@cheong:AUD is currently around USD1.05 (i.e. stronger than USD) and has been above parity for a long time.
Australia is currently in the process of rolling out a nation-wide FTTP replacement of the existing copper network. Once completed, 97%+ of the country should have access to 100Mb+ broadband. Until then, anywhere outside the main metro regions (and even areas inside those) are limited by the poor condition of the copper network.