Little Wanted Down Under


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The Little family from Devon want to escape the rain of Britain and enjoy the outdoor life in sunny Australia. Wanted Down Under offers them a week to try out life in Melbourne.


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Could you take your teenage children to the other side of the world,

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away from their friends and family,

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even though you knew they didn't want to go?

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I don't want to move to Australia.

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But what if you've found YOUR dream?

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I could live here. There's enough to do to keep me occupied.

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There's a challenge here.

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And what would you do if the pull of home was too much to bear?

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You're confused, aren't you?

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If you and your family were being pulled apart,

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and having to make a life-changing decision,

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would you go where you were wanted down under?

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Australia is one of the top destinations in the world

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for emigrating Brits looking for a better way of life.

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With a land mass over 30 times larger than the UK,

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and one third of the population, there's plenty of space for everyone.

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But its pristine beaches and relaxed way of life

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don't always provide everything that new arrivals expect.

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Simon and Heather Little moved to the idyllic setting of Devon from Manchester 11 years ago,

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with their sons Kai, aged 13, and ten-year-old Tyler.

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But they're now hankering for a change.

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The decision to come to Australia was probably about 15 years ago,

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not long after we'd got married. I said, "Why don't we move there?"

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Simon said, "Oh, yeah, we could," in a jokey manner,

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but I think I've been the one that's held that dream

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and really tried to make this happen.

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The Littles are an active family, and although they moved to Devon

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for the outdoor life, the sun doesn't always shine.

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A lot of our activities are restricted

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by the weather we have in this country,

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and I'm hoping Australia would make it more accessible

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with the better weather.

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Simon has two very good reasons to make this move work.

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My driving force behind this

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is improving the prospects and life for Kai and Tyler.

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But has he asked them what they really want?

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At first I didn't want to move,

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but I've changed my mind and I think I want to now.

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I don't really want to move yet,

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because I've got a lot of friends here,

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so I'm not sure about having to start all over again.

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Kai's adamant that there's no way he's going.

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He's at that teenage age where relationships are quite important,

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and he's just starting to realise who he is. He's turning into a man,

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and it's a very difficult time.

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The whole family are active members of their local rugby club,

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and they rely on it for their social life.

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We've built up quite a network of friends,

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and that would be something I really would miss.

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'We'll have to start again. It won't be easy.'

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And, with the boys entering a critical stage in their education,

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time is of the essence.

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We have to do it quickly, or not at all.

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THEY CHATTER AND LAUGH

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This family is torn about what to do.

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Kai and Tyler are the reason that they want to go to Australia,

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but they could also be the ones who put an end to the dream.

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Simon's skills as an industrial engineer are highly sought after,

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but their new life could be very different, depending on where they settle.

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Australia has a lot to offer families like the Littles.

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But where would give them the balance of outdoors life,

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job prospects and affordability?

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Melbourne is the buzzing capital of Victoria,

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and is fiercely competitive with Sydney

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for being the unofficial "first city" of Australia.

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A population of four million people and a relatively buoyant economy

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mean Simon's job prospects are good.

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Perth is the capital of Western Australia,

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with a population of 1.5 million people.

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It's a quiet alternative to the larger cities on the eastern coast.

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It's not a huge industrial metropolis,

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but the mining boom means good work opportunities,

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and the boys would enjoy the pristine surfing beaches.

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Byron Bay is a small town located between Sydney and Brisbane

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on the east coast of Australia.

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The surrounding countryside offers beautiful landscapes,

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and, with plenty of picturesque beaches,

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it's considered to be many people's idea of the Australian idyll.

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But jobs for Simon could be hard to come by,

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and the family could feel a little isolated,

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away from a large city.

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So three very strong possibilities there. Where shall we send them?

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We decided that the Littles should try out life in Melbourne

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for their week down under.

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Simon would have plenty of opportunities to find work,

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and Kai and Tyler would never get bored of the bustling social scene.

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And Heather could find a teaching job,

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which would help fund her dream. Over the course of a week,

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the Littles will sample all aspects of Aussie life,

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and finally they'll have to decide whether to stay in the UK

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or move to Australia.

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The Littles will be seeing what kind of home they could afford.

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Very dark. Needs a complete revamp,

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if not flattening and starting again.

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Simon will be put to work in an Aussie factory.

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Doesn't seem to want to come off as easy as the last one.

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Mum and Dad will do all they can to convince the boys

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that they can make a new life in Australia.

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Here's a jersey. Hopefully they're not going to be too nasty on you.

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But it's going to take a lot more than a game of rugby.

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The Littles' journey from Exeter to Melbourne takes 32 hours,

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and covers over 10,000 miles.

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It's the first time the boys have ever flown,

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so how did they get on?

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Boring. It was really boring. Really, really, really boring.

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My ears are hurting because of the noise of landing.

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-They still haven't popped.

-I'm a bit brain-numb at the moment.

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It's a long journey. Only when you do it yourself

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do you realise just how far from family and friends it really is,

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and questions start to arise.

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Will we make a go of it here? Is this the right place?

