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Archives for April 1983

Celebrating The Hawke And Cain Labor Governments

The Victorian ALP held a function in April 1983 to celebrate the advent of federal and state Labor governments.

The Cain Labor government was elected on April 3, 1982. It was the first Labor government in Victoria since 1955 and had just celebrated its first anniversary.

The Hawke government was elected on March 5, 1983. It was the first federal Labor government since the dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11, 1975.

For the first time since 1947, there was a Labor government in Canberra and a Labor government in Victoria.

To celebrate the occasion, and in recognition of Bob Hawke’s status as a Victorian member of Parliament, the ALP held a Gala Dinner Dance at the St. Kilda Town Hall on April 29, 1983. [Read more…]


Governor-General’s Speech Opening Parliament: 1983

The Hawke Labor Government was elected in March 1983, the first victory for the ALP since the Whitlam dismissal and electoral defeat in 1975.

The Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen, opened the 33rd Parliament on April 21, 1983.

Govenor-General Sir Ninian Stephen’s Address to Open the 33rd Parliament.

Honourable Members of the Parliament of Australia here assembled:

At the elections for both Houses of Parliament on 5 March 1983, the people of Australia declared firmly for a change of government and for a change of national direction.

You have been called together to consider a wide-ranging program of legislation designed to give effect to the mandate of the people.

The new Government has assumed office at a time of Australia’s gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression fifty years ago. [Read more…]


Sir Billy Snedden Retires From Parliament; Asserts Tradition Of Former Speakers Departing

Sir Billy Snedden resigned from the House of Representatives on its first day of sitting, following the 1983 election that brought the Hawke government to power.

SneddenSnedden had been Speaker of the House since 1976, following the appointment and subsequent election of the Fraser government.

He did not contest the election for a new Speaker when the House met for the first time on April 21, 1983. He told the House that he supported the tradition of former Speakers leaving the Parliament when they left the Speakership.

Snedden was first elected to Parliament in 1955 as the member for Bruce. He was Attorney-General under Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies and Harold Holt, between 1964-66. He was Minister for Immigration between 1966-69, Minister for Labour and National Service 1969-71, and Treasurer 1971-72. He became leader of the Liberal Party after its defeat in 1972 and led the Coalition to another defeat in 1974. In November of that year, his leadership was unsuccessfully challenged by Malcolm Fraser. He was defeated by Fraser in a second challenge in March 1975. [Read more…]


National Economic Summit: Channel 9 Sunday Report By Andrew Olle

The National Economic Summit was held in Canberra between April 11-14, 1983.

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It was the first major initiative of the Hawke Labor government, commencing exactly one month after the new government was sworn in. [Read more…]