I think these words from Adam, in response to the "I'm not dead yet" email, are a fitting description of the antipodean contribution to modern England:
"Glad to hear you haven't died. If you had, the political fallout might have forced us to pull out of England. And god don't we know it, England needs Australians there, on the ground, keeping the peace, helping it become a civilised country again."
I mean even the English cricket team can't seem to behave in a civilised and dignified manner at the world cup! (okay, perhaps comparing the behaviour of our national XI's isn't the best way to win this argument...)