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Is it what all four of us want and need at this stage in life?

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Can we persuade Kai?

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But Kai is adamant. He's not even seen anything of Australia yet,

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and his mind is already made up.

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I don't want to move to Australia.

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Unless something stands out here, I probably won't change my mind.

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If they can't persuade him, their lifelong dream

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will be in tatters.

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Perhaps the warm climate will help change his mind.

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When the Littles left Exeter,

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temperatures were a record minus-18 degrees!

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They have arrived in Melbourne in the middle of a record heat wave,

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with temperatures of 45 degrees.

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For their week down under, they'll stay in a rented house

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not far from the centre of town.

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But will their first impressions of Australian property

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live up to their expectations?

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They may have hoped for something a little more stylish,

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but affordable high-class accommodation in Melbourne

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is hard to come by in the peak of the Australian summer.

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Unfortunately for Kai, this house has only two bedrooms.

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-Oh, trouble.

-Trouble there!

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And Heather isn't impressed with the decor.

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It needs a bit of life putting into it.

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It's larger than I thought it would be, but we need three bedrooms

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because these guys won't sleep together. They need their own space.

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Not the best of starts, but it'll give them a place to get some rest

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before exploring the area. But sleep might be easier said than done.

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It's approaching midnight,

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and the temperature is still over 35 degrees.

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I'm struggling with the heat. I'm melting.

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Temperature... There you go.

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As Simon gets to grips with the air conditioning,

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the boys try to settle in. Let's hope some of the other properties

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are a little more inspiring.

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If not, Kai's idea of staying in the UK could become a reality.

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Back in the UK, the Littles live in a modest three-bedroom terrace

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on the outskirts of Exeter.

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It has a small back garden, and although the rural surroundings

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suit their outdoor lifestyle, they have always wanted something bigger.

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They expect to get £175,000 for their house in the UK

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in the current climate, which will give them a total budget

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of £250,000 in Australia.

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So, for that money, what's on Heather's wish list?

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Somewhere they can play the drums, cos at the moment

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they're cramped into their bedrooms. The drum kit does take up space.

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I'd love a swimming pool in the garden,

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a nice large garden for the dog to run around in.

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Maybe even a basketball court, if possible.

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And, you know, a short drive or even a walk to the beach.

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-A double garage for me.

-Oh, yeah. Sorry!

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Not too much to ask for, then! But we'll see what we can do.

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It's going to be tough getting a property they all like

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on their budget, but finding the right home is essential

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if Australia is going to offer them a lifestyle

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worth uprooting the whole family for.

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House prices in Melbourne's inner-city suburbs

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have soared in recent years,

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thanks to their close proximity to classy eateries, shops and bars.

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And there's no sign of a let-up.

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This two-bedroom house in the inner suburb of Collingwood

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is well presented and close to the action,

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but is small, and over budget at £370,000.

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Although work options would be plentiful for Simon,

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the spacious home they dream of could be just out of reach.

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There are many more affordable suburbs just 30 minutes' drive

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from the city centre. Dandenong isn't a posh area,

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but the transport links to the city are good,

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and the houses, although older, are more affordable.

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This four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is just over budget

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at £320,000, although you could buy your own plot of land

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and build one just like it for around 250,000.

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There are a few firms out here that cater to Simon's work needs,

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and the attractive beaches of Port Phillip Bay

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are just a 30-minute drive south.

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Options near the beach are split between the surf coast

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over an hour's drive south of Melbourne, or the quieter beaches

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of Port Phillip Bay, which stretch southeast out of the city centre.

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But, as always, the nearer the sea, the higher the price.

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This four-bedroom home in Mordialloc is on the market for £320,000,

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and is still fairly compact.

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Move down the coast, and things get cheaper.

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Frankston is at the end of the train line

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and an hour from the city, which could make Simon's commute difficult,

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but you could buy this four-bedroom new build for £250,000.

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We chose to find three properties in the country

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for our family to look at. The suburb of Dandenong

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has many affordable properties,

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and, if Simon couldn't get work nearby,

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it's only half an hour's commute into the city.

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Property one has three bedrooms and a reasonably sized garden.

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The kitchen is small, and it doesn't have the double garage

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on Simon's wish list. However, it is within their budget

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at 440,000 Australian dollars.

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That's about £250,000.

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So, what will they make of it?

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Shiny floor!

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Great for dogs and dirty children.

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First impressions seem OK, and Heather is already thinking practically.

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So what will they make of the rest of the house?

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-Big enough.

-Yeah, it's nice, isn't it?

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There's lots of natural light.

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The bright living area seems to tick a few boxes,

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but how will they like the kitchen?

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We'd have to change cupboards eventually. It feels a bit shut off.

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On to the sleeping arrangements, and bedroom one with its en suite.

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-Ooh, look. En suite.

-It's not the biggest in the world.

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-No, but as we haven't got one at all...

-It's a step up.

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So Mum and Dad are sorted.

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But what about the bedrooms for Kai and Tyler?

