1986 and 1987 – Hawke government

There were two Hawke ministries and Cabinets in 1986 and 1987:

  • Second Hawke Ministry (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987)
  • Third Hawke Ministry (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990).

The Second Hawke Ministry, which was sworn in following the re-election of the government at the double dissolution election held in December 1984, served until the double dissolution election held in July 1987.

The Third Hawke Ministry was sworn in following the re-election of the government at the election held in July 1987 and served until the general election held on 24 March 1990.

1986 and 1987 Cabinet records

The Second Hawke Ministry on the steps of Parliament House, 1987
The Second Hawke Ministry on the steps of Parliament House, 1987. (NAA: A6180, 13/4/87/1)

Submissions

Most Cabinet business is conducted on the basis of formal submissions. As far as possible, submissions are circulated to all ministers before meetings.

Cabinet submissions once lodged may be withdrawn by their originating department or Minister. This could happen because:

  • they were overtaken by events (such as a forthcoming election)
  • the length of time that had elapsed since lodgement without being listed for consideration indicated that the matter was not a priority, or
  • the Cabinet Office returned them as they did not comply with technical requirements (for example, there had been inadequate consultation).

In such cases all copies, other than a master copy retained by the Cabinet Office, were required to be returned to the originating department. Withdrawn submissions are not always found in the folders of submissions but can usually be found in the relevant Cabinet Office file.

During 1986 and 1987, the Hawke Cabinet considered 814 submissions.

A change in Cabinet Office management procedures, introduced with the swearing in of the Second Hawke Ministry in December 1984, saw submissions and memoranda combined into a single series. While still being identified as either a 'submission' or a 'memorandum', papers were controlled within a single sequential numbering system. Rather than commencing with '1' this new series commenced with '1962', which was the first number after allowing for the combined total of numbers used for the issue of submissions and memoranda through the life of the First Hawke Ministry. This series is registered by the National Archives as A14039.

Memoranda

Cabinet memoranda provided a means – other than a formal Cabinet submission – by which a minister could, with the prior consent of the Prime Minister, place a matter before Cabinet.

Cabinet was concerned that the submission should remain the main vehicle by which matters were placed before it. Cabinet memoranda, though, would allow for the presentation to Cabinet of supplementary or other factual information not contained in an original submission, or additional information on a matter specifically called for by Cabinet.

Memoranda were in a format specifically prepared for presentation to Cabinet, and included recommendations, making it more straightforward for Cabinet to reach a decision. They were registered and copies retained by the Cabinet Office. Where a memorandum resulted in a decision by Cabinet, a copy of the decision is attached to the memorandum. Memoranda considered by the second and third Hawke ministries are held in series A14039.

During 1986 and 1987, the Hawke Cabinet considered 1020 memoranda.

Decisions

Cabinet decisions are the essential documented output of the Cabinet process and record the course of action to be taken on a matter following deliberation by Cabinet.

Although much Cabinet business was conducted on the basis of submissions or memoranda, the Prime Minister could decide to raise, or allow a colleague to raise, a matter without formal documentation. In such cases, the Cabinet decision is the only formal record of such deliberations. Even after the introduction of the Cabinet memoranda process many decisions continued to be made with no supporting documentation.

As with submissions and memoranda, Cabinet decisions were allocated a unique number in sequence. Where a decision was made as a result of Cabinet deliberation on a submission or memorandum, a copy of the decision is held with this document. However, it was not uncommon for decisions to be made with no supporting documentation and these are referred to as ‘decisions without submission’.

During 1986 and 1987 the Hawke Cabinet made 3595 decisions, of which 1193 were made without submission.

Cabinet decisions are the outcomes of the deliberations of Cabinet. The series of decisions of the Hawke Cabinet (A13979) contain both the decisions made on a submission or memorandum and those made without a submission or memorandum.

Cabinet Office files

Cabinet Office files contain the originals of the submissions, memoranda and related decisions. They also contain departmental advice and exchanges between officials and ministers not included in the formal Cabinet papers. There is a Cabinet Office file for most submissions and memoranda.

