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Archives for February 1994

Keating And Hewson Do Battle In Censure Debate Over Sports Rorts Affair

The Liberal Opposition Leader, John Hewson, moved a motion of censure against Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating, in the House of Representatives, on February 24, 1994.

Keating had been prime minister for just over two years. He had defeated Hewson at the general election in March 1993. His 1993 Budget had broken an election promise on tax cuts and was widely criticised.

The censure motion focussed on the “Sports Rorts” affair. The Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories, Ros Kelly, had admitted the she used a whiteboard in her office to determine grants to sporting bodies. She was alleged to have favoured Labor and marginal electorates when deciding on grants. Kelly resigned as a minister four days after the censure debate.

Three months after this debate, Hewson lost the leadership of the Liberal Party. He was defeated in a challenge by the so-called “dream team” of Alexander Downer and Peter Costello.

The speakers in the debate were John Hewson, Paul Keating, Tim Fischer and Kim Beazley. The complete Hansard transcript is shown below. The video has been edited by the Parliamentary Sound and Vision Office for broadcast.

  • Listen to Hewson (15m)
  • Listen to Keating (7m)
  • Listen to Fischer (14m)
  • Listen to Beazley (15m)
  • Watch the Censure Debate (50m)

Hansard transcript of the Censure debate in the House of Representatives on February 24, 1994.

Dr HEWSON (Leader of the Opposition) (3.00 p.m.) —I seek leave to move:

That this House censures the Prime Minister for his refusal to ensure proper standards of ministerial responsibility, for his failure to sack the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, and for his undermining of the established processes of ministerial accountability to this parliament. [Read more…]


Mark Latham (ALP-Werriwa) – Maiden Speech

Mark Latham was elected as the ALP member for Werriwa at a by-election on January 29, 1994.

Latham replaced John Kerin, a former minister in the Hawke and Keating governments, in the seat once held by Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam.

A western Sydney seat, Werriwa has been held exclusively by the ALP since 1934.

Prior to entering parliament, Latham was a Councillor on Liverpool Council and Mayor from 1991-94. He previously worked as a research assistant to Gough Whitlam. [Read more…]


Labour Party Elections 1994 – Policy Statements

This is the text of a Labour Party letter to members regarding the party’s internal elections in 1994.

The documents contains policy statements from candidates for a range of positions.

Many names that became familiar in later years can be found here. [Read more…]