickings so far in this house, outside

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there has to be something very special.

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Will the garden delight and surprise like the last one?

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Straight away, I can see the space is not big enough, too many hazards.

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Yeah, Jotham is two, like, where is he going to run around?

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-It's not really safe.

-Yeah, I'll probably need grass instead of...

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Whatever this is.

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So, this second property they mightn't want it but if they can't

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even afford it, then Edna's dream will likely be over.

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How much do you think this property is a month?

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I think it would be around £1,300

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-per month.

-You think it'll be over our budget?

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I think it will be a bit under our budget.

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About £1,100 per month, shall we have a look?

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-Ready?

-Yep.

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OK. That's quite good.

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Knowing the fact that this house is quite affordable,

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it just makes me believe a little bit more with the fact that we can actually

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-make the move.

-That's good.

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So, it's good news, it gives more encouragement.

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And finally, property three,

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the dream house is situated half an hour to the west of Melbourne in

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Epping. Once a separate town way back in the 1800s,

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it's now swallowed up by Melbourne.

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Vintage by Australian standards, there is a quaint,

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old-fashioned feel to it.

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But, with a two-year-old,

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is a period property what the Siwaks want for down under living?

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The outside of it is not a wow factor but...

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-Yeah.

-..I could see potential.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Once through the old-fashioned screen doors,

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Daniel and Edna react like they haven't before.

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-Wow.

-Speechless.

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First impression, you know, when you walk in...

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-Yeah.

-You feel like you're home.

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-OK.

-But are their initial impressions premature?

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-It's not my ideal kitchen.

-It's not modern enough, is it?

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No, I feel like we would have to do it up and fix it and it doesn't

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feel like home now, does it?

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And it's no better in the open-plan living area.

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Where are we going to put the TV?

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It's like almost you have to block one of the doors to face the TV that

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-way.

-Yeah, that's the only negative.

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Just feeling a bit dated, definitely needs repainting.

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But the upstairs is still to be explored.

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What will Edna make of the bedrooms?

0:18:290:18:31

Wow, this is quite bright.

0:18:310:18:33

Looks nice and simple but kind of doesn't.

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This more looks like my dream guest room.

0:18:360:18:38

I wouldn't mind staying here once in a while.

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Yeah. Like a hotel room.

0:18:410:18:43

-Pretty much.

-Yeah.

-Or just to get away from you.

0:18:430:18:46

-What do you mean?

-Moving on quickly, the bathroom's next.

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-Oh!

-This is what I'm looking for.

0:18:510:18:53

-This is a big en suite.

-There's a lot of space.

0:18:530:18:56

-Oh! There's a double sink.

-That's a plus.

-And then there's two mirrors.

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I can see myself.

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Things are looking up, and they've finally found the TV.

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Oh! Another living room.

0:19:060:19:08

This is where the TV would go.

0:19:080:19:10

-It's almost like a little mini cinema room.

-Yeah.

0:19:100:19:14

So, something of a mixed bag with this one.

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What do they make of it?

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-So what do you think of the house?

-I think it has potential.

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I'm just not willing to do the work that this house needs.

0:19:230:19:26

I think it's going to be around £1,400-£1,500 per month.

0:19:260:19:31

Also you get an extra bedroom so I would say it's probably about 1,600.

0:19:310:19:35

Oh, wow!

0:19:420:19:43

-Oh!

-That is a big shock.

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For a four-bedroom, with this amount of space?

0:19:460:19:48

-That is amazing.

-It definitely makes me feel a bit more relieved that we

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-can get more for our money.

-Absolutely.

0:19:520:19:54

House-hunting hasn't delivered them a dream home but it has shown them

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they can buy a lot of space for their dollars.

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Property one, the modern three-bedroom house wowed

0:20:030:20:06

Daniel but Edna

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felt it was too small although the outdoor space impressed.

0:20:080:20:12

Property two was more to their liking inside,

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but the main road and the small garden really disappointed.

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Property number three was the dream home for somebody, but not for them,

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the old-fashioned house was dated

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and dowdy but the couple were delighted

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that such a big house in a good area was still attainable.