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Once you've got your bed in here... This is a double. Yours is single.

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Heather's practical thinking isn't getting through to the boys.

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-I don't want this room. Tylie can have it.

-OK.

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Perhaps his mind will be changed by bedroom number three.

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-So, Kai...

-I think this room's smaller than the other.

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-So I might take the other one.

-SIMON LAUGHS

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Maybe this property just isn't big enough for them.

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Will the garden give them the outdoor space they want?

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-It's very nice, isn't it?

-Nice covered area.

-It's lovely.

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They all seem to like this large outdoor area,

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-but Simon has spotted a problem.

-No garage.

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-But...

-Oh. Carport,

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-as opposed to a garage.

-Carport and two lockups.

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And Heather's not been bowled over.

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The property hasn't given me the "wow" factor,

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but I can see huge potential.

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Kai and Tyler aren't convinced, either.

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It's quite a nice house, but I need a bigger bedroom than that, really.

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The garden's nice, but then the bedrooms look quite small.

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I think we need bigger ones.

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So, both boys think it's too small and want bigger bedrooms,

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which won't help persuade Kai to make the move.

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Simon, though, is undeterred, and determined to make their new life a reality.

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I could see us being happy in this property.

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So, not a bad start.

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On to property number two.

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Let's hope there's something there to help persuade Kai about a move to Australia.

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This house is also in the Dandenong area.

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It offers four bedrooms, a good size garden

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and that all-important double garage that's top of Simon's wish list.

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It's over budget at 500,000 Australian dollars,

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which is around £300,000,

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but a favourable exchange rate could make this a viable option for them.

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-This is very nice. I like this.

-It's not what I expected.

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No, it isn't what I expected.

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This property and its modern decor seems to be working for them.

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But what's in store as they head into the kitchen?

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-Oh, that's much better.

-Wow, that's big!

-I like the kitchen.

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Mum, Dad and Tyler like it, but Kai seems uninterested.

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It's just such a, like, open, family entertainment room, isn't it?

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Heather is impressed,

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but she might have forgotten that this house is over budget.

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Oh, Simon! Walk-in wardrobe! Massive!

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It's a bigger en suite than the other house. It's nice.

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This is a lovely size room.

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They loved the outdoor space in the last property,

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so will this garden offer anything better?

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There. You can grow your vegetables.

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Simon immediately spots an extra he didn't expect.

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Double garage from the front, single from the rear. That's me happy!

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But is it really worth moving 10,000 miles for?

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I prefer the outside area in the other house.

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It's a nice big back garden, though.

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So, what do they think of property number two?

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This has got a bit more of the "wow" factor than the other house.

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As soon as you walk in, you get the feeling of openness and space.

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It is above our budget at the moment.

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We would have to rely on me securing a well paid job over here.

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So, fingers crossed.

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They all like property number two, but realise that it's over budget,

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so it's on to property number three.

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Perhaps a different approach will help them make a unanimous decision.

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The further from the city they go, the more space they'll have.

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But will it be too remote for the boys?

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This property is deep in the heart of the countryside,

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beyond Dandenong, and it's an hour's drive from the city.

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It has three bedrooms, an open-plan living area,

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and, to top it all off, comes with ten acres of woodland.

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It's ideal for the outside lifestyle that the Littles are looking for,

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and it comes in under budget at 390,000 Australian dollars -

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that's about £225,000.

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It's quite different to the other two properties,

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so how will they react to this rural hideaway?

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First off, the open-plan living area.

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Uh-huh.

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OK.

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Oh, dear. They've gone a bit quiet.

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Perhaps the kitchen will give them something to talk about.

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-It's not quite my dream kitchen.

-No.

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-We've now gone one step forward and two back.

-Yeah.

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It's not looking good so far.

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With work, it could be nice, but it just feels so dark and depressing.

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This house clearly hasn't made much of an impression,

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but this property is all about the land.

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Maybe it will help change their minds.

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It's a massive space, though, isn't it?

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-Come on!

-There's a woodshed.

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It could be a good garage space, workspace.

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I could... I could live here.

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There's enough to do to keep me occupied. There's a challenge here.

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Ten acres is the equivalent of five football pitches.

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It's a good walk to even find the boundary fence.

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See you in a bit!

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The last thing Kai expected was to have an adventure

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in what could be his own back garden.

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Maybe he will be tempted to try life out here after all!

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Found the edge!

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This would certainly give them the outdoor life like nothing else.

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So, do the Littles think this rural hideaway could give them

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the dream they want?

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It's very dark. It needs a complete revamp,

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if not flattening and starting again. But the land outside is amazing.

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It's a long way from anywhere, and this property's isolation

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is making Kai feel even further away from home.

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I have a lot to lose if I move.

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At the moment, my heart's telling me to stay in England.

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For Heather, it's about a house which would suit them all,

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and this might just be too isolated.

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I'm not sure about this area, really,

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whether we're just too far away.

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And there's one small disadvantage to living in the wilderness -

0:19:070:19:11

the bugs live there, too.

0:19:110:19:12

The insects are scary!

