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User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 2081 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  Sad

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting N228UA (Thread starter):

I'm hoping that we start importing cheap Tim Tams, I'm tired of paying A$7 a packet Sad

At least you can get them!

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 1):
At least you can get them!

Try this site: http://australian-food.com/


User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2056 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.

Quoting N228UA (Thread starter):
I'm tired of paying A$7 a packet

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.


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Of course there is a link, John Howard isn't known by his collegues as "that cunning little c***" for nothing.

QFF


User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2048 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  Wink

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?  cry  $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.


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2044 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.

And obviously you concur!  Smile


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Quoting N228UA (Reply 5):
What's Beazley up to these days? Haven't seen anything in the papers about him

Oh you mean our next Prime Minister? He's great.

QFF


User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 7):
Oh you mean our next Prime Minister? He's great.

That's a brave prediction, as much as I want a change if the little man with the big eyebrows in still there in three years I can't see him losing.

Quoting N228UA (Reply 5):
$10 for vegemite is criminal. My wife hates the stuff so I still have my stash intact.

wives are the same the world over I see.  Smile


User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 7):
Oh you mean our next Prime Minister? He's great

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.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Quoting Ozair (Reply 8):
That's a brave prediction, as much as I want a change if the little man with the big eyebrows in still there in three years I can't see him losing.

I can. Beazley absolutely kicks ass. Such style, such panash, such an intellect...

*sigh* - one day, sir.

QFF


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8467 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 10):

I can. Beazley absolutely kicks ass. Such style, such panash, such an intellect...

And thats why he couldn't cut it on two occasions.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

QFF, Why are you not angered about being called an Aussie like you usually are?  Wink


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
QFF, Why are you not angered about being called an Aussie like you usually are?

I don't recall seeing him being angry for being called an Australian.

BTW - How are the sheep in Ethiopia compared to Scotland  Wink


User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
Why are you not angered about being called an Aussie like you usually are?

And why are you not angered about being called a roast-beef by most of my fellow countrymen, whereas roast-beef usually describes the English?

 Wink


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

Why pay $10 for Vegemite when you could have the real thing, Marmite? Much better and far less dangerous to your innards. Big grin

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Why pay $10 for Vegemite when you could have the real thing, Marmite?

Maybe because it's hideous, revolting and should be re-classified as a weapon of mass destruction? Oh, hang on, that's true of vegemite too! Big grin



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 16):
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Why pay $10 for Vegemite when you could have the real thing, Marmite?

Maybe because it's hideous, revolting and should be re-classified as a weapon of mass destruction? Oh, hang on, that's true of vegemite too!

Just like all English food  Wink

Seriously, Vegemite, Marmite & Promite are a far better option than eating rice and dried fish for brekkie like a lot of folks here do.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 14):
And why are you not angered about being called a roast-beef by most of my fellow countrymen, whereas roast-beef usually describes the English?

As long as you dont call me French  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 18):
As long as you dont call me French

Nah worries, mate, us monkeys care about our gene-pool...  Wink


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 11):
And thats why he couldn't cut it on two occasions.

Yeah isn't that a good reason, well done Bill. What a perspicuous person you are.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
QFF, Why are you not angered about being called an Aussie like you usually are?

Age has wearied me, Kirkie. Anyway, I believe that N228UA is Australian or a New Zealander - which means he is more entitled than most to use that word.


QFF


User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 20):
Age has wearied me, Kirkie. Anyway, I believe that N228UA is Australian or a New Zealander - which means he is more entitled than most to use that word.

Yep, I'm 100% Australian!  Smile


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 20):
Age has wearied me, Kirkie.

You know whats coming  Wink

 old   old   old   old   old 
Welcome to a.net's Grumpy Old Men Club  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 22):
Welcome to a.net's Grumpy Old Men Club

I'm not sure "Grumpy" is the right word here. "Irascible" perhaps?  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Now now - even though I do laugh the laugh of the righteous on the issue of the republic, my ego does not require the space afforded by an exclusive a.net club.

QFF


25 Bill142 : I meant it as a question. My mistake. Obviously the reason he never became prime minister had more to do with the policies of the Labour party then h
26 QANTASforever : Why can't it be on both? The personality of the leader has a great impact on the party - just look at the difference between concensus Hawke Labor an
27 Post contains images JGPH1A : Yann - Scotsmen should be referred to as les dippfraedMairsBairs "Psycho hose-beast", would be my suggestion
28 NYCFlyer : wait, I thought Kim Beazley was no longer the head of the Labor party? Isn't there some younger guy in there now, who lost the election to Howard last
29 QANTASFOREVER : He's baaaaack. Mark Latham who lost the election last year left politics forever due to health reasons. He basically did a bit F*** you to the press
30 NYCFlyer : Japan has 550 troops in the country. Bulgaria has 460 and they don't need anyone to "protect" them! The Aussies have 800 or 900, don't need extra pro
31 N228UA : Before you go jumping up and down about the law here, remember it was the US that made the frikking law that we can't fight in the first place. QFF's
32 Bill142 : Don't you mean when?. We all know its coming. We all know Peter Costello will be the next Prime Minister of Australia, even if it is only for 18 mont
33 QANTASforever : Hilarious. Apparently I'm denying you your right to vote for whomever you wish by stating that I don't understand why you voted Liberal! When did I e
34 Post contains images DeskPilot : QFF QFF, I thought you had mellowed, but there's still the old spark there !
35 Ozvirginuk : You got ripped off mate. You can buy it at TESCO and Sainsbury's for about £1.50. And imagine my joy when I disvovered that TESCO also started selli
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