A portrait of one of Australia's longest-serving prime ministers, this biography goes behind the public image to find neither the strong-willed man of principle his supporters like to imagine nor the cunning opportunist painted by his foes. The discussion covers Howard's suburban middle-class upbringing and his success at implementing his polices, concluding that although the image of the ordinary bloke has helped his enduring popularity, heandmdash;like George Bushandmdash;possesses a number of uncommon strengths that have made him one of the most formidable leaders in Australian political history.For Howard, compromise on the GST package was essential, or his government would have been regarded as a failure. ... In making compromises over industrial relations, Telstra and the GST, Costello concedes that government policy ended anbsp;...
|Title||:||John Winston Howard|
|Author||:||Peter Van Onselen, Wayne Errington|
|Publisher||:||Melbourne Univ. Publishing - 2008|