Saturday, 15 November 2014

End of Year Musings

The end of the year is coming. Yes, it isn't December yet, but as 2014 draws to a close, it will be a good idea to think about what will happen in 2015. Here are a few thoughts that have been weighing on my mind recently.

Studies
At the moment, I am doing some part-time studies. I hope, as every part-time student must hope, that the studies will be successful. Part-time students are at a disadvantage compared to full-time students in the amount of time that they can spend on research, reading, etc. It does not help that full-time work is what pays the bills, and for me, that means as a sole breadwinner (until my wife begins earning again), I will be at a disadvantage. Full-time students are more likely to be supported by family or a scholarship; in fact, scholarship providers are more likely to view the young and unemployed as more suitable candidates for their scholarships.

Yet, part-time students have their advantages too. Being in industry, I am able to rely on my network to test ideas and even fish for new ideas. It also helps to open doors when I visit people as a professional, rather than as a student researcher. Finally, being in active practice as a professional enables me to see and experience first hand the problems facing professionals in my industry. Now, if I could only convert my day-to-day work into ethnography and some kind of observation, I would have my fieldwork all laid out for me. That, of course, remains to be seen...

Podcast
I have been planning a podcast for a while now. Yet, the lack of jingles and inability to make music has been scaring me off into thinking that I do not have what it takes to make a good podcast. A good intro, a good out-tro, and even little tunes to signify changes in sections. ... I thought that they were the most important part of podcasting. But that isn't the most important part, I think. Interviews with the right people are. Quality equipment is. I have purchased the Zoom H4n, and an Audio-Technica microphone as well. Not being content with that, I also purchased the iRig Cast. All that's needed now is identification of a good topic area, a list of questions that will help interviewees along, and a letter to approach potential interviewees. I am an army of one -- for now, at least. With time, it will gain listenership (hopefully) and things will get better.

I am inspired by This American Life, but I think I am not a reporter who tells stories like Ira Glass. I am inspired by the HBR Ideacast, but I think it will take quite a bit of effort to approach writers and professors. I quite like 93.8 Live's Slice of Life, but I don't know if my voice is as inspiring as the voice on the radio. We'll see how it goes.

Other stuff & Work
Having more kids, improving the business, renovations to the office. All these and more. But work, as always, comes first. Work is the source of income; work is also the source of pride and my place in society. If work fails, everything else is secondary. Work shall set you free. I have no doubt of that. So now I go back to work.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Dream of Practising Law in Australia

Australia ... the large land of opportunity. It used to be America, but with the spate of rising extremism, Malaysian hopefuls have turned to the place where their forebears have often escaped to: Australia. While it isn't easy to move to Australia, there are benefits for Malaysians, such as: A more meritocratic society, more balanced work-life, and an escape from racism and religious intolerance. Cars aren't taxed as heavily, and homes are bigger and roomier (for the same price that you'd get for a home in Kuala Lumpur).

I'm trying to understand how to move to Australia, to work there for a few years, and build a life there. You see, I've lived in Malaysia all my life, and life is hard. We work hard for what we want. The cost of living is increasing, things are going up in price. We try to be nice to our customers, but at the end we find that they screw us after getting a huge discount. (Perhaps the problem was a pricing one.)

Applying for permanent residence visa starts with where. Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires that applicants live,continuously for 2 years, in "Regional Australia" or "low population growth metropolitan areas". South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania are all allowed. In Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, there are several areas that are not allowed, therefore applicants have to stay in specific postcodes.

The website for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides a page where applicants can search for various types of visas, depending on various criteria, such as applicant's age, nationality, length of stay, etc.

There is a "Skilled Migration Visa", which requires hopeful applicants to work in one of nominated skills in the Skilled Occupation List. These skilled occupations may change from time to time.


In PSYCHOLOGY, various types of psychologists are presently accepted: clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, and organisational psychologists.

In COMPUTING, ICT business analysts, systems engineers, analyst programmers, developer programmers and software engineers are presently accepted. The assessing authority is the ACS.

In LAW, barristers and solicitors are presently accepted. These are available under "general skilled immigrant" classes 189, 190 and 489. The assessing authority is the SLAA (State Legal Admission Authority).

