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Hawke Government: 1984

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1984 newspaper collage [Image Source: unknown]The two principal instruments of the Hawke Keating alliance and economic strategy initiated in 1983, the Accord and the deregulation of Australia's financial system continued into the new year of 1984. Bob Hawke wrote in his memoirs that the then Federal Treasurer, Paul Keating shared my desire for a modern, relevant party committed to economic growth rather than merely more equitable shares of a diminished cake (Hawke, RJL 1994, pg 235)

A crucial step in this direction was to forge an industrial relations system more flexible in the demands of international markets and co-operation between the unions and government continued to indicate that the government's strategy was in keeping with its Labor traditions.

In 1984 changes to Australia's education and training system began under the leadership of Prime Minister Bob Hawke and continued over the following years of the Hawke government. Changes that included amalgamations of smaller tertiary training institutions, the creation of new universities from former Colleges of Advanced Education, the setting of national curriculum standards for schools, upgrading the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector and the establishment of national training and qualification standards.


JANUARY

Consumer Confidence Booms by Newell, Malcolm

The Advertiser, January 13, 1984: Report confirms predictions of strong economic recovery resulting in increased consumer confidence. With the creation of 159,000 jobs Mr. Hawke said the Government are well on its way to meeting its election commitment of creating 500,000 jobs within its first term.

Hawke Travels Problem Trail in Asia by Brown, Wallace

The Herald, January 30, 1984: Bob Hawke embarks on his third overseas trip since becoming prime Minister an 18-day visit through five nations and Hong Kong to reassure those with whom Australia's future lies in the world's fastest-growing economic region. Article contains a photo of Mr Hawke, his proposed route and a political cartoon


FEBRUARY

Medicare health system introduced

With the introduction of the Medicare program Australia now has for the first time a fair, affordable and stable health insurance system covering all Australians. Medicare has put an end to all the changes in health insurance policy that have marked the past decade Prime Minister Bob Hawke, 1984

Prime Minister Bob Hawke hosts a dinner in Tokyo for Japanese Prime Minister Mr Nakasone (opens in new window)

Mr and Mrs Hawke with Emperor Hirohito during their visit to Japan  [Image Source: Imperial Household Agency, Japan]Mr. Hawke honours his hosts, and reflects upon the diverse relationship between Australia and Japan highlighting various issues of mutual interest to Australia and Japan, including the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, the Soviet military expansion and how best to achieve global trade liberalisation.

'Japan helps Hawke map future' by Brown, Wallace

The Herald, February 6, 1984: Prime Minister Bob Hawke hosts a dinner in Tokyo for Japanese Prime Minister Mr Nakasone. Mr Hawke honours his hosts, and reflects upon the diverse relationship between Australia and Japan highlighting various issues of mutual interest to Australia and Japan, including the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, the Soviet military expansion and how best to achieve global trade liberalisation.

PM visits Seoul in momentous times by Ellercamp, Paul

The Australian, February 6, 1984: Political correspondent Paul Ellercamp details Mr Hawke's visit and the guests he will meet in both South and North Korea. Article includes a photograph of Mr Hawke reviewing the honour guard at Kimpo airport

Bob Hawke attends President Chun's Dinner (opens in new window)

Mr Hawke discusses the long term relationship between Australia and Korea, dating back to the Korean War. He expresses sorrow over the shooting down of a KAL flight be Soviet aircraft and discusses the deteriorating relationship between the superpowers and the stalled disarmament process

Bob Hawke attends Shanghai City Banquet (opens in new window)

Mr Hawke discusses the expanding trade and commercial relationship between Australia and China. He outlines a number of profiles to increase Australia's trading profile in China, and to assist marketing of Chinese goods in Australia

China welcomes a working class hero by Baker, Mark

The Age, February 9, 1984: To the Chinese observer Bob Hawke is a hero of the working class. He is a survivor of noble poverty, a champion of the struggle.. so says Mark Baker in his Hawke in Asia article


MARCH

The charisma lingers by Randall, Kenneth

The Australian Financial Review, March 2: Hawke one year later and the first anniversary of his election as Prime Minister of Australia

A performance that has the critics reeling by Costigan, Peter

The Herald, March 5 pg 3, 1984: 12 months on and Hawke is firmly in charge a review of Hawke s first year in federal politics

Address to the Health and Research Employees Association of Australia (opens in new window)

On the first anniversary of his 1983 election victory Mr. Hawke reflects upon the achievements of his government over the past 12 months. The speech focuses on Medicare and discusses the difficulty in negotiating specialist fee schedules without driving specialists from the public health system


APRIL

Australia s National Colours

Prime Minister Bob Hawke announces on April 18 that green and gold, Australia s sporting colours for years, be officially recognised as our national colours

Federation of Ethnic Communities Council Building

Prime Minister Bob Hawke opens the building in Sydney on April 26, for the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council and strongly defends Australia s non-racial immigration program declaring that any return to a discriminatory quota system is a retrograde step


MAY

Hawke 'Principles in Practice' The First Two Years [Image source: Fabian Society]One Dollar Coin

The one dollar coin is introduced on May 8 to replace the one dollar note

Women's Advisors Meeting (opens in new window)

Mr. Hawke addresses delegates at a two day meeting in Canberra and discusses the progress being made in his government s quest for equal opportunity, the status of women and the initiatives being established in the Commonwealth Public Service

Fabian Society Centenary Dinner (opens in new window)

