What better way of ringing in the second half of the year than by celebrating the birthday one of Australia's most successful Prime Ministers.
On July 26, the great John Howard turned 76. While it may be close to a decade since he left office, his mark on Australia and on all Australians is indelible.
As the second semester kicks into gear, what better way of ringing in the second half of the year than by celebrating the birthday one of Australia's most successful Prime Ministers.
Yesterday (26 July), the great John Howard turned 76. While it may be close to a decade since he left office, his mark on Australia and on all Australians is indelible.
Howard guided Australia through one of the most successful periods in its history. Under his leadership, Australia became one of the leading world economies after a time of debt and deficit under the Hawke/Keating regime. He is, without doubt, one of Australia's greatest Prime Ministers.
John Howard was Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, the second longest serving PM in history, behind Sir Robert Menzies. The achievements of the Howard era are too numerous to list completely but the stand-outs include: strong economic management with a commitment to surplus budgets and zero government debt (which included eliminating Labor's $96 billion debt and restoring Australia's AAA credit rating), record low levels of unemployment achieved by a freeing up of the labour markets, record government funding into education and health sectors, strengthening of our national security and border protection policies and more.
In celebration of such a larger-than-life leader, take advantage of this opportunity and throw a Howard-themed party, complete with posters and banners to celebrate his life and achievements in government.
If you're a student, throughout the week, have a Howard-walk around campus in his traditional Australia jumpsuit. Don't forget to have a bbq and play a casual game of cricket - Howard's favourite sport, even if he isn't very good at it.
Whatever you decide to do, reflect on Howard's life, his achievements and all he has done for our nation. Happy Birthday, Mr Howard. We hope it's a good one!