Files for the Hawke Cabinets in 1986 and 1987, which are held in series A11116, have numbers beginning with the prefix 'CA' and are often referred to as 'CA files'.

CA files of interest from 1986 and 1987 can be identified through the Archives' collection database, RecordSearch, where an application for access can also be placed online.

Departmental records

The detailed background papers and earlier drafts of the Cabinet papers can be found on the files of the department that sponsored each Cabinet submission. These papers reveal the detailed deliberations of the Public Service on the topic, and often include the opinions and guidance of the responsible minister. Records can be identified through RecordSearch.

Collection references

Background to 1986 and 1987

At the media briefing on the Cabinet records for 1986 and 1987, two speakers provided context and insights into the issues, events and personalities of those years.

Dr Jim Stokes, the Archives' historical consultant, undertook extensive research of the 1986 and 1987 Cabinet papers and provided an overview of the significant issues and events of these years.

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC provided context and insight into the issues, events and personalities of 1986 and 1987. Professor Evans has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne from 2009 to 2012, and is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University.

He previously spent 21 years in Australian politics, 13 of them as a Cabinet Minister. As Foreign Minister (1988–96) he was best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, concluding the Chemical Weapons Convention, and initiating new Asia Pacific regional economic and security architecture. He has written or edited nine books – most recently The Responsibility to Protect: ending mass atrocity crimes once and for all, published by the Brookings Institution in 2008.

Cabinet members and committees

There were two Hawke Cabinets and two ministries during 1986 and 1987:

  • the Second Hawke Ministry (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987)
  • the Third Hawke Ministry (24 July 1987 – 4 April 1990).

The Second Hawke Ministry, which was sworn in following the re-election of the government at the double dissolution election held in December 1984, served until the double dissolution election held in July 1987. 

The Third Hawke Ministry was sworn in following the re-election of the government at the election held in July 1987 and served until the general election held on 24 March 1990.

Following the election held in December 1984 a change in Cabinet office administrative practice saw the two forms of papers in which matters could be placed before Cabinet – submissions and memoranda – managed within a single record series (A14039). The two formats – the submission which was the detailed and formal information paper, and the memorandum, a briefer document often used to place supplementary or updated information on a subject before Cabinet – were retained, although they were now issued and controlled under a single sequential numbering system.

The practice of Cabinet consisting of some but not all members of the ministry was continued by the Hawke government. A change introduced after the 1987 election saw the departments of state re-organised into 17 'super' portfolios, with the minister of each being a member of Cabinet. All ministers who were not in Cabinet had responsibilities as a junior minister within one of 17 larger departments.

Members of Cabinet during 1986 and 1987 are listed below.

Cabinet members (to 24 July 1987)

Minister Portfolio
Hawke, The Hon Robert James Lee Prime Minister
Bowen, The Hon Lionel Frost Deputy Prime Minister
Attorney-General
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Button, Senator the Hon John Norman Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce
Grimes, Senator the Hon Donald James (to 16 February 1987) Minister for Community Services (to 16 February 1987)
Willis, The Hon Ralph Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (to 24 July 1987)
Keating, The Hon Paul John Treasurer
Young, The Hon Michael Jerome Special Minister of State (to 16 February 1987)
Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (from 16 February 1987)
Walsh, Senator the Hon Peter Alexander Minister for Finance
Hayden, The Hon William George Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ryan, Senator the Hon Susan Maree Minister for Education
Evans, Senator the Hon Gareth John Minister for Resources and Energy
Dawkins, The Hon John Sydney Minister for Trade
Kerin, The Hon John Charles Minister for Primary Industry
West, The Hon Stewart John Minister for Housing and Construction
Beazley, The Hon Kim Christian Minister for Defence
Hurford, The Hon Christopher John Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (to 16 February 1987)
Minister for Community Services (from 16 February 1987 to 24 July 1987)
Howe, The Hon Brian Leslie Minister for Social Security

