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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…]

1963 Federal Election: Sir Robert Menzies Policy Speech

This is the policy speech delivered by the Liberal Party Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, for the 1963 Federal Election.

Menzies was seeking re-election to a seventh consecutive term. His Liberal-Country Party coalition government had been elected in 1949 and re-elected in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958 and 1961.

It was to be Menzies’s last election. Following a comfortable victory, he served as prime minister for another two years before retiring on Australia Day, 1966.


1949 Federal Election: Robert Menzies Liberal Party Policy Speech

This is the Liberal Party policy speech by Robert Menzies for the 1949 Federal Election.

It was delivered on November 10, 1949.

Menzies defeated the ALP under Ben Chifley and ended eight years of Labor government that had begun in 1941 when Menzies was forced to resign as prime minister and the Fadden government was defeated in the House of Representatives.

Menzies formed the Liberal Party from the remnants of the United Australia Party and a disparate group of community organisations. He was defeated in the 1946 Federal Election.

The election was held on December 10, 1949. It was a pivotal year that is now seen as a demarcation line between pre- and post-war politics. The House of Representatives was increased in size from 75 members to 121. The Liberal-Country Party coalition won 74 seats to the ALP’s 47. The coalition won 51% of the two-party-preferred vote.