John Howard chats with ANU economics students

22 June 2015

It was really interesting to hear about how he managed the economy through the 70s when there was a big paradigm shift.

ANU economics students got up close and personal with former Prime Minister John Howard OM AC at a morning tea event at the College of Business and Economics.

The former long-standing Liberal Party leader was on campus to interview ANU Emeritus Professor Bob Gregory for an up-coming documentary.

Mr Howard spent around an hour talking with students about topics such as managing Australia's economy, the recent China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and managing Australia's relationships in the Asia-Pacific region.

Politics, philosophy and economics student Matthew Jacob said he took the opportunity to garner some career advice from the former Prime Minister.

"I currently work in politics so he gave me some tips about perhaps moving out of politics and then coming back in as a way of gaining some worldly experience, instead of being entrenched," he said.

"I grew up close to Howard's electorate so I'd bump into him as a kid at the local shopping centres, so it was a long time coming to meet him in person."

Economics student Alice Wisse said Mr Howard shared fascinating insights into the economic decisions faced by government and Mr Howard's time as Treasurer from 1977 to 1983.

 "It was a tremendous honour to meet him, and a great opportunity," she said.

"It was really interesting to hear about how he managed the economy through the 70s when there was a big paradigm shift."

Mr Howard, who described Professor Gregory as 'legendary' was filming a documentary series called 'Howard on Menzies - the Making of Modern Australia' to be broadcast on the ABC in 2016.

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