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Archives for 1984

Cabinet Committees: Hawke Government 1984

This is the list of Hawke Government Cabinet Committees, announced following the 1984 Federal Election. [Read more…]

Bob Hawke And Andrew Peacock 1984 Election Night Speeches

Prime Minister Bob Hawke led the ALP to its second consecutive election victory on December 1, 1984.

It was only the second time a Labor prime minister had won two consecutive elections.

There was 1.5% two-party swing against the ALP and its majority fell from 25 in a 125-seat chamber to 16 in a 148-seat chamber.

The Liberal Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Peacock, was widely regarded as having out-campaigned Hawke. He had honed his messages on capital gains tax and other issues. There was some evidence that the seven-week campaign did not work in the government’s favour. [Read more…]

Leaders’ Debate: 1984 Federal Election

The two major party leaders met in a televised election debate on November 26, 1984, five days before the election.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke (ALP) debated Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock (Liberal) in a debate moderated by Ken Randall, the president of the National Press Club.

A panel of journalists asked questions: Michelle Grattan, Robert Haupt, Richard Carleton, Peter Bowers, Laurie Oakes and Ken Begg. [Read more…]

Hawke Announces Early Election For December 1, 1984

Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced an early election for December 1, 1984, in a statement to the House of Representatives on Monday, October 8.

Elected in March 1983, Hawke was obliged to call a half-Senate election by June 1985. To avoid a continuation of staggered elections for the House and Senate, the government called an early House election as well.

Text of Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s statement to the House of Representatives.

Mr HAWKE (Prime Minister) —by leave- I wish to advise the House that today I called upon His Excellency the Governor-General and recommended to him that the House of Representatives be dissolved and that a general election for the members of the House of Representatives be held on Saturday, 1 December 1984. His Excellency has accepted my recommendation. Mr Speaker, may I depart from my prepared text and say this to you, sir, and to the House: While His Excellency has authorised me to indicate his acceptance of my recommendation, he will put that in writing and I expect to receive that tomorrow. When I receive his reply in writing I will table the exchange of correspondence between His Excellency and me. [Read more…]

Paul Keating 1984 Federal Budget Speech

The 1984 Federal Budget was Treasurer Paul Keating’s second. It was the first to be televised.

The Budget Speech was delivered in the House of Representatives at 8pm on Tuesday, August 24, 1984.

Earlier in the day, the House paid tribute to Sir Phillip Lynch, the former Liberal Treasurer (1975-77), who died on June 19.

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Hansard transcript of Treasurer Paul Keating’s 1984 Budget Speech.

KeatingMr KEATING (Treasurer)(8.00) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

In doing so, I present the Budget for 1984-85.

It is just 18 months since the Australian people elected a Labor Government-at a time of severe economic crisis.

Australia was in the grip of the most savage economic recession in fifty years; the economy was in severe decline; unemployment had grown by 270,000 in the previous twelve months and inflation was rising at 11.5 per cent. [Read more…]

Letters Patent 1984: Governor-General

This is the full text of the Letters Patent from Queen Elizabeth II in relation to the Governor-General of Australia.

Letters Patent are effectively a written order issued by the monarch. They are a legal instrument that grants an office, title or status.

Letters Patent issued by Queen Elizabeth II in relation to the office of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth,


WHEREAS, by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, certain powers, functions and authorities are vested in a Governor-General appointed by the Queen to be Her Majesty’s representative in the Commonwealth: [Read more…]

Alan Hughes: The Federal Election Of March 1983

This is an article reviewing the 1983 Federal Election by Dr. Alan Hughes of the University of Melbourne.

The article first appeared in the April 1984 edition of the Journal for Students of HSC Politics. [Read more…]

A Year After His Defeat, Malcolm Fraser Talks To Peter Couchman

This is a recording of Peter Couchman’s interview with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in 1984.

The date of the interview is unknown but I estimate it to be around one year after Fraser’s defeat in the 1983 Federal Election.

For filing purposes, I have dated it March 5, 1984, the anniversary of the election defeat.

The interview was conducted on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

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