This file recorded from public digital television broadcast on 24 Nov 2008 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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Fresh from scraping home in the 1998 election, John Howard entered his second term determined to secure his 20-year vision of tax reform. But in his victory speech, the seeds of discontent with his Treasurer were sown and, over the next nine years, would continue to grow.
While he would battle with a hostile Senate over the GST, it was conflict overseas that took Howard's leadership into unchartered territory and brought Australia to the brink of war. Former Indonesian President, BJ Habibie, reveals how a letter from John Howard spurred him to make a radical decision about the future of East Timor.
Emerging triumphant from the Interfet operation with a new-found reputation abroad, at home, tensions emerged with his heir apparent, Peter Costello, culminating in the destructive Shane Stone memo.
John Howard demonstrated his acute political antenna by responding to his Government's increasing unpopularity and dramatically changing economic policy to win back disgruntled voters.
Then controversy erupted over the Tampa incident and in a dramatic final twist, we hear for the first time how the Pacific solution was born.