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Malcolm Fraser’s 1975 Federal Election Policy Speech

Malcolm Fraser delivered the Liberal Party Policy Speech for the 1975 Federal Election in Melbourne on November 27.

The speech was delayed by two days due to Fraser being ill.

  • Listen to audio of Fraser’s televised speech (30m)

Transcript of Caretaker Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s 1975 Election Policy Speech.

FraserThe Australian people face a historic decision on December 13.

On that day, we will be deciding the future of our country.

Let us all as Australians determine to restore prosperity, defeat inflation and provide jobs for all.

Let us all as Australians decide to reward initiative and encourage achievement.

Let us decide to realise at last the aspirations of all Australians for security, self-respect and for freedom to control our own lives.

This election results from the dishonesty and incompetence of the Whitlam Labor Government. [Read more…]


Doug Anthony: Country Party 1975 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the audio of Country Party leader Doug Anthony’s policy speech for the 1975 Federal Election.

Anthony was Deputy Prime Minister in the caretaker Fraser administration, appointed following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11. [Read more…]


1974 Federal Election: Liberal Leader Billy Snedden’s Policy Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Billy Snedden, delivered his 1974 federal election policy speech on behalf of the Liberal Party, in Sydney, on April 30, 1974.

SneddenSnedden was 47 when he gave this speech. He entered parliament in 1955 as the member for the eastern suburban Melbourne electorate of Bruce. Sir Robert Menzies appointed him Attorney-General in 1964. He subsequently became Minister for Immigration and then Minister for Labour and National Service. He became Treasurer when William McMahon became Prime Minister in 1971, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in August 1971 after John Gorton was sacked.

Following the Coalition’s defeat in 1972, Snedden became the Liberal Party’s 5th leader and the nation’s 18th Leader of the Opposition. [Read more…]


1966 Federal Election: Harold Holt Liberal Party Policy Speech

This is the Liberal Party policy speech for the 1966 Federal Election, delivered by the Prime Minister, Harold Holt.

The speech was delivered on November 8.

This was Harold Holt’s first election as leader, following the retirement of the party’s founder, Sir Robert Menzies, in January. It was the first time the Liberal Party had contested an election with a leader other than Menzies.

The chief campaign issue was the Vietnam War. The President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, had visited Australia just prior to the election campaign.

Holt secured a 4.3% swing to the coalition. It won a landslide victory with 56.9% of the two-party-preferred vote and 82 seats in the House of Representatives to the ALP’s 41.

It was Holt’s only election as Liberal leader. He drowned a year later in December 1967.

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UK Labour Party Manifesto – 1945 General Election

This is the full text of the British Labour Party’s Election Manifesto for the 1945 General Election.

The election was held on July 5, 1945, just two months after the end of the war in Europe. Led by Clement Atlee, the Labour Party unexpectedly defeated the Conservative Party led by Winston Churchill. Labour won 393 seats to the Conservatives 197. Atlee won a second election in 1950 but was defeated in 1951.

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Labour Party Manifesto for the 1945 British General Election.

1945 Labour Manifesto

A Declaration of Labour Policy for the Consideration of the Nation

VICTORY IN WAR MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A PROSPEROUS PEACE

Victory is assured for us and our allies in the European war. The war in the East goes the same way. The British Labour Party is firmly resolved that Japanese barbarism shall be defeated just as decisively as Nazi aggression and tyranny. The people will have won both struggles. The gallant men and women in the Fighting Services, in the Merchant Navy, Home Guard and Civil Defence, in the factories and in the bombed areas – they deserve and must be assured a happier future than faced so many of them after the last war. Labour regards their welfare as a sacred trust. [Read more…]