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HOWARD, the Hon. John WinstonBiography for HOWARD, the Hon. John Winston

Member for Bennelong (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Bennelong, New South Wales, 1974. Re-elected 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs from 22.12.1975 to 17.7.1977.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 24.5.1977 to 20.12.1977.

Minister for Special Trade Negotiations from 17.7.1977 to 20.12.1977.

Treasurer from 19.11.1977 to 11.3.1983.

Cabinet Minister from 20.12.1977 to 11.3.1983.

Minister for Finance from 23.2.1979 to 27.2.1979.

Prime Minister from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.


Committee Service

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 25.7.1974 to 11.11.1974; Prices from 25.7.1974 to 11.11.1975.

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 11.5.1983 to 5.9.1985; Standing Orders from 11.5.1983 to 26.10.1984.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to USA, Canada and UK, June-July 1977.

Official visit to Europe for discussions with the Commission of European Communities and with individual EEC member governments, September-October 1977.

IMF Interim Committee, Washington, March 1979.

Commonwealth Finance Ministers' Meeting, Europe, September-October 1979.

Annual meeting of the IMF, Europe, October 1979.

IMF and Asian Development Bank, West Germany, April 1980.

The Asian Development Bank, Manila, April-May 1980.

IMF, Washington 1981.

Asian Development Bank, Manila, April 1982.

Commonwealth Finance Ministers' Meeting, London, August 1982.

Annual meeting of the IMF, Toronto, August 1982.

Official visits to New Zealand, January 1984.

Official visits to USA and Japan, January 1985.

Official visits to Indonesia, China and Thailand, June 1985.

Official visits to USA, July 1986.

Official visits to Israel, Italy and UK, July 1988.

Official visits to Japan and Philippines, March 1988.

Visited New York to address the McIntosh Hoare Govett Australian Investment Conference, October 1988.

77th International Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1990.

78th International Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1991.

79th International Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1992.

Visited Hong Kong to address the County NatWest Australian Investment Conference, April 1992.

80th International Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1993.

South Pacific Forum, Marshall Islands, September 1996.

Official visit to Indonesia and Japan, September 1996.

APEC, the Philippines, November 1996.

Official visit to New Zealand, February 1997.

Official visit to Singapore and China, March-April 1997.

Official visit to UK and USA, June-July 1997.

Official visit to South Pacific Forum, Cook Islands, September 1997.

CHOGM, UK, October 1997.

Official visit to Indonesia, October 1997.

APEC, Canada, November 1997.

Official visit to Thailand, April 1998.

APEC, Malaysia, November 1998.

Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.

Official visit to New Zealand, February 1999.

Official visit to Bali, April 1999.

Official visit to Japan and USA, July 1999.

Official visit to New Zealand, September 1999.

Official visit to Papua-New Guinea, October 1999.

CHOGM, South Africa, November 1999.

Official visit to East Timor, November 1999.

Official visit to Turkey, France and Israel, April-May 2000.

Official visit to Republic of Korea, May 2000.

Official visit to Japan, June 2000.

Official visit to UK and India, July 2000.

Official visit to USA, September 2000.

Pacific Islands Forum, Kiribati, October 2000.

Official visit to APEC, Brunei, November 2000.

Official visit to New Zealand, February 2001.

Official visit to Japan, August 2001.

Official visit to Indonesia, August 2001.

Official visit to USA, September 2001.

Official visit to China, October 2001.

Official visit to USA, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 2002.

Official visit to UK, March 2002.

Official visit to UK, April 2002.

Official visit to East Timor and China, May 2002.

Official visit to USA, June 2002.

Official visit to Germany, Greece, Italy, The Vatican and Belgium, July 2002.

Official visit to Papua New Guinea, August 2002.

Pacific Islands Forum, Fiji, August 2002.

Official visit to Nigeria and UK, September 2002.

Official visit to Bali and Mexico, October 2002.

Official visit to USA, UK and Indonesia, February 2003.

Official visit to New Zealand, March 2003.

Official visit to USA, UK and Qatar, May 2003.

Official visit to Philippines, Japan and Republic of Korea, July 2003.

Pacific Islands Forum, New Zealand, August 2003.

Official visit to China, August 2003.

Official visit to Solomon Islands, August 2003.

Official visit to Bali, October 2003.

Official visit to Thailand, October 2003.

Official visit to UK, November 2003.

CHOGM, Nigeria, December 2003.

Official visit to Solomon Islands, December 2003.

Pacific Islands Forum Special Retreat, New Zealand, April 2004.

Official visit to Iraq, April 2004.

Official visit to USA, UK and France, June 2004.

Pacific Islands Forum, Samoa, August 2004.

Official visit to Indonesia, October 2004.

Official visit to Chile, November 2004.

Official visit to Laos, November 2004.

Official visit to Indonesia, January 2005.

Official visit to Switzerland, Indonesia, January-February 2005.

Official visit to New Zealand, February 2005.

Official visit to China, Japan, Turkey and Greece, April 2005.

Official visit to USA, UK, Iraq and United Arab Emirates, July 2005.

Official visit to USA, September 2005.

Pacific Islands Forum, Papua New Guinea, October 2005.

APEC, Korea, Pakistan and CHOGM, Malta, November 2005.

Official visit to India, March 2006.

Official visit to USA, Canada and Ireland, May 2006.

Official visit to Indonesia and China, June 2006.

Official visit to East Timor, July 2006.

Pacific Islands Forum, Fiji, October 2006.

APEC, Vietnam, November 2006.

Official visit to Malaysia, November-December 2006.

Official visit to Philippines, January 2007.

Official visit to New Zealand, February 2007.

Official visit to Japan, Iraq and Afghanistan, March 2007.

Official visit to East Timor and Bali, July 2007.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 8.4.1982 to 5.9.1985.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 5.9.1985 to 9.5.1989.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 30.1.1995 to 24.11.2007.

Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Commerce from 26.3.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 16.3.1983 to 5.9.1985.

Shadow Treasurer from 16.3.1983 to 5.9.1985.

Leader of the Opposition from 5.9.1985 to 9.5.1989.

Shadow Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce from 28.10.1989 to 11.4.1990.

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Employment and Training from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Public Service from 11.4.1990 to 7.4.1993.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 7.4.1993 to 31.1.1995.

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from 7.4.1993 to 31.1.1995.

Leader of the Opposition from 30.1.1995 to 11.3.1996.


Party Positions

State Representative of the Young Liberals (NSW) from 1962 to 1964.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) from 1963 to 1974.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (NSW) from 1972 to 1974.

Delegate for New South Wales to the Liberal Party Federal Council from 1973 to 1974.


Personal

Born 26.7.1939, Earlwood, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (University of Sydney).

Solicitor.


Electorate

Name: Bennelong

Location: northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Denistone, East Ryde, Eastwood, Epping, Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, Melrose Park, Putney, North Ryde, Ryde, West Ryde and parts of Carlingford, Ermington and Gladesville.

Area: 58 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 97,573 (at 24.11.2007)

Industries: light manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses.

Includes: Bennelong includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Ryde, and parts of Epping, Lane Cove and Parramatta.