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By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

It's beyond belief that any Australian could be so stupid as to carry drugs into any country in Asia.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

This is appalling. The idea that a person could be punished because of their religious belief and the idea they might be executed is just beyond belief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Remarks such as 'great Australian', 'larger than life' are sometimes used where they are not appropriate. But in the case of Kerry Packer both of those descriptions are entirely appropriate. He was a great Australian, he was a larger than life character and in so many ways he left his mark on the Australian community over a very long career in business, particularly in the media and also that other great passion of his, Australian sport

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

People who say they're too busy to have lunch have a false impression of their own importance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

You can't fatten the pig on market day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I accept that climate change is a challenge, I accept the broad theory about global warming. I am sceptical about a lot of the more gloomy predictions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Nobody should underestimate how much the world changed on the 11th of September 2001.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

The 'black armband' view of our history reflects a belief that most Australian history since 1788 has been little more than a disgraceful story of imperialism, exploitation, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. I take a very different view. I believe that the balance sheet of our history is one of heroic achievement and that we have achieved much more as a nation of which we can be proud of than which we should be ashamed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

How can you render the duties of justice to men when they may destroy you?

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Nonviolent action on behalf of justice is no automatic forumla with promise of success: but neither is war. After all, at least half of the people who go to war for some cause deemed worthy of it are defeated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

It's too much to expect in an academic setting that we should all agree, but it is not too much to expect discipline and unvarying civility.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

The believer's cross is no longer any and every kind of suffering, sickness, or tension, the bearing of which is demanded. The believer's cross must be, like his Lord's, the price of his social nonconformity. It is not, like sickness or catastrophe, an inexplicable, unpredictable suffering; it is the end of the path freely chosen after counting the cost. It is not, like Luther's or Thomas Muntzer's or Zinzendorf's or Kierkegaard's cross, an inward wrestling of the sensitive soul with self and sin; it is the social reality of representing in an unwilling world the Order to come.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

If the tradition which claims that war may be justified does not also admit that it could be unjustified, the affirmation is not morally serious. A Christian who prepares the case for a justified war without being equally prepared for hte negative case has not soberly weighted the prima facie presumption that any violence is wrong until the case for an exception has been made.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

If I am wrong and you are right then the democratic process of the Australian community will vindicate you and condemn me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I don't think there's any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they're in the military or in the police.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Of all the important relationships that Australia has with other countries, none has been more greatly transformed over the last 10 years than our relationship with China.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I'm all for it. In these days, regional marketing is the only way to survive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

If I were running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

There is a very special place in the Australian psyche for sport. It is one of the pillars of the Australian way of life. You don't really understand what makes the Australian nation tick unless you understand the great affection Australians have for sport.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I don't think it is wrong, racist, immoral or anything, for a country to say 'we will decide what the cultural identity and the cultural destiny of this country will be and nobody else'.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

I've never believed in lower wages. Never. Never believed in lower wages, I've never believed in lower wages as an economic instrument.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I accept that in a free society you have to justify reductions in people's liberties. I accept that, bearing in mind my starting point is that the most important human right is the right to life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

In my estimation, there should always be a mixture of economic liberalism - which means small government, a great emphasis on markets - but also a certain degree of social conservatism, not to favor change unless that change is beneficial. So I describe myself as an economic liberal and a social conservative.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I'd like to be seen as an average Australian bloke. I can't think of... I can't think of a nobler description of anybody than to be called an average Australian bloke.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

A conservative is someone who does not think he is morally superior to his grandfather.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Nobody should claim that the war [in Iraq] is over. But certainly it can be said that the regime is finished.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

Young people are at risk of being disinherited from their community if that community lacks the courage and confidence to teach its history.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

I think when people talk about civil liberties, they sometimes forget that action taken to protect the citizen against physical violence and physical attack is a blow in favour and not a blow against civil liberties.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

We won't just automatically click our heels and follow the Americans.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

The most important civil liberty... is to stay alive and to be free from violence and death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

You are not prime minister of Australia because of some kind of process of divine selection. You are prime minister of Australia through the gift of the Australian people.

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John Howard

I thank all of those who weren't born in this country for coming here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least discriminatory country in the world, in my view.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

Sport is an important part of the Australian psyche. Anybody who thinks that sport is not part of the fabric of Australian life misunderstands this country quite dramatically.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Howard

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Howard

I'm not running away from the fact that I had previously said I did not contemplate a major increase, and that was a fair statement of the Government's state of mind at the time I made that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

There is much in American society which I admire, but I have long held the view that the absence of an effective safety net in that country means that too many needy citizens fall by the wayside. That is not the path that Australia will tread. Nor do we want the burdens of nanny state paternalism that now weigh down many economies in Europe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Howard

They might be a good friend, but they are also a bitter commercial rival. Let's not kid ourselves.. The American wheat industry has done everything it possibly can to criticize the Australian wheat industry in order to take the Iraqi wheat market from us.