I recently flew a friend out to AU (first class, thanks IM) and he was flabbergasted at the prices and the cost of living here. Now im not one to talk bad about my own country but what i see here and the way we are being treated is an absolute joke. Needless to say, so was i when i returned home in 2009 after being away in the US for 22yrs. Sorry guys, i cant get used to it either. The aussies are being screwed left and right. Thanks Mr Rudd, or is that CRUD! What a communist! Called the most expensive president Australia has ever seen. What a label but its true. Here get this. I went out to get something from the store at 11pm, you know something to snack on after working a 14hrs IM day. Here are the prices. 2 AAA batteries = $15.50 Are you serious? I just needed two for my cordless keyboard. 2 1 litres Pepsi Max = 4.90 each 1 bag of chips, filled so full with air i could have popped the bag = 's $2+ 1 pack of smoke s = $14.50 Total over $25 bucks. This is highway robbery guys. No wonder the top complaint from the tourists is HOW EXPENSIVE this place is. And yet the locals dont seem to care. I dont get it. It must be all the GROGG (beer). Get this, a 6 pack of beer $17+. What a rip. I think my friend only bought it once and said you could never become an alcoholic here. Nobody could afford it. 17 bucks for the cheapest beer? You should see what they charge for Coronas here. Considered a cheapest beer in the states by the way. Coming to Australia? Think again! Make sure you bring plenty green bills. Your going to need it over here.