0:19:120:19:15

That's huge!

0:19:150:19:17

The Littles have seen three very different properties.

0:19:170:19:21

Property one was cramped, but offered three bedrooms

0:19:220:19:25

and a good sized garden at a reasonable price.

0:19:250:19:28

Property two was over budget, but offered more of the "wow" factor.

0:19:280:19:32

Property three was disappointing inside,

0:19:320:19:35

but outdoors sparked all their imaginations.

0:19:350:19:38

It's time to make a decision. Will the Littles go for properties

0:19:380:19:42

in the UK or in Australia?

0:19:420:19:44

Well, we've seen three properties today in Australia,

0:19:460:19:49

and now we're going to vote.

0:19:490:19:53

Australia!

0:19:590:20:01

-You said Australia!

-Yeah, just based on the houses.

0:20:010:20:05

-OK.

-That's what we're doing.

-That's why I chose Australia.

0:20:050:20:10

Against all the odds, Kai has voted for Australia.

0:20:100:20:13

Maybe he's changing his mind about the move,

0:20:130:20:16

and things are going to be OK.

0:20:160:20:18

This trial week in Australia is crucial to the Little family.

0:20:230:20:26

Mum and Dad want to make the move,

0:20:260:20:29

but they have to convince eldest son Kai it's right for him, too.

0:20:290:20:32

At the moment my heart's telling me to stay in England.

0:20:320:20:36

Later we'll see if a rugby training session down under

0:20:360:20:40

could change his mind about staying in the UK.

0:20:400:20:43

Kai says he's enjoying himself and he likes it here,

0:20:430:20:46

but I've not heard him yet say, "I want to move here."

0:20:460:20:50

"I want to live here."

0:20:500:20:52

And we'll find out how the financial situation affects the Littles

0:20:520:20:56

when they discover what their UK property is worth,

0:20:560:20:59

-and if they will be better off in Oz.

-It's dearer.

-But how much?

0:20:590:21:03

Simon is the main visa applicant,

0:21:070:21:10

and the whole move depends on whether or not

0:21:100:21:12

he can find a good job with a decent salary.

0:21:120:21:16

If he can't, none of the family are going anywhere,

0:21:160:21:19

regardless of Kai's intentions.

0:21:190:21:22

Back in the UK, Simon works at an engineering firm in Exeter,

0:21:230:21:27

who make the internal fins for jet engines.

0:21:270:21:29

His mechanical knowledge and skills are very transferable,

0:21:290:21:33

so he hopes to earn a salary equivalent to the £31,000 he gets in the UK.

0:21:330:21:39

Simon is on his way to a firm in Dandenong

0:21:390:21:41

who supply and maintain factory machinery.

0:21:410:21:43

The only concerns I have would be...

0:21:430:21:48

finding out the salaries for qualified engineers

0:21:480:21:51

aren't as high as I'm hoping for.

0:21:510:21:54

That might end up meaning a complete rethink

0:21:540:21:58

on what we do and where we go.

0:21:580:22:01

Morning!

0:22:010:22:03

Mark Jones is the boss at a successful engineering company

0:22:030:22:06

started by his father. He wastes no time

0:22:060:22:09

checking out Simon's credentials.

0:22:090:22:12

So, what's your main experiences in?

0:22:120:22:14

Mechanical, electrical, welding.

0:22:140:22:18

-Yes?

-Varied.

0:22:180:22:20

So, will Simon be up to the Aussie engineering standards?

0:22:200:22:24

Foreman Ken has a little job for him.

0:22:240:22:26

-Going to replace the brake units...

-Uh-huh?

-..on this machine here.

0:22:260:22:30

I'll leave you with it and come back and see you later on.

0:22:300:22:33

-Fine. No problem.

-Thank you.

0:22:330:22:36

Simon is keen to impress,

0:22:360:22:38

and jumps to it. But would this type of work pay well enough

0:22:380:22:41

to ensure that Simon can fulfil his dream of moving down under?

0:22:410:22:45

As Simon's in the thick of it, trying to impress his new boss,

0:22:470:22:51

Heather and the boys head for the beach.

0:22:510:22:54

Heather is meeting with local headmistress Carey Graham

0:22:550:22:59

to find out about job opportunities in the area.

0:22:590:23:02

Back home, Heather hasn't found it easy to find a permanent job

0:23:020:23:06

as a primary-school teacher. She wants to know how to go about finding work in Australia.

0:23:060:23:10

What you need to do first of all is apply

0:23:100:23:13

to the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

0:23:130:23:16

Once you've got your registration for teaching,

0:23:160:23:19

you can contact schools and say, "Here I am. I'm available for work."

0:23:190:23:23

New teachers often look for supply work to begin with,

0:23:230:23:26

and that can pay well.

0:23:260:23:28

Our supply teachers now earn 260 a day, Australian,

0:23:280:23:32

so it's really good pay.

0:23:320:23:33

That's around £150 a day,

0:23:330:23:36

but Heather would ultimately be looking for a permanent position.

