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Fraser Says Your Money Would Be Safer Under The Bed; That’s Where The Commies Are, Says Hawke

In the second-last week of the 1983 election campaign, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser ramped up the fear campaign against a potential Labor government.

In a famous statement, Fraser said that if a Labor government was elected, “people would be better off keeping their money under the bed”.

Hawke’s dismissive response was: “But you can’t put your money under the bed… that’s where the commies are.”

  • Listen to Hawke’s riposte (1m)


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