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9th Sep 2011, 10:44
I can't figure it out.
2 Minute noodles, more expensive in Australia than Fiji after currency conversion.
Beer (Heineken) more expensive in Australia than Fiji even after duty, VAT, currency conversion.
Cigarettes hugely more expensive in Australia no matter which way you look at it.
Girls...well....do I need to repeat myself?

Now that I have covered the essentials in life why the fork would anyone want to live in Australia?

9th Sep 2011, 11:16
why the fork would anyone want to live in Australia?

Tons of $$$$$ to be made in oil and gas. :ok: I work 2 weeks on, 1 week off and earn well into 6 figures. :ok: Plus I bought several house a few years ago smack in the middle of the CSG fields, just sold 1 and doubled my money! Planning on being retired in less than 5 years. :ok:

And I have my smokes sent from the U.S. of A. (Costs $22 AUD shipping for 2 cartons) and I make my own beer/spirits. :p:cool:

9th Sep 2011, 11:19
yeah ok. sounds like you have your alcohol and ciggies sorted...how bout the rest?

9th Sep 2011, 11:27
I live in motel rooms or camps with meals provided (paid for by my employer) The only real expense I have is for fuel to go see my girlfriend on my week off, about $50 in fuel and a 5 hour drive each way. And I claim that on my taxes as "work related expenses" :E

Worrals in the wilds
9th Sep 2011, 11:30
Cigarettes hugely more expensive in Australia no matter which way you look at it.
Girls...well....do I need to repeat myself?

Tax, tax, tax. One of the local GC dodgos has opened another legal brothel and admits that they're no longer 'a licence to print money.' That's because the government got involved and now takes a chunky cut of the profits. It's much easier and more profitable than prosecuting the buggers...One of Brisbane's most profitable and notorious strip joints ran for ten years without a liquor license because the owner worked out that it was cheaper to pay the fines than pay for the license.
Lacey brothers' brothel Club Lace previewed by their father Ken | Courier Mail (http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/ken-keeping-beds-warm/story-e6freqmx-1226132578042)

Of course, no-one's breaking your arms to make you stay...Bula and all that? :}

9th Sep 2011, 11:40
flynverted...make her come to you so you don't have to worry about what she is doing in the weeks you're working.

PS it is my god given right as a kiwi to stay here as long as i want :}

9th Sep 2011, 11:49
I live in a motel room in the bush, she lives in a house provided for her by Qld Health 2 hours from the beach, makes more sense for me to drive there :ok:

9th Sep 2011, 11:52
yeah yeah...heard all the excuses.
cheaper to buy a gollywog wig and turn the lights out i say :}

9th Sep 2011, 12:02
She could come here and we could look at this


Or I can drive to her and look at

9th Sep 2011, 12:06
how romantic :}:}:}
she could come to my house and look at this

Worrals in the wilds
9th Sep 2011, 12:15
That's a fugly fan. Presumably something else in the room is worth looking at :}.

9th Sep 2011, 12:18
and you think i can post those photos here? :}:}:}

Worrals in the wilds
9th Sep 2011, 12:23
Personally I subscribe to the SASR policy...never give an interview and NEVER be photographed. :suspect::}

9th Sep 2011, 12:52
Don't try that smokes importation thing in the yookay.

They don't arrive, but you get a letter from Customs inviting you to pay double your purchase price to get them released.

sea oxen
9th Sep 2011, 13:26

Have you noticed that a P-47 Thunderbolt has crashed into your house?

Mind you, it's Brisbane, so it could be considered a feature. :)


9th Sep 2011, 13:57
would be more impressed with a P38 lightning

glad rag
9th Sep 2011, 16:55

Nice pity it's only the "originals" who are allowed to fish it.

9th Sep 2011, 22:27
Additionally, Australians are generally leftist voters

I'll have to take you to task on that one. We had a consevative government in power for ten years until 2007 and Gilard has a minority government, ie she was given power by two idiot independants from conservative electorates who will be booted out of office next election.

NSW just booted labour out with a record loss and socialism is a very dirty word everywhere except in the inner city green areas.

