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Archives for 1986

Paul Keating’s Late Tax Return

This is an ABC radio news report about Treasurer Paul Keating’s failure to lodge a personal tax return on time.

The bulletin leads with the Keating story. The rest of the bulletin is of historical interest. [Read more…]


3LO 6.00pm ABC Radio News – Nov 28, 1986

It’s always a delight to come across complete news bulletins from decades past.

Even though I have a massive collection of audio and video items from the period, I wish I’d more systematically recorded news bulletins. They provide a snapshot into a period of time.

This news broadcast was at 6pm on radio 3LO (now 774, ABC Melbourne) on Friday, November 28, 1986.

It contains stories on:

  • a controversy over Treasurer Paul Keating’s late submission of his tax returns;
  • a report of Pope John Paul I addressing a Melbourne crowd of 200,000 people on science not becoming a “false idol”;
  • a report of a defection from East Germany by surfing across the Baltic Sea to Denmark;
  • Industry Minister Senator John Button on protection levels in the textiles industry;
  • Defence Minister Kim Beazley abandons the building of a defence training facility in Cobar, NSW; and
  • England was off to a flying start in the second Test against Australia.

The broadcast leads into that night’s edition of PM. I have left in the opening bars of the PM theme.

Listen to the broadcast (6m):


Murray Nichol, Radio Journalist, Comments On The Liberal Party Leadership

In this audio clip, Murray Nichol, a radio journalist on Melbourne radio station 3AW, commented on the Liberal Party leadership.

Nichol points out that speculation was growing about Howard’s ability to win the next election and on the possibility of Andrew Peacock seeking to regain the position he lost in 1985.

Bob Hawke called an early election in July 1987, defeating Howard. Peacock successfully challenged Howard for the leadership in May 1989.

  • Listen to Murray Nichol (1m)

Mick Young Taunts The Opposition Over The Election Date

Mick Young was Special Minister of State in the Hawke government in 1986.

Young was renowned for his witticisms. This is a very brief clip of a news report of his remarks in the House of Representatives on November 14, 1986, in response to a Dorothy Dix question from Ben Humphreys, regarding the timing of the next election.

Whilst an election could have been delayed until the end of 1987, or even early 1988, Hawke ended up calling a double dissolution for July 11, 1987. He capitalised on Coalition disunity, particularly the Joh for Canberra campaign of the Queensland Premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. [Read more…]


John Howard Comments On His Leadership Of The Liberal Party

As pressure began to build on his leadership of the Liberal Party, John Howard offered some comments on the criticism.

  • Listen to Howard (1m)

Lionel Murphy, High Court Justice, Whitlam’s Attorney-General, Dies, 64

High Court Justice Lionel Murphy died on October 21, 1986, following a short battle with cancer.

Murphy, a former Labor senator (1962-75), was Attorney-General in the Whitlam government (1972-75), until he was appointed to the High Court in February 1975. His appointment was controversial and resulted in the NSW government breaking the convention that Senate vacancies were filled by someone from the same political party.

In 1985, Murphy was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice. It was charged that he had sought to influence a court case against a Sydney solicitor, Morgan Ryan. The NSW Court of Appeals overturned the conviction and ordered a second trial, which acquitted Murphy in April 1986. [Read more…]


Queen Elizabeth Signs Australia Act Into Law

Queen Elizabeth II has given Royal Assent to the Australia Act, her signature relinquishing British interference in Australian government.

The Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, watched as the Act was signed into law. By proclamation, the Australia Act came into force simultaneously with a similar Act passed by the British Parliament.

A statement from Hawke outlining the main provisions of the Act is shown below. [Read more…]


Oiliness, Criminal Intellects & Kristine – Wild Afternoon In Parliament

An exchange between former Prime Minister Paul Keating and the Liberal member for O’Connor, Wilson Tuckey, on February 18, 1986, still ranks as one of the more vicious encounters in the House of Representatives.

The House was debating a Matter of Public Importance on Fuel Prices and Taxation. John Howard, then Leader of the Opposition, had spoken first. He was followed by the then Treasurer, Paul Keating. Hansard records events as follows: [Read more…]