Whylie Family Wanted Down Under


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Whylie Family

Zoe Whylie longs for a new life for her and her three children, and feels the answer could lie in Australia - but her oldest daughter simply doesn't want to go.


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Zoe Whylie longs for a new life for her and her three children.

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I just want that family time with my children...

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..and not hide in different rooms.

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And feels the answer could lie down under.

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I want them to be happy and smile like they are now.

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There's just one big problem -

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her oldest daughter simply doesn't want to go.

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If she chooses to move there, then I aren't going to move there.

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A trial week sees Mum desperately trying to stay positive.

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Smile, it's going to get better.

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But it soon becomes a battle for the future

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of where the family will settle.

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My heart's not here.

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It is with my family back in England.

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Regularly ranked among the world's top-ten countries for quality of life,

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Australia's long been a magnet for British families on the move.

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Boasting a buoyant economy and fabulous climate,

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it's no wonder the land down under attracts those in search of a better lifestyle.

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Zoe Whylie has fought hard to build a life for her family.

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She wants to give them the lifestyle she's never had.

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She feels her children are growing up too fast in the UK and thinks

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Australia could be the answer.

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But is a move halfway around the world the way to do it?

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Especially when one of her children is fighting her all the way.

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Across one week,

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the Whylies will get to experience the sort of life they could lead and

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afford if they relocated down under,

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before voting on whether to make the move.

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The family's trial week begins with a journey lasting 18 hours - from

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Manchester to Perth.

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And when we meet them at the airport,

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it's clear it's been a trip of two halves.

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The first part of the flight were all right.

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It seemed to go really quick.

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But then after that, it just felt like it were never-ending.

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And because my ankles were swollen, I couldn't even stand up.

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-Couldn't get my shoes on.

-For son, Harley, however,

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the flight had been a chance to get to know some of his fellow passengers.

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I was asking loads of people questions.

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And I was telling everyone my life.

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And eldest Courtney,

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has noticed perhaps the biggest difference between here and home.

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When I got off the plane, I was like, "Ooh, it's warm here."

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But all in all, Zoe just can't wait to get her trial week started.

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I'm really excited for this week

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and then see if it's actually what we all want.

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The family have just seven days to see whether Australia really

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is the place where they intend to spend the rest of their lives.

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Meet the Whylie family from Halifax.

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Their mum, Zoe.

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15-year-old daughter, Courtney.

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Taylor, aged nine, and baby of the family, Harley, who's eight.

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Zoe has always had big dreams for herself and her family,

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even though it's been a rough ride.

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I've been through it all, I've been a young mum at 16 that's moved out.

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I felt like I couldn't achieve anything in my whole life.

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I've proved everybody wrong.

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I've gone through so much history, domestic violence...

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I've been a single mum, I've gone through a marriage break-up.

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I could actually write a book of all the stuff that I've gone through,

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and to still sit here and smile about it and say,

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"Yeah, but life goes on, you can still do it."

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I'm really proud of myself now.

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Having her eldest daughter, Courtney, at 16 and becoming a single mum made her a

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target for bullies.

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They said, "When you leave school, you're going to end up with

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"five kids and be on the social. You're not going to ever work."

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But the taunts only made her stronger.

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I remember sat there with Courtney in a bouncy chair and looking at her

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thinking, "This isn't what I want for my child,

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"I want my child to be proud of me."

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I just remember sitting crying and looking at her, thinking,

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"She's going to hate me. She's going to grow up and this is going to be

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"her life in a council flat."

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And then that's when I applied

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for colleges. And I think that's what's driven the path that I...

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Well, it has, it's made me who I am today.

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By 23, Harley and Taylor had joined Zoe's little family.

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But her marriage to their father had fallen apart.

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It only made Zoe even more determined to make a better life for

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her and her children. After four years,

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her dreams of moving to Australia could become a reality.

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My dream is for me to be with just my children, smothering each other.

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Running along the beach, riding bikes,

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making sandcastles.

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That's what the key is for me,

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I just want that family time with my children, and we can go out and do

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activities outdoors and not hide in different rooms.

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There's just one problem -

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Courtney.

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She's like, "I don't even want to go there, it's all about you,

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"all about you." And that's all she says, is...

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.."It's all about you.

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"You don't care about what your kids want."

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If she chooses to move there, then I aren't going to move there.

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I don't think I will.

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Moving away is a really big thing because I've always worked hard to

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give my children absolutely everything.

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And then for Courtney to turn round and say, "No, I don't want to go,

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"I want to stay... I want to stay in the UK."

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Just the thought of it makes me feel sick.

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I can't leave my dad, I can't leave my grandma, not ever.

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She's strong-minded and she'll do what she wants to do.

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So, it's going to be interesting.

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Zoe's mum, meanwhile, is proving a useful ally for her eldest daughter.

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She'll just sit there and the words that she'll come out with is like,

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"You've got everything in this area, you've got your family,

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"you've got this, you've got that and you want to tear it all away.

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"You're selfish, you are absolutely selfish.

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"You don't care about anybody else."

