The Honourable John Howard, OM AC

Former Prime Minister of Australia

The Honourable John Howard, OM AC

    John Howard OM AC is a member of the US Studies Centre's Council of Advisors. As Australia's second-longest serving Prime Minister, Howard served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia between 11 March 1996 and 3 December 2007. He was a Federal member of Parliament for 33 years.

    During his tenure as Prime Minister, Australia enjoyed continued economic growth, averaging 3.6 percent growth per annum. His government delivered major economic reform in the areas of taxation, workplace relations, privatisation, and welfare. Under Howard’s leadership, Australia strongly supported the United States and other nations in the fight against terrorism. Australia contributed military forces to operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and also led the United Nations–sanctioned Interfet force following East Timor’s vote for independence. The Howard government strengthened bilateral ties between Australia and many nations in Asia. During Howard's time as Prime Minister, China became Australia’s largest export destination.

    Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W Bush. In January 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Howard to the Order of Merit.