With the 2001 Federal election underway, the airwaves will be filled with political advertising. Throughout the election, VCEpolitics.com will be digging through the archives to retrieve some of the sounds and images of earlier election contests. Special thanks go to Marg Hutton for her work in encoding these clips.
- Labor Defeats Fraser (March 5)
- Malcolm Fraser Concedes - the brief statement, complete with quivering lip, from the nation's then second longest-serving Prime Minister.
- 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.
- Final Broadcasts - These are the final telecasts by the major parties on March 2, 1983:
- 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.
- 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.
- The Messiah - This telecast by the ALP is another solo effort from Bob Hawke.
- The Last of the Really Tough National Party Leaders - This National Party advertisement features Doug Anthony in one of his last appearances.
- Liberal Party advertisement - In retrospect, an interesting item featuring Andrew Peacock, Ian MacPhee and Malcolm Fraser.
- 1983: Electoral Commission advertisement - This television commercial offers advice on how to cast a formal ballot.
- Policy Speeches:
- ALP Advertisement - The political parties receive free air-time from the ABC during the election campaign. This item is an address by Bob Hawke.
- 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!
- Turn On The Lights: The Liberal Party's campaign song, performed by Renee Geyer. This song accompanied a television commercial which showed a montage of the Whitlam Government's "three dark years" in office: Lionel Murphy's ASIO raid, the Gair affair, unemployment, inflation, the loans affair, the sacking of Dr. Jim Cairns, industrial unrest, etc.
- Liberal Party:
- Australian Labor Party: