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John Howard’s 1998 Election Night Victory Speech

Prime Minister John Howard has claimed victory in the 1998 Federal Election that has seen a large swing against his government and the loss of between 15 and 20 seats.

Howard told supporters that whilst the final result would not be clear for days, the coalition would have a “working majority in the parliament”.

  • Listen to Howard’s speech (11m)

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s victory speech.

Thank you very much. And can I say to my fellow Australians that, although the final result in terms of seats will not be determined before some days yet, it is clear that the Coalition will have a working majority in the new Parliament. [Read more…]


John Cain Claims Victory In Victoria; Third Consecutive Win For Labor

This is audio of Victorian Labor Premier John Cain claiming victory in the 1988 state election.

Cain led Labor to its third consecutive victory, having previously won in 1982 and 1985. He stood down in 1990 and was replaced by Joan Kirner, who led the party to defeat in 1992.

Cain is Victorian Labor’s longest-serving Premier.

  • Listen to Cain (4m)

1983 Federal Election: Triumphant Hawke Arrives At National Tally Room And Claims Victory

Bob Hawke arrived at the National Tally Room in Canberra on election night – March 5, 1983 – to applause and adulation.

These two videos show how Hawke’s arrival was shown by ABC television and Channel 10: [Read more…]


1980 Federal Election: Malcolm Fraser’s Victory Speech

This is Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s victory speech in the 1980 Federal Election.

Despite losing ground, Fraser’s coalition government survived and governed for its third, and final, term. [Read more…]