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Abeles, (Sir) Peter

Influential businessman from the 1970s until his death in 1999. An immigrant from postwar Hungary in 1949, he became head of TNT Transport, joint head of Ansett Airlines, and a friend and business partner of Rupert Murdoch. Abeles took part in the 1983 National Economics Summit, and was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank in 1984.

Baldwin, Peter Jeremy

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–98 (Sydney). Minister for Employment and Education Services (4 April 1990 – 7 May 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services (7 May 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister Assisting the Treasurer (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Social Security (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

Barnard, Lance Herbert

Labor Member of the House of Representatives 1954–75 (Bass). Deputy Prime Minister (5 December 1972–74), Minister for Defence, Minister for Supply, Minister for the Army, Minister for the Navy, Minister for Air, Postmaster-General, Minister for Labour and National Service, Minister for Social Security, Minister for Immigration, Minister for the Interior, Minister for Primary Industry, Minister for Repatriation, Minister for Health, Minister for National Development (5 December 1972 – 19 December 1972) in the first Whitlam ministry. Minister for Defence (19 December 1972 – 6 June 1975), Minister for Supply (19 December 1972 – 9 October 1973), Minister for the Army, Minister for the Navy and Minister for Air (19 December 1972 – 30 November 1973) in the Whitlam government, then Australia’s Ambassador to Sweden. Son of HC Barnard and Martha Barnard.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 94.

Beazley, Kim Christian

Labor Member of the House of Representatives 1980–93 (Swan) and 1993–2007 (Brand). Leader of the Labor Opposition 1996–01 and January 2005 to December 2006, and son of Kim E Beazley. Beazley was special Minister of State (14 July 1983 – 21 January 1984), Minister for Aviation (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Defence (13 December 1984 – 4 April 1990), Vice-President of the Executive Council (15 February 1988 – 1 February 1991), Minister for Transport and Communications (4 April 1990 – 9 December 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister for Finance (9 December 1991 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Employment, Education and Training (27 December 1991 – 23 December 1993), deputy Prime Minister (20 June 1995 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Finance (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government. Son of Kim E Beazley.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 337.

Beddall, David Peter

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–84 (Fadden) and 1984–98 (Rankin). Minister for Small Business and Customs (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Resources (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Communications (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 495.

Bevis, Archibald Ronald

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990– (Brisbane). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

Bilney, Gordon Neil

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–96 (Kingston). Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Development Co-operation and Pacific Island Affairs (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 501.

Bin Mohamad, Mahathir

Dr Mahathir was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003.

Blewett, Neal

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–94 (Bonython). Minister for Health (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Community Service and Health (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Trade Negotiations (4 April 1990 – 1 February 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991), Minister for Trade and Overseas Development (1 February 1991 – 27 December 1991), Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Social Security (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 373.

Bolkus, Nick

Labor Party Senator for South Australia 1981–2005. Minister for Consumer Affairs (15 February 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Prices (15 February 1988 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for Administrative Services (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 505.

Bowen, Lionel Frost

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1969–90 (Kingsford Smith). Minister for Manufacturing Industry (6 June 1975 – 11 November 1975), special Minister of State (30 November 1973 – 6 June 1975), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (30 November 1973 – 12 June 1974), Postmaster-General (19 December 1972 – 12 June 1974), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in matters relating to the Public Service (12 June 1974 – 11 November 1975) in the Whitlam government, Deputy Prime Minister (11 March 1983 – 24 March 1990), Minister for Trade (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Commonwealth-State Relations (11 March 1983 – 24 March 1990), Vice-President of the Executive Council (14 July 1983 – 24 July 1987), Attorney-General (13 December 1984 – 24 March 1990) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 477.

Brown, Robert James

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–84 (Hunter) and 1984–98 (Charlton). Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for Land Transport (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 647.

Brown, John Joseph

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–90 (Parramatta). Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce (25 May 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Administrative Services (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 414.

Bush (Sr), George Herbert Walker

Republican Party President of the United States 1989–93.

Button, John Norman

Labor Party Senator for Victoria 1974–93. Minister for Industry and Commerce (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Minister for Communication (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984) in the Hawke government, Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (13 December 1984 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 341.

