Cabinet Papers from the Hawke government’s second and third terms of 1986-87 have been released by the National Archives.
Former Senator Gareth Evans, a Cabinet minister of the time, described the Hawke government, then in its fourth and fifth years, as a “government pretty much at the top of its form”.
Evans was Minister for Resources and Energy in the second Hawke government until 1987 and Minister for Transport and Communications after the government’s re-election for a third term on July 11, 1987. Now Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University, Evans spoke at the release of the Cabinet Papers and took questions from journalists.
Dr. Jim Stokes, National Archives historical consultant, presented a paper on the background to the political events of 1986-87. The full text and audio appears below.
- National Archives – 1986 and 1987 Cabinet Papers
- Listen to introductions from Len Marsden and Senator George Brandis at the Cabinet Papers release (8m)
Text of remarks by Gareth Evans at the National Archives release of the 1986-87 Cabinet Papers.
- Listen to Gareth Evans (21m)
- Listen to Gareth Evans respond to questions (26m)
Thank you very much Len Marsden – and especially to Jim Stokes for a terrifically professional career: every best wish for the future after a fabulous contribution to this enterprise for so long. [Read more…]