The Honourable John Howard, OM AC

Former Prime Minister of Australia

John Howard OM AC is a member of the US Studies Centre Council of Advisors.

Howard served as prime minister of Australia between March 1996 and November 2007. He is the nation’s second longest serving prime minister, was a federal member of Parliament for 33 years, and was treasurer in an earlier government.

Under his leadership Australia enjoyed continued economic growth averaging 3.6 per cent 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. In 2013, on the recommendation of the Japanese Government, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.