Calwell, Arthur Augustus

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1940–72 (Melbourne). Minister for Information (21 September 1943 – 19 December 1949) in the Curtin, Forde and Chifley governments, Minister for Immigration (13 July 1945 – 19 December 1949) in the Chifley government. Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party 1960–67.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 82.

Chifley, Joseph Benedict (Ben)

Labor Member of the House of Representatives 1928–31 and 1940–51 (Macquarie) and Prime Minister and Treasurer (13 July 1945 – 19 December 1949). Chifley was Minister for Defence 1931–32 in the Scullin government, Treasurer 1941–45 in the Curtin and Forde governments, and Minister for Postwar Reconstruction 1942–45.

Read more about Ben Chifley.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 268.

Codd, Michael

Head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Secretary to Cabinet 1986–92, Codd's first Public Service position was as a statistician 1962–69. He was then deputy head of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1978–81, head of the Department of (Employment and) Industrial Relations 1981–82, Chairman of the Industries Assistance Commission 1983–85, and first head of the Department of Community Services 1985–86.

Cohen, Barry

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1969–90 (Roberston). Minister for Home Affairs and Environment (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Bicentennial (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 351.

Cohen, Samuel Herbert

Labor Party Senator for Victoria from 1962 until his death in 1969. Cohen was a founding member of the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism in 1942, and promoted the idea of consensus. In 1970 the annual Cohen lecture was established in his memory.

Cole, Bill

Head of the Department of Finance 1976–78, head of the Defence Department 1983–86, chairman of the Public Service Board 1978–83, Australian Statistician 1976, first Assistant Secretary to the Treasury 1972–76.

Collins, Robert Lindsay

Labor Party Senator for the Northern Territory 1987–98. Minister for Shipping (4 April 1990 – 7 May 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Northern Australia (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991), Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support (7 May 1990 – 27 May 1992) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Northern Australia (27 December 1991 – 27 May 1992), Minister for Transport and Communications (27 May 1992 – 23 December 1993), Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 628.

Cook, Peter Francis Salmon

Labor Party Senator for Western Australia 1983–2005. Minister for Resources (19 January 1988 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Industrial Relations (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support (27 May 1992 – 24 March 1993), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Trade (24 March 1993 – 10 January 1994), Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development (30 January 1994 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Industry, Science and Technology (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 432.

Crean, Simon Findlay

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990– (Hotham) and Leader of the Opposition (2001–03). Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Science (4 April 1990 – 4 June 1991), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (4 April 1990 – 4 June 1991), Minister for Science and Technology (4 April 1990 – 4 June 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (4 June 1991 – 23 December 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Employment, Education and Training (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government and Minister for Trade (3 December 2007 – ) in the Rudd government. The son of Frank Crean.

Curtin, John Joseph

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1928–31 and 1934–45 (Fremantle), Prime Minister (1941–45), Minister for Defence Coordination (1941–42), and Minister for Defence (1942–45).

Read more about John Curtin.

 

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 258.

Dawkins, John Sydney

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1974–75 (Tangney) and 1977–94 (Fremantle). Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (28 July 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Finance (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Trade (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government, Minister for Employment, Education and Training (24 July 1987 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Treasurer (27 December 1991 – 23 December 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 571.

Duffy, Michael John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–96 (Holt). Minister for Communications (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Trade Negotiations (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Attorney-General (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 596.

Duncan, Peter

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984–96 (Makin). Minister for Land Transport and Infrastructure Support (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister for Employment and Education Services (19 January 1988 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General (27 December 1991 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 375.

Elizabeth II, Queen

British monarch and Queen of Australia, succeeding to the throne on the death of her father King George VI in 1952.

Emerson, Craig Anthony

Labor Party Member for the House of Representatives 1998– (Rankin). Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy and Minister Assisting the Finance Minister on Deregulation (3 December 2007 – ) and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs (9 June 2009 – ) in the Rudd government. Formerly Assistant Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1986 and Economic and Environmental Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1986–90).

