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The Art of Persuasion

John Howard OM AC In Conversation with David Speers

Sunday 26 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
The Terrace Room
National Portrait Gallery

John Winston Howard, Australia's second longest serving Prime Minister, shares with us his ability to tap into the mood of the nation and communicate clearly in order to have effect. Do not miss this former Prime Minister open up on The Art of Persuasion and the critical role of speech making to wield political power for effect. Fun and riveting with David Speers, Political Editor of Sky News, digging for more.

John Winston Howard OM AC served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007. He is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister, was a Member of Parliament for 33 years, and was Treasurer in an earlier government. Mr Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W Bush. In January 2012 Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr Howard to the Order of Merit. In 2013, on the recommendation of the Japanese Government, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

David Speers is Political Editor at Sky News and anchor of SPEERS from Monday to Thursday and SPEERS ON SUNDAY. David interviews key political players each day and explores what's really influencing the national debate. Since joining Sky News in 2000, David has anchored dozens of state and federal election-night broadcasts and leaders' debates. He's also covered the last four US Presidential election campaigns from Washington. David has won three Walkley Awards, a Logie Award and a Kennedy Award for Political Reporting. He was also awarded the 2017 AACTA Best Presenter Award. David served for three years as President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and has served as a Director of the National Press Club for the past 12 years.