Howard Government Retrospective II: "To the brink: 1997-2001"

Howard Government Retrospective II: "To the brink: 1997-2001"

Members' Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy
18 King George Terrace,
Parkes, ACT 2600, Australia

1.30pm to 5.00pm

The Public Leadership Research Group (PLRG) at UNSW Canberra invites you to a two-day conference:
Howard Government Retrospective II: "To the brink: 1997-2001"

The conference will focus on 1997-2001, commencing with the new Workplace Relations Act (January 1997), continuing with the waterfront dispute (1998) and the decision to intervene in East Timor (September 1999), and concluding with the Aston by-election (July 2001).

Speakers include former Prime Minister John Howard, senior Coalition and Labor figures, leading commentators and notable academics.

In addition to assessing the Howard Government's successes and failures, the conference will consider why the Coalition fared badly at the 1998 election and nearly lost office. The program will enthral everyone interested in Australian politics, economics, labour relations, constitutional affairs and military preparedness.



Tuesday 14 November: 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Wednesday 15 November: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Nil charge. Refreshments provided.

Conference Program

Tuesday 14 November
1300 Registration  
1330 Welcome Professor Michael Frater
1335 Setting the scene: the almost one-term government  Professor Tom Frame
Consulting the People
1400 'Winning Office while Losing the Vote: The Return of the Howard Government in 1998' Professor Murray Goot
1435 Monarchy or Republic? Professor John Warhurst AO
1510 Afternoon Tea  
National Security
1530 Managing the Region: the Coalition Approach Professor Michael Wesley
1605 Defence Funding and Capability Planning Professor Hugh White AO
1700 Book Launch: The Ascent to Power, Howard Government, Vol. 1, 1996  

Followed by refreshments and viewing of Howard Library display items


Wednesday 15 November

0830 Registration  
0900 Welcome Ms Daryl Karp
Effective Opposition
0905 The Challenge of Opposition Prof the Hon. Stephen Martin
0955 Managing the Minor Parties Dr Zareh Ghazarian
1030 Unofficial opposition - the Waterfront A/Professor Shaun Carney  
1100 Morning Tea  
Economic Issues
1120 Black holes to surplus budgets Hon. Peter Costello AC
1200 The GST and structural reform David Alexander 
1235 Lunch  
Political Leadership and Democratic Conventions
1300 “Court Jesters”: Cartooning in the Howard Years  Geoff Pryor
1315 The PMO and Cabinet Government Professor Anne Tiernan
1350 Ministerial Responsibility and Personal Integrity Dr Scott Brenton 
1425 Afternoon Tea  
Managing Partnerships
1440 The National Party: Underperforming, overshadowed or undersold? Paul Davey  
1515 The Public Service  Prof Peter Shergold AC
Predictions and Reflections
1550 International crises and national tensions: 2001  Phillipa McGuinness
1625 The View from Kirribilli  Hon. John Howard OM, AC
1650 Concluding remarks Professor Tom Frame 
1700 Conference III Close  


Download the conference program here


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