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Bob Hawke: Pre-Election National Press Club Address

This is the official transcript of Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s National Press Club Address.

The Address was delivered on the Wednesday before the March 24 Federal Election.

Hawke’s Labor government was re-elected to a fourth term in office, despite a swing against it. The swing was especially strong in Victoria but losses there were compensated for by gains in other states.

The election was Hawke’s last as leader of the ALP. He was deposed by Paul Keating in December 1991. His record of 4 consecutive federal victories still stands.

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