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So, when it comes to property, will they vote home or away?

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Based on the three properties we've seen today, our vote goes to...

0:20:380:20:41

-Australia!

-Australia.

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So why did you vote for Australia today?

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The space that you get in the Australian houses is way more than

0:20:550:20:59

what you get in London. And it's just quite affordable as well.

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Even though the houses weren't exactly what we wanted,

0:21:020:21:05

the potential was there. I am really

0:21:050:21:07

excited that you voted for Australia.

0:21:070:21:09

-Yeah.

-That means you're slowly coming to my side.

0:21:090:21:12

Finding out the rental price of homes has made getting the right

0:21:200:21:24

jobs down under the Siwaks' number one priority.

0:21:240:21:27

Edna knows beyond doubt Daniel would

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need to earn a good wage if the dream is ever going to happen.

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Today we'll give the couple the opportunity to explore their chances

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of finding work in Australia.

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Back in London, Daniel is a delivery van driver.

0:21:410:21:44

To make ends meet, he holds down two jobs.

0:21:440:21:47

He works all the hours he can, but the family still struggles financially.

0:21:470:21:52

Even though I'm not really happy at the moment,

0:21:520:21:54

I'm forced to work these two jobs obviously to provide for the family.

0:21:540:21:58

He wouldn't mind changing gear and doing something else.

0:21:580:22:02

He does voluntary youth work and

0:22:020:22:04

loves it but it doesn't pay the bills.

0:22:040:22:06

The responsibility to provide for his family weighs heavily on his

0:22:060:22:10

-shoulders.

-If I can't find the right job that pays the right salary,

0:22:100:22:15

there's no way I'm moving to Australia.

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Wife Edna, meanwhile, works as a

0:22:180:22:20

part-time HR and recruitment officer.

0:22:200:22:22

I love my job here in the UK and enjoy the people I work with.

0:22:220:22:26

But work satisfaction isn't enough.

0:22:260:22:29

Edna's ready for a whole new adventure and she is upping her

0:22:290:22:32

skill set to ensure she is definitely wanted down under.

0:22:320:22:36

I decided to take up studies just to extend my career path and try

0:22:360:22:42

-something different.

-But she knows that both of them finding proper

0:22:420:22:46

jobs with the right salaries is going to be crucial.

0:22:460:22:48

If I can't find the right opportunities there,

0:22:490:22:52

it basically could end the dream.

0:22:520:22:55

Daniel hopes he might follow his dream and become a full-time youth

0:22:560:23:00

worker in Australia.

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He's off to Melbourne City Mission to see the sort of work

0:23:010:23:04

they do there.

0:23:040:23:06

Young people come here to access a variety of services,

0:23:060:23:08

including an on-site nurse.

0:23:080:23:10

But with limited qualifications, is

0:23:100:23:12

it a realistic work option for Daniel?

0:23:120:23:15

After a short tour, he sits down with senior manager

0:23:150:23:17

Molly O'Shaughnessy to find out.

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I've had a look at your CV and I know you are really

0:23:190:23:23

passionate about youth work.

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To really get a foot in the door in the youth work field,

0:23:240:23:27

I recommend you did a bit further education and training.

0:23:270:23:31

I'd suggest you looked at maybe doing a Certificate 4 in youth work

0:23:310:23:34

or community services or maybe even a diploma,

0:23:340:23:37

which is about 12 months' study.

0:23:370:23:39

Meanwhile, across town, Edna's feeling under pressure.

0:23:400:23:43

I'm feeling nervous because it's extremely important for us to have

0:23:430:23:47

the right salary, otherwise a move here would not be possible.

0:23:470:23:50

She's meeting Hayden Fricke,

0:23:500:23:52

a director of recruitment consultants Peoplescape.

0:23:520:23:56

They use psychological profiling with clients,

0:23:560:23:59

right up our masters student's street,

0:23:590:24:02

but will she be a perfect fit for them?

0:24:020:24:04

So, Edna, I've had a look at your CV, which looks great, by the way.

