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Archives for March 1988

John Howard Comments On Death Of Sir William McMahon

Sir William McMahon, Australia’s 20th Prime Minister, died on March 31, 1988, at the age of 80.

McMahon served as the Liberal member for Lowe between 1949 and 1982. He was a long-serving minister, having assumed office under Robert Menzies in 1951. He was Treasurer in the governments of Harold Holt (1966-67) and John Gorton (1968-69). He was Minister for Foreign Affairs under Gorton (1969-71). He replaced Gorton as prime minister in March 1971.

McMahon was defeated by Gough Whitlam and the ALP in 1972, ending 23 years of coalition government. [Read more…]


Fairfax Media Charter Of Editorial Independence

This is the Charter of Editorial Independence adopted by staff of Fairfax media.

Between 1988 and 1991, the Charter was adopted by staff at Fairfax’s major publications, including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. [Read more…]


NSW Premier Barrie Unsworth Concedes Defeat In State Election

This is NSW Premier Barrie Unsworth’s concession in the 1998 state election.

Unsworth replaced Neville Wran in 1986. Wran won office in 1976 and then won landslide re-elections in 1978, 1981 and 1984.

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1988 NSW State Election: Liberal Party Advertisement

This is the audio of a Liberal Party advertisement for the 1988 NSW State Election.

The advertisement featured a Liberal Party version of “Whinging Wendy”, the star of the ALP’s 1987 Federal Election advertising.

The election saw the defeat of the 12-year-old Labor government, originally led by Neville Wran. The new Liberal Premier was Nick Greiner, who defeated the ALP’s Barrie Unsworth. [Read more…]