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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.

Anthony, John Douglas (Doug)

National/Country Party Member of the House of Representatives 1957–84 (Richmond). Member of the Executive Council without Office (18 December 1963 – 4 March 1964) in the second Menzies government, Minister for the Interior (4 March 1964 – 16 October 1967) in the second Menzies and Holt governments, Minister for Primary Industry (16 October 1967 – 5 February 1971) in the Holt, McEwen and Gorton governments, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry (5 February 1971 – 5 December 1972) in the Gorton and McMahon governments, Deputy Prime Minister (11 November 1975 – 11 March 1983), Minister for Overseas Trade (11 November 1975 – 20 December 1977), Minister for Minerals and Energy (11 November 1975 – 22 December 1975), Minister for National Resources (22 December 1975 – 20 December 1977), Minister for Trade and Resources (20 December 1977 – 11 March 1983) in the Fraser government. Leader of the Country Party 1971–84, Anthony is the son of HL and Jessie Mary Anthony, and the father of Larry Anthony.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 55.

Anthony, Hubert Lawrence

Country Party Member of the House of Representatives 1937–57 (Richmond). Minister without portfolio assisting the Treasurer (28 October 1940 – 26 June 1941), minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce (28 October 1940 – 26 June 1941), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (26 June 1941 – 29 August 1941), Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce (26 June 1941 – 29 August 1941) in the first Menzies government, Minister for Transport (26 June 1941 – 7 October 1941) in the first Menzies and Fadden governments, Postmaster-General (19 December 1949 – 11 January 1956), Minister for Civil Aviation (11 May 1951 – 9 July 1954) in the second Menzies government. Father of Doug Anthony.

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.

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.

Brereton, Laurence (Laurie) John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990–2004 (Kingsford Smith). Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993), Minister for Transport (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Industrial Relations (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

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.

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.

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.

Clinton, William (Bill) Jefferson

Democratic Party President of the United States 1993–2001.

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.

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.

Connor, Reginald (Rex) Francis Xavier

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1963–77 (Cunningham).  Minister for Minerals and Energy (19 December 1972 – 14 October 1975) in the Whitlam government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 433.

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.

Crawford, Mary Catherine

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987–96 (Forde). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

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.

Crosio, Janice Ann

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990–2004 (Prospect). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (23 December 1993 – 25 March 1994), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993) in the Keating government.

Crowley, Rosemary Anne

Labor Party Senator for South Australia 1983–2002. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993), Minister for Family Services (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 437.

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.

Elliott, Robert Paul

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990–96 (Parramatta). Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996).

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.

Faulkner, John Philip

Labor Party Senator for New South Wales 1989– . Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Sport and Territories (1 March 1994 – 25 March 1994), Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government, Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary (3 December 2007 – 9 June 2009), Vice-President of the Executive Council (3 December 2007 – ) and Minister for Defence (9 June 2009 – ) in the Rudd government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 661.

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.

Gear, George

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–84 (Tangney) and 1984–96 (Canning). Assistant Treasurer (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

Gorton, John Grey

Liberal Party Senator for Victoria 1950–68 and Member of the House of Representatives 1968–75 (Higgins), Gorton was Prime Minister in 1968–71. Minister for Education and Science (1966–68) in the Holt, McEwen and Gorton governments, Minister for the Navy (1958–63), minister assisting the Minister for External Affairs (1960–63), Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (1962–63), Minister for the Interior (1963–64) in the second Menzies government, Minister for Works (1963–67), Minister in charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research under the Prime Minister (1963–66) in the second Menzies and Holt governments, Minister for Defence (1971) in the McMahon government.

Read more about John Gorton.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 136.

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.

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.

Hawke, Robert (Bob) James Lee

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–92 (Wills) and Prime Minister 1983–91.

Read more about Bob Hawke.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 390.

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.

Hewson, John

Liberal Member of the House of Representatives 1987–95 (Wentworth), Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1990–94.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 620.

Howard, John Winston

Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives 1974–2007 (Bennelong). Prime Minister (11 March 1996 – 3 December 2007), Treasurer (19 November 1977 – 11 March 1983), Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs (22 December 1975 – 17 July 1977), Minister for Special Trade Negotiation (17 September 1977 – 20 December 1977), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (24 May 1977 – 20 December 1977), Minister for Finance (23 February 1979 – 27 February 1979) in the Fraser government.

Read more about John Howard.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 197.

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.

Johns, Gary Thomas

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987–96 (Petrie). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993), Special Minister of State (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Vice-President of the Executive Council (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993) in the Keating government.

Keating, Annita

Prime ministerial wife 1991–96.

Keating, Michael

Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 1991–96 and formerly head of the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, and head of the Department of Finance.

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, Duncan James Colquhoun

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987– (Denison). Attorney-General (1 April 1993 – 27 April 1993), Minister for Justice (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs (3 December 2007 – ) in the Rudd government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 478.

Kerr, (Sir) John Robert

Governor-General of Australia 1974–77.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 266.

Lang, John (Jack) Thomas

Labor Member of the House of Representatives 1946–49 (Reid). Lang had been a New South Wales parliamentarian 1913–46 and was state Premier 1925–27. He formed a ‘Lang Labor’ splinter group that split the federal parliamentary party in the 1930s.

