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I can get far, far better value for clients by using overseas hosts and apart from a slight increase in ping times I can't see too much downside (except a negative effect on our GDP ;)). There are some customer service issues due to the time difference but some of these companies have Australian or Asian help desks anyway. My own experience has been very positive so far.
I don't want to confine this thread to Aussies only - any replies welcome.
I don't see any problems hosting overseas as far as speed goes. I guess you simply have to weigh cost vs local support.
Also bear in mind the politics of perception... would the site be better off with .au in the url? What line of business is the customer in? What would their customers expect?
But those types of considerations aside, I have placed quite a few sites of my own with chaeper overseas hosting over the years and never had a problem. I will continue to do so when appropriate but some sites will always need to be hosted locally.
For more info about this see the Electronic Frontiers Australia site [efa.org.au]. (Disclaimer: I'm a board member of that organisation.)