0:24:040:24:07

You've effectively done four years versus in Australia six years,

0:24:070:24:11

so you are not quite at the same

0:24:110:24:13

level as a masters degree in Australia.

0:24:130:24:15

However, the good news is that with two more years doing a masters in

0:24:150:24:20

Australia, you will be in a position to then get registered and call

0:24:200:24:23

yourself an organisational psychologist.

0:24:230:24:24

If I did that, what would be my job prospects?

0:24:240:24:27

Then your options short and long-term would be fantastic.

0:24:270:24:32

I think there's lots of opportunity for organisational psychologists in

0:24:320:24:35

Australia.

0:24:350:24:37

Back home, Edna earns £11,000 a year in her part-time job,

0:24:370:24:40

which doesn't go far in the UK's capital city.

0:24:400:24:44

The all-important question is how much could she earn down under?

0:24:440:24:48

A graduate level, an entry-level organisation psychologist,

0:24:490:24:52

would probably get a salary equivalent in UK pounds of about

0:24:520:24:57

between £43-49,000.

0:24:570:25:01

Really? Are you serious?

0:25:010:25:04

-Entry-level?

-Entry-level.

-Pounds?

0:25:040:25:06

-Yes.

-Excuse me, I might fall off my seat here.

0:25:060:25:11

It's an incredible increase of over £30,000.

0:25:110:25:15

Edna is delighted.

0:25:150:25:17

-That's really, really great news.

-Good luck with your decision.

0:25:170:25:20

Yes. I think I made it!

0:25:200:25:21

Back at Melbourne City Mission,

0:25:230:25:25

Daniel is also asking about his earnings.

0:25:250:25:28

What kind of salary could I expect?

0:25:280:25:30

Probably, if you were to get a job as an entry-level youth worker,

0:25:300:25:34

you could expect to earn about £30-35,000 a year.

0:25:340:25:39

Yeah. If you were to get a higher level of qualification,

0:25:390:25:45

say a social work qualification,

0:25:450:25:47

where you might be able to work in community health or hospitals as

0:25:470:25:51

well, that would earn you quite a lot more.

0:25:510:25:54

That's double what he makes in the UK. He is flabbergasted.

0:25:540:25:58

Yeah, I'm quite shocked, the fact that they were so positive, really.

0:25:580:26:01

All the positive things I'm hearing,

0:26:020:26:05

not just about the income and about the work itself,

0:26:050:26:08

but just the people itself, they love what they do and it is

0:26:080:26:11

something I would love to be part of.

0:26:110:26:13

Could Daniel be warming to the dream?

0:26:130:26:15

It's hard to keep the smile from their faces when he meets up with

0:26:150:26:18

Edna to talk about their days.

0:26:180:26:20

-So, how was your day?

-My day was amazing,

0:26:200:26:22

it couldn't have gone any better.

0:26:220:26:24

-Really?

-The people were amazing, the place was great.

0:26:240:26:27

So, what sort of salary can you earn?

0:26:270:26:29

The salary at entry level with the skills and experience I have is between

0:26:290:26:34

£30-35,000 per year, pretty much double what I get at the moment.

0:26:340:26:39

-Wow.

-I would have to do pretty much six months to one year extra studies

0:26:390:26:43

-that I could do part-time.

-That is great news.

0:26:430:26:46

My qualifications, unfortunately, wouldn't be as transferable,

0:26:460:26:49

so would have to add on another two years,

0:26:490:26:53

or the other option is to do one

0:26:530:26:55

year unsupervised training, however,

0:26:550:26:58

for an entry-level organisational psychologist,

0:26:580:27:01

a salary I can expect with my

0:27:010:27:03

experience and skills would be between £43-49,000...

0:27:030:27:08

-That's at entry-level?

-..pounds per year, that's entry-level.

0:27:080:27:12

So, after everything they've discovered, what do we think?

0:27:120:27:16

Will the couple choose work in Australia or the UK?

0:27:160:27:19

This one seems a foregone conclusion.

0:27:190:27:22

Based on the work meetings we had today, our vote goes to...

