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Archives for September 1998

Kim Beazley At The National Press Club: 1998 Election

This is the audio of Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s appearance at the National Press Club on September 30, 1998.

The appearance came just four days before the federal election. [Read more…]

Vote Labor


Vote Labor

It is time for this miserable government to go.

Australia is a very different nation from what it was prior to John Howard’s election in 1996. It has not been a change for the better.

Ask Australians what good this government has done and see what they say. Most of us are hard-pressed to think of anything beyond the uniform National Gun Laws. But even these were only instituted after the horror of the Port Arthur shootings and with the full support of the ALP against the resistance of some elements of the coalition. The Liberal and National parties have spent years opposing gun control in the various state parliaments. Two years after Port Arthur, the Howard government sat on its hands as some of the states attempted to water down the laws. [Read more…]

Peter Costello Higgins Election Leaflets – 1998 Federal Election

This is an election leaflet and a card issued by Peter Costello during the 1998 federal election.

Costello was first elected in 1990 to the safe Melbourne electorate of Higgins. He was standing for a fourth term, this time as Treasurer in the Howard government, a position he had held since March 1996.

The election is best known for the government’s tax reform package, including the introduction of a 10% Goods and Services Tax. Following the election, Costello would go on to oversee the implementation of the GST in 2000. [Read more…] 1998 Federal Election – Week 5

Day 29

1998 Election Campaign Moves Into Final Week

John Howard and Kim Beazley both attended the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne yesterday and will be together again today at some other minor football match in New South Wales….. The election campaign is continuing unabated on television and in the individual electorates, but the main media battle is suspended until early tomorrow.

What, then, is the state of play? The simple answer is that without access to the private polling of the main parties it is difficult to know. The published opinion polls suggest a neck-and-neck race, particularly in the marginal seats. Everyone seems to agree that preferences will be crucial. [Read more…]

Women’s Electoral Lobby Form Guide: 1998 Federal Election

This is the Women’s Electoral Lobby form guide to the parties in the 1998 Federal Election.

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Kim Beazley’s 1998 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the policy speech for the 1998 Federal Election, delivered by the ALP Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley.

The speech was delivered in Brisbane.

  • Listen to Beazley’s policy speech (30m)

Transcript of Kim Beazley’s policy speech for the 1998 Federal Election.

BeazleyNearly 100 years ago, our forebears created a new nation on this continent—a land to which people from all over the world could come to make a contribution. As we enter a new century, we face again the same challenge that confronted our nation’s founders. Can we come together, and put petty rivalries and differences aside, and build a new nation for a new century?

We’re here in an election campaign that will decide how Australia enters that century—our second century as a nation. But above all, we’re here to launch a claim for the Australian people. We launch their claim for jobs, for decent health care, for an education, for security and opportunity in their lives. We launch their claim for the better Australia that they deserve. [Read more…] 1998 Federal Election – Week 4

12.30pm UPDATE

Howard Promises More Work For Dole, Money for Education, Rural Apprenticeships

HowardPrime Minister John Howard officially launched his re-election campaign at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta this morning. He defended his tax reform proposals, attacked the ALP as isolated on tax and promised more money to key coalition constituencies.

Howard promised $100 million over 4 years so that all unemployed school leavers who are not in education or training within 3 months of leaving school would be involved in Work for the Dole programs. Howard said the program had been cynically opposed by the ALP, but was an example of his government’s pholosophy of mutual obligation that had brought the work ethic to tens of thousands of young people. [Read more…]

John Howard’s 1998 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is Prime Minister John Howard’s 1998 Federal Election policy speech on behalf of the Liberal Party.

The speech was delivered in Parramatta, New South Wales.

  • Listen to Howard (25m)

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s 1998 Federal Election policy speech.

HowardThank you very much Peter Costello and to all of my fellow Australians gathered here today and can I particularly acknowledge the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer. If you ever get into a political trench make sure Tim Fischer is there beside you because he’s the best.

Ladies and gentlemen, and my fellow Australians. Election campaigns are never held in a vacuum. They are not dry comparisons of neat policies, be it economic, taxation or otherwise. They are an opportunity for a nation collectively to stock take. To ask what Australia stands for and to ask what they want it to stand for in the future. [Read more…]

1998 Federal Election: Tim Fischer National Party Campaign Launch

This is the official transcript of National Party leader Tim Fischer’s 1998 election campaign launch speech.

It was Fischer’s last campaign launch as leader. He retired from politics in July 1999.


Verity James Interviews John Howard – ABC Radio, Perth

This is the transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s appearance on ABC radio in Perth.

Howard was interviewed by Verity James.

The interview is a good example of Howard at work in a relatively hostile environment.

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard interview with Verity James, ABC radio, Perth.

JAMES: We are taking calls now with the Prime Minister. Good morning.

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning.

JAMES: Thanks for joining us. How is the election campaign going? [Read more…]