From the editorial of The Australian:
History will look kindly on John Howard’s political career, including most of his prime ministership. He repaired the financial ravages Labor left in the middle 1990s. He did a great deal to smother the fire of race hate lit by Pauline Hanson. Above all, he supervised the long boom and made sure that all Australians had a chance to share in the prosperity.
John Howard capitalised on reforms made by Labor in the 1980s and early 1990s. He tapped into the vein of reactionary nationalism and thus increased cultural division in Australia. He favoured certain population segments over others (indicated by the selective funding and welfare arrangements) and did nothing to make sure everyone had an equal opportunity to prosper.
UPDATE: From the UK Guardian is this opinion piece that puts paid to ideas that John Howard was a good Prime Minister.