0:27:220:27:25

BOTH: ..Australia.

0:27:350:27:36

So why did you vote for Australia?

0:27:380:27:39

It's obvious! More money!

0:27:390:27:41

The meeting I had today just ticked off all the boxes for me.

0:27:410:27:45

It would mean I would have a better work/life balance as a family.

0:27:450:27:49

It's really great to know that you are actually coming over to my side

0:27:490:27:52

and seeing things the way I've been seeing it.

0:27:520:27:54

I'm just really happy that we've had the news we've had today.

0:27:540:27:58

Halfway through their trial week, and it couldn't be going better for

0:28:020:28:06

Edna's mission to convince her cautious

0:28:060:28:09

husband their future lies in Australia.

0:28:090:28:12

But there is still that all important financial reality check

0:28:120:28:16

and messages from home to come, and that can change everything.

0:28:160:28:22

First, though, it's time for the Siwaks to sample the sort of

0:28:220:28:26

lifestyle the family might be able to enjoy in Melbourne.

0:28:260:28:29

With two votes in favour, things are definitely going Edna's way.

0:28:300:28:35

She's hoping some quality family time will convince Daniel further

0:28:350:28:39

this is where they should be.

0:28:390:28:40

They head to the city centre Royal Park for some nature play.

0:28:400:28:44

One, two, three, wheee!

0:28:450:28:47

Being in Australia has actually enhanced my dream,

0:28:510:28:54

it's actually made me want to have a future here with my family more than

0:28:540:28:59

ever. So I'm just actually really excited that it's actually lived up

0:28:590:29:03

to my expectations.

0:29:030:29:04

And it seems like the rest of the family agree.

0:29:070:29:11

High five!

0:29:110:29:12

These couple of days in Melbourne, I've really enjoyed it so far.

0:29:130:29:17

Just being able to see Jotham happy all the time.

0:29:170:29:20

This place is perfect for Jotham.

0:29:200:29:21

Look at him, he is, like, running, he is happy.

0:29:210:29:26

To be able to see him do the things that he wouldn't be able to do in

0:29:260:29:29

London, it just makes me really happy.

0:29:290:29:31

It just kind of inclines me to actually think this could be

0:29:310:29:35

something that he could do on a daily basis

0:29:350:29:38

-in Melbourne.

-You did it!

0:29:380:29:40

The park is just amazing.

0:29:400:29:43

-There's so much space for him to run around.

-Yeah.

0:29:430:29:46

I could imagine myself taking him out for a walk.

0:29:460:29:48

-Definitely.

-It will end up being a longer walk than expected.

0:29:480:29:51

-Go, baby, go.

-Daniel's had such fun with Jotham,

0:29:520:29:56

but is it enough to make the distance from home worthwhile?

0:29:560:29:59

I have on one side, Jotham, Edna and myself having such a great time,

0:29:590:30:04

pretty much living the life that we always dreamed of.

0:30:040:30:07

On the other side, I have my family living across the whole world.

0:30:070:30:13

It's just, it's kind of heartbreaking, really.

0:30:140:30:16

I'm not sure what I'm still looking for.

0:30:160:30:18

I don't think it's enough

0:30:180:30:20

to actually make me feel I would have the courage

0:30:200:30:24

to leave all my family behind.

0:30:240:30:27

Climbing those hills sure takes it out of you, Jotham.

0:30:270:30:30

While he has a well earned nap back at the rental,

0:30:300:30:33

a surprise call really cheers up the family.

0:30:330:30:35

Look, Vanessa's calling.

0:30:350:30:37

It's Edna's big sister.

0:30:370:30:38

Hi!

0:30:380:30:39

Hey, Vanny.

0:30:390:30:41

We miss you!

0:30:410:30:43

So far, we like it here, it's definitely different,

0:30:430:30:45

a whole different culture, a different way of living,

0:30:450:30:48

a different lifestyle. It's just so different,

0:30:480:30:50

you feel like you want to be outside and get up and go.

0:30:500:30:52

-I miss you.

-Miss you, too.