Cabinet members (from 24 July 1987)

Minister Portfolio
Hawke, The Hon Robert James Lee Prime Minister
Bowen, The Hon Lionel Frost Deputy Prime Minister
Attorney-General
Button, Senator the Hon John Norman Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce
Willis, The Hon Ralph Minister for Industrial Relations
Keating, The Hon Paul John Treasurer
Young, The Hon Michael Jerome Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Walsh, Senator the Hon Peter Alexander Minister for Finance
Hayden, The Hon William George Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ryan, Senator the Hon Susan Maree Special Minister of State
Evans, Senator the Hon Gareth John Minister for Transport and Communications
Dawkins, The Hon John Sydney Minister for Employment, Education and Training
Kerin, The Hon John Charles Minister for Primary Industry and Energy
West, The Hon Stewart John Minister for Administrative Services
Beazley, The Hon Kim Christian Minister for Defence
Howe, The Hon Brian Leslie Minister for Social Security
Brown, The Hon John Joseph Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment and Tourism
Blewett, The Hon Neal Minister for Community Services and Health

Cabinet committees

The following abbreviations refer to the Cabinet committees in 1986 and 1987. They may follow a decision number, which occurs in the list of submissions, memoranda and decisions, indicating the committee of Cabinet that made the decision.

Cabinet committeeAbbreviation
Ad Hoc CommitteeAd Hoc
BudgetB
Economic Policy EP
Expenditure Review
(and Augmented Expenditure Review)
ER (or ERC) (AER)
Industry IND
International and Defence ID
Legal and Administrative LA
Legislation LEG
National Crime Authority NCA
Parliamentary Business PB
Revenue R
Security SEC
Social and Family Policy (from November 1987) SFP
Social Policy (to November 1987) SP
Structural Adjustment (from August 1987) SA
Tax Avoidance Issues TAX

It was usual for decisions made by an Ad Hoc Committee to bear the suffix 'Ad Hoc'.

A number of sub-committees also operated as required to support Cabinet. The Trade Competitiveness Sub-committee (TC), Sub-committee on ACT Self-government (ACT), Sub-committee on Family Assistance (FA) and Sub-committee on Maintenance (SCM) were responsible for a number of decisions in 1986 and 1987.

Decisions made by meetings of the whole Ministry usually bear an 'M' suffix.

Key figures

The following table lists the key people in government in 1986 and 1987 and other significant figures referred to in the selected Cabinet documents. Other figures from the period may be identified by consulting the Commonwealth Government Directory (Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra) for 1986 and 1987, and the Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia (23rd edition, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1986).

