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1983 Federal Election: Triumphant Hawke Arrives At National Tally Room And Claims Victory

Bob Hawke arrived at the National Tally Room in Canberra on election night – March 5, 1983 – to applause and adulation.

These two videos show how Hawke’s arrival was shown by ABC television and Channel 10:

  • Watch the ABC’s coverage of Hawke’s arrival (6m)
  • Watch Channel 10’s coverage (4m)

Hawke then held a press conference claiming victory. It was a magnanimous and serious performance from the man who would go on to supplant Fraser as the nation’s second longest-serving Prime Minister.

Note the reference to Tasmania, the only State to swing against the ALP.

  • Watch Hawke’s election night press conference (11m)
  • Listen to Hawke (11m)
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Malcolm Farnsworth
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