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Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Comments On The 1987 Federal Election Result

This is audio and video of Queensland Premier Sir John Bjelke-Petersen commenting on the re-election of Bob Hawke’s Labor government in 1987.

Hawke called an early double dissolution election because of Coalition divisions over Bjelke-Petersen’s “Joh for PM” campaign.

Despite a small swing against the ALP, Hawke won two extra seats from the Coalition in NSW and another two in Queensland, increasing his overall majority in the House of Representatives.

On election night – July 11, 1987 – Bjelke-Petersen let fly on the electorate’s decision to re-elect Hawke.

  • Listen to Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen (8m)
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  • Listen to the audio track from the video above (1m)


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