Howard's distaste for multiculturalism was long-standing but motivated as much by political expediency as personal taste, but a decade later his strong commitment to traditional Australian values was condensed. Prime Minister Howard finally accepted 'Australian multiculturalism'-with strong emphasis on Australian-at least sufficiently to launch the National Multiculturalism Advisory Council's report Australian multiculturalism for a new century: Towards inclusiveness in April 1999. That report, however, was a rather innocuous and somewhat garbled version of multiculturalism as Australian values and citizenship (Betts 2000). Australia has a 'pluralist democracy', the report affirmed, and 'Australian multiculturalism has been built on the evolving values of Australian democracy and "citizenship"'. Diversity was recognised as a fact rather than as an end in itself, and valued as 'a great cultural, social and economic resource'. The report claimed that 'Australian multiculturalism' had 'at its core â€¦the same values that are embedded in the notion of "citizenship", including tolerance and a commitment to freedom and equal opportunity'. Even John Howard's old favourites, mateship and a fair go, were incorporated in the revamped version ().