Name Role
Beazley, The Hon Kim Christian Minister for Defence
Bjelke-Petersen, The Hon Sir Joh KCMG Premier of Queensland (1968–87)
Blewett, The Hon Neal Minister for Health (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Community Services and Health (from 24 July 1987)
Bowen, The Hon Lionel Frost Deputy Prime Minister
Vice-President of the Executive Council (to 24 July 1987)
Attorney-General
Brown, The Hon John Joseph Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (from 24 July 1987)
Brazil, Patrick Secretary, Attorney-General's Department
Button, Senator the Hon John Norman Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce
Childs, The Hon Gloria Joan Liles Speaker, House of Representatives (from 11 February 1986)
Cohen, The Hon Barry Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Environment (from 13 December 1984)
Cole, Sir William Secretary, Department of Defence
Dawkins, The Hon John Sydney Minister for Trade (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Employment, Education and Training (from 24 July 1987)
Duffy, The Hon Michael John Minister for Communications (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Trade Negotiations (from 24 July 1987)
Duncan, The Hon Peter Minister for Land Transport and Infrastructure Support (from 24 July 1987)
Evans, Senator the Hon Gareth John Minister for Resources and Energy (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Transport and Communications (from 24 July 1987)
Fraser, Bernie Secretary, Department of the Treasury
Gietzelt, Senator the Hon Arthur Thomas Minister for Veterans' Affairs (to 24 July 1987)
Hand, The Hon Gerard Leslie Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (from 24 July 1987)
Harris, Stuart Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
Hawke, The Hon Robert James Lee Prime Minister
Hayden, The Hon William George Minister for Foreign Affairs (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
(from 24 July 1987)
Holding, The Hon Allan Clyde Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs (from 24 July 1987)
Hope, Justice Robert Marsden Judge, NSW Supreme Court
Commissioner, Royal Commission into Australian Security and Intelligence Agencies
Howard, The Hon John Winston Leader of the Opposition
Howe, The Hon Brian Leslie Minister for Social Security
Humphries, The Hon Benjamin Charles Minister for Veterans' Affairs (from 24 July 1987)
Hurford, The Hon Christopher John Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (to 16 February 1987)
Minister for Community Services (from 16 February 1987 to 24 July 1987)
Jones, The Hon Barry Owen Minister for Science (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Science and Small Business (from 24 July 1987)
Keating, The Hon Paul John Treasurer
Kelly, The Hon Roslyn Joan Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Science and Personnel (from 24 July 1987 to 19 September 1987)
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (from 19 September 1987)
Kerin, The Hon John Charles Minister for Primary Industry (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Primary Industry and Energy (from 24 July 1987)
McClelland, Senator the Hon Douglas President of the Senate (to 23 January 1987)
McClelland, Justice James Robert Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia
Morris, The Hon Peter Frederick Minister for Transport (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Aviation (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Resources (from 24 July 1987)
Peatey, Gordon Chief Executive, Parliament House Construction Authority
Ray, Senator Robert Francis Minister for Home Affairs (from 24 July 1987)
Reynolds, Senator the Hon Margaret Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government (from 24 July 1987 to 19 September 1987)
Minister for Local Government (from 19 September 1987)
Richardson, Senator the Hon Graham Francis Minister for the Environment and the Arts (from 24 July 1987)
Ryan, Senator the Hon Susan Maree Minister for Education (to 24 July 1987)
Special Minister of State (from 24 July 1987)
Scholes, The Hon Gordon Glen Denton Minister for Territories (to 24 July 1987)
Sibraa, Senator the Hon Kerry President of the Senate (from 17 February 1987)
Sinclair, The Rt Hon Ian McCahon Leader of the National Party of Australia
Staples, The Hon Peter Richard Minister for Community Services
Stephen, His Excellency Sir Ninian AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, KStJ Governor-General of Australia, 1982–89
Stewart, Donald Gerald Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission into Drug Trafficking
Tate, Senator the Hon Michael Carter Special Minister of State (16 February 1987 to 24 July 1987)
Parliamentary Secretary for Justice (from 24 July 1987 to 18 September 1987)
Minister for Justice (from 19 September 1987)
Uren, The Hon Thomas Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services (to 24 July 1987)
Walsh, Senator the Hon Peter Alexander Minister for Finance
West, The Hon Stewart John Minister for Housing and Construction (from 24 April 1987)
Minister for Administrative Services (from 24 July 1987)
Willis, The Hon Ralph Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Industrial Relations (from 24 July 1987)
Yeend, Geoffrey Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Young, The Hon Michael Jerome Special Minister of State (to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (from 16 February 1987 to 24 July 1987)
Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (from 24 July 1987)

Historical consultant's selection

Below is a list of key Cabinet records selected by the Archives’ historical consultant Dr Jim Stokes. The documents have been taken from the following records series of the Hawke Cabinet:

Every attempt has been made to reproduce high-quality images of the original archival documents. Sometimes the result may not be fully legible due to the poor quality of the original document.

Those records not available, as well as the related Cabinet Office files for the Hawke Cabinet (series A11116), may be requested from 1 January 2014 using RecordSearch and will be made available after access examination.

