N228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2547 times:
When Howard deployed troops to Iraq, a free trade agreement was put in place with the US.
When it was announced on the news here in Japan that Australia would send troops to defend the Japan SDF, I said to my wife, here comes a free trade deal between Japan and Australia. Sure enough, a few weeks later Howard starts talking about free trade with Japan. Howard immediately denied that the trade deal had anything to do with helping out Japan which in my view, makes it look even more suspicious.
What are you views on this? And does anyone know what the free trade deal involves?
I'm hoping that we start importing cheap Tim Tams, I'm tired of paying A$7 a packet
Ozair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 1074 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2522 times:
Australia's trade deals are usually no holes barred, so almost everything is on the agenda. John has been quite busy lately with these, not only the US but also Japan, UAE, China and Indonesia are in his sights to name just a few. I'm no economist so I can't actually say what the point of it is other than a boost for our products in these countries, more market access etc.
N228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 4): Of course there is a link, John Howard isn't known by his collegues as "that cunning little c***" for nothing
c***s in the true sense of the word are useful so I guess we can't say that about Howard
He's coming up here soon for another love fest with Koizumi...it's going to be bloody sickening to watch.
What's Beazley up to these days? Haven't seen anything in the papers about him.
Quoting Ozair (Reply 3): They're on special this week, only $1.99 from Woolies. Still if you get them in Japan for $7 then I wouldn't be too worried. I payed $10 for a small jar of Vegemite in the UK last Christmas
$1.99? $10 for vegemite is criminal. My wife hates the stuff so I still have my stash intact.
I will appeal to Howard for cheap Tim Tams and Bundy rum for all Aussie expats here.
Ah hum...how about getting Keating back? He kicked arse and could give Howard a run for his money? I like Beazley but he lacks something. I love to see Keating and Costello up against each other in parliament.
Quoting Ozair (Reply 8): wives are the same the world over I see.
Indeed they are. I can't buy vegemite here but I can buy a pet kangaroo...go figure.