During Howard's his first television appearance since losing office in 2007. On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) QandA live broadcast on the 25th October 2010. Mr Howard was forced repeatedly to defend his support of the Iraq war.

'I thought it was justified,' he said. 'I think there were errors made after the military operation ended. I think there were too few troops and I think a mistake was made in disbanding the Iraqi army. But I will continue to defend ... the original decision on the basis on which it was taken.'

It was then that Peter Gray stood up and hurled his shoes at former Australian prime minister John Howard.

'That's for the Iraqi dead!' Mr Gray shouted as he flung the shoes during the live Australia wide broadcast. The shoes missed their target and Mr Gray was escorted from the studio.

Mr Gray said his actions were justified.

'I did it so there was a chance that thousands of people, tens of thousands of people, in the rest of the world, particularly in the Middle East, could see that not every Australian was behind the decision to invade and rule in the country of Iraq,' he said.

'I did it for tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of dead and those that are still living.'

Howard’s autobiography Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography was released on 26 October, 2010. While promoting his autobiography on ABC’s Q&A, (25th October 2010) an audience member threw his shoes at Howard while appearing to shout “That is for the Iraqi dead,” much in the same way Iraqi journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi threw his shoes at President Bush in 2008, also in protest over the Iraq War

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