List of Various SLAA

SLAA – New South Wales

Address:
The Professional Services Officer
Legal Profession Admission Board
GPO Box 3980
Sydney NSW 2001
Australia

Email: ag_lpab@agd.nsw.gov.au
Website: Lawlink

SLAA – Queensland

Address:
Legal Practitioners Admissions Board
GPO Box 1785
Brisbane Qld 4001
Australia

Email: admissions@qls.com.au

SLAA – South Australia

Address:
The Registrar
Legal Practitioners Registry
GPO Box 2066
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

Email: email@lawsocietysa.asn.au

SLAA – Tasmania

Address:
The Secretary
Board of Legal Education
GPO Box 1133
Hobart Tas. 7001
Australia

Email: info@taslawsociety.asn.au

SLAA – Victoria

Address:
Council of Legal Education and Board of Examiners
Ground Floor, 451 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne Vic. 3000
Australia

Email: lawadmissions@justice.gov.au

SLAA – Western Australia

Address:
The Secretary
Legal Practice Board
5th Floor, Kings Building
533 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
Australia

Email: general@lpbwa.com

SLAA – Northern Territory

Address:
The Secretary
Legal Practitioners Admissions Board
GPO Box 3946
Darwin NT 0801

These were copied from Nilesh Nandan's web blog, at myvisa.com.au.

Applicants under subclass 189 must score at least 60 points.

SLAA, copied from another website (visaaustralia.com.au):

So how is legal practice in Australia? Would a foreign lawyer, admitted to the Bar, be allowed to represent clients in court? That is a major question for the applicant to consider.

Here is another set of details from The College of Law in Australia.


Region Admitting Authority Court
Australian Capital Territory Legal Practitioners Admission Board Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales Legal Profession Admission Board Supreme Court of New South Wales
Northern Territory Legal Practitioners Admission Board Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
Queensland Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (See the Queensland Courts website or the Queensland Law Society website for related information.)
QLPAB Admission Dates
Supreme Court of Queensland
South Australia Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (See the Law Society of South Australia website for related information.) Supreme Court of South Australia
Tasmania Board of Legal Education (See the Law Society of Tasmania website for related information.) Supreme Court of Tasmania
Victoria Council for Legal Education – Board of Examiners Supreme Court of Victoria
Western Australia Legal Practice Board Supreme Court of Western Australia

Friday, 6 December 2013

This week's expenses

Monday - RM300

RM50 for pocket money
RM250 for Melaleuca

Tuesday - RM50 (pocket money)

Wednesday - RM70 (pocket money)

Thursday - RM96

RM60 for pocket money
RM36 for lunch

Friday - RM600

RM50 for pocket money
RM150 for maid
RM350 for shoes
RM???? for baby clothes

Still need to spend - RM800 for road tax (WUQ 4624)

Saturday - RM300

RM200 for wedding
RM100 for pocket money


Monday, 2 December 2013

Who should you vote for during party elections?

Let's say that you are a member of a political party and you have a vote.
Who should you vote for during party elections?

If you are contesting
If you are contesting, has the candidate promised to vote for you?
You are obliged to vote for him too.
He votes for you, and you vote for him.
Both of you get more votes than you ordinarily would.

If you are not contesting
If you are not contesting, then there are two main ways of deciding.

Way #1: By faction
If you are in a faction, then you vote for the candidates endorsed by your faction.
In the long run, the faction with more votes will dominate the party.
But sometimes, you may feel that certain candidates from the other faction are good.
In that case, you should evaluate the candidate.

Way #2: By evaluating the candidate
So, if you decide not to vote by faction, then you vote for the candidate based on his merits.

But not all candidates are created equal.
Some are incumbents.
Some are first timers.
And yet some are second- or third- attempt candidates who tried, but did not succeed before.

If the candidate is an incumbent
If he is an incumbent, ask yourself: Has he performed his duties after getting elected?
Has the candidate contributed to the party in the role entrusted to him?
If yes, vote for him.

If the candidate is a first-timer
If he is new, ask yourself if he is old or young?
Older candidates may not have another round.
You may like to give your vote to the older candidate, if you think they are good.
Younger candidates have the luxury of time -- They can come back the next round.

Also, ask yourself: Has this first-timer any track record in the party?
Has he done work to benefit the party?
If he is old, you should see all his good works.
You can find out if he has been hardworking by asking around.
If he is young, he may be waiting for a chance to do good works.
The lack of a track record does not mean that he cannot serve the party.

If the candidate is on his second or third attempt
If he has attempted before, but failed, ask yourself: Did he serve the party after failing in the last round?
If yes, vote for him. He has a heart for the party.

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