PS. Why are the Greenest voters always as far from the bush as they can get?

Howard Hughes
9th Sep 2011, 22:46
You can pay $50 for a slab (case) of pedestrian beer in Australia - I kid you not.
The cost was $72 in some places in 1997, you mustn't have gotten far out of the city!:eek:

sea oxen
9th Sep 2011, 22:54

In the old days, you had the DLP, the anti-communist Labour party, which wedged nicely the spine of the leftists.

Not sure if Bob Santamaria was one of them, but he was a Carlton man and that makes him okay in my book.

In the great scheme of things, you won't find too many libertarians in Australia.

PS. Why are the Greenest voters always as far from the bush as they can get?
Because they'd have ten shades kicked out of them if they wandered into a pub asking for a Pinot Noir west of the GDR.


Solid Rust Twotter
10th Sep 2011, 06:44
Oz$50? Oz$72? Dang! Slab of top class gourmet beer goes for about Oz$25 around here. You can get a 50 litre keg for a little over Oz$100.

Grab half a cow to throw on the braai and you're set for a weekend watching the rugger....:ok:

sea oxen
10th Sep 2011, 07:12
Even though Howard held federal power, the state governments were solidly Labor the entire period, weren't they?

Yes. It requires only a cursory examination of the quality of some of the past Liberal/NP State governments to see why. You couldn't run a Tally-Ho between any of them and their opponents.


10th Sep 2011, 09:20
For $50 a slab you're not gonna get anything other than the locally made gin's piss a sane person wouldn't put a fire out with.

Worrals in the wilds
10th Sep 2011, 10:32
That's because you're also buying a round for the federal government. :uhoh:
Schedule - (1 August 2011) (http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?Docid=PAC/BL030002/1&PiT=99991231235958)

sea oxen
10th Sep 2011, 10:54
Australia is an incredibly expensive place for me to visit. I've no choice - that's where I hark from. I can manage the flights and the the stopovers, but once you get there it's agony.

If you know your way around, you can get by somehow. When it's all said and done, though, I must agree with my sister's sentiments some six months ago:
"I can't believe how cheap London is"



10th Sep 2011, 11:33
$50 a slab Why? I can make a carton of Coopers for about 30 cents a stubby. And 40% spirits for about 3 bucks a litre.

Worrals in the wilds
10th Sep 2011, 11:55
Ahhh, the subtle top notes of bathtub vodka...:}
Sea oxen, I didn't realise you were an Aussie. :ok:I couldn't believe how cheap London was either, or the variety of food available. I suppose that's the advantage of sharing a city with 7 million people.

Pinky the pilot
12th Sep 2011, 03:12
Not sure if Bob Santamaria was one of them

He actually founded the DLP if memory serves correctly.

Australians are generally leftist voters

Not for too much longer, given the performance of the current lot Federally. However, allowance must be made for the Green leaning inner-city trendies. As another poster mentioned, greenies are rarely seen out in the real bush areas quite possibly because they have heard of bumper stickers for sale in some outback pubs that read
Fertilize the Bush. Doze in a greenie :}

12th Sep 2011, 04:03
Bob Santamaria had helped form the DLP and National Civic
Council. My folks used to watch his speeches on a show called
"Point Of View" during the 60s on a local TV channel.

Communist-run trade unions hated his guts, and BLF (Maoist
leaning) commie Norm Gallagher particular feared him. In the
1970s as I recall, Santamaria was instrumental in bringing to
light Gallagher's obtaining "free" building materials while he
was building a private home in rural Victoria.

Pity old Bob isn't around now - he'd be giving horrid commie
slags like Bob Browneye, Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon a
damn thorough beating. The Bogan herself would also have
cause to be twitchy and nervous given HER political history.

Worrals in the wilds
12th Sep 2011, 07:11
Wasn't there was a big Catholic component within the DLP, leading to accusations from their opponents about Vatican/Opus Dei influence and nefarious Papist plots? :suspect:

Save Fossil Fuel, Burn Greenies is another sticker you see in outback pubs.