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Johnny Spit Spitieri a braindead crook a man who rebels against the establishment recently released from jail is not having much luck abiding by his self proclaimed goal of gettin square and staying off the shit The Spit settles down in his working class rundown apartment in a back alley of Surfers Paradise How would u describe this man on first impressions A typical Aussie A thug Spit creeps to the door only to be met by the voices of the CIC Criminal Investigation Commission enquiring to the landlord of his whereabouts With one ear cocked towards the door he gives the muffled conversation his full attention and hears the landlord explain that that Spitieri has not been paying his rent In a manoeuvre well practised many times in his career Spit tries desperately to escape Jumping up and proceeding to climb out of his bathroom window he struggles to fit his emaciated malnourished body through the small opening As he jumps to the ground he stands dressed as a typical Aussie battler decked out in nothing but dirty old underwear and a pair of thongs He proceeds to run G ettin Square produced in early 2003 resonates these images of the Aussie battler and typifies perceptions of the Australian identity While Australian outback ideals have been revered and reinforced in recent years with television programs like Bush Tucker Man and films like Crocodile Dundee an inclusion of the city life has been added into the depiction of the Australian identity in the 1990s Following this progressive addition of the urban lifestyle further shifts towards the beach have also been evident in the portrayal of the Australian identity Although aspects of the beach have always been included in this identity traditional Australian notions of identity which were associated with the rugged lifestyle of the bush have become outdated and the image of the bronzed surfer has been
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