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Cabinet records created in the year 2000 became available to access on 1 January 2021.

These records offer an insight into John Howard's second term as Prime Minister.

Some of the big issues Cabinet discussed in 2000 were:

  • Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games
  • climate change and greenhouse gases
  • HIV and AIDS strategy
  • free trade agreements
  • aged care
  • implementation of the GST
  • rural and regional infrastructure
  • Indigenous affairs, reconciliation and employment programs
  • unauthorised arrivals and immigration detention centres
  • telecommunication and 3G mobile services
  • Indonesia and East Timor
  • Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Where are the Cabinet records held?

You can find the 2000 Cabinet records in these series:

When you click through to the selected series page, look in the left-hand column for ‘Items in this series on RecordSearch’.

  • Click on the numbered link provided.
  • Once in the item list, sort the results by date range and use the < > arrows to move to the desired records.

To understand the difference between submissions, decisions and files, please visit the Cabinet records page.

All of the cabinet submissions, memoranda and decisions considered in 2000 by the Howard Government are now in the open access period and are eligible for access under the Archives Act.

Like all Commonwealth records, we need to examine Cabinet records before making them available for access.

Some Cabinet records from 2000 have already been examined and digitised. Digital copies of these records are available online and can be accessed by clicking on the icon in the ‘Digitised item’ column in RecordSearch.

If the record you want to view is not available online, check its access status.

Background to these records

Associate Professor Dr Chris Wallace has provided an insight into the 2000 Cabinet papers in context (PDF 557 KB).