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Australian Politician and 25th Australian Prime Minister - Liberal Party of Australia - John Howard
born : John Winston Howard, Sydney, Australia 26th of July, 1939
famous for : Being Australia's second longest serving Prime Minister (Australian Liberal Party). John Howard lost to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2007.
lives: Australia

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John Howard was born on the 26th of July, 1939. Howard is Australia's second longest serving Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party in Australia.

Howard's birthplace was Earlwood, a suburb of Sydney Australia. He attended Earlwood Primary School and then Canterbury Boys’ High School. Howard graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor of Law in 1961.

Prime Minister John Howard became Australian PM in 1996 and has subsequently won the next 3 elections, being in 1998, 2001 and 2004. He is considered a conservative politician and has described himself as "the most conservative leader the Liberals have ever had".

When asked about the introduction of a Goods and Services Tax or GST in Australia, he was quoted as saying "There's no way that GST will ever be part of our policy... Never ever. It's dead." His actions contradicted his words though, as Howard went on to introduce GST in Australia.

Prime Minister Howard was a strong supporter of the Iraq invasion in 2003 and has been criticized for blindly following the lead of the United States president George W Bush. Australian troops entered Iraq with the United States and British lead force. This became an unpopular decision for Howard, particularly after no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq (the main reason for entering Iraq and ousting the leader Suddam Husein).

The Australian prime minister was strongly criticized for dragging his feet on environmental issues. Howard refused to sign the "Kyoto Protocol", which was an international attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world. The United States of America (under the leadership of George W Bush) and Australia were the only two countries that announced that they had no intention of ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.

Prime Minister John Howard lost the Australian election for PM to the Labour Party leader Kevin Rudd in December of 2007. He also lost his seat of the Division of Bennelong to the television presenter Maxine McKew.

John Howard and his wife Janette have three children together; Melanie, Tim and Richard Howard. John Howard became a grandfather for the first time on the 25th of August, 2007 when his daughter Melanie gave birth to Angus Benjamin Howard McDonald.

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