Evans, Gareth John

Labor Party Senator for Victoria 1978–96. Attorney-General (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Resources and Energy (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Minister for Foreign Affairs (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Transport and Communications (24 July 1987 – 2 September 1988) in the Hawke government, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (2 September 1988 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Foreign Affairs (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government. Labor Member of the House of Representatives (1996–1999).

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 339.

Fatin, Wendy Frances

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–84 (Canning) and 1984–96 (Brand). Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Local Government (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for the Arts and Territories (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 470.

Forde, Francis (Frank) Michael

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1922–46 (Capricornia). Assistant Minister for Customs (22 October 1929 – 4 February 1931), Trade and Customs (4 February 1931 – 6 January 1932), Prime Minister (6 July 1945 – 13 July 1945) and Minister for the Army (7 October 1941 – 1 November 1946) in the Curtin and Chifley governments as well as his own, Minister for Defence (15 August 1946 – 1 November 1946) in the Chifley government.

Read more about Francis Forde.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 81.

Fraser, Tamara (Tamie)

Prime ministerial wife 1974–83.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 308.

Fraser, John Malcolm

Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives 1955–83 (Wannon) and Prime Minister 1975–83. Minister for the Army (26 January 1966 – 28 February 1968) in the Holt, McEwen and Gorton governments, Minister for Education and Science (28 February 1968 – 12 November 1969), Minister for Defence (12 November 1969 – 8 March 1971) in the Gorton government, Minister for Education and Science (20 August 1971 – 5 December 1972) in the McMahon government.

Read more about Malcolm Fraser.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 51.

Free, Ross Vincent

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–84 (Macquarie) and 1984–96 (Lindsay). Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (4 April 1990 – 4 June 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science (4 June 1991 – 27 December 1991), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (4 June 1991 – 27 December 1991), Minister for Science and Technology (4 June 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 668.

Garnaut, Ross

Chair of Australia’s Climate Change Review 2008 and Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Garnaut also served the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser as a trade negotiator and in 1980 was Deputy Chair of the first Pacific Economic Conference (now the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference). From 1983 he was an influential economic adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and was Australia’s Ambassador to China 1985–88.

Gietzelt, Arthur Thomas

Labor Party Senator for New South Wales 1971–89. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

Griffiths, Alan Gordon

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–96 (Maribyrnong). Minister for Resources (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Tourism (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Science, Technology and Regional Development (24 March 1993 – 23 January 1994) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 483.

Grimes, Donald (Don) James

Labor Party Senator for Tasmania 1974– 87. Minister for Social Security (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Community Services (13 December 1984 – 16 February 1987) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 378.

Hand, Gerard (Gerry) Leslie

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–93 (Melbourne). Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 597.

Harradine, Brian

Independent Senator for Tasmania 1975–2005 and a former member of the Labor Party, expelled in 1975.

Hawke, Hazel

Prime ministerial wife 1983–91.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 586.

Hayden, William (Bill) George

Governor-General 1989–96. Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1961–88 (Oxley). Minister for Social Security (19 December 1972 – 6 June 1975), Treasurer (6 June 1975 – 11 November 1975) in the Whitlam government, Minister for Foreign Affairs (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (24 July 1987 – 17 August 1988) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 626.

Holding, Allan Clyde

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–98 (Melbourne Ports). Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (15 February 1988 – 2 September 1988), Minister for Arts, Tourism and Territories (22 May 1989 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs (15 February 1988 – 2 September 1988), Minister Assisting the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Transport and Communication Support (19 January 1988 – 15 February 1988), Minister for Employment Services and Youth Affairs (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister for the Arts and Territories (2 September 1988 – 22 May 1989), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (24 July 1987 – 15 February 1988) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 434.

Howe, Brian Leslie

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–96 (Batman). Minister for Defence Support (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Social Security (13 December 1984 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Community Services and Health (4 April 1990 – 7 June 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Commonwealth–State relations (4 June 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Justice (2 September 1988 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services (7 June 1991 – 23 December 1993), Deputy Prime Minister (3 June 1991 – 20 June 1995) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services (23 December 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Housing and Regional Development (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 512.