Lavarch, Michael Hugh

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1987–93 (Fisher) and 1993–96 (Dickson). Attorney-General (27 April 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 666.

Lawrence, Carmen Mary

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1994–2007 (Fremantle). Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Human Services and Health (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 639.

Lee, Michael John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984–2001 (Dobell). Minister for Resources (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993), Minister for Communications (23 December 1993 – 30 January 1994), Minister for Communication and the Arts (30 January 1994 – 11 March 1996), Minister for Tourism (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

Lindsay, Eamon John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–96 (Herbert). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 422.

Major, John

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

Martin, Stephen Paul

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984–93 (Macarthur) and 1993–2002 (Cunningham). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 618.

McEwen, John

Country Party Member of the House of Representatives 1934–37 (Echuca) 1937–49 (Indi), 1949–71 (Murray) and Party leader 1956–71. Prime Minister (19 December 1967 – 10 January 1968), Minister for Trade and Industry (19 December 1967 – 10 January 1968), Minister for the Interior (29 November 1937 – 26 April 1939) in the Lyons and Page governments, Minister for External Affairs (14 March 1940 – 28 October 1940), Minister for Air and Minister for Civil Aviation (28 October 1940 – 7 October 1941) in the first Menzies and Fadden governments, Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (19 December 1949 – 11 January 1956), Minister for Trade (11 January 1956 – 18 December 1963), Minister for Trade and Industry (18 December 1963 – 5 February 1971) in the second Menzies, Holt and Gorton governments, Deputy Prime Minister (10 January 1968 – 5 February 1971) in the Gorton government.

Read more about John McEwen.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 47.

McHugh, Jeannette

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1983–93 (Phillip) and 1993–96 (Grayndler). Minister for Consumer Affairs (27 May 1992 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 667.

McMahon, (Sir) William

Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives 1949–82 (Lowe). Prime Minister (10 March 1971 – 5 December 1972), Minister for Foreign Affairs (6 November 1970 – 22 March 1971) in the Gorton government and his own, Minister for the Navy and Minister for Air (17 July 1951 – 9 July 1954), Minister for Social Services (9 July 1954 – 28 February 1956), Minister for Primary Industry (11 January 1956 – 10 December 1958), Minister for Labour and National Service (10 December 1958 – 26 January 1966), Vice-President of the Executive Council (10 June 1964 – 26 January 1966) in the second Menzies government, Treasurer (26 January 1966 –12 November 1969) in the Holt, McEwen and Gorton governments, Minister for External Affairs (12 November 1969 – 6 November 1970) in the Gorton government.

Read more about William McMahon.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 41.

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.

O’Keefe, Neil Patrick

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1984–2001 (Burke). Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Communications (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport (23 December 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

Patterson, Rex Alan

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1966–75 (Dawson). Minister for Northern Development (19 December 1972 – 6 June 1975), Minister for Northern Australia (6 June 1975 – 21 October 1975), Minister for Agriculture (21 October 1975 – 11 November 1975), Minister for the Northern Territory (19 October 1973 – 11 November 1975) in the Whitlam government.

Peacock, Andrew Sharp

Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives 1966–94 (Kooyong). Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (12 November 1969 – 27 May 1971), Minister for the Army (12 November 1969 – 2 February 1972) in the Gorton and McMahon governments, Minister for External Territories (25 January 1972 – 5 December 1972), Minister Assisting the Treasurer (27 May 1971 – 2 February 1972) in the McMahon government, Minister for Foreign Affairs (11 November 1975 – 3 November 1980), Minister for Environment (11 November 1975 – 22 December 1975), Minister for Industrial Relations (3 November 1980 – 16 April 1981), Minister for Industry and Commerce (7 May 1982 – 11 March 1983) in the Fraser government. Ambassador to the United States 1997–2000.

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.

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.

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.

Schacht, Christopher Cleland

Labor Party Senator for South Australia 1987–2002. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Science and Small Business (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

National Archives of Australia Commonwealth Person CP 569.

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.

Sherry, Nicholas (Nick) John

Labor Party Senator for Tasmania 1990– . Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (3 December 2007 – 9 June 2009), Assistant Treasurer (9 June 2009 – ) in the Rudd 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.

Smith, Stephen Francis

Adviser to Prime Minister Keating 1991–92. Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1993– (Perth). Minister for Foreign Affairs (3 December 2007 – ) in the Rudd 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.

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.

Theophanous, Andrew Charles

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1980–84 (Burke), 1984–2000 (Calwell)and Independent member 2000–2001. Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (24 March 1993 – 11 March 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services (24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services (23 December 1993 – 25 March 1994), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Human Services and Health (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

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.

Walker, Francis (Frank) John

Labor Party Member of the House of Representatives 1990–96 (Robertson). Special Minister of State (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Vice-President of the Executive Council (24 March 1993 – 25 March 1994), Minister for Administrative Services (25 March 1994 – 11 March 1996) in the Keating government.

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, (Sir) Eric

Liberal Party Member of the New South Wales parliament, Premier 1976.

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.

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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