John Howard was very much into the concept of mates will be mates, and fair dinkum, and true blue, and Australian patriotism. I am not overly patriotic, I think it would be fair to say. Not for Britain, not for Australia --- to be honest, intense patriotism worries me. When Howard was leading up to the 1996 election, he had various personas that he attempted to portray; ones that showed that he was a Good Aussie Bloke.
And so we have 'Mateship'.
This is Terry Serio as John Howard, and he has so many of the physical aspects of Howard down, it's unnerving.
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