John and Janette Howard, who maintained a close-knit family unit throughout the four decades they spent in the Federal political spotlight, were said to be very upset when they learned the marriage was over. The couple are officially separated and it is expected divorce proceedings are inevitable.
Janette Howard is the wife of John Howard, who was the Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007 and the second-longest-serving Australian Prime Minister.
A teacher and member of the Vaucluse branch of the New South Wales Liberal Party, Janette Parker met John Winston Howard through the Liberal Party. Since their marriage in 1971, party colleagues have always been important in their social circle.
Janette Howard (b. 1943), wife of former prime minister the Hon. John Howard OM AC, was born in Sydney. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, she worked as a high school English teacher. A member of the Vaucluse Young Liberals, she met John at a Liberal Party function on Valentine's Day in 1970.
23 feb 2006 · The real constant in Howard's life - within politics and outside it - is Janette, his wife of nearly 35 years. Janette Howard has run the gamut with him - from the depths of 1987 when he was steamrolled by Bob Hawke (and Joh Bjelke-Petersen) - to Lazarus with a triple bypass and the glory beyond.