Humphreys, Benjamin (Ben) Charles

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–96 (Griffith). Minister for Veteran’s Affairs (24 July 1987 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Northern Australia (27 May 1992 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 704.

Hurford, Christopher (Chris) John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1969–87 (Adelaide). Minister for Housing and Construction (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce (11 March 1983 – 25 May 1983), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (25 May 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (13 December 1984 – 16 February 1987), Minister for Community Services (16 February 1987 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 219.

Jones, Barry Owen

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–98 (Lalor). Minister for Science and Technology (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Science (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Science and Small Business (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business (19 January 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science and Technology (8 May 1989 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 394.

Keating, Annita

Prime ministerial wife 1991–96.

Keating, Paul John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1969–96 (Blaxland) and Prime Minister (20 December 1991 – 11 March 1996). Minister for Northern Australia (21 October 1975 – 11 November 1975) in the Whitlam government, Treasurer (11 March 1983 – 3 June 1991), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Commonwealth–State Relations (4 April 1990 – 3 June 1991), Deputy Prime Minister (4 April 1990 – 3 June 1991) in the Hawke government.

Read more about Paul Keating.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 665.

Kelly, Roslyn (Ros) Joan

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–95 (Canberra). Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Science and Personnel (24 July 1987 – 18 September 1987), Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (18 September 1987 – 6 April 1989), Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support (6 April 1989 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (23 December 1993 – 1 March 1994), Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (24 March 1993 – 1 March 1994) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 529.

Kelty, William (Bill)

Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1982–2000 and assistant secretary 1977–83, Kelty had been an industrial advocate and research officer for the Federated Storemen and Packers’ Union 1970–74 and for the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1974–77.

Kerin, John Charles

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1972–75 (Macarthur) and 1978–93 (Werriwa). Minister for Primary Industry (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (24 July 1987 – 4 June 1991), Treasurer (4 June 1991 – 9 December 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister for Transport and Communications (9 December 1991 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Trade and Overseas Development (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 627.

Kerr, (Sir) John Robert

Governor-General of Australia 1974–77.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 266.

Kirby, (Sir) Richard Clarence

Inaugural president of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission 1956–73.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 960.

Lane-Poole, Ruth

Interior designer for The Lodge and Government House, Yarralumla from 29 March 1926. Only Australian timbers were used, the chief adviser being Lane-Poole’s husband Charles, Inspector-General of Forests and appointed by the Bruce–Page government as first head of the new Australian Forestry School in Canberra in 1927. Ruth Lane-Poole had been contracted by the Federal Capital Commission after she had furnished several fashionable homes in Melbourne as a consultant to Myers Pty Ltd, and at the time she was a regular contributor to the new Australian Home Beautiful.

Major, John

Conservative Member of the House of Commons 1976–2001 and Britain’s Prime Minister 1990–97.

McMullan, Robert (Bob) Francis

Labor Party Senator for the ACT 1988–96, Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1996–97 (Canberra) and 1997– (Fraser). Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Trade (30 January 1994 – 11 March 1996), Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (24 March 1993 – 30 January 1994), Minister for Administrative Services (30 January 1994 – 25 March 1994) in the Keating government, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance (3 December 2007 – ) in the Rudd government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 614.

Menadue, John

Menadue was head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1974–76, Australia’s Ambassador to Japan 1976–80, head of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs 1980–83, head of the Department of the Special Minister of State 1983, and head of the Department of Trade 1983–86. He was head of Qantas 1986–89, and a director of Telstra 1994–96. Menadue had been a research officer at the Australian Bureau of Census and Statistics, then private secretary to Gough Whitlam as Leader of the Opposition in 1960–67. In 1967–74 he was general manager of Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited.

Menzies, (Sir) Robert Gordon

United Australia Party/Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives (Kooyong) 1934–66 and Prime Minister 1939–41 and 1949–66. During his terms as Prime Minister he also served as Treasurer (26 April 1939 – 14 March 1940), Minister for Defence Co-ordination (13 November 1939 – 29 August 1941), Minister for Trade and Customs (23 February 1940 – 14 March 1940), Minister for Information (14 March 1940 – 13 December 1940), Minister for Munitions (11 June 1940 – 28 October 1940), Vice-President of the Executive Council (7 March 1951 – 11 May 1951), Minister for External Affairs (4 February 1960 – 22 December 1961), Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (22 December 1961 – 16 February 1962). In the Lyons government Menzies had been Attorney-General (1934–39) and Minister for Industry (1934–39). In the Fadden government he was Minister for Defence Co-ordination (29 August 1941 – 7 October 1941). He had been a Victorian parliamentarian 1928–34.

