Gillard pays tribute to John Howard OM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her Liberal predecessor John Howard’s induction into the Order of Merit recognises his decades of distinguished public service.

The Queen appointed the former prime minister to the exclusive, 24-member order on Sunday.

Ms Gillard said Mr Howard had devoted his life to Australia, as the nation’s second-longest serving prime minister and a parliamentarian for 33 years.

“He led our nation through many difficult days, including our grieving after the Port Arthur massacre, 9/11 and the Bali bombings,” Ms Gillard said in a statement on Monday.

“He led our nation through times of widespread and complex economic and social change.

“While Australians will inevitably have a variety of views about the record of the Howard government, Mr Howard rightly commands ongoing respect for his contribution to the nation.”

Membership of the Order of Merit is bestowed by the monarch upon individuals who achieve exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas such as public service.

Mr Howard said he was surprised and honoured to be appointed to the Order.

“I also see it as a compliment to Australia and a reminder of the great respect the Queen has for our country and the continued interest that she displays in the welfare of Australia and Australians,” he told ABC Radio on Monday.

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