John Howard

(John Winston Howard)

John Howard
John Howard
  • Born: July 26, 1939
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Statesman









John Winston Howard, OM, AC is an Australian former politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister, behind only Sir Robert Menzies, who was in office for over 18 years. Howard was leader of the Liberal Party from 1985 to 1989 and from 1995 to 2007.

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A conservative is someone who does not think he is morally superior to his grandfather. Liberals & Conservatives
Australians have made a lot of mistakes, we have treated Aboriginal people very badly, and we have our share of racists and bigots. Discrimination & Prejudice
Australians of this generation should not be required to accept guilt and blame for past actions and policies over which they had no control. Discrimination & Prejudice
I accept that climate change is a challenge, I accept the broad theory about global warming. I am skeptical about a lot of the more gloomy predictions. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I accept that in a free society you have to justify reductions in people's liberties. I accept that, bearing in mind my starting point is that the most important human right is the right to life.... The most important civil liberty... is to stay alive and to be free from violence and death... Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't think it is wrong, racist, immoral or anything, for a country to say 'we will decide what the cultural identity and the cultural destiny of this country will be and nobody else.’ Immigration & Emigration
I think history will judge him very harshly for not having seized the opportunity in the year 2000 to embrace the offer that was very courageously made by the then Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barack, which involved the Israelis agreeing to 90 per cent of what the Palestinians had wanted. Negotiating & Negotiations
IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture…. We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language! …. If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted. Immigration & Emigration
In the difficult fight against the new menace of international terrorism, there is nothing more crucial than timely and accurate intelligence Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Terrorism is the enemy of all free people… Terrorism
The 'black armband' view of our history reflects a belief that most Australian history since 1788 has been little more than a disgraceful story of imperialism, exploitation, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. I take a very different view. I believe that the balance sheet of our history is one of heroic achievement and that we have achieved much more as a nation of which we can be proud of than which we should be ashamed. History
The gun culture that is so negative for America will never be a part of the culture of Australia. Guns & Gun Control
The laws for the control of terrorists were framed at a time when the terrorists did not have the technology available to them today…. There is a case for re-examining those laws. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There is much in American society which I admire, but I have long held the view that the absence of an effective safety net in that country means that too many needy citizens fall by the wayside. Welfare
Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. Truth ;Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us. Freedom & Liberty
Australia will always be closer to the U.S. than she is to China because our values and political traditions are much closer.
I don't share the view that China and the U.S. need to reach some kind of strategic accommodation to carve up the Asia-Pacific region - that is an arrogant proposition and deeply insulting to other countries in the region, including Japan and potentially also India and Indonesia.
I don't think there's any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they're in the military or in the police.
I grew up in a strong family; we had strong family bonds. Families, Children & Parenting
I hate guns.
I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty. Religion & God
I have had the view that cutting wages is not the path to prosperity, and one of the great myths propagated about my attitude to industrial relations is that I believe in lower wages. I've never believed in lower wages. Never. Never believed in lower wages, I've never believed in lower wages as an economic instrument.
I thank all of those who weren't born in this country for coming here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least discriminatory country in the world, in my view.
I think I'm seen as trustworthy. I'm seen as having determination and persistence, and I'm seen as having a capacity to reach achievable answers to difficult issues.
I'm all for it. In these days, regional marketing is the only way to survive.
I'm direct, I'm unpretentious and I'm pretty dogged, and I hope I've got a capacity to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously. Hope
I'm fairly conservative on social issues, but not extremely conservative and not reactionary.
I'm not running away from the fact that I had previously said I did not contemplate a major increase, and that was a fair statement of the Government's state of mind at the time I made that. Time ;Government
In my estimation, there should always be a mixture of economic liberalism - which means small government, a great emphasis on markets - but also a certain degree of social conservatism, not to favor change unless that change is beneficial. So I describe myself as an economic liberal and a social conservative. Government
It's beyond belief that any Australian could be so stupid as to carry drugs into any country in Asia.
It's too much to expect in an academic setting that we should all agree, but it is not too much to expect discipline and unvarying civility.
Nobody should underestimate how much the world changed on the 11th of September 2001.
Of all the important relationships that Australia has with other countries, none has been more greatly transformed over the last 10 years than our relationship with China.
On economic policy, my support of smaller government, lower taxes and economic reform is consistent with the mainstream of the Republican Party in the United States and with many Democrats as well. Government
Terrorists oppose nations such as the United States and Australia not because of what we have done but because of who we are and because of the values that we hold in common.
The goal of Australian foreign policy should be to promote the maximum harmony between the U.S. and China.
There will, in my view, come a time when there has to be some kind of political denouement inside China, because the newly enriched generation might put up with being told what to do by their rulers - but their children, who will take prosperity for granted, will not. Time
This is appalling. The idea that a person could be punished because of their religious belief and the idea they might be executed is just beyond belief.
We want to assert the very principle that truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. Truth ;Life
We will decide who comes to our country.
We won't just automatically click our heels and follow the Americans.
You can't fatten the pig on market day.