Cabinet records release – 1990 and 1991 in pictures

This selection of photographs was published to coincide with the release of the 1990 and 1991 Cabinet records of the Hawke Government. The photographs, which depict some key events of the period, are in the National Archives' collection. 

Please cite the National Archives of Australia if you reproduce any of these images.

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    Prime Minister Bob Hawke opening the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Perth, November 1990.
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    Prime Minister Bob Hawke receiving the original Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act from Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain Sir Geoffrey Howe, August 1990. The document was a gift to the Australian people from the British government.
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    Prime Minister of Malta Edward Fenech Adami with Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Cabinet ministers Graham Richardson and Gerry Hand at the signing of the social security agreement between Australia and Malta, August 1990.
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    Foreign Minister Gareth Evans addressing the eleventh Australia–Japan Ministerial Committee, May 1991.
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    The Ministry of the fourth Hawke government after its swearing-in at Government House, April 1990.
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    Treasurer John Kerin delivering his first Budget speech, August 1991. Paul Keating, who had recently resigned as Treasurer following an unsuccessful leadership challenge to Prime Minister Bob Hawke, can be seen on the backbench.
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    John Howard and Gareth Evans in the National Tally Room on election night, 24 March 1990. Labor won the election, with a small swing towards the Coalition.
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    Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Tourism Ros Kelly with school children at the launch of a brochure on the greenhouse effect, April 1990.
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    Treasurer John Kerin delivering his first Budget speech, August 1991. Paul Keating, who had recently resigned as Treasurer following an unsuccessful leadership challenge to Prime Minister Bob Hawke, can be seen on the backbench.
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    Prime Minister Bob Hawke and New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner at the South-East Forest Agreement discussions, October 1990. As a result of the agreement 45,000 hectares of land was transferred from state forests to conservation reserves.
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    Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the South-East Forest Agreement discussions, October 1990.
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    Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, October 1990. Mandela was only recently freed from prison.
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    Prime Minister Bob Hawke and journalist George Negus at the launch of the Environmental Futures Group, March 1991.
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    Treasurer Ralph Willis giving his first press conference, December 1991. Willis had recently succeeded John Kerin as Treasurer.
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    Minister for Trade and Overseas Development Neal Blewett and his Iranian counterpart at the signing of the Australian–Iran Joint Ministerial Commission, May 1991.
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    An Australian chemical weapons inspection team, 1991.
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    Anti-Gulf War protestors on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra, January 1991.
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    Guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney leaving Sydney for the Persian Gulf, 1991. The ship was serving with Operation Damask, Australia's main contribution to the Gulf War.
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    Children at the Muslim Community Primary and High School, Perth, 1990. This was the first Muslim school in Western Australia.
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    Telecom poster advertising its 008 toll free service for businesses, September 1990.
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