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Archives for January 1996

Early Opinion Polls For 1996 Federal Election

These tables show the results of early opinion polls in the 1996 federal election.

The second table shows results for the “most preferred prime minister” question.

Federal Election Opinion Polls
Poll Date taken Sample Size ALP L/NP Dem Green Others ALP 2-Party L/NP 2-Party
Actual 1993 Result March 13, 1993 approx 10 million 44.8 44.3 3.8 1.6 5.5 51.44 48.56
Morgan Dec 30/Jan6-7 1996 2121 face to face 39.5 43.5 6.0 5.5 5.5 48 52
Newspoll published Jan 29 1996 not stated 40 50 2 2 6
AGB McNair Age Poll Jan 26 1996 1276 40 45 4 5 6 47 53
Quadrant Jan 26-27 1996 1527 telephone 41 48 5 6 47 53
Morgan Jan 1996 46 54


Most Preferred Prime Minister
Poll Date taken Sample Size Keating Howard Don’t Know
Morgan Dec 30/Jan6-7 1996 2121 face to face 47 41 12
AGB McNair Age Poll Jan 26-27 1996 1276 43 46
Quadrant Jan 26-27 1996 1527 telephone 47 48 5


Paul Keating: Young Australia Policy Statement

Prime Minister Paul Keating has released a Youth policy for the forthcoming election.

Keating delivered his Young Australia Policy statement in an address at the Frankston Cultural Centre in Melbourne.

Text of Paul Keating’s Young Australia Policy Statement.

In the course of this campaign I won’t deliver a more important policy than this youth statement.

That is not to say that we count the interests of young people above the interests of anyone else.

We recognise our primary duty to our children and we know that the nation’s interests depend upon them. [Read more…]

1996 Federal Election News: Jan 27-Feb 23

This page contains a complete set of election reports I posted during the 1996 federal election campaign.

The reports tailed off in the final week of the campaign, a reflection of my work commitments at the time.

The reports were posted on the first incarnation of, a personal website with a clunky URL: This site was only decommissioned around 2010. From 1998, the site was known as All content was transferred to in 2001. [Read more…]

Paul Keating Announces March 2, 1996 Federal Election

At a press conference on Sunday, January 27, Prime Minister Paul Keating announced that the 1996 Federal Election would be held on March 2.

The election was held at the scheduled time for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate. It brought to an end 13 years of Labor government under Bob Hawke (1983-91) and Paul Keating (1991-96) and was the first of four consecutive victories by John Howard and the Liberal-National coalition.

Keating said: “This will be an Election about leadership. We seek a further mandate for the Government that has given Australia an increasingly creative role in the world; that has created an outward looking, diverse, competitive and successful trading economy; and provided strong economic growth and record growth in employment. It will be an Election about both domestic and foreign policies, because the two cannot be separated.”

In his announcement, Keating challenged the coalition to take part in a series of election debates between the four most senior members of each side. This did not take place. One debate between Keating and Howard took place on February 11.

Text of statement by Prime Minister Paul Keating.



Today I called upon the Governor-General and recommended that the House of Representatives be dissolved, with a view to holding an Election for the House and half the Senate on March 2, and he has accepted my recommendation. [Read more…]

State Of The Union Address 1996 – President Bill Clinton

This is the State of the Union Address, as prepared, delivered by President Bill Clinton.

The Address came not long after the 1995 government shutdown, a crucial battle in which Clinton prevailed over his congressional opponents.

It was Clinton’s 4th State of the Union Address.

  • Watch Clinton’s Address (67m)

President Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union Address.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of the 104th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans all across our land.

I want to begin by saying to our men and women in uniform around the world, and especially those helping peace take root in Bosnia, and to their families. Thank you. America is very proud of you.

My duty tonight is to report on the State of the Union, not the state of our government but of our American community, and to set forth our responsibilities — in the words of our Founders — to “form” a more perfect union.”

The state of our union is strong. [Read more…]

Australia’s Economic Independence: Speech By Cheryl Kernot

This is the edited text of the speech given by the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Cheryl Kernot, to the Australian Democrats’ National Conference in Hobart.

Speech by Australian Democrats leader Senator Cheryl Kernot.

Australia’s Economic Independence – Economic Rationalism Or Economic Nationalism?

Cheryl KernotThe election we “have to have” is almost upon us – in all probability less than 8 weeks away.

It’s not just a contest for political survival between John Howard and Paul Keating.

It’s also an election which is crucial to the future of the Australian Democrats and crucial to what sort of nation Australia will become in the next century.

And both the nation – and the next century – need the Democrats. [Read more…]

US Senators 1996 – Full List

This is the full list of United States senators, as of January 1996.

There are 100 senators in total, two per State. Senators serve staggered six-year terms, with one-third facing the voters every two years. Current senators will face the electorate in either November 1996, 1998 or 2000. [Read more…]