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Archives for 1991

Bob Hawke: Final Speech As Prime Minister

Bob Hawke lost the leadership of the ALP to Paul Keating in a Caucus ballot at 6.30pm on December 19, 1991.

Keating defeated Hawke by 56 votes to 51. He was sworn in as prime minister the following day.

Hawke served 8 years, 9 months and 9 days as prime minister. He won four general elections. [Read more…]

Kerry Packer Debates The Friends Of Fairfax

In November 1991, Conrad Black was aiming to take over the Fairfax media company.

Black, a Canadian media magnate, eventually gained control of Fairfax in 1993. His Hollinger group controlled 25% of Fairfax and Kerry Packer’s PBL controlled 15%.

The takeover was made possible after Fairfax went into receivership following the disastrous reign of “young” Warwick Fairfax.

Black ultimately sold his holdings in the face of foreign ownership restrictions.

In this interview on Channel 9’s A Current Affair in November 1991, Kerry Packer confronts representatives of the Friends of Fairfax in a studio debate. The debate is chaired by ACA’s host, Jana Wendt. Packer is questioned by Fairfax journalists Tom Burton, Kenneth Davidson and Alan Kennedy.

Twenty-two years later, it is remarkable to note that even though ACA had their boss on the program, they were nevertheless doing serious current affairs broadcasting.

At one stage (around the 10 minute mark) Packer makes a prescient observation about the future of newspapers.

The segment was aired in November 1991 but I’m not sure of the precise date.

Federal Election Pendulum – 1991

This is the federal election pendulum, based on the results of the 1990 federal election.

It was published in September 1991, two months after Paul Keating resigned as Treasurer and unsuccessfully challenged Bob Hawke’s leadership. Keating would go on to defeat Hawke in December 1991 and lead Labor to victory at the March 1993 election. [Read more…]

Bob Hawke Repels Leadership Challenge From Paul Keating

Prime Minister Bob Hawke defeated his former Treasurer, Paul Keating, in an ALP caucus ballot on June 3, 1991.

The caucus voted 66-44 to re-elect Hawke. After eight years as Treasurer, Keating went to the backbench.

Hawke served as Treasurer for one day, from June 3 to June 4. He was unable to appoint an acting treasurer because Keating had resigned and there was no-one to act for. John Kerin was appointed Treasurer on June 4.

The following are ABC radio broadcasts from June 3, 1991:

10.45am – ABC radio rolling coverage (48m):

11.00am – ABC News (5m):

12.00pm – ABC News (10m):

12.10pm – The World Today (44m):

Bob Hawke’s press conference following his victory over Keating (17m):

Canberra Times – June 4, 1991 (CLICK TO VIEW FULL SCREEN):

Canberra Times


Keating And Hewson Exchange Words Over Death Of Kerr

Sir John Kerr died in Sydney on March 24, 1991.

The former Governor-General, responsible for the Dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11, 1975, was 76.

During the Condolence motion in the House of Representatives, the then Treasurer, Paul Keating, intervened in the debate after hearing the Opposition Leader, Dr. John Hewson, speak.

Audio and video of Hewson and Keating appears below. [Read more…]