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Archives for December 1992

In Final Question Time Before 1993 Election, Keating Lashes Hewson On Fightback!

This is a video extract from the final Question Time in the House of Representatives for 1992.

Prime Minister Paul Keating took questions on the Opposition’s Fightback! policy, particularly the proposed 15% Goods and Services Tax.

Opposition Leader John Hewson had revised his original version of Fightback! and removed food from the GST.

The video is taken from the ABC’s Order in the House program broadcast on December 20, 1992. The program was presented by Maxine McKew who would go on to defeat John Howard in Bennelong in 2007.

The Parliament did not meet again before the 1993 federal election took place on March 13. Keating’s ALP was re-elected with an increased majority. Hewson stayed in the Liberal leadership for another year before losing a challenge from Alexander Downer.



Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech

Paul Keating’s seminal speech on indigenous issues was given by the then Prime Minister at Redfern Park in Sydney.

Redfern is an inner city suburb of Sydney with a large Aboriginal population.

This page contains the text, audio and YouTube video of the speech.

  • Listen to Keating’s speech (17m)
  • Watch Keating’s speech – Part 1 (8m)
  • Part 2 (8m)

Australian Launch of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous People

Paul John KeatingLadies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be here today at the launch of Australia’s celebration of the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous People.

It will be a year of great significance for Australia.

It comes at a time when we have committed ourselves to succeeding in the test which so far we have always failed. [Read more…]