Collection references

The Ministry

Title or description of record Date range Number
Decision without submission – Ministers' private interests – registration and declaration 1986 NAA: A13979, 7611
Decision without submission – Administrative arrangements 1987 NAA: A13979, 9667/M
Decision without submission – Portfolio and other ministers 1987 NAA: A13979, 9669/M

The Economy and the Budget

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – 1986–87 Budget Strategy 1986 NAA: A14039, 3647
Submission – Housing finance 1986 NAA: A14039, 3790
Submission – The economic situation and policy 1986 NAA: A14039, 4041
Amended decision without submission – 1986–87 Budget 1986 NAA: A13979, 8407
Submission – Government's approach to next National Wage Case 1986 NAA: A14039, 4460
Submission – Economic and fiscal policy strategy 1987 NAA: A14039, 4602
Submission – Economic and fiscal policy strategy 1987–88 1987 NAA: A14039, 5006

The Census

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – 1991 Census of Population and Housing 1987 NAA: A14039, 4966

Industrial relations

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Report on Australian industrial relations law and systems – government response 1986 NAA: A14039, 3824
Memorandum – Industrial relations – improvements to operational efficiency through strengthening employer response to union industrial action 1986 NAA: A14039, 4136
Submission – Government response to the Hancock Report – outstanding issues 1987 NAA: A14039, 4731

Deregulation and industry reform

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Textiles, clothing and footwear industries – post-1988 assistance issues 1986 NAA: A14039, 4394
Submission – Review of the effect of domestic policies on trade competitiveness – report of the Interdepartmental Committee on the Pricing of Inputs – assistance issues 1986 NAA: A14039, 4469
Memorandum – Work program for Committee on Structural Adjustment 1987 NAA: A14039, 5089
Submission – Future domestic aviation arrangements 1987 NAA: A14039, 5288
Memorandum – Discussion paper – telecommunications regulation: initial information paper 1987 NAA: A14039, 5439

Foreign affairs and trade

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – South Pacific nuclear free zone 1986 NAA: A14039, 3960
Submission – Australian relations with South Africa 1986 NAA: A14039, 4033
Decision without submission – South Africa 1986 NAA: A13979, 8450
Submission – Australia–China relations 1986 NAA: A14039, 4466
Submission – Australia and Japan 1986 NAA: A14039, 4506
Decision – Memorandum No. 4912 – Fiji – Australian interests and options for the government in the light of recent developments 1987 NAA: A14039, 4912
Submission – Australia–Indonesia relations – prospects and approach 1987 NAA: A14039, 5248
Memorandum – A negotiating strategy on market issues in the GATT negotiations (discussion paper) 1987 NAA: A14039, 5291
Memorandum – Fiji – second coup 1987 NAA: A14039, 5295
Submission – Multifunction Polis (MFP) 1987 NAA: A14039, 5463

Antarctica and Heard Island

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) proposal for fisheries research in waters adjacent to Heard and McDonald islands 1986 NAA: A14039, 4306
Submission – Australian objectives in Antarctic minerals negotiations 1987 NAA: A14039, 4757

Defence

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Navigational procedures for the Defence Force in archipelagos and international straits 1986 NAA: A14039, 3522
Submission – Australian defence initiatives in the South Pacific 1986-87 NAA: A14039, 4550
Submission – Defence White Paper 1987 – The Defence of Australia 1987 NAA: A14039, 4589
Memorandum – Defence shipbuilding policy 1987 NAA: A14039, 4654
Submission – New submarine project 1987 NAA: A14039, 4870
Submission – Protection of shipping in the Persian Gulf 1987 NAA: A14039, 5425

Security and intelligence

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Legislative package arising from the Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies 1986 NAA: A14039, 3905
Submission – Review of counter-terrorism capabilities and administrative arrangements 1986 NAA: A14039, 4362
Memorandum – Bombing of the Turkish Consulate-General in Melbourne on 23 November 1986 1987-88 NAA: A14039, 5325

