Griffith Asia Institute Inaugural Asia Lecture: Keeping the Right Balance in Asia

Griffith Asia Institute Inaugural Asia Lecture: Keeping the Right Balance in Asia
Griffith Asia Institute Inaugural Asia Lecture: Keeping the Right Balance in Asia

Principal speaker

Other Hon John Howard OM AC


Our Inaugural Asia Lecture w/ the Hon John Howard OM AC will be streamed live at 6:00pm AEST: GAI Inaugural Asia Lecture live video feed 

Presented by: The Hon John Howard OM AC

The Hon John 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 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.

When: Wednesday 20 April 2016
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm, reception from 5:30pm
Where: Ian Hanger Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane
RSVP: By COB Friday 15 April 2016 via our GAI Inaugural Asia Lecture website
Reservations are essential and places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information contact Natasha Vary at email:

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