John Howard

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Person.png John Howard  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornJohn Winston Howard
Earlwood, New South Wales, Australia
Alma materCanterbury Boys' High School, University of Sydney
SpouseJanette Parker
PartyLiberal Party of Australia

[[|x22px|link=Prime Minister of Australia]] Prime Minister of Australia

In office
11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007
Preceded byPaul Keating
Succeeded byKevin Rudd

Employment.png Treasurer of Australia

In office
19 November 1977 - 11 March 1983
Succeeded byPaul Keating

[[|x22px|link=Leader of the Opposition]] Leader of the Opposition

In office
30 January 1995 - 11 March 1996

[[|x22px|link=Leader of the Opposition]] Leader of the Opposition

In office
5 September 1985 - 9 May 1989

[[|x22px|link=Chairperson-in-office of the Commonwealth of Nations]] Chairperson-in-office of the Commonwealth of Nations

In office
2 March 2002 - 5 December 2003
Preceded byThabo Mbeki

Employment.png Manager of Opposition Business in the House

In office
7 April 1993 - 31 January 1995

Employment.png Minister for Special Trade Negotiations

In office
17 July 1977 - 20 December 1977

Employment.png Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs

In office
22 December 1975 - 17 July 1977

Children Overboard affair

Full article: Stub class article Children Overboard affair

The "Children Overboard affair" was a controversial focus in the 2001 federal election campaign, when John Howard was accused of cynically demonising asylum-seekers. Mr Howard and senior ministers falsely claimed on the eve of the election that a boat of (mostly Iraqi) asylum-seekers had thrown their children into the water to guarantee their rescue by the Australian navy. When challenged about this, Howard said that the refugees "don't carry any visible signs of being demonised".[1]

He is the 'third man' in the 2003 attack on Iraq. While George W. Bush and Tony Blair to some extent is discredited by the propaganda lies and subsequent attack, John Howard, as Australian PM and third partner in the war coalition, escaped this public opprobrium.


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