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Archives for February 1992

Keating Blasts The Old Fogies Of The Liberal Party And The Cultural Cringe Of The 1950s

This is Prime Minister Paul Keating’s response to a question about the supposed “golden age” of the 1950s. It occurred in the House of Representatives on February 27, 1992.

The question permitted Keating to make one of his most vitriolic attacks on the Liberal Party, its founding leader, Sir Robert Menzies, and the cultural cringe.

Keating had been prime minister for just over two months, following his overthrow of Bob Hawke on December 19, 1991.

The Dorothy Dix question put to Keating was the tenth for the day and was asked by Daryl Melham, the first-term Labor member for the NSW seat of Banks. Melham held Banks until he was defeated in the 2013 federal election. [Read more…]


Paul Keating: 60 Minutes Profile

Paul Keating became Prime Minister of Australia on December 20, 1991, following his defeat of Bob Hawke in an ALP caucus ballot.

This video is a Channel 9 60 Minutes profile of the new prime minister. It is in two parts, the first a personal and family profile, the second a political interview. The reporter is Jennifer Byrne.

Keating makes it clear that this was to be one of the few occasions he would permit the media to film his family. He defends their right to privacy and makes the point that his is the only Keating name on the ballot paper.

A year after this interview, Keating defeated Opposition Leader John Hewson in the 1993 Federal election. In this interview he is already practising the lines he used against Hewson.



Wills By-Election Campaign Begins

Bob Hawke was the Labor member for the Melbourne electorate of Wills from 1980 until his resignation on February 20, 1992.

In this ABC News report on February 23, we can see that the major political parties were quick to begin their campaigns for the by-election.

The by-election was held on April 11, 1992. It was won by Phil Cleary, an independent. Cleary is the only non-Labor member to have held the Coburg-based seat since it was created in 1949.

Cleary’s election was declared void by the High Court on November 25, 1992 on the grounds that he was still an employee of the Victorian Education Department at the time of his election, in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution. He was re-elected at the 1993 Federal Election but was defeated in 1996.

The video features Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe and Opposition Leader John Hewson.