Cabinet records release – 1994 and 1995 in pictures

This selection of photographs was published to coincide with the release of the 1994 and 1995 Cabinet records of the Keating Government. The photographs, which depict some key events of the period, are in the National Archives' collection. 

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    Kim Beazley shakes Governor-General Bill Hayden's hand after being sworn in as Minister for Finance, Government House, Canberra, 23 December 1993. Kim Beazley served as Finance Minister for the remainder of the Keating government's term.
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    The aftermath of the eastern seaboard fires, January 1994. Four people, including three firefighters, were killed in fires that destroyed around 800,000 hectares of New South Wales, from Bega in the south to the Queensland border.
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    Prince Charles views a portrait of his mother Queen Elizabeth II hanging in New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney, 25 January 1994.
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    Prince Charles speaks with a miner at Mount Lyell copper mine in Queenstown, Tasmania, 29 January 1994.
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    Newly sworn-in members of the second Keating Cabinet outisde Government House, Canberra, 25 March 1994. Back row: Robert Ray, Con Sciacca, Gary Johns, John Faulkner, Chris Schacht, Mary Crawford, Peter Baldwin. Front row: Arch Bevis, Gary Punch, Carmen Lawrence, Governor-General Bill Hayden, Prime Minister Paul Keating, Brian Howe, Peter Cook.
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    King Bhumibol of Thailand, Prime Minister Paul Keating and President of Laos Nouhak Phoumsavanh open the Friendship Bridge connecting Nong Khai in Thailand and Vientiane Prefecture in Laos, 8 April 1994. The bridge was funded by Australia as a gift to the people of Thailand and Laos.
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    Paul Keating visits Hellfire Pass on the former Burma Railway, 9 April 1994. More than 2700 Australian prisoners of war died working on the railway during the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II.
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    Leader of the Opposition John Hewson delivers his budget reply speech in front of members of his front bench in the House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, 12 May 1994.
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    Alexander Downer greets the press following a leadership spill in Parliament House, Canberra, 23 May 1994. He defeated former Leader of the Opposition John Hewson 43 votes to 36.
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    'The wooden boy who told lies grew a long nose! So did Long Nose Point when it concealed the rightful name of Yurulbin.' Jimmy Little and his wife Marjorie Rose Peters unveil the plaque renaming the former Long Nose Point as Yurulbin Park, Sydney, 8 July 1994.
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    Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Cathy Freeman with Carmen Lawrence, who was the Minister for Human Services and Health, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, 22 September 1994.
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    Hannah Beazley photographs her father Kim Beazley in a Parliament House courtyard while on work experience with AUSPIC, the Australian Government Photographic Services, Canberra, 13 October 1994. The year 2017 marks 50 years of AUSPIC.
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    A farmer and his dog stand alongside a dried up dam, Queensland, November 1994. The severity of the drought caused the failure of wheat and barley crops, requiring grain to be imported from other states.
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    Minister for Foreign Affairs Gareth Evans shakes hands with South African President Nelson Mandela at the United Nations' 49th General Assembly in New York, 3 October 1994.
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    Prime Minister Paul Keating and US President Bill Clinton during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia, 15 November 1994.
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    Minister for Trade Bob McMullan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Gareth Evans and Prime Minister Paul Keating during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia, 15 November 1994.
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    Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Lowitja (Lois) O'Donoghue presents a report on the first three years of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation to the Presiding Officers, as Chairperson of the Council Pat Dodson looks on, Parliament House, Canberra, 17 November 1994.
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    Annita Keating and Prime Minister Paul Keating host former president George H W Bush and his wife Barbara at Kirribilli House, Sydney, 20 November 1994. The former president visited Australia to address corporate audiences on trade and politics in the Asia–Pacific region.
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    His Holiness Pope John Paul II, escorted by Governor-General Bill Hayden, arrives in Sydney for the beatification of Mary MacKillop, 18 January 1995.
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    His Holiness Pope John Paul II blesses a young girl during his visit to Sydney for the beatification of Mary MacKillop, 19 January 1995.
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    His Holiness Pope John Paul II waves to the crowd on his way to preside over the Mass beatifying Mary MacKillop, Sydney, 19 January 1995.
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    John Howard, with incumbent deputy leader Peter Costello, holds a press conference to announce his victory in a Liberal Party leadership spill following Alexander Downer's resignation, Parliament House, Canberra, 30 January 1995.
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    Prime Minister Paul Keating lays a wreath at Kranji War Memorial, Singapore, 5 March 1995.
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    Deputy President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Prime Minister Paul Keating attend the opening of the Global Cultural Diversity Conference in Sydney, 26 April 1995.
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    Prime Minister Paul Keating meets with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Bonn, 6 March 1995.
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    Prime Minister Paul Keating and his wife Annita walk through the Brandenburg Gate with Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen and his wife Monika, Berlin, 9 March 1995.
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    Australian and Aboriginal flags. The Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag were granted 'Flag of Australia' status under the Flags Act 1953 on 14 July 1995.
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