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I think my mum's selfish for the things she says and the way she says it,

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it makes you feel bad.

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Makes you feel like a really bad person, like you're doing wrong.

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She doesn't want her to go.

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"Why are you going to take my grandkids off me?"

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She doesn't agree with it at all.

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Although Courtney can't bear the thought of leaving her grandma,

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she doesn't want to be separated from her mum either.

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It would be too hard to just speak to her every day, like...

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I wouldn't be able to speak to her every day.

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Cos I'd end up... I'd hate myself for not going... I don't know.

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Zoe is adamant that she wants to build a new life for her family in Australia,

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but it's clear she's going to have a battle on her hands.

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I want everyone to be like me, in my home, to want the same thing.

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And they don't and it's hard trying to convince them otherwise.

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The Whylies are spending their trial week in Perth, in the west of

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Australia. With a population of two million,

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it's also the sunniest city in Oz,

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with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

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Their base for the week is this four-bedroom villa in Mandurah.

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I can't wait to see this house.

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And as they walk inside, it's an instant hit.

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Oh, my God, it's absolutely beautiful.

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-It's got a pool!

-Look how big it is.

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Not that the children are interested in staying indoors for long.

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-Jump straight in.

-It might be freezing.

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LAUGHTER

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For Mum, though, it's the chance for a nice cuppa and a rest.

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I feel like I need to take my sandals off, put my feet up.

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This is heaven, it's perfect.

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Look how much fun they're having and it's been what?

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Five, ten minutes and they're actually playing together and getting along.

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At home, they're all in different rooms.

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Now, it's like quality family time.

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But it's already the change in Courtney that's caught Zoe's attention most of all.

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Courtney's like a child.

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She's not like an adult. At home, she acts like an adult.

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Here, she's acting like a child and that's what I want for her.

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Dreams come to those who wait and work hard.

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Over the next week, the family will be shown all aspects of how their

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life would be in Australia if they made the move.

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Including property,

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

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And only at the end, Zoe will find out if down under has made a

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big splash with her family.

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Back in the UK, the Whylies live in Halifax, West Yorkshire,

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in a rented three-bedroom council house.

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When it comes to down under, however,

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Zoe knows precisely what she wants from a property.

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No stairs, I'd like the children to all have their own bedrooms.

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I don't want anything massive, I'm not posh.

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I just want a nice, standard house and open plan,

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so that when we're eating and sat, we can all sit together, talk together,

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do homework, eat tea, watch a movie, so we're all in one room.

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That's my dream home...

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With a pool.

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LAUGHS

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Hopefully, with Zoe's budget of £150,000,

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she could find her ideal location too.

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I like quiet, I like boring.

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I hate pubs.

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Just anywhere that's a nice quiet area with good friends,

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where they can just pop in for a brew, pop in for a glass of wine.

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Obviously, it's got to have cheap, bargain shops around

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because I am a bargain hunter.

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To find out what kind of house they could have in Perth, today

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we'll show the family three properties - two on budget and a third,

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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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And as the family get ready for their big day of viewing,

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Zoe is optimistic, if cautious.

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If I couldn't have the property that I loved, I wouldn't come,

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I wouldn't bring them all the way over, because it wouldn't be fair.

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It's time to go house-hunting.

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For their first viewing, the Whylies travel a short distance to another

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suburb in Mandurah.

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The area is right up Zoe's street,

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boasting a family-friendly beach and a quiet lifestyle away from the city.

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But as they arrive at their first property,

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a three-bedroom apartment in a complex,

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it is clear that from first impressions,

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convincing them this could be their dream home

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is going to be a tall order.

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The steps look really dirty and it looks really dingy,

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like a dungeon.

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Yeah. Looking from outside, I'd never pull up at a house like this.

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Inside, things go from bad to worse.

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I don't like... That kitchen's proper tiny and it's blue.

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Blue is, like, the worst colour in the world.

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This reminds me of a granny house.

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And it looks like it's nicotine-stained, as well,

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like someone smoked really heavily.

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This is not what I expected from Australian houses.

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So what about the bedrooms?

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Any better? I wouldn't hold your breath.

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This is smaller than all our bedrooms at home.

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All, yeah, everybody's.

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Do you know what, it feels like a council house too.

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Do you know, I'm not, I'm not posh in any way and I don't mind council

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houses, but you know, just the whole, plastic doors and...

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And unfortunately, the bathroom also gives Zoe the blues.

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Is this the only bathroom that they've got?

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Could you imagine coming in, doing your washing

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while someone's in the bath?

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And it's blue. What is it with blue in this house?

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Someone likes blue. I bet it's a man.

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An old man that's lived here.

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I think the sooner Zoe gets out of this property, the better.

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Or maybe not.

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Yeah, it feels like a holiday resort.

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Like, more older people.

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Because there's not, like, no parks, or green grass, you know,

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grassy areas for kids to kick a ball around.

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I don't think it's very child-friendly.

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I know there's a pool but it is a small pool.

