Brisbane Consulate is usually good.
Did you ask the right question?
what questions should i have asked?.
I went in and asked them about visa's, told them i wanted to stay a year or so and then i should be eligible for retirement visa.
They informed me about the o visa's and the like, and told me i could only get multiple entry if i was doing business, volunteering, or studying and i would need like a reference to confirm this.
so as i said above they told me it was tourist visa which would give me 3 entries each of 2 months.
So if i should have said something else let me know if there's a way around it.
it would be great to be able to get 2months then an extension for a month and so on , as stated then i could stretch it out to 9 months if thats legal.