John Howard Defeated 1987. Elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004. Defeated (and lost his own seat) 2007. 1996 Gun Control legislation, Wik legislation, waterfront reform, 1999 INTERFET mission to East Timor, 1999 republic referendum, Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Repeated tax cuts. Introduction of the GST. Controversial WorkChoices legislation. Debt reduction, privatisation of Telstra, expanded China and Asia trade, Boxing Day Tsunami aid effort, Northern Territory Intervention.