1996 — GUN BUY-BACK SCHEME
"It just seemed a failure of society's laws and rules that that should happen. And I was determined at a Federal level to do everything I could and to use the authority of my office to bring it about.”
A gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania. Twelve days later, Prime Minister John Howard announced a scheme for uniform gun laws throughout Australia. A buy-back of privately owned guns was funded by a special levy on taxpayers.