Crime and war crimes

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Government response to Menzies' Report 1987 NAA: A14039, 4576
Memorandum – Request for Commonwealth legislation by the Fitzgerald Commission of Inquiry into Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct in Queensland 1987 NAA: A14039, 5404

Aboriginal affairs

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Future directions in Aboriginal land rights 1986 NAA: A14039, 3607
Submission – Report of the Committee of Review of Aboriginal Employment and Training Programs (Miller Report): overview submission 1986 NAA: A14039, 4177
Submission – Aboriginal land rights – progress report 1986 NAA: A14039, 4543

British nuclear tests in Australia

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – McClelland Royal Commission – compensation for dispossession (Recommendation 7) 1986 NAA: A14039, 4152
Submission – Report of the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia – Technical Assessment Group (TAG) interim report 1986 NAA: A14039, 4160

Welfare

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Proposals for sole parents 1987 NAA: A14039, 4804
Memorandum – Child support progress report 1987 NAA: A14039, 4961
Submission – Confirmation of election commitments on family assistance reform 1987 NAA: A14039, 5012

Human Embryo Experimentation Bill

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Government response to the Report of the Senate Select Committee on the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 and the Report of the Family Law Council 'Creating Children' 1987 NAA: A14039, 5468

Australia Card, privacy and Bill of Rights

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Australia Card – civil liberty considerations, data protection mechanisms 1986 NAA: A14039, 3510
Decision without submission – Bill of Rights – application to states 1986 NAA: A13979, 7153
Submission – Privacy and Privacy (Consequential Amendments) Bills – consolidation of proposals 1986 NAA: A14039, 4282
Amended decision without submission – Australia Card 1987 NAA: A13979, 10331

Education

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Higher education – policy discussion paper 1987 NAA: A14039, 5450

Environment

Title or description of record Date range Number
Decision without submission – Kakadu National Park 1986 NAA: A13979, 8523
Submission – Tasmanian forestry operations in National Estate areas 1987 NAA: A14039, 4556
Submission – Murray–Darling Basin – Ministerial Council 1987 NAA: A14039, 4758
Submission – Nomination of Queensland wet tropical rainforests for World Heritage listing 1987 NAA: A14039, 5455

Media

Title or description of record Date range Number
Submission – Broadcasting Act 1942 – relaxation of 'Two Station Rule' 1986 NAA: A14039, 4480
Decision without submission – Murdoch takeover of Herald and Weekly Times 1986 NAA: A13979, 8809

Cabinet records withheld from public access

Almost 600 of the papers considered and discussed by the second and third Hawke Cabinets in 1986 and 1987 – submissions, memoranda and decisions – were made available for viewing on 1 January 2013.

A small amount of material was withheld from 30 of these papers, and one further submission was wholly withheld. The table below indicates whether a document is partially released ('OWE' – open with exception) or wholly withheld ('Closed'), and the reasons for exemption from public access under the Archives Act 1983.

Information exempted under section 33(1)(a) of the Archives Act is withheld to protect Australia's security, defence or international relations.

Information exempted under section 33(1)(c) of the Archives Act is withheld because its release would have a substantial adverse effect on the financial or property interests of the Australian Government or a government institution.

Defence

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
Project NULKA Submission 4207 CLOSED 33(1)(a)
New DSD [portion of title exempt] Submission 4239 OWE 33(1)(a)
New Defence major capital investment proposals for 1986–1987 Submission 4249 OWE 33(1)(a)
Over-the-horizon radar Submission 4337 OWE 33(1)(a)
New submarine project Submission 4870 OWE 33(1)(a)
Spectrum surveillance and monitoring in Canberra Memorandum 4958 OWE 33(1)(a)
Defence budget and new major capital investment proposals for 1987–1988 Submission 5025 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australian Defence Satellite Communications Station Geraldton – approval to proceed and supplementation to the Defence vote Submission 5047 OWE 33(1)(a)