0:30:520:30:55

But seeing a familiar face sparks another concern.

0:30:550:30:59

London is so multicultural,

0:30:590:31:01

the couple never think about them being a mixed-race family.

0:31:010:31:05

But how multicultural is Melbourne?

0:31:050:31:07

Back in the park, Edna meets Jackie, a mum with a mixed-race family.

0:31:100:31:14

So how is Melbourne for mixed-race couples?

0:31:150:31:17

I think it's great, I think they find the fact that two different

0:31:170:31:21

backgrounds coming together creating beautiful children, for one,

0:31:210:31:24

and having different backgrounds and cultures to introduce to the kids is

0:31:240:31:28

great. It's like, you're a person, come in and you are welcome here,

0:31:280:31:31

-that's how I feel.

-Oh, that's really good,

0:31:310:31:33

because we want something different but we don't want something too

0:31:330:31:37

drastic. That makes us feel so much better. Hi!

0:31:370:31:41

That all sounds great, Edna's feeling happy,

0:31:410:31:45

but knows it's not a done deal as far as Daniel's concerned.

0:31:450:31:49

I think Daniel loved today,

0:31:490:31:50

he was loving the sun and actually spending time with us as a family.

0:31:500:31:55

Was today enough to convince Daniel?

0:31:550:31:57

I don't know. We just have to wait and see.

0:31:580:32:01

So, after a day sampling all that Melbourne has to offer,

0:32:010:32:05

what way are they going to vote?

0:32:050:32:06

Based on our great day out today, our vote goes to...

0:32:080:32:11

BOTH: ..Australia.

0:32:210:32:22

So, why did you vote for Australia?

0:32:240:32:26

I think it's just clear, everything that we wanted from today's day out,

0:32:260:32:31

it's exactly what we got, isn't it?

0:32:310:32:32

Even though I still have a few worries,

0:32:320:32:35

today has really proven to me that we can actually fit in.

0:32:350:32:38

It's actually showed me that we can

0:32:380:32:40

spend more time together as a family.

0:32:400:32:42

The fact that we met Jackie today,

0:32:420:32:43

she just reassured us that we wouldn't stick out,

0:32:430:32:46

we wouldn't feel like outsiders here,

0:32:460:32:48

we would actually feel like part of the community.

0:32:480:32:51

It's win-win for Edna all the way.

0:32:570:33:00

With another vote for Australia,

0:33:000:33:01

a permanent move to the other side of the world looks like it could

0:33:010:33:05

become a reality for the Siwaks, but only if the finances add up.

0:33:050:33:10

Right, let's have a look at our shopping list.

0:33:100:33:12

It's time to find out how the cost of living down under compares with the UK.

0:33:120:33:17

White potatoes, in the UK, cost us £1.19.

0:33:170:33:22

Here, it's £4.26.

0:33:220:33:25

-That's a huge jump, isn't it?

-Yeah, it's like £3 more.

0:33:250:33:28

And Jo likes white potatoes, we might have to find something else for him.

0:33:280:33:31

Jo's nappies, we use a lot of those, so that's about £3.33 in the UK.

0:33:310:33:37

Here, £3.96.

0:33:370:33:39

In Australia, our shopping bill would be £93.37.

0:33:390:33:44

£31.52 worse off every week.

0:33:440:33:49

It's not too bad.

0:33:490:33:50

Some groceries and clothing are more expensive,

0:33:500:33:53

but what about the bigger outgoings?

0:33:530:33:55

So childcare in the UK costs us £0,

0:33:550:33:58

as we always have someone to watch Jo and I only work part-time,

0:33:580:34:02

so that helps. But obviously if we come over here,

0:34:020:34:05

I'll be working full-time.

0:34:050:34:06

Wow, that's a big jump.

0:34:060:34:08

£704 per month.

0:34:080:34:11

Once again, family, or rather the lack of them,

0:34:110:34:14

is going to be a major consideration.

0:34:140:34:17

That has not made me too happy about this.

0:34:170:34:20

That makes me feel very concerned.

0:34:200:34:22

But when Edna factors in her new wage, the figures look healthier,

0:34:230:34:27

-very much so.