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So even if I picked a holiday, to go on holiday for a week or two,

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I wouldn't pick a resort like this.

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Time to see what a place like this might set the family back.

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Zoe's budget is £150,000.

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I think it would be worth, like, 90-110, but that's my thought, is...

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..you're really paying for the view outside.

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I don't think the property is worth anything.

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I think it would be perfect if they liked this kind of

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nicotine-stained blue house.

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Right, Harley, are you ready to turn it over?

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Did, did, din-lid, din-lid - drum roll...!

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-Oh!

-Oh, my God.

-£150,000.

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Wow. So that is our budget.

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Would you live in this house as a family?

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No.

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-Nope.

-No, so it looks like we're not going anywhere.

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Yeah, I just don't think it's worth moving here for this.

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Stay positive, smile.

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Smile! It's going to get better.

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Onwards and upwards.

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So Zoe and the children head to the next property, in Medina.

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It's a quiet suburb with plenty of outdoor space for the children.

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Let's hope this three-bedroom house has better curb appeal for Zoe.

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That looks like something out of a horror film.

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Hasn't even got a swimming pool, I can just tell.

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The house looks like it's made out of cardboard.

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You know, the three little pigs?

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One made of wood - it's like that one.

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But I do like this area, though.

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It's more... This feels more homely and friendly, doesn't it?

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A glimmer of hope - at last.

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Time to get inside.

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And, oh-oh.

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Yeah, it's definitely a house that someone just built and plonk...

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Like a home-made house.

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No levelling-out, tiles are wonky.

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Floor's wonky.

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Mirror's even wonky.

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They need a spirit level in this house.

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So, with low spirits, what will they think of the living area?

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I like it, I like it in here.

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-This feels...

-So much fish in this house!

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..more homely.

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I'm not sure about the fire or the red bricks.

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That really does remind me of the three little pigs, doesn't it?

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Next up, the main bedroom, which does impress...

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Oh, wow it's a four-poster bed.

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..for a brief moment.

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Even the doors don't shut.

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Even the doors aren't level, look at that, how would I notice that?

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That would literally drive me crazy.

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I think this property is proving a bit flaky.

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Does someone actually live in here?

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I don't like it.

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I don't like it either.

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Maybe a sit down in the kitchen will help with the vibe.

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It doesn't feel like a dining room,

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it feels like I'm in a caravan that's been done up.

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-Oh, there's ants running all over it.

-There's one on my hand.

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Into one of the small bedrooms and I'm not really sure

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even Zoe is trying to convince the children now.

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It looks like an area that I'd live in

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but it looks like you could easily break into these, look.

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They move.

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Let's go outside for a fresh perspective...

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I love it.

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..or not.

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It feels like it's... Everything's just thrown together,

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even down to the floor.

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And, then, I don't like that fence either.

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This isn't what I've dreamt of...

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..of moving to Australia.

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So, what does Courtney think?

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What do you like in this house?

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-Nowt.

-You must like something.

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No, I don't.

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-I don't.

-Time to see what it would cost to buy a place like this.

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And can they even afford it on their £150,000 budget?

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So I think this house would be

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a lot less than the last property.

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The unit is lovely, but the house itself is still the house that the

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three little pigs made. This one's made of wood.

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It's the moment of truth.

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-Whoa!

-£150,000.

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Wow.

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We're struggling with choice here, aren't we?

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Dilemma - that's what we're learning about in school.

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Dilemmas.

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-This is a dilemma.

-For Zoe, none of this is a joke.

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If I had one of the choice of these two houses, I'd never move.

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Not even for the weather or the better life.

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I wouldn't move from the UK to live in either of the first two properties.

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Is there a solution?

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Just get myself a new husband, and then there won't be a single wage then!

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Let's hope, for Zoe's sake, the manhunt goes better than this property hunt!

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It's time to view property three, the dream house,

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which is situated in an area called Erskine.

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Surely THIS will put a smile on everyone's face.

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Whoa, this is nice.

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Oh, I like this. This is nice and cosy.

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-Do you like the TV?

-Yeah, I love it.

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It smells nice. It smells like a house.

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-I know, that's what I was thinking.

-It's a good start.

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Next up is the kitchen.

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Oh, wow.

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I'm in love.

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How nice is this, guys?

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Whoa, now I really feel at home.

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This is lovely. Yous could sit there and eat your breakfast.

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I can cook... Oh, no, there's a mouse!

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There's really a mouse! I'm not even joking.

0:17:430:17:45

Oh, no! It was all going so well.

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I don't feel at home any more. There's a mouse.

0:17:480:17:51

Let's move on quickly.

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Into the main bedroom, and the good vibes keep on coming.

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I like this. This is just big enough.

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And it's all neutral and it wouldn't need touching,

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it's just a case of putting your own furniture in.

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Not that it could last forever. This is Zoe, remember.

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Ew, nah.

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-I don't like this.

-Too small.

-It's old-fashioned.

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The bath, the sink, the shower.

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I hate shower curtains.

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-It all has to go.

-Time for a charm offensive on Courtney.

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Oh, this is nice and tidy.

