Julia Gilliard has turned a commonplace activity like generosity and turned it into a cliche. It was always an Australian beat-up, this notion of 'mateship', but she wants to labour the point because we have to be close for economic reasons. Sadly these people waste our time, and they are only obstacles to the real 'business' of creating wealth. Consider for instance the fact that the Australian Liberal and Labor governments alike have for the last 20 years obstructed NZ apple exports to Australia, and concocted a scientific reason to lock out NZ apples which taste far better than the Australian apple....by miles.
The trade relationship with NZ is more important to NZ than it is to Australia...if only because NZ'ers have no money, no jobs, and a competitive advantage because their currency is so low.