It was back to the future with John Howard last week -- history wars, culture wars, school curriculum wars, the lot.

Howard zeroed in on a draft for the national history curriculum, much of which he found to be "unbalanced, lacking in priorities and in some cases quite bizarre". And specifically? "The curriculum does not properly reflect the undoubted fact that Australia is part of Western civilisation; in the process it further marginalises the historical influence of the Judeo-Christian ethic in shaping Australian society and virtually purges British history from any meaningful role."