guess it depends how/which australians you ask. Oh, and for the record, the country wasnt built with convicts, it was built with immigrants, living here to strike it rich in the gold mines of the 1800's. I too migrated here in the 1980's. Bearing in mind we are such a multicultural society with many nations making up our population, you will find that many have a predisposition for Americans as 'deserving' what they get.
In the past i remember observing the following staements and behaviour
I remember asking my in laws what they thought (after 9/11) (they are of chinese-timorese descent, however their kids were born and raised in australia). They all agreed that the US got what they deserved, and it was good, and that all america wants is "oil, oil!"
Theres a lebansese food shop here, and i remember them smiling as they chatted and watched the tv the morning of 9/11. Being not exactly "white" myself, they looked at me and continued chatting and laughing at the disaster. A 'proper' (?) aussie walked in and they immediately stopped their laughing.
In a predominantly Lebanese/Iraninan neighbourhood (Coburg, in Melbourne VIC and Lakemba in Sydney NSW) they were celebrating in the street at the images of destruction the morning of 9/11.
More recently however, i have found that the "anglo" population in my area (probly the highest anglo to ethnic (read: whitest) capital city in the country is growing more resentful towards the US. Owning a retail food store, i get to meet a very large cross section of my city, tradespeople, schoolkids, office workers, public servants, itinerants, the newsreader and several politicians frequent also. I note the views and comments made by them as they sit and read their newspaper and sip iced coffee and often ask their point of view on the material they are reading.
On the flip side, the children of most of the "anti-americanist", and i mean teenaged and very early twenty something are more anti-bush, then anti US. Many work in the US and travel there, and have had good experiences in the past through media and physical interaction.
From my point of view, i get sick of people arguing that the bush/US administration there is only doing it for oil. What do you thinks powering that car your about to get into?
No really, thats exaggerated. There is almost a 'sour grapes' mentality amongst many older immigrants towards the percieved might and sucess of the US of A. And seeing as so many people believe what they see and read in media to be fact, it aint surprising. (i.e the article at the top of this page)
Where i live is also the most militarised capital city in Australia. In fact the military support a very large percentage of the cities engineering/infrastructure and housing investment. So i get to meet a lot of Army, Naval and Fairy-Wingers coming through the shop (ps, your american war planes come over here every year for bombing practice in our state, and i swear, as we are a stones throw from the Airstrip, it get FRIGGIN NOISY , speshly the fuel burns......) and they are always positive about their role in Iraq and afghanistan, even though the politicians use "brining our troops home" as a weapon of mass deception to attack the opposition party with. Every three months or so, we get a US Naval warship docking at the Stokes Hill Wharf for about 2 days or more, and the couple odd thousand sailors inject almost a million (au) into the economy while they here. Always get a few through the shop, and ask em how they are being treated, and do lthey like it. I try and make em feel as welcome as possible, but they seem pretty comfortable already. They comment on how friendly everyone is, and how hot it is! Granted, most of their dosh is spent on hookers and souveneirs (perhaps unfortunately, both at the same time if they get the cheap ones!) but the best thing is talking to them about what the rest of the world is like in terms of welcoming and hating them. Australia ranks as the number one most friendly nation, on par with the pacific islands. Are they just saying that to be nice? I doubt it, they interact with everyone when they get here, even built a basketball court for a couple of primary schools while they were here (voluntarily too i might add, it wasnt in the news)
Now, I can't speak for all the people in Australia when I say the underlying majority feel a sense of comradeship towards the US, but not towards the bush administration, but that "Survey" (gawd i hate statistics...) cant say they asked everyones opinion either.
I think surveys are shit, i mean anyone with something better to do hangs up/or tells the surveyor to fuck off and not call me when im eating etc.., and people with a bone to pick are always willing to voice their opinions in 'surveys'.
Just one opinion from a proud Citizen of Australia.