This file recorded from public digital television broadcast on 1 Dec 2008 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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In a bizarre twist of fate, Australia's Prime Minister would find himself in Washington DC on the day the world changed forever - September 11, 2001. Now watch that day unfold through John Howard's eyes. Those close to him tell how the experience changed him, resulting in Australia becoming an early conscript for the war on terror. Encompassing both the 2001 and 2004 elections, this episode shows the Prime Minister at the height of his powers.
Returning home straight into an election campaign dominated by national security and border protection, John Howard survived the children overboard controversy and was swept back into office. During a term dominated by the Iraq war, the shock and horror of the Bali Bombing only hardens the Prime Minister's resolve not to give in to terrorists.
In candid interviews, President George W. Bush talks about his friendship with John Howard, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, discusses his unusual alliance with John Howard over Iraq. John Howard admits that he knew if things went badly in Iraq it would have been the end of his political career.
Domestically, leadership tensions with Peter Costello come to a head around John Howard's 64th birthday. Having decided to fight another election, he's initially wrong-footed by the emergence of a new young Labor challenger, Mark Latham. But using his 30 years experience in politics, John Howard gives us a unique insight into how he exploited Latham's weaknesses to win a record fourth term.