John Howard was born July 26, 1939, in Sydney, Australia. He became leader of the Liberal Party in 1985. He was defeated in his 1989 bid to retain his leadership. In 1995 he regained the leadership. Having promised major tax reform during his 1998 reelection campaign, he oversaw the implementation of a new taxation system in 2000. In 2006 he introduced controversial labor-relations reforms.
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