0:23:360:23:40

So, what sort of salary would a full-time teacher be on in Victoria?

0:23:400:23:45

Our first-year teachers earn about 58,000 Australian,

0:23:450:23:49

and it goes through to nearly 80,000

0:23:490:23:52

-for teachers who have been teaching 12 years.

-Right.

0:23:520:23:55

That's a starting salary of over £30,000.

0:23:550:23:59

Heather could have made a good contact here.

0:23:590:24:02

So, what does she think of the work opportunities?

0:24:020:24:04

Interesting to find that, by just finding supply work in the schools,

0:24:040:24:09

that I would secure full-time work.

0:24:090:24:12

In the UK, particularly in Devon,

0:24:120:24:15

that wouldn't happen.

0:24:150:24:18

As the boys enjoy the cool blue waters of the bay,

0:24:210:24:23

Simon is deep in concentration at work.

0:24:230:24:26

And he's come across a problem.

0:24:270:24:29

Doesn't seem to want to come off as easy as the last one.

0:24:300:24:33

With a bit of engineering know-how and a helping hand from Ken,

0:24:330:24:37

Simon manages to pull it off.

0:24:370:24:39

-Right.

-That's the one.

0:24:390:24:42

-OK?

-Well, we're off now.

0:24:430:24:45

-How have you got on?

-No problems there.

0:24:460:24:49

-Everything seems to have gone back like it should.

-Looks good. You know what you're doing.

0:24:490:24:53

He seems to have done just fine,

0:24:530:24:56

but needs to find out if he can earn enough to support the family.

0:24:560:24:59

What is the average salary that I could earn here?

0:24:590:25:02

You're looking at around about 60,000 Australian a year

0:25:020:25:06

as a base, and what governs it is how much you want to put in

0:25:060:25:11

and get out of it. If you want to earn it, want to work the hours, they are there to be worked.

0:25:110:25:15

He could earn anything from 35,000 to 55,000 including overtime,

0:25:150:25:20

so more than he's on in the UK. Boss Mark moved out himself

0:25:200:25:24

as a child, and has only good things to say about emigrating.

0:25:240:25:28

I think, honestly, you can't go wrong.

0:25:280:25:31

If family permits, move over here.

0:25:310:25:35

There is so much opportunity over here.

0:25:350:25:37

You won't look back.

0:25:370:25:40

So would Simon prefer to work in the UK or Australia?

0:25:400:25:43

Based on my experiences today, working with Mark and his company,

0:25:430:25:48

and the questions he was able to answer in a positive manner,

0:25:480:25:51

I am going to vote...

0:25:510:25:53

..Australia.

0:25:590:26:02

Work prospects for the Littles have lived up to their expectations,

0:26:040:26:08

but Kai still hasn't seen anything to change his mind,

0:26:080:26:11

and could throw a spanner into the works.

0:26:110:26:14

The Littles' job prospects are looking positive.

0:26:220:26:25

But, if they're going to be able to afford their dream property,

0:26:250:26:29

they have to get a good price for their UK home.

0:26:290:26:33

They think their three-bedroom end-of-terrace house

0:26:340:26:36

is worth around £175,000.

0:26:360:26:39

But will the experts agree?

0:26:390:26:41

We sent two estate agents in to give a current valuation.

0:26:410:26:45

OK! Well, it's a nice open-plan lounge-diner.

0:26:500:26:54

Nice modern colour schemes. Nice modern fireplace.

0:26:540:26:57

-HER HEELS CLICK ON FLOOR

-She's got her heels on.

0:26:570:27:00

Lovely garden. Not overlooked at all, nice mature trees at the back.

0:27:000:27:05

Nice kitchen. The units are a little bit dated,

0:27:060:27:10

but they've tried to modernise with funky wallpaper, which looks good.

0:27:100:27:13

-She's going upstairs.

-THEY LAUGH

0:27:130:27:16

This bedroom's been decorated recently. Nice modern colour scheme,

0:27:180:27:22

-and nice outlook.

-Hey, there's my trophies.

0:27:220:27:25

-Oh, what a cute cat!

-THEY LAUGH

0:27:260:27:29

This bedroom's a little more dated than the others, but still a good size and nice outlook.

0:27:290:27:34

-Oh!

-Oh, no!

0:27:340:27:36

Well, she seemed to like it, but what about the second opinion?

0:27:370:27:41

Nice bright modern feel.

0:27:410:27:43

Good outlook to the woods.

0:27:450:27:48

-Didn't like it.

-I don't like him.

0:27:520:27:54

Hmm... It's a rat!

0:27:560:27:58

Hmm!

0:27:580:28:00

He said my guinea pig was a rat!

0:28:000:28:03

So will their house achieve a good price in the current climate?

0:28:050:28:09

OK. Perhaps, two years ago, this house would have been £210,000...

0:28:090:28:16

-Really?

-..something like that.

0:28:160:28:17

Today I think it's £195,000.

0:28:170:28:21

-Ooh!

-I think, for a quick sale,

0:28:210:28:23

we'd probably have to ask for offers in the region of £185,000.

