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1987 Federal Election: Bob Hawke’s ALP Policy Speech

Prime Minister Bob Hawke delivered his policy speech for the 1987 Federal Election on June 23.

The speech was given at the Sydney Opera House. It contains the famous line: “By 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty.”

A Policy Statement from the Hawke government is also shown below.

Text of Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s 1987 Federal Election policy speech.

Fellow Australians,

Never in peace-time has Australia’s future depended so much on a single decision – your decision on the 11th of July.

Never have you, the Australian people, been called upon to – make a more fundamental decision for yourselves, your families – your children – about the way you want your country to go – about what kind of a country you want Australia to be. [Read more…]


1987 Federal Election: National Party Policy Speech

Ian Sinclair, the leader of the National Party, delivered his policy speech for the 1987 Federal election on June 22.

This was Sinclair’s last policy speech as leader. He was overthrown as leader in 1989.

The television broadcast featured Sinclair’s wife, Rosemary, and the entertainer Carol Raye.

  • Watch Ian Sinclair’s policy speech (10m)