Former Aussie PM to Visit Aggieland

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A former leader of one of the United States' biggest allies is on his way to Texas A&M.

Former President George Bush will be hosting former Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the Annenberg Conference Center at the Bush Library complex on Wednesday, March 19.

Howard served more than 11 years as the 25th Aussie P.M., and has been a staunch ally of the U.S. during its efforts in Iraq.

Tickets are available through a number of organizations, including at KBTX Media's studios, 4141 East 29th Street in Bryan, during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

The following is a press release sent out by Texas A&M concerning Former Prime Minister Howard's visit:

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Mar. 6, 2008 ? George Bush, 41st President of the United States, will host The Hon. John Howard, 25th Prime Minister of Australia, for the Twanna M. Powell Lecture. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Twanna M. Powell Lecture Series is an endowed program designed to bring distinguished leaders and recognized experts on major public policy issues, about or related to the State of Texas, to the campus of Texas A&M University. Established through an endowment from the Donald and Twanna Powell family, this lecture series takes place in the spring and is designed to reach a broad audience, including students, faculty and residents from throughout the State of Texas. The program is sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

The Hon. John Winston Howard was the 25th person to occupy the office of Prime Minister. He was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia on March 11, 1996, and was re-elected for three additional terms before leaving office in December 2007.

Mr. Howard came to office as Prime Minister with extensive senior experience in both government and opposition. He was appointed Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs in 1975 and subsequently served as Minister for Special Trade Negotiations and as Treasurer of the Commonwealth for more than five years.

In September 1985, Mr. Howard, as Deputy Leader, was elected by his colleagues as Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party and, therefore, Leader of the Opposition. He held this post until May 1989 and was returned to the leadership by unanimous vote of his colleagues in January 1995. In the interim period between holding the leadership, he served as Coalition spokesman for a number of senior portfolios.

Mr. Howard attended the University of Sydney, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1961, and was admitted as a solicitor of the New South Wales Supreme Court in July 1962. Prior to his election to Parliament he was a partner in a Sydney firm of solicitors.

The Powell Lecture is a ticketed event. Please do not bring backpacks, bags, cameras, or other personal belongings. Free tickets are available at the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, KBTX-TV, WTAW, The Bryan/College Station Eagle, the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, and the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library. For more information, call (979) 862-2251 or visit