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David Butler: 1983 Election Retrospect

This is an article by the British election expert David Butler on the outcome of the 1983 Federal Election.

The article was first published in Current Affairs Bulletin and reproduced in Victorian HSC Politics curriculum documents.

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Video Scenes From 1983 Federal Election Night

On election night, March 5, 1983, it soon became clear that Bob Hawke’s ALP had defeated Malcolm Fraser’s Liberal-National Coalition.

However, some Liberals, including Andrew Peacock and Ian MacPhee, were reluctant to give up hope that the government might hang on.

This video shows some scenes from the election counting. The media panel includes David Butler, Jim Waley, Max Walsh and George Negus. It features Andrew Peacock, Ian MacPhee and the incoming Treasurer, Paul Keating. [Read more…]