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Would she be happy in her room?

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What do you think? This one would be your room.

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It's all right. It's the same size as my bedroom at home,

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-so I'm not really bothered.

-Would it fit all your stuff in?

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At a push.

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At a push?

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The view outside looks really nice.

0:18:390:18:42

You can go serve drinks out there.

0:18:420:18:44

Is that a bar?

0:18:440:18:46

Even Courtney is smiling, so while the younger two play outside,

0:18:470:18:51

Zoe seizes the opportunity for a chat with her biggest sceptic.

0:18:510:18:56

Would you move in this house?

0:18:560:18:57

-Yes.

-So you would leave the UK?

0:18:570:18:59

Yes. Only if it was for this house, nowhere else.

0:18:590:19:02

-Just this one.

-Are you a little bit...twisted?

0:19:020:19:05

Just the house.

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This house is what I've been dreaming of, and thinking,

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I hope I get something like this for...

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..something affordable.

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Moving to the other side of the world to get everything that you wanted.

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And the garden's nice and the kids are happy.

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We'll have to change it to Zoe's Palace.

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It's clear that this is the type of house worth moving for.

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But can they afford it?

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So, if I get the right job...

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..and the wage pays well,

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then hopefully this is something that I could afford.

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It is a dream home.

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Who's going to turn the card over?

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-210!

-Oh!

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That's £60,000 over budget, but Zoe isn't put off.

0:19:440:19:48

-It's doable.

-We could definitely buy this.

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It's not manageable, it's doable.

0:19:510:19:54

We are definitely buying this.

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So you're definitely coming now?

0:19:550:19:57

-Well, yeah!

-Always think positive and that you can get it,

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you will get what you want.

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It's been a tough day house-hunting for the Whylies.

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Property one was a unanimous thumbs down.

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Property two's "three little pigs" house didn't improve their spirits.

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But the bar was raised with their dream home, property number three.

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So, after a long day, will they vote home or away?

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Our vote goes to...

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ALL: Australia!

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Australia!?

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That means you want to move to Australia?

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No, I'm just saying the last house is better than England.

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But it's a good thing that you're voting for Australia now on the

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first card spin. High five!

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Seeing the price of homes has made getting the right job down under

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Zoe's number-one priority.

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After convincing Courtney, that is.

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So, day two of their trial week involves getting her work clothes on

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and visiting a potential employer.

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Back in the UK, Zoe's a social worker,

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a job she's always wanted to do from childhood.

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I used to watch the NSPCC adverts, and I used to think to myself,

0:21:150:21:19

"I really want to do that, help families and help children have a better life."

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In an ideal world, it's something she'd like to continue down under.

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I mean, I do want to be a social worker when I go to Australia,

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because that's what I'm good at.

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One of my strengths is that I've got good communications skills,

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so dealing with families from all different backgrounds, I adapt.

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Clearly, the money side of things remains crucial if she's to make a move work.

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That's one of the worrying things for me, is the income.

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Because now I'm going as a single parent of three,

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and I'm not sure whether I would be able to manage financially

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on my own. Because I do want the children to do well.

0:21:560:21:59

I do want Courtney to go to university.

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And I do want to be able to pay and provide for me children, so that

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they can achieve the best.

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But there's one thing she won't put at risk.

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In England, there's so many benefits,

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and I nearly worked part-time, as well, so I can spend that quality

0:22:160:22:19

time with the children. There, I'm worried that I'm going to have to go full-time,

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and the dream isn't going to be as much quality

0:22:240:22:28

time with my children,

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because I'm going to be working to bring in that income.

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Whereas here, I've got a good work/family life balance.

0:22:320:22:36

To get an idea of how social work in Perth compares to what she does in

0:22:380:22:41

the UK, Zoe's spending the day of the Department for Child Protection

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and Family Support, shadowing Angie.

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-Hi, I'm Angie.

-Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you. Do you want to come on through?

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-Thank you.

-And right from the off, she's in at the deep end,

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sitting in on a meeting with a young couple who are looking to foster a

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baby from an indigenous Australian mum with drug problems.

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So the baby is currently starting to show signs of withdrawal.

0:23:010:23:05

If Zoe is to get a job in social work in Australia,

0:23:050:23:08

dealing with issues surrounding the Aboriginal community would be

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essential. The local team are keen to find out how much she knows about

0:23:110:23:15

-the subject.

-Do you know much about Aboriginal people in Australia?

0:23:150:23:19

No, I know very little.

0:23:190:23:20

Because I'm really confused...

0:23:200:23:22

..with all these different cultures!

0:23:220:23:24

I've actually been working here for eight and a half years,

0:23:240:23:27

and I still don't know everything that there is to know about

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Aboriginal people and Aboriginal culture.

0:23:310:23:32

You are never going to know it all.

0:23:320:23:34

While Zoe continues to get the Aussie social-work basics,

0:23:340:23:38

oldest daughter Courtney is spending the day checking out the kind of

0:23:380:23:41

place she could learn performing arts,

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where she meets up with one of the teachers, Judy.

