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Archives for August 1984

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…]