-In Australia, after studying,

0:34:270:34:31

I'll be taking home £2,093.36 extra per month.

0:34:310:34:39

That is... That's another income!

0:34:390:34:42

-It is.

-Next, they include Daniel's earnings.

0:34:420:34:45

In Australia you'll be earning £2,480 per month.

0:34:470:34:54

If we decided to do our studies, we would be

0:34:540:34:59

£3,008.50 better off

0:34:590:35:07

-every month.

-That's a huge figure.

0:35:070:35:09

Wow. I am lost for words.

0:35:120:35:15

That is, pretty much, the money will be left to do whatever we like.

0:35:150:35:19

We can afford a better house, a bigger house.

0:35:190:35:23

-Oh, yeah.

-Can we move tomorrow?

0:35:230:35:25

But what this means suddenly hits Daniel.

0:35:270:35:30

I mean, my main idea of moving would be for Jotham,

0:35:300:35:34

and the fact that we could actually provide for him,

0:35:340:35:39

with whatever he needs, with that amount of money,

0:35:390:35:43

it just makes everything harder.

0:35:430:35:45

They head back to the park to reflect,

0:35:450:35:48

but it's soon time to vote on

0:35:480:35:50

finances in the UK versus down under.

0:35:500:35:53

Based on our reality check today, our vote goes to...

0:35:530:35:56

BOTH: ..Australia!

0:36:040:36:05

So, why did you pick Australia?

0:36:060:36:08

I think I would be silly if I didn't, really,

0:36:080:36:11

just knowing that we'll be in jobs that we love and to get that kind of

0:36:110:36:16

sum every month, it just would mean so much -

0:36:160:36:18

it would be life-changing.

0:36:180:36:20

The fact that we could just put in a little bit more studying,

0:36:200:36:23

just like one or two years, then we could be earning that,

0:36:230:36:26

it just blows my mind.

0:36:260:36:28

That money could do so much for our family.

0:36:280:36:30

I mean, I'm not surprised that you voted for Australia.

0:36:300:36:34

Even if we're probably worse off you'll still vote for Australia,

0:36:340:36:36

but it makes me happy, the fact that you're happy.

0:36:360:36:40

Oh, that's so cute - give me a hug!

0:36:400:36:43

All the votes so far are for Australia,

0:36:510:36:54

but now the hardest part of the week,

0:36:540:36:56

and the one Edna fears could scupper all her plans.

0:36:560:37:00

The couple sit down to watch messages from loved ones at home together.

0:37:000:37:04

Right, let's have a look at our messages.

0:37:040:37:08

-Hi!

-Hi, guys - love you!

-Hi, Daniel,

0:37:080:37:13

-hi, Edna!

-I love spending time with them so much.

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They're such a brilliant family.

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Daniel is humble, loving and caring.

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The best brother a sister could ask for.

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Edna is funny...

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She's loving, she's caring, she's always supportive.

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Jotham is really cute.

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Jotham's a very happy boy,

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and I think the most happiest baby I've ever came across.

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If she wants to move this would be a great opportunity for her to explore

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-it.

-Obviously I would be upset if they did end up moving there, but

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I'd still feel happy for them.

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From one to 100, I'll miss them about 95.

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I don't want them to go because I love them so much.

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It's going to be really painful for me, to miss Jo especially.

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A new grandson - my heart stopped and said, "Oh, my God,

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"they're going to take away the thing I love the most."

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We all miss you lots and we all love you.

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Make sure that you make the right decision for yourself,

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and also I hope that it's the right one.

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I know you guys will find a way to make it work.

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You guys always have.

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It's your decision, but you know it's going to be tough for us here.

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You have my full support.

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You are never out of my life and I love you guys so much.

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If I could stop you, I would,

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but if it's the decision that's going to make you happy,

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and moving to Australia is going to change your life,

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I'll support you all the way.

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-Wow. That was... That wasn't easy, was it, watching that?

-I know.

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It makes me want to cry, but I'm not going to cry.

