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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.

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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…]

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.

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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.


John Howard’s 1996 Federal Election Policy Speech

Opposition Leader John Howard delivered his policy speech for the 1996 Federal Election in Sydney on February 18, 1996.

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  • Listen to Shadow Treasurer Peter Costello introduce Howard (4m)
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Text of John Howard’s 1996 Federal Election policy speech.

It is with an immense amount of personal pride and also an enormous amount of humility that I bring together today the essential argument as to why, after 13 long and difficult years, this nation of ours needs emphatically a change of government. [Read more…]

Prime Minister Paul Keating’s 1993 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the text and audio of Prime Minister Paul Keating’s 1993 Federal Election Policy Speech.

The speech was delivered at Bankstown Town Hall, in Sydney.

Keating was attempting to win a fifth term for the Labor government he had served in since 1983. Having toppled four-time election winner Bob Hawke in 1991, Keating faced Liberal leader Dr. John Hewson and his Fightback! policy, including its 15% Goods and Services Tax.

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Prime Minister Paul Keating’s 1993 Federal Election Policy Speech.

Let there be no mistake. This IS the most important election in memory.

Today we stand against radical right-wing proposals which are hostile to fundamental Australian beliefs and Australian institutions and all that we have achieved in recent years. [Read more…]

Bob Hawke’s 1990 Federal Election Policy Speech

The 1990 Federal Election saw Bob Hawke’s Labor government facing a difficult task to secure its fourth consecutive election victory.

HawkeA recession took its toll on the government’s electoral stocks. Hawke’s deputy and Treasurer, Paul Keating, had described is as “the recession we had to have”.

Hawke won the election. A last-minute appeal to the environmental vote and a strategy to secure second preferences enabled the ALP to win, despite losing the two-party-preferred vote on 49.90%. The ALP’s primary vote fell from 45.8% to 39.4%. [Read more…]

Doug Anthony: National Party 1983 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the audio of National Party leader Doug Anthony’s policy speech for the 1983 Federal Election.

Anthony had been the member for Richmond (NSW), since succeeding his father in 1957. He was a minister in the final government of Sir Robert Menzies, as well as in the governments of Harold Holt, John McEwen, John Gorton and William McMahon.

He was Deputy Prime Minister under Malcolm Fraser and Minister for Trade and Resources between 1975-83. [Read more…]

Bill Hayden’s 1980 Federal Election ALP Policy Speech

Bill Hayden delivered the ALP’s 1980 federal election policy speech at the Greek Community Centre in South Brisbane on October 1, 1980.

It was the Leader of the Opposition’s only election campaign as leader. With the ALP positioning NSW Premier Neville Wran and ACTU President Bob Hawke alongside Hayden for the campaign, it was hardly a vote of confidence in his leadership. Despite winning 13 seats and reducing Malcolm Fraser’s majority to 23, Hayden did not survive to fight the next election. He was replaced by Hawke, who entered the Parliament at this election.

Transcript of Opposition Leader Bill Hayden’s 1980 federal election policy speech.

Fellow Australians,

The policies I am privileged to put to you tonight are proposals for all Australians. They are policies we believe will begin the task of restoring equality of opportunity and national pride to our country, and dignity and fair play to all our people.

They are policies to bring Australians together, not drive them apart, policies that unite our country, policies that allow all Australians to share our national good fortune and to play their part in the development of our future. And that, I suggest, is really the great issue before us in the elections on October 18. [Read more…]

Malcolm Fraser’s 1980 Liberal Party Policy Speech

This is the policy speech delivered by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on behalf of the Liberal Party for the 1980 Federal Election.


The speech was delivered on September 30, 1980 at the Moorabbin Town Hall, in Melbourne, and was broadcast live on ABC television.

This was Fraser’s third election as Liberal leader. After becoming prime minister on November 11, 1975, following the Governor-General’s dismissal of Gough Whitlam, Fraser won a landslide victory at the 1975 Federal Election. He repeated the victory in 1977.

However, in 1980 the Liberal-National Party coalition polled 50.4% of the two-party-preferred vote at the election, swing against it of 4.2%. It suffered a net loss of 12 seats, winning 74 to the ALP’s 51. The ALP’s primary vote rose 5.5% to 45.15%. [Read more…]

Gough Whitlam Policy Speech: 1977 Federal Election

This is the audio of Gough Whitlam’s ALP Policy Speech for the 1977 Federal Election.

It was Whitlam’s last election as leader of the ALP. He announced his intention to relinquish the leadership on election night, as the result became clear. He retired from parliament in July 1978. [Read more…]