The man who lost the Great Barrier Reef

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ABC news reports today why John Howard will go down as the most famous of Australian Prime Ministers. Paradoxically, having avoided making difficult decisions with spectacular consistency during his tenure as Prime Minster, he will surely have his wish to be remembered as one of the most readily identifiable of Australian leaders. Unfortunately for Howard, it will be for all the wrong reasons: all appalling record on the rights of indigenous Australians, an obsequious relationship with the imperialist US Bush administration and–to cap it all–a blatant disregard for the welfare of future generations of Australians on account of his refusal to manage environmental issues.