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So, this is our dance space.

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So in here, this is where most of the dance classes take place.

0:23:500:23:53

So besides dancing, do they do other subjects?

0:23:530:23:56

They do. So as part of their school timetable,

0:23:560:23:59

they do all the core subjects, English, maths, science,

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then they have after-school, as well,

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and they also come in on Saturdays to do class.

0:24:050:24:08

-Wow.

-Yep.

0:24:080:24:10

This seems like a world away from Courtney's school back in the UK.

0:24:100:24:13

The discipline that comes through these art forms really makes for

0:24:130:24:16

employable people in the future and great community-minded people as well.

0:24:160:24:21

School in England, it's all about qualifications, GCSEs.

0:24:210:24:25

You don't do dance as a subject like this.

0:24:250:24:29

This is a bit strange to see, but...

0:24:290:24:33

..it's good.

0:24:330:24:34

Meanwhile, back across town,

0:24:370:24:39

Zoe has a chance to catch up with Angie about her job prospects.

0:24:390:24:43

First up, her qualifications.

0:24:430:24:45

So, as an overseas social worker,

0:24:450:24:48

you have to have your qualifications assessed by the Australian

0:24:480:24:51

Association of Social Workers.

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Yeah, I've done that and had my skills assessed,

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and it's come back as positive.

0:24:550:24:57

-OK.

-My experience and knowledge is transferable to work in Australia.

0:24:570:25:02

OK, so that's good.

0:25:020:25:04

You may feel that you've got the experience to be a senior worker,

0:25:040:25:08

so you could apply for that.

0:25:080:25:10

And now to the finances.

0:25:100:25:11

How will the wage compare to what Zoe earns in the UK?

0:25:110:25:15

If I was to come over here and work, what would the salary be?

0:25:150:25:18

You would be looking at somewhere between £40,000 and £55,000.

0:25:180:25:24

Wow, that's better than I expected.

0:25:240:25:26

It's really good. It's, like, over double what we get in the UK.

0:25:260:25:30

All of which is good news.

0:25:300:25:33

But Zoe knows that her whole dream would come to nothing if Courtney

0:25:330:25:37

can't be convinced of her own prospects.

0:25:370:25:39

Back at the academy,

0:25:390:25:41

she is getting the lowdown on things from student Katie,

0:25:410:25:44

who herself moved to Australia from Liverpool.

0:25:440:25:46

Nobody in England - if you say to them, "Do you like school?"

0:25:470:25:50

"No, don't like it."

0:25:500:25:52

It's like two totally different worlds of school, it's so strange.

0:25:520:25:56

When I came here, it was really different, very different,

0:25:560:25:59

but it's easy to adapt.

0:25:590:26:01

The people at this specific school... It's very welcoming and diverse.

0:26:010:26:07

Do you find it hard to stay in touch with your family?

0:26:070:26:09

Sometimes, yeah, I do miss them quite a lot.

0:26:090:26:11

It means that when we see them in person, it's really special.

0:26:110:26:15

It's been an eventful day for both Courtney and Mum Zoe.

0:26:150:26:18

So they meet up at the end of it to compare notes.

0:26:180:26:22

So would you to come to school here?

0:26:220:26:24

No.

0:26:240:26:26

-Never ever?

-No, it's not my cup of tea.

0:26:260:26:29

At all.

0:26:290:26:30

So what did you do today in your meeting?

0:26:300:26:32

It was really good, actually.

0:26:320:26:34

I met some really nice people.

0:26:340:26:35

I'm feeling excited because it's a new challenge,

0:26:350:26:38

it's a new way of working.

0:26:380:26:40

And if I'm honest...

0:26:400:26:42

..I want something different.

0:26:420:26:44

So after everything they've discovered,

0:26:450:26:47

will mum and daughter choose Perth or the UK?

0:26:470:26:50

-UK.

-Kidding! Australia.

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Why did you vote for the UK?

0:27:010:27:02

Out here, I think I'd be struggling to get my GCSEs.

0:27:020:27:06

I think you need to go to another school and look around and ask more

0:27:060:27:09

questions. I think I need to be present.

0:27:090:27:12

No.

0:27:120:27:14

So far, Zoe has been trying to keep everyone positive about the

0:27:200:27:25

potential for a move down under,

0:27:250:27:27

but Courtney seems ready to create a song and dance about whatever she

0:27:270:27:31

sees. As they enter the second half of their trial week, who will come

0:27:310:27:36

out on top in the battle of mum and daughter?

0:27:360:27:39

It's been a tough couple of days,

0:27:400:27:43

so the family decide to spend some time sampling the sort of lifestyle

0:27:430:27:46

Perth has to offer, which means hitting the beach for a bit of paddling.

0:27:460:27:51

-ALL:

-All hail to the shark-free Indian Ocean!

0:27:510:27:54

Which means something a bit different in these parts.

0:27:560:27:59

-Harley!

-Harley!

-Woo-hoo!

0:27:590:28:02

Courtney, we're in the Indian Ocean.

