Our 175 Visa confirmation came yesterday! WHOOP WHOOP!!;)
Applied March 2008, PAPER APPLICATION, no agency used. Front loaded medicals/police checks. Missed case officer, went straight to visa granted.
I sent them an email 4 days ago saying "Is it just luck of the draw or what?". 4 days later...GRANTED!! Maybe everyone should send this same email?
(8 months with paper application, pretty impressed).
Good luck all.