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Archives for September 1985

Derryn Hinch Interviews Prime Minister Bob Hawke

This is a radio interview by Derryn Hinch with Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

The interview took place on Melbourne radio station 3AW on September 20, 1985.

Hawke had been prime minister for two and a half years. He had been re-elected to a second term nine months earlier in December 1984. A couple of weeks before this interview, John Howard replaced Andrew Peacock as leader of the Liberal Party.

Hinch broadcast the morning show on 3AW, a position he had held for at least five years.

  • Listen to the interview (14m)



John Howard Takes Liberal Leadership As Andrew Peacock Miscalculates

John Howard became leader of the Liberal Party for the first time at a bizarre meeting of the parliamentary party called to remove him as deputy leader.

The party meeting was called by leader Andrew Peacock in an attempt to remove Howard from the deputy leadership. Peacock had demanded an assurance from Howard that he would not challenge for the leadership but Howard refused to give one.

A contest between Howard and John Moore saw Howard re-elected deputy leader by 38 votes to 31. Peacock then resigned and Howard was elected leader, defeating Jim Carlton by 57 votes to 6. Neil Brown became deputy leader. [Read more…]


Peacock Moves Against Howard; Murphy Sentenced

On September 3, 1985, Federal Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock called a special Liberal Party meeting to vote on the deputy leadership.

It was a fateful move. In his attempt to remove his deputy, John Howard, Peacock miscalculated badly. Howard was re-elected, Peacock resigned the leadership and Howard was then elected leader.

The first two video clips show how Channel 9 and the ABC reported the news. [Read more…]