The inaugural John Howard Lecture was delivered by Hon John Howard in Melbourne on 19 February 2009 on 'Australian Liberalism for the 21st Century'. You can view a broadcast of the speech, or download a copy by clicking on the link provided.
Hon John Howard OM AC was Australia's second longest serving Prime Minister. Born in Sydney on 26 July 1939, John Howard was a solicitor in private practice before entering Parliament in 1974 as the Member for Bennelong. During the Fraser Government he was Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs (1975-1977), Minister Assisting the Prime minister, Minister for Special Trade Negotiations (1977) and Treasurer (1977-1983). He was twice Leader of the Opposition (1985-1989 and (1995-1996). He served as Australia's 25th Prime Minister (1996-2007). In 2005 he was awarded the Star of the Solomon Islands for his role in restoring law and order in that nation. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2012 he was appointed by the Queen to the Order of Merit.