|25th Prime Minister of Australia|
11 March 1996 – 3 December 2007
|Governor-General||Sir William Deane|
|Preceded by||Paul Keating|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Rudd|
|29th Treasurer of Australia|
19 November 1977 – 11 March 1983
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Fraser|
|Preceded by||Phillip Lynch|
|Succeeded by||Paul Keating|
|22nd Leader of the Opposition|
5 September 1985 – 9 May 1989
|Preceded by||Andrew Peacock|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Peacock|
30 January 1995 – 11 March 1996
|Preceded by||Alexander Downer|
|Succeeded by||Kim Beazley|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
18 May 1974 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||John Cramer|
|Succeeded by||Maxine McKew|
|Born||26 July 1939|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is a former Australian politician who was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister of Australia after Robert Menzies. John Howard is a member of the Liberal Party.
John Howard was a lawyer before he became a politician. He was in parliament from 1974 until 2007. From 1977 to 1983 he was the Treasurer in Malcolm Fraser's government. Malcolm Fraser lost the 1987 election to Bob Hawke. On 24 November 2007, John Howard lost to Kevin Rudd and his parliamentary seat to Maxine McKew. He became the second prime minister to lose a parliamentary seat after Stanley Bruce in 1929.
Early life[change | change source]
John Howard is the fourth son of Mona (nee Kell) and Lyall Howard. His parents were married in 1925. His eldest brother Stanley was born in 1926, followed by Walter in 1929, and Robert (Bob) in 1936. Lyall Howard was an admirer of Winston Churchill, and a sympathiser with the New Guard. Howard's ancestors were English, Scottish and Irish.
Howard was born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Earlwood, in a Methodist family. His mother had been an office worker until her marriage. His father and his paternal grandfather, Walter Howard, were both veterans of the First AIF in World War I. They also ran two Dulwich Hill petrol stations. Howard worked there as a boy.
Howard suffered from a hearing impairment in his youth. It ruled out the chances of him becoming a barrister as a likely career from his mind. To this day, John wears a hearing aid.
Prime Minister (1996-2007)[change | change source]
First term[change | change source]
One of Howard's first initiatives was to unite the state governments of Australia to place a ban on gun ownership in Australia. This move came after the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania in 1996, where 35 people were killed and a further 37 injured at the hands of a gunman. In 1998, Howard and his Treasurer, Peter Costello took a big tax reform (the GST) to the election and won.
Second term[change | change source]
In 1999 John Howard's government held a referendum on whether Australia should become a republic and have a President instead of a Queen. However, John Howard did not support the referendum and urged people to vote no. The Australian Labor Party opposition led by Kim Beazley criticised John Howard's handling of the 1998 Australian Waterfront Dispute.
Third term[change | change source]
After the September 11 attacks, John Howard was involved in world issues. He was close with George W. Bush who was the leader of the United States. George Bush called John Howard a "key ally". John Howard sent SAS troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to support the United States, and signed a free trade agreement with the United States. Despite this alliance, Australia remained fairly neutral on Israel and Palestine.
Like before Howard, Australian trade with Asia got bigger while John Howard was leader. He invited the Chinese leader Hu Jintao to speak to the Australian Parliament for the first time. After the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, John Howard called the President of Indonesia and offered a billion dollars to help. John Howard increased immigration a lot and people came to Australia from all over the world, but he tried to stop boats of people coming without asking for visas first.
Fourth term[change | change source]
In 2005, he made it easier for bosses to get rid of workers by introducing the controversial WorkChoices industrial legislation introduced by his Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews. This upset people and the Labor Party became more popular. On 24 November 2007, Kevin Rudd won an election and John Howard stopped being Prime Minister. John Howard also lost his seat in the Parliament to the Labor Party candidate Maxine McKew, a former ABC TV journalist.
References[change | change source]
- "Australia's Prime Ministers - Fast Facts - Howard". primeministers.naa.gov.au. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
- "Australia's Prime Ministers - Meet a PM - Howard". primeministers.naa.gov.au. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
- Garran 2004, p. 10
- Van Onselen & Errington 2007, pp. 7–9
- Peter Van Onselen, Wayne Errington, John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography, p. 2-4
- Kelly, Paul (19 May 1999), "The Common Man as Prime Minister", The Australian
- "Tin soldered for the King in Howard's home", Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2006, retrieved 9 November 2013
- "How Labor's machine won Asian votes for McKew - National - smh.com.au". smh.com.au. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
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