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When Trump was campaigning, Barbara Streisand threatened to move to Australia if he was successful in his bid to become POTUS. Now, almost two years post Trump’s success, she still remains in the USA…Why?

In August 2016,  Streisand had an interview on 60 Minutes with Michael Usher in Australia. After expressing her distaste for Trump, she stated:

“He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada.”

Usher said that she was very welcome in Australia.

Then, on November 8 2016, Trump was elected as President of the United States. Yet Babs is still in the USA. But why is she still at home? Why hasn’t Australia received her on their fair shores yet?

This is what people do

Before every election, people wring their hands and threaten to leave their home country if the wrong party (in their opinion) get elected. From ordinary people to massive celebrities, the dire warning that they will move is often a hollow form of blackmail.

During the 2016 election, Lena Dunham said she ‘really will’ move if Trump was elected… She’s still in the USA. Chloë Sevigny was set to run away to Nova Scotia yet still remains in her native. Snoop Dogg was making cosy plans to shack up next door to Drake in Canada, yet his ‘hookup’ plans have gone suspiciously quiet.

People, of both sides, are convinced of their moral and intellectual superiority. So the threats to move are supposed to engender distress, or worry, or hold people to hostage to make them agree on their point of view. This does not work. No American would change their vote because Streisand or Snoop Dogg was planning to move post election.

Social media reacts

In the case of Babs, the jokes and malice arising from her statements (which she made in genuine distress and confusion) are typical of thoughtless trolls and bullies. Along with attacking her appearance and casting her mental health in doubt (‘severely deranged’), the Trump supporters have delighted in goading her to leave… and then crowing in delight when she did not.

Streisand really does not like Trump

It’s not just the empty threats to pack up and move down-under. Streisand has a history of anti-Trump-ism. Before the election at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser, Barbara performed ‘Send in the Clowns’, a parody to mock Trump. She also performed a duet with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. They performed ‘Anything You Can Do’, with Fallon dressed as Trump.

She has continued in the aftermath of the election, writing an article for Huffington Post called 'Clueless, Reckless, Graceless, Mindless and Heartless: Our President-Elect.'

Even now, her Twitter is a deluge of anti-Trump news, quotes and comments. Ironically, it seems to be the opposite of the ‘Barbara Streisand effect’. This effect is when there is an attempt to remove or censor a piece of information, but it has the opposite effect of propelling it further into the public consciousness. This was named after her when a 2003 photo of her home was published on the internet with 12,000 other photos of the California coastline’s erosion. She tried to sue the photographer for violation of privacy. Before she started her case, the photo had only been downloaded six times, two of them by her attorneys. After her (failed) attempt to sue the photographer, more than 420,000 people visited the site in the following month.

Her continued trumpeting of her opinion has seemingly had the opposite effect; shutting down her discussion and only invoking rage and trolls that support Trump, mostly attacking her appearance or other personal attributes.

What’s happened since the election?

Barbara continues to be an outspoken critic of Trump and his administration. In 2017 she slated his proposed tax plan. She stated that she believes it to be a trap that will deliberately harm blue states, middle class, athletes and Hollywood. She said the plan just made billionaires more billions, leaving the majority of people with nothing.

In fact, in December 2017, she Tweeted, calling for his impeachment: for sheer stupidity.

She’s just released politically-minded album with a single called ‘Don’t Lie to Me’. The lyrics of this song directly address Trump. ‘Why can't you just tell me the truth?’ and ‘How can you win if we all lose?’

So why hasn’t Barbara moved to Aussie?

In the aftermath, many of the celebrities backtracked, stating they were ‘only joking’.

There is more to moving countries than just rocking up to an airport with your bags and announcing you want to say. Often the immigration process is long, tedious, and you likely have to have to set of skills that the adoptive country is looking for- it’s all just too hard.

Babs has never come out and said why she decided to stay, which is surprising to us given some of the amazing places she could have moved to in Australia - like Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast (a favourite of celebrity bachelor pads).

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been one of the first world leaders to congratulate Australia's incoming Prime Minister Scott Morrison and says he has been involved proactively in promoting New Zealand to the world in the past. 

The Treasurer will be Australia's 30th prime minister after defeating Peter Dutton in a ballot to replace Malcolm Turnbull, who called a spill of the Liberal Party's leadership positions in a meeting in Canberra this afternoon.

Mr Morrison is being sworn in by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove this afternoon, having first knocked out Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a three-way contest and then defeated ex-Immigration minister Peter Dutton 45-40.

Vale Malcolm Turnbull. Hail Scott Morrison — Australia's latest Prime Minister and their business sector's clear choice to occupy The Lodge.

Morrison — known by the moniker "ScoMo" — is the Australian Treasurer.

He is a known figure on this side of the Tasman, where he led the New Zealand Office of Tourism and Sport in Wellington in the late 1990s.

He is at home with New Zealanders, as was obvious at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney this year, where he mixed easily with politicians and businesspeople alike, knowing many of them by their first names.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she looks forward to building a strong relationship with new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Ardern told reporters this afternoon she had already phoned Morrison to congratulate him on the win.