Read more about Robert Menzies.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 54.

Monk, Albert Ernest

President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1949–73, Monk had been Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall 1920–21, of the Conference of Federated Unions 1933–34, of the Trades Hall Council 1934–39, and of the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1945–49.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 141.

Morris, Peter Frederick

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1972–98 (Shortland). Minister for Transport (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Aviation (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Industrial Relations (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Transport and Communication Support (15 February 1988 – 2 September 1988), Minister for Resources (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister for Housing and Aged Care (19 January 1988 – 15 February 1988), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (19 January 1988 – 2 September 1988), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (15 February 1988 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 436.

Opperman, Hubert Ferdinand (Oppie)

Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives 1947–67 (Corio). Minister for Shipping and Transport (5 February 1960 – 18 December 1963), Minister for Air (10 December 1958 – 29 December 1960) in the second Menzies government, Minister for Immigration (18 December 1963 – 14 December 1966) in the second Menzies and Holt governments.

Price, Leo Roger Spurway

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984– (Chifley). Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (4 June 1991 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 570.

Punch, Gary Francis

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–96 (Barton). Minister for the Arts and Territories (19 January 1988 – 2 September 1988), Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support (2 September 1988 – 28 March 1989) in the Hawke government, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994).

Ray, Robert Francis

Labor Party Senator for Victoria 1981–2008. Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Home Affairs (24 July 1987 – 2 September 1988), Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Communications (19 January 1988 – 2 September 1988) in the Hawke government, Minister for Defence (4 April 1990 – 11 March 1996) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

Reagan, Ronald

Republican Party President of the United States of America 1981–88.

Reynolds, Margaret

Labor Party Senator for Queensland 1983–1999. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (19 January 1988 – 4 April 1990), Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government (24 July 1987 – 18 September 1987), Minister for Local Government (18 September 1987 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 362.

Richardson, Graham Frederick

Labor Party Senator for New South Wales 1983–94. Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (19 January 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister for the Environment and the Arts (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988) in the Hawke government, Vice-President of the Executive Council (1 February 1991 – 18 May 1992), Minister for Social Security (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Transport and Communications (27 December 1991 – 18 May 1992), Minister for Health (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (1 March 1994 – 25 March 1994) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 427.

Ryan, Susan Maree

Labor Party Senator for the ACT 1975–88. Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Affairs (11 March 1983 – 25 May 1983), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (25 May 1983 – 19 January 1988), Minister for Education (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Special Minister of State (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Bicentennial (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Community Services and Health (24 July 1987 – 19 January 1988) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 435.

Scholes, Gordon Glen Denton

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1967–93 (Corio). Minister for Defence (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Territories (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 309.

Sciacca, Concetto (Con) Antonio

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987–96 and 1998–2004 (Bowman). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security (4 April 1990 – 25 March 1994) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Veteran’s Affairs (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (23 December 1993 – 30 January 1994), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Services (30 January 1994 – 25 March 1994) in the Keating government.

Simmons, David William

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–96 (Calare). Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (6 April 1989 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for the Arts, Tourism and Territories (4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Family Support (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Local Government (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

Snowdon, Warren Edward

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987–96, 1998–2001 (Northern Territory) and 2001– (Lingiari). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Communications (4 April 1990 – 27 May 1992) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education and Training (27 May 1992 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories (14 April 1993 – 23 December 1993 and 25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary (Territories) (23 December 1993 – 25 March 1994) in the Keating government, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (3 December 2007 – 9 June 2009), Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery (9 June 2009 – ) in the Rudd government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 641.

Soeharto

President of Indonesia 1968–98.

