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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

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 26.3.1975 to 11.11.1975.

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

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

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 16.3.1983 to 5.9.1985.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 16.3.1983 to 9.5.1989.

Shadow Treasurer from 16.3.1983 to 5.9.1985.

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

Leader of the Opposition from 5.9.1985 to 9.5.1989.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.10.1989 to 11.3.1996.

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 of Representatives from 7.4.1993 to 31.1.1995.

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from 7.4.1993 to 31.1.1995.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 30.1.1995 to 29.11.2007.

Leader of the Opposition from 30.1.1995 to 11.3.1996.


Party Positions

State Representative, Young Liberals (NSW), 1962-64

Member, State Executive of Liberal Party (NSW), 1963-74

Vice-President, Liberal Party (NSW), 1972-74

New South Wales Delegate to Federal Council of Liberal Party, 1973-74


Personal

Born 26.7.1939, Earlwood, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LL.B (Syd)

Solicitor


Electorate

Description: Inner Metropolitan

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

Area: 55 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 86220 (at 9.10.2004)

Industries: light manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses.

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