0:28:020:28:03

There might not be many sharks in these waters but another giant of

0:28:030:28:06

the ocean does like spending time here.

0:28:060:28:10

The sea lion.

0:28:100:28:12

In fact, it's not long before sea lions are joining the Whylies for a swim.

0:28:120:28:16

They're well cute.

0:28:170:28:18

If we moved to Australia, we could do this weekly.

0:28:180:28:24

Hi, Taylor!

0:28:240:28:26

At last, everyone seems to be rowing in the same direction.

0:28:260:28:30

Except Courtney, of course.

0:28:300:28:33

Oh! I've wet myself.

0:28:330:28:35

No, I don't think Courtney enjoyed it.

0:28:350:28:37

I think she's a bit scared.

0:28:370:28:39

When we're at home, they just sit in bedrooms on their Xboxes.

0:28:390:28:42

Or on their mobiles. Here,

0:28:420:28:44

they are wild children, like wild children.

0:28:440:28:48

I really enjoyed it.

0:28:480:28:49

I think, next time, I need a different kayaking partner.

0:28:490:28:53

Courtney didn't like it.

0:28:530:28:55

For Zoe, it's clear the great weather and outdoor pursuits offer

0:28:550:28:59

her family the chance to play and act their age.

0:28:590:29:02

But as they move on to the park,

0:29:020:29:04

Courtney's negativity has become just too much to bear.

0:29:040:29:07

It feels like...after four years I've finally got here,

0:29:070:29:11

my feet on the floor, and it is perfect and it is, like, everything

0:29:110:29:15

I've wanted.

0:29:150:29:17

And then I've still got something's still pulling me back and that's my

0:29:180:29:21

own child.

0:29:210:29:23

And I don't know whether I could, like, leave one behind because it's

0:29:240:29:27

always been me and my kids.

0:29:270:29:29

It's all she's ever dreamed for but it's not something I've

0:29:340:29:36

dreamed for. You know, it's all...

0:29:360:29:39

I think she really would be upset... bad.

0:29:390:29:42

This is, like, the toughest thing you could ever go through.

0:29:450:29:51

It's like a loss.

0:29:510:29:52

It would be like a loss, when you lose somebody that you love so much,

0:29:520:29:56

that's what it would feel like.

0:29:560:29:58

I was hoping

0:30:000:30:02

this time now she'd have changed her mind, like, by now,

0:30:020:30:06

that's all I was hoping for.

0:30:060:30:08

But just how stubborn she is,

0:30:080:30:09

and, like, how she's trying to get the other two to change their opinions,

0:30:090:30:14

I don't think she's, I don't think she's going to change her mind.

0:30:140:30:18

Taylor and Harley fit straight in here, like, they're proper nature kids,

0:30:180:30:23

they love being outside.

0:30:230:30:25

I want them to be happy and smiling, like they are now.

0:30:250:30:28

But Courtney has a startling revelation to make.

0:30:280:30:31

Today, I really changed my mind, because even I found, you know,

0:30:310:30:34

kayaking perfect, it really changed my mind.

0:30:340:30:38

I thought it was amazing.

0:30:380:30:39

As much as I complain, you know, I think it is good.

0:30:410:30:44

I don't think Mum knows I'm like that, at all.

0:30:450:30:50

So, after a day sampling all Perth has to offer,

0:30:500:30:53

what way will the family vote?

0:30:530:30:55

With Courtney's curveball, it's anyone's guess.

0:30:550:30:58

-Australia.

-Australia.

-Australia!

0:31:070:31:09

What have you voted for?

0:31:100:31:12

-Australia.

-Why have you voted for Australia?

0:31:120:31:15

Can you go kayaking in England?

0:31:150:31:18

-Kayaking?

-Even though you don't like it?

0:31:180:31:21

-In the sun.

-You want to go kayaking again?

0:31:210:31:24

-No.

-So, you mean you want to do more outdoor activities?

0:31:240:31:27

-Yes.

-With the family?

0:31:270:31:28

-Maybe.

-That's a push, but maybe.

0:31:290:31:31

I didn't think I'd see, like, a sea lion right next to me.

0:31:310:31:35

Australia is cool.

0:31:350:31:38

It's another shock result in Zoe's favour - but is it all too good be true?

0:31:380:31:42

With the results still in the balance, Zoe needs to prove that

0:31:480:31:52

the family s finances would prosper or at least sustain moving down under.

0:31:520:31:57

Right, so, shall we have a look at the figures?

0:31:570:32:00

Tuna's only 14p, so you can carry on having tuna sandwiches and sweetcorn.

0:32:000:32:05

It's only 14p but I bet all this adds up.

0:32:050:32:07

Because the rice is a lot cheaper,

0:32:070:32:09

like, £3.91 cheaper, we can live off rice, so just think,

0:32:090:32:13

in a few months, we're going to be size eights, so it's an all-round bonus.

0:32:130:32:18

Right, so the UK, for our shopping for a week, is roughly around £104.49.

0:32:180:32:25

So type this one in.

