This is the audio and video of Prime Minister Bob Hawke claiming victory in the 1987 Federal Election.
It was Hawke’s third election victory. He would win one more in 1990 before being replaced by Paul Keating in 1991.
Despite a small swing against the ALP, Hawke increased his majority in the House of Representatives, winning two extra seats in Queensland and another two in New South Wales.
Hawke called the double dissolution election six months early to capitalise on a split in the Liberal-National coalition. The division was caused by the “Joh for PM” campaign by the Queensland National Party Premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
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