Well said to both Libby and Diane, as mentioned in my thread I am currently going through the exact dilemma with my nearly 17 year old daughter. It's so hard to get the young people to understand and like myself its so heartbreaking that in a way we are taking the children away from from their comfort blanket, which to them is their friends. How I have handled is I mentioned to my daughter please give it a go for at least 3 yrs till you get PR and then she will be 21 yrs old and hopefully more mature by then. The reason for PR is that the process of coming and going to UK and Australia is made much more easier. For the rest of my daughter's life and for her children if she has them. As parents we are very aware that young people tend to find it more easier to socialise and meet new friends and we all know underneath that this is just a blip in their lives.
Finally she agreed to go to Adelaide, was after I mentioned to her that have I ever made a bad judgement in relation to her life and I promised her that if she does not like it then I will personally give her the money to return to the UK, soon as she reaches 18 yrs old.
Encouraging her to stay at home is totally wrong!