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Archives for March 1990

ABC Radio 1990 Election Night Broadcast

As is its regular practice, the ABC broadcast live and continuous coverage of election counting on March 24, 1990.

The broadcast was hosted by John Highfield. Also appearing were Paul Murphy and the South Australian academic, Dean Jaensch. [Read more…]

Ballot Paper: Higgins 1990

This is an example of a ballot paper from the 1990 federal election.

The ballot paper is from the Victorian electorate of Higgins. A safe Liberal seat, Higgins had been represented by Roger Shipton since 1975. Earlier it was held by two Liberals who became prime minister: Harold Holt (1949-67) and John Gorton (1968-75).

Costello won the election with 56.3% of the primary vote and 61.8% of the two-party-preferred vote. [Read more…]

Bob Hawke: Pre-Election National Press Club Address

This is the official transcript of Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s National Press Club Address.

The Address was delivered on the Wednesday before the March 24 Federal Election.

Hawke’s Labor government was re-elected to a fourth term in office, despite a swing against it. The swing was especially strong in Victoria but losses there were compensated for by gains in other states. [Read more…]

‘Give A Damn’ – Janine Haines Australian Democrats Advertisement

This is an Australian Democrats television advertisement from the 1990 Federal Election.

It features the Democrats leader Janine Haines. The theme of the party’s campaign in the election was “Give a Damn”.

Haines was first appointed to a casual vacancy in the Senate in 1977. She served until June 30, 1978 and was elected in her own right in 1980. In 1986, she succeeded Don Chipp as leader of the Australian Democrats.

In 1990, Haines attempted to shift to the House of Representatives via the South Australian electorate of Kingston but she was unsuccessful. She died in 2004, at age 59.

Hawke-Keating and Peacock-Hewson Interviewed by Richard Carleton on 60 Minutes

This is video of a 60 Minutes segment shown on Channel 9 on Sunday, March 18, 1990.


Interviewer Richard Carleton talks first to Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating. This is followed by Liberal Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock and Shadow Treasurer John Hewson.

The interviews were broadcast six days before the 1990 federal election.

The election was won by Hawke, delivering a fourth term to the Labor government. In 1991, Keating resigned from the government, unsuccessfully challenged Hawke’s leadership, went to the backbench, but became ALP leader and PM in December 1991.

Following the election, Hewson became Liberal leader and Leader of the Opposition. Peacock left parliament in 1994.

Bob Hawke’s 1990 Federal Election Policy Speech

The 1990 Federal Election saw Bob Hawke’s Labor government facing a difficult task to secure its fourth consecutive election victory.

HawkeA recession took its toll on the government’s electoral stocks. Hawke’s deputy and Treasurer, Paul Keating, had described is as “the recession we had to have”.

Hawke won the election. A last-minute appeal to the environmental vote and a strategy to secure second preferences enabled the ALP to win, despite losing the two-party-preferred vote on 49.90%. The ALP’s primary vote fell from 45.8% to 39.4%. [Read more…]

On The Campaign Trail With Bob Hawke

This is a video item from Channel 9’s A Current Affair on March 8, 1990.

The segment shows Hawke in the 24 hours leading up to his policy launch that night. [Read more…]