0:28:230:28:29

As a well presented three-bedroom end-terrace house

0:28:290:28:32

in a cul-de-sac in a family-friendly, popular area,

0:28:320:28:36

valuation-wise, I would expect it to sell for about 190,000.

0:28:360:28:40

If they wanted a very quick sale, I'd probably price it at 175,

0:28:400:28:44

or maybe 179,950.

0:28:440:28:46

Not a bad price after all!

0:28:460:28:48

The prices are... They're what we were hoping for.

0:28:480:28:53

Any less than that, we would've been disappointed.

0:28:530:28:56

It's reassuring to know we're not going to lose on the house.

0:28:560:28:59

Getting a good price for their UK home is a start.

0:28:590:29:03

But, after the cost of moving,

0:29:030:29:06

can they afford the life they want in Australia?

0:29:060:29:09

If they're not going to be better off,

0:29:090:29:12

is there any point in making the move?

0:29:120:29:15

We prepared a comparison of their UK expenses

0:29:160:29:19

with potential Australian costs,

0:29:190:29:21

to find out if they'd be better or worse off.

0:29:210:29:24

So your UK salary would be 31,000, as opposed to a salary in Australia

0:29:240:29:29

of 43,000.

0:29:290:29:31

Mine would be a vast increase anyway,

0:29:310:29:33

because I would be going full time and can get full time,

0:29:330:29:37

so that's from 6,500 to 34,000.

0:29:370:29:39

6,416.

0:29:410:29:43

More than double.

0:29:430:29:46

-OK!

-All right.

-So, expenses, then.

0:29:470:29:50

Mortgage repayment for the UK property is...

0:29:500:29:54

475.

0:29:540:29:56

-Let's use the house we really would like...

-Let's go mid.

0:29:560:29:59

-Let's go mid.

-OK.

0:29:590:30:02

-Which was 620.

-620.

0:30:020:30:05

OK.

0:30:050:30:06

-Transport costs, fuel costs...

-Fuel.

0:30:060:30:09

-So it was 285...

-285 we're spending over at home.

0:30:090:30:14

Over here, call it 200.

0:30:140:30:17

Your food is a lot more expensive here.

0:30:170:30:20

I happened to spot in there, bananas are twice the price they are in England.

0:30:200:30:24

-Carrots are nearly twice the price.

-Milk...

0:30:240:30:27

-was a little bit more expensive.

-Australia is dearer.

0:30:270:30:31

Which we expected, but how much dearer?

0:30:310:30:34

£156 a month.

0:30:340:30:36

So, £156 dearer.

0:30:360:30:39

I mean, your salary alone

0:30:390:30:42

would be enough... that I wouldn't have to work!

0:30:420:30:45

THEY LAUGH

0:30:450:30:47

Unless we wanted a bigger property.

0:30:470:30:50

The big surprise is the expensive groceries,

0:30:500:30:52

but they could both potentially earn more in Australia.

0:30:520:30:56

We would have, um, a better lifestyle.

0:30:560:30:59

We would be financially... better off.

0:30:590:31:03

If they've got their maths right, the Littles could afford a decent lifestyle in Australia.

0:31:030:31:08

But Simon still has concern about Kai's feelings towards the move.

0:31:080:31:12

Kai says he's enjoying himself and he likes it here,

0:31:120:31:16

but I've not heard him yet say, "I want to move here."

0:31:160:31:20

"I want to live here."

0:31:200:31:22

So, on the cost of living, how will they vote?

0:31:220:31:25

Taking all things into consideration,

0:31:250:31:27

we're going to vote...

0:31:270:31:30

Australia!

0:31:330:31:36

Heather and Simon are convinced the move is right for them.

0:31:360:31:39

Now all they have to do is make sure Kai feels the same way.

0:31:390:31:43

Well, things are looking up on the financial front.

0:31:470:31:50

But the Littles' main reason for wanting to move down under

0:31:500:31:54

is the outdoor lifestyle.

0:31:540:31:56

So they've come into Melbourne city centre

0:31:560:31:59

to hire some bikes for the afternoon.

0:31:590:32:01

If anything's going to persuade Kai and Tyler

0:32:060:32:09

that Aussie life is for them, it's going to be the outdoor activities

0:32:090:32:13

they can do.

0:32:130:32:15

There are some rules to cycling down under.

0:32:170:32:20

It's compulsory to wear cycle helmets in Australia,

0:32:200:32:24

and usually you're not allowed to ride in parks.

0:32:240:32:27

But, if you have children under the age of 11,

0:32:270:32:30

you can make use of footpaths through public places.

0:32:300:32:33

After some strenuous cycling around Melbourne,

0:32:350:32:38

the Littles stop at the city's landmark Federation Square

0:32:380:32:41

for some well earned refreshment.

0:32:410:32:44

Built in 2002, it's a great outdoor space

0:32:440:32:47

to meet people, have a drink, or just catch a few rays.

0:32:470:32:50

So, how are the family feeling after today's activities?

