On This Day In 1966: Menzies Retires, Holt Government Takes Office

Having announced his retirement on January 20, Sir Robert Menzies officially departed the prime ministership on this day in 1966. Harold Holt’s first ministry was sworn in at the same time.

It was a historic moment 50 years ago that brought to an end the political career of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. Menzies had been Prime Minister for two years between April 1939 and August 1941. He formed the Liberal Party in 1944 and served for six years as Opposition Leader before defeating the Chifley Labor government in December 1949.

Menzies went on to win six more elections in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1961 and 1963. When he retired, he had been prime minister for 16 years and 5 weeks.

Holt

Harold Holt took office at the age of 57 with a ministerial career that had started 26 years earlier. He had first served under Menzies in 1940 and had been Treasurer since 1958. [Read more…]


Final Television Broadcasts: 1983 Federal Election

This is the audio of the final television broadcasts by the major political parties for the 1983 Federal Election.

Each broadcast was shown on the ABC as part of its statutory requirement to provide time to the parties during an election.

They were shown on the Wednesday night before the election, a few hours before the electronic blackout on election material. [Read more…]


National Party Advertisement: Doug Anthony

This is the audio of a National Party television advertisement broadcast during the 1983 Federal Election.

It features the National Party leader Doug Anthony in one of his last appearances. [Read more…]


Doug Anthony: National Party 1983 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the audio of National Party leader Doug Anthony’s policy speech for the 1983 Federal Election.

Anthony had been the member for Richmond (NSW), since succeeding his father in 1957. He was a minister in the final government of Sir Robert Menzies, as well as in the governments of Harold Holt, John McEwen, John Gorton and William McMahon.

He was Deputy Prime Minister under Malcolm Fraser and Minister for Trade and Resources between 1975-83. [Read more…]


National Party – Richmond (NSW) Doug Anthony How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-vote card for Doug Anthony, the member for Richmond, in the 1977 Federal Election.

Anthony had been the member since 1957, having succeeded his father. In 1977, he was leader of the National Country Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Fraser government.

He held the seat until his retirement in January 1984, following the coalition’s defeat in 1983. [Read more…]


So Sing It Loud – National Party Queensland Song

This is a 1977 recording of “So Sing It Loud”, the song of the National Party of Australia – Queensland.

The recording was made from a 45rpm record (of the thin, cheap and bendable variety) produced by the party during 1977. The record and its cover are shown below.

The National Party’s federal leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Doug Anthony, is shown on the cover, with his wife, Margot, and the Premier of Queensland, Joh Bjelke-Petersen. [Read more…]


1975 Federal Election: The Count And Leaders’ Speeches

The night of the 1975 Federal Election was the culmination of two months of constitutional crisis and electioneering.

On November 11, 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. The Opposition Leader, Malcolm Fraser, was installed as caretaker prime minister, the parliament was dissolved and a double dissolution election scheduled for December 13.

Fraser led the Coalition parties to the biggest victory ever in the House of Representatives and won control of the Senate as well. The Labor Party lost 30 seats. [Read more…]