0:32:250:32:29

£31.21.

0:32:290:32:31

-Worse off.

-So minus...

0:32:310:32:33

..£31.21.

0:32:340:32:37

It's not much, is it. It could be worse, it could be £100.

0:32:370:32:40

£31 is nothing, you can cut back on other things.

0:32:400:32:42

But comparing their monthly rent to what the mortgage would be for their

0:32:420:32:46

dream home comes as a bit of a shock.

0:32:460:32:49

So £473 worse off.

0:32:490:32:52

Wow.

0:32:520:32:54

-That's a big difference, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:32:540:32:55

But we knew that anyway, we knew it was going to be high.

0:32:550:32:58

Let's carry on, think positive.

0:32:580:33:00

-Water.

-So water in the UK is...

0:33:000:33:03

£16 a month.

0:33:030:33:05

And here it's £74.

0:33:050:33:07

Really? So everything is, like, minus.

0:33:070:33:09

It's all more, isn't it?

0:33:090:33:11

Everything. Right, so the difference...

0:33:120:33:17

..we'll be worse off living in Australia by £820 per month.

0:33:170:33:24

How are we going to do it?

0:33:240:33:25

-You're going to have to get that job.

-"Get that job"?

0:33:270:33:29

Why don't we stay in the UK, so I can go to university?

0:33:290:33:32

Why don't you just come to Australia and I'll pay for you to go to university?

0:33:320:33:36

You've got no money left.

0:33:380:33:40

I'll use my savings.

0:33:400:33:42

-Enough to pay for your house?

-I'll live off rice.

0:33:430:33:45

You still, there's still these, though.

0:33:460:33:49

There's always a way.

0:33:490:33:50

-You THINK there is.

-Courtney should know better by now.

0:33:520:33:55

Of course Zoe can find a way.

0:33:550:33:58

Looking and comparing my wage in the UK to the wage in Australia,

0:33:580:34:03

I'd be earning

0:34:030:34:05

£1,086 more per month.

0:34:050:34:10

And if we picked property number three, which was the dream home,

0:34:100:34:13

we would still be better off by £266...

0:34:130:34:18

..a month.

0:34:180:34:19

-That means...

-You really want to move, don't you?

0:34:210:34:23

That means we can have the bar outside too, and the free mouse.

0:34:230:34:27

LAUGHTER

0:34:270:34:30

So what decision will they make, based on the finances?

0:34:300:34:33

-Australia.

-Australia.

0:34:400:34:42

Why have you voted for Australia?

0:34:420:34:44

Just based on the numbers today.

0:34:440:34:46

It's just obvious, isn't it?

0:34:460:34:48

Yeah. Knowing that we're going to be better off and living in a

0:34:480:34:51

dream house with a pool.

0:34:510:34:53

The figures have shown achieving the dream could become a reality.

0:34:590:35:03

But now, perhaps the hardest part of the week,

0:35:040:35:07

the family sit down to watch messages from loved ones at home, together.

0:35:070:35:10

Are you ready to watch this?

0:35:100:35:12

-Hi.

-Love you, love you.

-Hi, guys.

0:35:160:35:19

-Hope you're having fun.

-Hiya.

-Hi.

0:35:190:35:22

I always refer to Zoe as Superwoman.

0:35:230:35:25

-Yeah.

-Because she does it all.

0:35:250:35:28

-She's loud.

-Generous.

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She's really kind, yeah.

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Everybody's welcome at Zoe's.

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We're not blood but we're like sisters, you know.

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-Best friends.

-Courtney, she's just...

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-Well, she's man mad at the moment.

-15 going on 20-year-old.

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Taylor's quiet.

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She's like...like Zoe, Taylor.

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The little lad is absolutely brilliant at rugby.

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Absolutely, he looks the type that could go somewhere.

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They are all lovely kids. Can't fault them.

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-They are lovely kids.

-They're her life, aren't they?

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And I think that's the main reason she wants to do all this.

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Just to give them a better life.

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-Yeah.

-She can be quite random.

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We thought, when she first suggested years ago that,

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"Oh, she's just having one of them moments." But she's actually stuck

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-to this one throughout the years, hasn't she?

-Yeah.

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I'm not as brave as Zoe. Zoe is brave.

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She's always been independent, though, hasn't she?

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Yeah, she always wanted to do more.

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Zoe's done things on her own, as well, and with the kids.

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We might only see them, be able to get out three, maybe four times,

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and then we'll be too old to be, you know, getting around, kind of thing,

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-you know.

-I know her mother won't like it, but...

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..she'll be the only one what don't!

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No, me mum will be in tears.

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No, her mum really don't want her to go.

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She hasn't wanted her to go from day one.

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We're a very close... a very close family.

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And it's going to break me heart.

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SHE SNIFFS

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If she wants to go, you've got to...

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..go along with it, you know. Oh, crikey!

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I don't want to do this.

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For Laura, it will be everything.

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Everything.

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Just Zoe being about for her, like I say, it's her best friend.

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I wish her all the best.

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I hope it does work for her.

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-I hope it doesn't work.

-No, you know, but...

-I hope it don't.

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No, because I know, I know.

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I hope she meets a right nice hunk and he comes back with her.

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Just wants a right-nice man to look after her.

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You've worked really hard to get to this point, so if you decide to

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leave us all and go to Australia,

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then we'll support you - but we'll miss you.

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I want you to follow your heart and do whatever it is that you want to do,

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whatever you think will make you happy.

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Just enjoy yourselves out there.

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Have a good look around, make sure everything

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is going to be what you expected.

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You know I'm always here for you all.

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-Um, have a blast.

-Go for it.

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I think you should. You deserve it.

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And, Courtney, you too!

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I wish you the best.

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-You belong here.

-But I hope you do come home.

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She made it all worse, I don't want to go at all.

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SHE SOBS

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It is sad but...

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But England is my home, Mum, that's what you don't understand.

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And not 24 hours away.

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At the start of the week, Mum Zoe was determined to show that Australia

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could give her children the sort of childhood she missed out on.

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But she's faced fierce opposition from her oldest daughter, Courtney.

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Now, as they approach decision time,

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who will prevail in this battle for the future of the Whylie family?

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How would YOU deal with this impossible situation?

0:39:050:39:08

It's time to find out.

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As the family prepare to leave Australia,

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the magnitude of the upcoming vote is starting to really hit home with Zoe.

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I feel like I've overcome so much, do you know, as a parent,

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like, I've gone through hell and back.

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But yet, I can still sit here and, like, try and give my kids the best,

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despite how broken I've been.

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I think my gut feeling is still telling me that Courtney is not

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going to move, and that her heels are dug deep in.

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Courtney, however, isn't convinced

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her mum has the family's best interests at heart.

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She knows fine well that if we move here,

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it's going to start arguments...

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..between everything.

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It's not going to be the right decision to make, at all.

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It would be a real blow to her mum.

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Yeah, I would feel devastated, because, it's, like I said,

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you can't...

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You can change your houses, you can change your jobs and stuff, but you

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can't change your kids.

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And I've only ever had my kids, you know?

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It makes me

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feel sad because I know when we go back to England, it's just going to

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be like... We're totally divided.

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You don't feel like a family when you're in England.

0:40:340:40:37

Because I have worked and tried my best for them but...

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..like, for Courtney, part of me doesn't feel like we can overcome this.

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Harley and Taylor are also torn about where they want to be.

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It's too far away, like...

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It's the other side of the world and to travel, like,

0:40:510:40:54

every ten year, or something, it's just...

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-Travelling's so...

-We wouldn't travel every ten years.

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I'd want to travel there, like, once a year,

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that's what I'd want to travel.

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You need to save up.

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She's made our dreams come true but...

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I didn't really want to come, but I think I like it.

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Yeah. I'm a bit undecided.

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But Courtney continues to struggle.

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Your home is where... You know, your home is where your heart is,

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like they say, but... And my heart's not here.

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It is with my family back in England.

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Time for the family to decide where their future lies.

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After everything we've seen in Australia, our vote goes to...

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-Australia.

-UK.

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I knew Courtney's vote was going to go for the UK.

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I'm kind of shocked at Harley's

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response because Harley loves it here.

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I don't like everything, you know.

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-What is it that you don't like?

-Probably more than what I do like.

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Better to stay in England, where everyone is, and everyone that you know.

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After that family video that we just seen, I think it really, you know,

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set my mind to just living in the UK.

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You can't want something for so long and then just give up on it that...

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You know, so easily.

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There will always be a way and, yeah,

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I'm never going to give up on my dream,

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I'm going to still continue to research maybe for another few

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months when we get back to the UK.

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In the end, the decision whether to move to Australia,

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even after a trial week, remains at stalemate.

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But, hopefully, both sides in this great family divide now understand

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each other's reasons just a little bit more.

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Whichever way they decide to move forward, either together or apart,

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we wish them all the very best.

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Zoe Whylie has fought hard to build a life for her family. She wants to give them the lifestyle she never had. She feels her children are growing up too fast in the UK and thinks Australia could be the answer. But is a move halfway around the world the way to do it, especially when the eldest child is fighting her all the way?

Meet the Whylie family from Halifax, West Yorkshire. Mum Zoe, soon-to-be-16-year-old Courtney, her sister Taylor, 9, and little brother Harley, who is 8.

Zoe has always had big dreams for her family, even though it has been a tough ride. Having Courtney at 16 and becoming a single mum made her a target for bullies, but the taunts only made her stronger. By the time Taylor and Harley were born, Zoe was determined to make a better life for her and her children. She studied hard, got to university and is now a social worker in Bradford, and adores and is very good at her job. But she is still dreaming of better and thinks Perth will give them that. She has been planning and saving for four years and Australia COULD now become a reality. There is just one problem, daughter Courtney. She doesn't want to go and Zoe won't make the move without her.

A trial week in the capital city of Western Australia sees mum desperately trying to stay positive - but it soon becomes a battle for the future as to where the family will settle.