Foreign affairs

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
Scheme for reporting of contacts between Australian officials and overseas representatives within Australia Memorandum 4001 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australia and Japan Submission 4506 OWE 33(1)(a)
Possible action against Libya – risk assessment Memorandum 4831 OWE 33(1)(a)
Libyan activities in the South Pacific Memorandum 4851 OWE 33(1)(a)
Fiji–Australian interests and options for the government in the light of recent developments Memorandum 4912 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australia–Indonesian relations – prospects and approach Submission 5248 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australia–Indonesia maritime delimitation negotiations Submission 5261 OWE 33(1)(a)
Fiji – second coup Memorandum 5295 OWE 33(1)(a)
Bombing of the Turkish Consulate-General in Melbourne on 23 November 1986 Memorandum 5325 OWE 33(1)(a)

Security and intelligence

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies – Report on the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) [portion of title exempt] Submission 3621 OWE 33(1)(a)
Reference copy of – Office of Security and Intelligence Co-ordination information paper and 1986 indicative work program for the Security Committee Memorandum 3632 OWE 33(1)(a)
Office of Security and Intelligence Co-ordination information paper and indicative work program for the Security Committee for the period July–Dec 1986 Memorandum 4025 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australian Communications and Electronic Security Instructions – authority for promulgation and the auditing of their implementation Memorandum 4028 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australian Intelligence Community standard for background/security checking Memorandum 4290 OWE 33(1)(a)
Proceedings to prevent publication of books about intelligence and security matters Memorandum 4433 CLOSED 33(1)(a)
Australian intervention by affidavit in UK Attorney-General v Heinemann and Peter Wright Memorandum 4456 CLOSED 33(1)(a)
Secretaries Committee on Intelligence and Security report to ministers on the activities of the intelligence and security agencies in 1985–1986 Memorandum 4962 CLOSED 33(1)(a)
Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies – ASIS liaison with its [portion of title exempt] counterpart agency Submission 5037 OWE 33(1)(a)
Secretaries Committee on Intelligence and Security report to ministers on the activities of the intelligence and security agencies in 1986–1987 Memorandum 5353 CLOSED 33(1)(a)
Study of intelligence [portion of title exempt] on the fall of President Marcos Decision 7268/SEC OWE 33(1)(a)

Territories

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) proposal for fisheries research in waters adjacent to Heard and McDonald islands Submission 4306 OWE 33(1)(a)
Replacement Antarctic research vessel Submission 4524 OWE 33(1)(a)
Australian objectives in Antarctic minerals negotiations Submission 4757 OWE 33(1)(a)
Savings paper – Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories – Antarctic bases Memorandum 5023 OWE 33(1)(a)
Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories – Budget 1987–1988 – new policy proposal – Antarctic rebuilding program – further information Submission 5211 OWE 33(1)(a)
Replacement Antarctic vessel Submission 5459 OWE 33(1)(a)

Trade

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
Chemical weapons precursors export controls Submission 4465 OWE 33(1)(a)

Wholly exempt

Topic and title Document Reason for exemption from public access under the Archives Act
[Title exempt] Memorandum 4947 CLOSED 33(1)(a)

Further information

Personal records of Prime Minister Hawke

The Archives holds collections of the personal records of Bob Hawke. Details of these records can be found on RecordSearch. Choose the 'Advanced search' tab, and select the 'Commonwealth persons' box. Enter 'CP 390' (the Commonwealth Person number for Bob Hawke) into the 'Person number' field to reach the person registration, and select 'Series'.

The Archives also holds personal records deposited by other members of the 1986 and 1987 Cabinets. Details of these records can also be found on RecordSearch. To search for them choose the 'Advanced search' tab, and select the 'Commonwealth persons' box. Enter the Cabinet member's name (for example, 'Gareth Evans') into the 'Person name' field to reach the person registration, and select 'Series'.

Additional primary source material for Hawke is held by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library at the University of South Australia.

Other sources

The Archives' Australia's Prime Ministers website provides a wealth of information on the life and career of Hawke, with links to relevant records held by institutions around the world.

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