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Each year, the Cabinet considers issues and makes decisions which shape our nation. Few Commonwealth records cover such a broad sweep of Australian history or touch the lives of so many Australians as those of the Cabinet. For example, Cabinet decisions include:
- Australia's involvement in war
- Migration and Indigenous affairs
- Sports funding
- Environmental issues, such as whaling, national parks and building dams
In 2017, records created by the Hawke Cabinets in 1992 and 1993 enter the open access period.
The Cabinet records from those years will be prepared for access on 1 January 2017 and we are asking the public to help us select records from the period to copy and make available online.