Each election, Prime Ministerial candidates lay out their parties’ platforms in campaign speeches. These speeches are more than just historical records; they tell us about national concerns and political obsessions, wars and drought, industry and society. They speak to – and in some cases, exploit – our aspirations and our fears. We’ve collected speeches by successful and unsuccessful candidates from every election from 1901 right up to the present day.

“We in this generation have no greater responsibility than to pass on intact to future generations Australia's priceless environment.

My Government unequivocally accepts that responsibility.

That's why we stopped the damming of the Franklin.

And that's why we protected our irreplaceable rainforests, the tall forests of Tasmania, the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu.”

Bob Hawke

Australian Labor Party

Delivered at Brisbane, Qld, March 8th, 1990

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“The issue for the 1990s is the renewal of Australia—of family life, of economic institutions, of the right of choice, of Australian society itself. We have the vision, the ability, and the strength to take Australia through the next decade and into the next century. Australia’s problems are too complex to be solved overnight. But with determination and courage they can be solved. ”

Andrew Peacock

Liberal/National coalition

Delivered at Melbourne, Vic, March 5th, 1990

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