Thanks for the info from down under. I see the same thing in bars here to a lesser extent. They have to appeal to the young 20 somethings who are ordering mixed drinks, and a higher priced rye going into their cocktail impresses everyone else at the bar already sloshed on hooch. At least the good stuff is left alone for us. Hate seeing what Rit costs you there, thats removing the value if I ever saw it. 26 here, and the rest of the us will see the same soon I imagine.
Just remember that pretty much all American whiskey is crazy expensive in Australia.