Australia's Economic Reform Challenge by the Hon John Howard

Australia's Economic Reform Challenge by the Hon John Howard

Nov 17
Join CEDA members and guests for CEDA's Annual Dinner gathering and a major address by former Prime Minister John Howard.


The Hon. John Howard OM AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Member, CEDA Board of Governors.

Event overview

CEDA's Annual Dinner is an end-of-year celebration that features an address by a prominent Australia leader. This year, CEDA welcomes the Hon. John Howard OM AC, former Prime Minister of Australia who will deliver CEDA's annual dinner address, discussing "Australia's Economic Reform Challenge".

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Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. John Howard OM AC
Former Prime Minister of Australia and Member, CEDA Board of Governors.

John Winston Howard served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007.  He is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister, was a 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. $96 billion of government debt was repaid during the time in office of the Howard Government. When it left office in November 2007 the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia had no net debt, and its budget was in surplus. This strong fiscal position was a major reason why Australia suffered relatively few consequences from the global financial crisis.

Under John 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.  Australia 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 Mr Howard’s time as Prime Minister China became Australia’s largest export destination. 

Mr 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 Mr 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. 

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