Staples, Peter Richard

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–84 (Diamond Valley) and 1984–96 (Jagajaga). Minister for Consumer Affairs (24 July 1987 – 15 February 1988), Minister for Housing and Aged Care (15 February 1988 – 7 May 1990), Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Prices (24 July 1987 – 15 February 1988) in the Hawke government; Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services (7 May 1990 – 24 March 1993) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 660.

Stephen, (Sir) Ninian

Governor-General of Australia 1982–89.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 457.

Stone, John Owen

National Party Senator for Queensland. Stone had been a Treasury official from 1954, serving as head of Treasury 1979–84. Stone was Australia’s executive director in the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank in Washington.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 489.

Tate, Michael Carter

Labor Party Senator for Tasmania 1978–93. Special Minister of State (16 February 1987 – 24 July 1987), Parliamentary Secretary for Justice (24 July 1987 – 18 September 1987), Minister for Justice (18 September 1987 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs (4 April 1990 – 27 May 1992) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Justice (27 May 1992 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 439.

Thatcher, (Lady) Margaret

Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister 1979–90.

Tickner, Robert Edward

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984–96 (Hughes). Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (4 April 1990 – 19 December 1991) in the Hawke government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Reconciliation (21 February 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (19 December 1991 – 11 March 1996) in the Hawke and Keating governments.

Uren, Thomas

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1958–90 (Reid). Minister for Urban and Regional Development (19 December 1972 – 11 November 1975) in the Whitlam government, Minister for Territories and Local Government (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Community Development and Regional Affairs (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

Walsh, Peter Alexander

Labor Party Senator for Western Australia 1974–93. Minister for Resources and Energy (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Finance (13 December 1984 – 4 April 1990), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 610.

West, Stewart John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1977–93 (Cunningham). Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984), Minister for Housing and Construction (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Administrative Services (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 386.

Whitlam, Edward Gough

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1952–78 (Werriwa). Prime Minister (5 December 1972 – 11 November 1975), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Treasurer, Attorney-General, Minister for Customs and Excise, Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for Shipping and Transport, Minister for Education and Science, Minister for Civil Aviation, Minister for Housing, Minister for Works, Minister for External Territories, Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts (5 December 1972 – 19 December 1972) in his first two-man ministry, Minister for Foreign Affairs (19 December 1972 – 6 November 1973), Minister for Environment (2 July 1975 – 14 July 1975).

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National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 99.

Willis, Ralph

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1972–98 (Gellibrand). Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (11 March 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (11 March 1983 – 28 July 1983 and 24 July 1987 – 2 September 1988), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Industrial Matters (14 July 1983 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Transport and Communications (2 September 1988 – 4 April 1990), Minister for Industrial Relations (24 July 1987 – 2 September 1988), Minister for Finance (4 April 1990 – 9 December 1991) in the Hawke government, Treasurer (9 December 1991 – 27 December 1991) in the Hawke and Keating governments, Minister for Finance (27 December 1991 – 23 December 1993), Vice-President of the Executive Council (27 May 1992 – 24 March 1993), Treasurer (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 629.

Woolcott, Richard

Australia’s Commissioner in Singapore, High Commissioner in Ghana, Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador to Indonesia, Deputy to the High Commissioner in Malaysia, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1982–88 and Head of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1988–92.

Wran, Neville

Labor Premier of New South Wales 1976–86.

Yeend, (Sir) Geoffrey

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1978-86. Yeend joined the Public Service in 1945, and worked in the Department of Postwar Reconstruction and Department of the Prime Minister, then as private secretary to the Prime Minister in 1952–55 and Assistant Secretary at the Australian High Commission in London 1958–60, before returning to the Prime Minister's Department.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 982.

Young, Michael (Mick) Jerome

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1974–88 (Port Adelaide). Special Minister of State (11 March 1983 – 14 July 1983 and 21 January 1984 – 16 February 1987), Vice-President of the Executive Council (11 March 1983 – 14 July 1983 and 24 July 1987 – 12 February 1988), Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (16 February 1987 – 24 July 1987), Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (24 July 1987 – 12 February 1988), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs (24 July 1987 – 12 February 1988) in the Hawke government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 367.

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