Former Prime Minister John Howard has had a long and often complicated relationship with the Australian media.
Here, addressing the newly opened Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne, he talks about how the reporting of politics changed over the course of his three decades in public life, and gives his opinion of some of the big stories of his career.
John Winston Howard
John Winston Howard was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister after Sir Robert Menzies.
He previously served as Treasurer in the government led by Malcolm Fraser from 1977-1983 and was Leader of the Liberal Party (thus also Leader of the Coalition Opposition) from 1985-1989 through the 1987 election against Bob Hawke. Elected again as Leader of the Opposition in 1995, Howard became the Prime Minister of Australia after defeating incumbent Paul Keating in the 1996 election. His government was re-elected in the 1998, 2001 and 2004 elections.