Audio Archive – 1983

  • Feb 03: This day was the most sensational since November 11, 1975. Bill Hayden stood aside for Bob Hawke to lead the ALP and Malcolm Fraser called an early double dissolution election. This is how the Channel 9 news reported events.

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  • Feb 03: The Blood On Your Hands Interview – This is the famous interview involving the ABC’s Richard Carleton and Bob Hawke, just hours after Hawke ascended to the leadership following Bill Hayden’s resignation. A Hawke classic.

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  • Feb 03: This is the complete edition of Nationwide if you want to hear the Hawke-Carleton exchange in context

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  • Feb: Put Your Money Under The Bed – as the campaign continued, Fraser became more and more strident in his denunciations of the ALP. In one speech, he said that if a Labor government was elected people would be better off keeping their money under the bed. This is Hawke’s response.

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  • Feb 15: Liberal Party Election Policy Speech – Malcolm Fraser

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  • Feb 16: ALP Election Policy Speech – Bob Hawke

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  • Feb 21: National Party Policy Speech – Doug Anthony

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  • Feb 23: ALP Advertisement – The political parties receive free air-time from the ABC during the election campaign. This item is an address by Bob Hawke

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  • Feb 28: Liberal Party advertisement – In retrospect, an interesting item featuring Andrew Peacock, Ian MacPhee and Malcolm Fraser.

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  • Feb 28: Electoral Commission advertisement – This television commercial offers advice on how to cast a formal ballot.

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  • Feb 28: Sir Les Patterson appeared on The Don Lane Show and discussed the election and the state of Australian politics.

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  • Mar 01: Appearing at the National Press Club, Malcolm Fraser fielded questions from journalists and criticised media coverage of the election.

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  • Mar 01: Fraser attacks Laurie Oakes and a journalist suggests another response is “bullshit”.

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  • Mar 01: Leadership – This Liberal Party advertisement is a “leadership” pitch, with people such as John Newcombe, Peter Brock and Alan Jones lauding the virtues of Malcolm Fraser.

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  • Mar 01: The Messiah – This telecast by the ALP is another solo effort from Bob Hawke.

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  • Mar 01: The Last of the Really Tough National Party Leaders – This National Party advertisement features Doug Anthony in one of his last appearances.

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  • Mar 02: Don Chipp, leader of the Australian Democrats, talks about his faith in Bob Hawke.

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  • Mar 02: Liberal Party – final election telecast

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  • Mar 02: ALP – final election telecast

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  • Mar 02: National Party – final election telecast

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  • Mar 02: Australian Democrats – final election telecast

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  • Mar 05: Malcolm Fraser Concedes – the brief statement, complete with quivering lip, from the nation’s then second longest-serving Prime Minister.

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  • Mar 05: Bob Hawke Claims Victory – the magnanimous statement from the man who would supplant Fraser as the second longest-serving Prime Minister. Note the reference to Tasmania, the only State to swing against the ALP.

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  • Mar 06: John Howard comments on the election outcome and is asked about his own leadership ambitions.

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