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.
As the results became clear on election night, each man spoke to the media.
- Listen to Peacock (7m)
- Listen to Hawke (5m)