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It just makes me feel a little bit selfish, to be honest.

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At the same time, could we go back to what we were doing before?

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For me, it hasn't changed much.

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There will be opportunities for them to come or for us to go.

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But would they even consider coming?

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Watching our messages today just

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made me a bit more confused than I was already when I came.

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Really worried now

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-where your head is at.

-It makes me want to go back home, to be honest.

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At the start of the trial week,

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the Siwak family were well and truly divided.

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Free spirit Edna saw the world as her oyster, and was drawn to Oz,

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while home bird Daniel wanted to stay close to his roots in London.

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But has Melbourne and all that it's offered been enough to change minds

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and get them both on the same page?

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What would you do in the circumstances?

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Let's see what they decide.

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It's time for the final vote.

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There's obviously a lot to think

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about before they make that decision.

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And as thoughts turn to the journey home,

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they are moments away from making their minds up.

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It puts such a smile on my face to see Jo so happy,

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and I could actually picture him growing up here.

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There's just so many more opportunities here for him.

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Just looking over at Daniel and seeing him play with Jotham,

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in this beautiful weather, in this peaceful park,

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it just makes me feel like, yes,

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this is exactly what I was looking for.

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There's a lot to take in.

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Daniel's thoughts are as mixed up as ever.

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In this week, everything that I wanted to hear, I've heard.

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All the boxes that I wanted to tick, ticked.

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But at the same time it would still be a challenge moving and starting a

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life all over again.

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-I don't know which way to go.

-Edna's under no illusion that Daniel is

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wrestling with which way to vote.

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Seeing Daniel's face change during the friends and family messages,

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those messages kind of reminded him

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of the doubts he had in the beginning

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when we were still in the UK, that can he really do this?

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And I'm still concerned that he might still decide not to come.

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How is it, Jo? Yeah?

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High five! This is the biggest decision we're ever going to have to

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make as a family, and it has to be the right one.

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They can't put it off any longer.

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It's now time for the family to vote on where their future lies.

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After a great week in Melbourne, Australia, our vote goes to...

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BOTH: ..Australia.

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Really?

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Yeah, I had a long think about it and I just feel like I would be mad

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not to actually consider Jo growing up here.

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Even though I'll be making that huge sacrifice,

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it'll just be something I will have to live with.

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I thought you were really going to pick undecided,

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and then I was going to be so upset and sad and...

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I never thought I would say this,

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but I'm actually happy that you brought me here,

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just to experience the life,

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the dream life that you always wanted and always talked about.

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I know it's going to be hard for you to leave friends and family behind.

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It's going to be hard for me too,

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but I just know that they're going to see how well we're doing and

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eventually they're going to get convinced to come over themselves.

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We're moving to Australia!

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Come here. Oh, dear.

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So Edna won the day.

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It's been a difficult decision for Daniel,

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but in balance the prospect of a bright future in Australia for their

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little boy Jotham promised too much for them to turn down.

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We wish the Siwaks the very best on the next leg of their journey,

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and of course we'll be keeping an eye out to see if they do return

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down under, or decide to stay in London town.

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Childhood sweethearts Edna and Daniel Siwak met when they were just 12 years old. They married in 2013, had a child of their own and live... exactly where they both grew up, in east London. But now, as a mum herself, Edna is looking at her surroundings through different eyes and doesn't like what she sees. With high-rise living and rising crime rates, she feels the East End isn't the same. She wants better and believes Australia is the answer. But Polish-born husband Daniel is not keen to go. Having lost his mum to cancer a couple of years ago, he feels the loss hugely. Her death has made Daniel and his sisters incredibly close. The thought of leaving them and going to live on the other side of the world breaks his heart.

Edna knows she is asking a lot from Daniel, but as doting parents to Jotham, she believes they owe their little boy the very best upbringing they can give him. However, she is not without concerns of her own. As a mixed-race couple, she needs to know Australia would accept and welcome them. A trial week in Melbourne gives the family a taste of what life could be like down under, but will it be enough? Edna is only too well aware it is going to be a struggle to convince Daniel that the other end of the earth is where their future lies.