0:32:520:32:55

Between UK and Australian lifestyle, we're going to vote...

0:32:550:32:59

-Australia!

-England!

0:33:020:33:04

Australia!

0:33:040:33:07

When we do get the hot days in England, it's quite a lot like this,

0:33:070:33:10

and I just couldn't decide which one to go with.

0:33:100:33:13

I understand why they've voted the ways that they have.

0:33:130:33:17

Um, I think what he has missed, though,

0:33:170:33:20

is that there doesn't seem to be any tension around here,

0:33:200:33:23

which, I think, has gone above his head.

0:33:230:33:26

But Mum thinks it's a positive outcome.

0:33:260:33:28

I thought Kai would've gone straight for the UK,

0:33:280:33:31

so it's interesting to see that he was in the middle a little bit.

0:33:310:33:34

With an undecided vote from Kai and a UK vote from Tyler,

0:33:340:33:38

it doesn't look as though either of the boys even want to entertain the move to Australia.

0:33:380:33:43

Heather and Simon's dream appears to be slipping away.

0:33:430:33:46

Kai is still not convinced.

0:33:500:33:53

And if any of them are going to settle happily,

0:33:530:33:56

they'll have to find ways of making new friends.

0:33:560:33:59

Back in the UK, the family's social life revolves around sport,

0:34:000:34:04

and they're keen members of their local rugby club.

0:34:040:34:07

They're more used to playing in the dark and cold,

0:34:070:34:11

so if one thing is going to persuade Kai

0:34:110:34:13

there's more to life in Australia, this could be it.

0:34:130:34:16

Kai seems confident.

0:34:160:34:18

They look quite friendly and, er, fun.

0:34:180:34:22

But their hosts aren't about to give a couple of poms an easy ride.

0:34:220:34:26

-It's too hot here for you guys.

-Show 'em a few things or two.

0:34:260:34:30

I think we're going to play pretty hard today,

0:34:300:34:32

to let the poms know what the Aussies are all about.

0:34:320:34:35

They're going to melt.

0:34:350:34:37

As the boys head into the fray, Heather and Simon meet the parents.

0:34:370:34:41

They're hoping rugby offers them the kind of social scene it does in the UK.

0:34:410:34:46

Here's a jersey. Put it on and we'll go.

0:34:460:34:49

Hopefully they won't be too nasty on you.

0:34:490:34:51

Rugby isn't as popular as other sports in Victoria, like football,

0:34:510:34:55

but it does have a loyal following.

0:34:550:34:58

I reckon it's a growing sport here. There's growing popularity.

0:34:580:35:01

You've got half a dozen clubs within this area.

0:35:010:35:04

They tend to run, you know, about eight or ten teams

0:35:040:35:08

across the age groups.

0:35:080:35:10

The boys both seem to be fitting in fine,

0:35:100:35:13

and Heather hopes that getting involved in sporting clubs

0:35:130:35:17

would really help the whole family integrate quickly.

0:35:170:35:20

-That's it, guys. Good skills.

-Let's go! One more!

0:35:200:35:23

The pace quickens, and Kai and Tyler both show off some moves,

0:35:240:35:28

even though it's nearly 40 degrees.

0:35:280:35:31

Kai's always had reservations about the move,

0:35:320:35:35

so has his taste of Aussie rugby changed anything?

0:35:350:35:38

I don't know whether it's going to make any difference or not,

0:35:380:35:41

to be totally honest. I still have no idea what I'm choosing.

0:35:410:35:44

At ten years old, the move could be easier for Tyler.

0:35:440:35:47

If I moved here, I'd be leaving all my friends behind,

0:35:470:35:50

but, then, it might be fun here,

0:35:500:35:53

but I haven't, like, stayed for long enough, really, to see.

0:35:530:35:58

Maybe today, with the rugby,

0:35:580:36:00

he's, um... Maybe it's swayed him even further towards the coming,

0:36:000:36:05

you know, realising that he can make friends here,

0:36:050:36:08

he's got another team that he can be loyal to,

0:36:080:36:11

and, you know, have a good time with.

0:36:110:36:14

Simon and Heather hope that a morning of Kai's favourite game

0:36:140:36:18

will have helped sway his decision towards moving,

0:36:180:36:21

but it could take more than a game of rugby to convince him.

0:36:210:36:25

Based on what we've experienced this morning,

0:36:250:36:27

and the potential for the social side of activities in Australia,

0:36:270:36:31

we are going to vote...

0:36:310:36:33

Australia.

0:36:390:36:41

Australia.

0:36:430:36:44

Simon and Heather's vote is no great surprise.

0:36:460:36:49

Their fate really depends on the turn of the next two cards.

0:36:490:36:53

England.

0:36:530:36:54

England.

0:36:580:36:59

I changed my mind at the last moment before I did that.

0:37:020:37:05

-Why?

-Do you see the potential?

0:37:050:37:08

-You're confused, aren't you?

-You're confused now.

0:37:080:37:13

You're wavering.

