I've spoken to Dwight about coming over and I think he's quite keen on it. His season in Australia finishes in February and he will need a team to stay in shape for the World Cup. It's the biggest tournament in the world so there's no way he won't be in top condition for it. To be that, he needs games, so I think it would be perfect for him to come here.
Rising petrol prices and reduced domestic travel is a concern for regional Australia as few tourists will be passing through country towns, staying in local hotels and contributing to local economies and jobs.
It used to be Britain and Ireland but more and more it is Australia and New Zealand.Ã‚Â I think a lot of it has to do with the exchange rate, the pound is high and even the Euro is high, the Australian dollar is much better.
When we had gone down there you have to remember KISS had never been to Australia. So all the hysteria of KISS that was happening in the seventies was building up in Australia. These kids were waiting seven years to see KISS. I was lucky enough to be there when we went over. We got the key to the city, it was just great.
A lot of that inherent growth in Australia, and strength in the economy, has helped keep those housing volumes up, but we would say by the end of this year or the beginning of next year, all other things being equal, for it to come off slightly.
One of the major difficulties is that, as the head of a major corporation once said to me, Australia is on the way to Antarctica. But if the mines at Cape York were concerned about getting directly to the rest of the world then (Cape York) would be the best place for it. But the difficulty is in start-up costs and energy costs. But let's just see what we can get.
In the end, if we don't win the Champions Trophy, who really gives a toss? For Australia, as long as these other guys are getting a game and learning something, then they are ready to go when they're picked (later).