Mr Hawke delivers a speech at the centenary dinner held in Melbourne to acknowledge 100 years of a voluntary society brought into existence to represent and promote an idea and an ideal for the existence of social democracy


JUNE

Appointment of Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Pam O Neill appointed as Australia s first Sex Discrimination Commissioner on June 27 This appointment follows the second reading of the bill to parliament in March when Mr Hawke outlined the programs and services to be put into place by his Government to advance the status of women

Affirmative Action Discussion Paper (opens in new window)

Mr. Hawke states there is a difference between formal recognition of gender equality and the administrative decisions required to make it a reality. He announces a range of programs for affirmative action within the Australian workforce, both within Government and private enterprise, and says his Government will address the education issues which keep women in low status employment


JULY

Hawke s big chance to unite the party by Ellercamp, Paul

Mr Hawke listening to the discussions at the ALP Conference [Image Source: Peter Mayoh]The Australian, July 7 1984: The ALP conference to be held at The Lakeside Hotel in Canberra is expected to equal the national economic summit for media coverage and will be the supreme test of Hawke s leadership Paul Ellercamp July 7, 1984

36th Biennial National Conference of the Australian Labor Party

Address given by Mr Hawke where he outlines the successes and plans of the government, congratulates the union movement for cooperating with industry to help economic recovery and further outlines the need for fiscal restraint in the coming period

Mr Hawke listening to the discussions at the ALP Conference

Pro-Uranium Policy adopted

Cartoon: Pro-Uranium policy [Image Source: Mark Lynch]Australian Labor Party National Conference adopts a pro-uranium policy

Bulletin-Newsweek Merger (opens in new window)

The merger of the South Pacific edition of Newsweek with The Bulletin was celebrated with a launch at Sydney's Regent Hotel on July 4. The Prime Minister Bob Hawke launched the magazine with a speech to 300 businessmen, political leaders and journalists

'Why Hawke will call an early election this year' by Richard Farmer

The Bulletin. July 11, 1984 pg 26: Prime Minister Bob Hawke is being influenced not by any consideration of the opposition but by the chance to upstage the left wing of his own party in preselection says Richard Farmer


SEPTEMBER

'Emotion and the crime debate' by Laurie Oakes

Real Prime Ministers can cry [Image Source: unknown]The Age September 21, 1984: Bob Hawke and his emotions overcame him in Parliament during the organised crime debate stirring personal reason for detesting those associated with drugs importation and distribution

'Sporting Bob sails into the election' by Peter Costigan

The Herald, September 27, 1984: Canberra Bureau chief Peter Costigan joins Prime Minister Hawke on the campaign trail and though other issues dominate the politically explosive landscape sport remains Bob Hawke s favoured campaign platform

'Real Prime Ministers can cry' by Michelle Grattan

The Age, September 24

Book Launch (opens in new window)

Prime Minister Bob Hawke launches Bruce Stannards book Ben Lexcen: the man, the keel and the cup at Sydney s Cruising Yacht Club

ALP State Council, Adelaide (opens in new window)

Mr. Hawke pays tribute to the organisation of the South Australian branch before launching into an attack on the Liberal leadership. He includes their previous economic record, absence of viable policies and refusal to counteract tax avoidance.


OCTOBER

Federal Election date announced as Dec 1 (opens in new window)

Prime Minister Hawke outlines the timetable for the election, justifies the inclusion of a half Senate and explains why the election is necessary

Censure motion against the Leader of the Opposition (opens in new window)

Mr. Hawke censures the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Peacock, over his allegations of criminal activity against Mr. Hawke and Mr. Keating, his undermining of the Costigan Royal Commission and the National Crime Authority, and his failure to provide Australia with a credible Opposition.

Sorry Bob by O Neill, Gary

The Herald, October 15, 1984: At the politicians vs press gallery cricket match in Canberra Mr Hawke s glasses go flying as the ball hits his face narrowly missing serious injury


NOVEMBER

Sense of United Purpose (opens in new window)

The Age, November 24, 1984: Edited text of the ALP policy speech delivered by Prime Minister, Bob Hawke at the Sydney Opera House on the 13th November.

Hawke s Vision Splendid

Prime Minister Hawke signing autographs during the election campaign [Image Source: unknown]The Age, November 23, 1984: Prime Minister Bob Hawke answers questions from the editor of 'The Age', its political correspondent and associate editor and talks about his dream and more immediate election issues

Election 84 by Hope, Deborah

The Bulletin, November 1984, pg 99: A comprehensive report that studies the odd, issues and the seats with the high popularity of Prime Minister Hawke and the expanded parliament make this election one of the most fascinating

Prime Minister Hawke signing autographs during the election campaign


DECEMBER

Hawke Government Returned

Prime Minister Hawke at the ballot box on 1 December 1984 [Image Source: unknown]The Australian Labor Party returns to Federal Government for a second term with Bob Hawke as Prime Minister

Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the ballot box on December 1, 1984

A subdued winner by Gawenda, Michael

The Age, December 3, 1984: Never before have members of the Labor Party been in the position where they can ..look to taking the country through a decade of Labor Government

Challenges ahead for Hawke and Peacock by Barker, Geoffrey

The Age December 1, 1984: In his State of the Nation update the struggles of Bob Hawke s Labor party are reviewed

Drug Summit Announced

Attorney-General Lionel Bowen writes to all State Premiers and Chief Minister of Northern Territory asking them to attend a drug summit in early 1985 to discuss financing and implementation of a national campaign against drug abuse.