0:37:130:37:14

For Kai, the pressure of having to choose between what he knows and loves back home

0:37:140:37:19

and an uncertain future in Australia is starting to show.

0:37:190:37:22

I think Kai is more confused after today,

0:37:230:37:26

and I think a lot of it comes down to loyalty.

0:37:260:37:29

He has a loyalty to his friends and his clubs that he plays for

0:37:290:37:32

back in the UK, and I think he's worried

0:37:320:37:36

that, if he was to turn his back, as he sees it,

0:37:360:37:40

turns his back on his friends and his clubs,

0:37:400:37:42

and chooses to move over here, that he'll feel disloyal

0:37:420:37:46

to the people who support him and he supports.

0:37:460:37:50

It looks like Simon's dream is becoming less and less of a reality.

0:37:500:37:54

Simon and Heather have their work cut out

0:37:580:38:01

if they're going to persuade Kai to make the move,

0:38:010:38:04

and they've all got to face up to the idea

0:38:040:38:07

of leaving loved ones behind.

0:38:070:38:10

Simon was like a son to his grandfather,

0:38:100:38:13

and he's worried about how he would cope on the other side of the world.

0:38:130:38:17

We've been very close. He's always been there for me

0:38:170:38:20

when I have problems, and I've always been there for him

0:38:200:38:23

when he's needed a helping hand. Being far away from him will be difficult to accept.

0:38:230:38:28

We've prepared some messages from friends and family back in the UK.

0:38:280:38:32

-Hi, everyone. Hi!

-Hope you're having a great week.

0:38:320:38:36

The first thing anybody notices about Heather is,

0:38:360:38:39

she's dedicated to her family and wants to do the right thing by them.

0:38:390:38:43

She's very non-judgemental, I think,

0:38:430:38:47

and she just takes people for who they are,

0:38:470:38:50

um, and is very easy to like.

0:38:500:38:53

Simon's a happy-go-lucky chap. He's the outdoor type.

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He likes being out with the children down by the beach,

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out in the camper van... Yes.

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I think he makes the most of his time.

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I was more like a father to him than a grandfather.

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Yes, a very close relationship grew up between us

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in those early years,

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and that relationship has remained.

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Tyler's really creative.

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Um, he's a super character, super-natured lad.

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Tyler's just someone who's hard not to like when you get to know him,

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cos he's always there,

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and because of Kai, you just always end up talking to him

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because he's such a funny person.

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Kai is growing up to be, um...

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a really decent young lad.

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I mean, he's always been a super guy,

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very varied in his interests.

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I know both the boys do have reservations

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about going to Australia, and that will be quite difficult for them.

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There will be hurdles he'll have to jump over,

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and there's no doubt about it,

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if you make a big change like that, you'll find those.

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And you've got to work on those. He'll like that, anyway.

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We would be very, very sorry to see you go.

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But we want what's best for you,

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and if you decide the move over to Australia

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would suit you and your boys, obviously we would support you.

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I hope Australia has turned out to be what you've wanted it to be,

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and more.

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I hope you're finding it all right, but I wish you the best of luck,

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and I hope you'll make a go of this, and I hope you'll ensure

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that the boys settle down well enough with their schooling,

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and, most of all, make sure that they play rugby, as well.

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Teach the Australians how to do it.

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THEY LAUGH

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Bye-bye, now.

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-He's a sweetheart.

-He is.

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No, I'll miss him.

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He is the one person I will miss.

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He's the one I'll miss most.

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It's always difficult leaving loved ones.

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The Littles have had a long week,

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and it's given them plenty to think about.

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By looking at the outer suburbs of Melbourne,

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they found some unique and very affordable properties.

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I could live here. There's enough to do to keep me occupied.

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There's a challenge here.

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Jobs for both Heather and Simon were promising.

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Interesting to find that, once I come over here,

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by just finding supply work in the schools,

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that I would secure full-time work.

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But the lifestyle just wasn't enough to persuade Kai

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that Australia was worth such a big move.

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I have a lot to lose if I move.

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At the moment my heart's telling me to stay in England.

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So, when it comes to the final decision,

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how will they vote?

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It's been an informative and interesting week,

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and it's now time for our final vote, and we are going to vote...

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-Australia.

-Australia.

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And we are going to vote...

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Australia!

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England!

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I voted UK because I have a nice life there,

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and I don't really want to start again.

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I can understand Kai's point of view.

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He's at an age when it is very difficult

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to think about starting all over again.

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That leaves us with the opportunity to discuss and research more

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between the family.

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Maybe in a few years' time, after I've left school

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and moved on a bit, then maybe move over here.

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Simon and Heather had hoped their trial week in Australia

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would have persuaded the boys that life would be better down under,

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but making such a big move with older children is never easy,

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so let's hope the Littles can come to some sort of agreement eventually.

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Simon and Heather Little and their two sons want to escape the rain of Britain and enjoy the outdoor life in sunny Australia. Wanted Down Under offers them a week to try out life in Melbourne to see if they can they afford their dream. But the biggest problem might be convincing their two teenage sons they have a future down under.