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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 can I find the 2000 Cabinet records?

The 2000 Cabinet records are in these series:

Find out about the difference between submissions, decisions and files

Can I read all of the 2000 Cabinet records?

All of the Cabinet records from 2000 are now eligible for access under the Archives Act. Like all Commonwealth records, we need to examine Cabinet records before making them available to the public.

Many Cabinet records from 2000 have already been examined and digitised. You can view digital copies of these records in our RecordSearch database.

If the Cabinet record you want is not available online, you can usually still access it:

  • If the record has a status of ‘open’ or ‘open with exception’, you can request a digital copy or view the original record for free in our Canberra research centre.
  • If the record is ‘not yet examined’ or ‘closed’, you can apply to have the record examined for access. If we approve its release, the record's status changes to ‘open’ or ‘open with exception’ and it becomes available to view. 

Background to these records

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

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