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John Cain Draws A Line In The Sand In Speech To ALP State Conference

The Victorian Labor Premier, John Cain, was under siege in June 1990 as his government struggled under the weight of economic crises.

Cain had been premier for eight years, having won elections in 1982, 1985 and 1988. At the June State Conference of the ALP, he effectively drew a line in the sand over the party’s attitude towards his government.

Cain resigned the premiership two months later and was succeeded by Joan Kirner. Kirner led the government to a severe defeat at the 1992 election.

  • Listen to John Cain address the ALP State Conference (4m)
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