They had discussed opportunities to meet and it was likely it could be at one of several upcoming events including the Pacific Islands Forum, UN General Assembly, APEC and East Asia Summit.

"He's been involved proactively in promoting New Zealand to the world. He acknowledged his warmth for this country. I look forward to building a really strong relationship with him," Ardern said.

IT’S been a while, but house prices are on their way down again after big falls in Sydney and other areas.

TUMBLING house prices in Sydney and Melbourne are the main drivers behind the first annual drop in national property prices in six years, a new report shows.

The national median house price fell 1.0 per cent over the June quarter and year, according to a report by property classifieds group Domain released on Thursday.

WHILE house prices continue to fall in NSW and Victoria, there could be a new state leading the country for housing growth.

QUEENSLAND’S housing market is tipped to lead the country for capital growth in the next two years while prices in NSW and Victoria continue to slide, according to a survey of hundreds of property professionals.

The latest National Australia Bank (NAB) quarterly survey of 300 respondents reveals the industry expects house prices in Queensland to increase by 0.7 per cent in the next year and to have risen by 1.3 per cent in two years.

INTEREST rates look set to be on hold for the “foreseeable” future as house prices in Sydney and Melbourne continue to slide.

THE Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate on hold at its record low of 1.5 per cent for its fourth meeting of the year, extending Australia’s longest ever run without a change to 21 months.

The previous record of 19 months between January 1995 and July 1996 was surpassed last month. The RBA last cut the cash rate in August 2016, following an earlier cut to 1.75 per cent in May. There has not been an official cash rate increase since November 2010.

Moving to Australia is a big step and choosing a city is not an easy task, because Australia has many amazing places to live. They all have their own unique opportunities and the below will help you choose which city suits you and your family best.

The eight states have individual characteristics and climates. Do you want to live in tropical Queensland, cooler Canberra, laid-back Darwin or right in the hustle and bustle of Sydney?

Whether your moving for better pay, a warmer climate or adventure... Australia has it all!

Video of Kirstin Macfarlane kicking it up a notch in north east Australia.

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AUSTRALIA has been left behind by the US in a key economic driver for the first time in nearly 20 years.

THE US Federal Reserve has raised its official cash rate above that of Australia for the first time in 18 years.

The 25 basis point jump, signalling a vote of confidence in the US economy after a decade of near-zero rates following the GFC, brings the Fed’s short-term rate to a range of 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per cent.

THE thought of leaving the rat race of the bigger cities, and actually having a house you can afford, is something most commuters in big cities have dreamt of.

But most professionals dismiss the idea, believing they’re not going to get a good job outside a major centre.

This is changing. New jobs are being created in the regions, and this, along with improving infrastructure, and working from home options are giving many people the chance to take the plunge and give themselves a better life. Here are five great regional cities to consider.

Australia's main stock exchange has said it will become the first global market to use the technology behind Bitcoin to clear and settle trades.

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) will replace its current clearing system with blockchain technology.

Temperatures across southern Queensland and northern NSW have been up to 13 degrees Celsius above the August maximum on a number of days this week, and while climate change may the words on everyone's lips, it is not the whole story.

Why so hot?

The consensus among climate scientists the ABC spoke to is that it is hot because of what has not been happening in the atmosphere.

Sydney commuters will get the chance to book shuttle buses from or near their homes to a local transport hub within the next few months as part of a state government trial of on-demand public transport.

Pricing for a standard trip will range from $2.60 to $5.60, and customers will be able to book online, by phone or via an app on their smart device.

Melbourne has been declared the most liveable city in the world for the seventh year running by the Economist’s annual global liveability survey, while Sydney remains in 11th place.

It is the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a city has held the No 1 rank in its own right for seven consecutive years.

The biggest solar thermal power plant of its kind in the world, a 150-megawatt structure set to be built in Port Augusta in South Australia has got the green light.

As well as providing around 650 construction jobs for local workers, the plant will provide all the electricity needs for the state government, with some to spare – and it should help to make solar energy even more affordable in the future.

Brisbane is on the verge of hitting its first $3m suburb, just months after breaking through the magic $2m mark.

Latest CoreLogic market trends data, exclusive to The Courier-Mail yesterday, showed Teneriffe, just 2km from the Brisbane CBD  has taken just three months to power from being the state’s first $2m suburb to sitting on the edge of $3m.

Homeowners living on Brisbane’s south side could be sitting on a “goldmine” thanks to a frenzy of first-home buyers and interstate investors desperate to break into the area.

Local agents say they cannot keep up with demand in suburbs such as Mount Gravatt East, Mount Gravatt and Holland Park West, where prices are rising at a faster rate than the rest of Brisbane.

Plans for a $2 billion arena and entertainment precinct in the heart of Brisbane are set to jump to the next level this week.

Entrepreneur Harvey Lister will meet State Government officials on Friday to discuss progress on his ambitious proposal to transform the city’s ugly Roma St Railyards into a work-class sports and entertainment venue.

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