Latest Cabinet release

Cabinet records created in 1998 and 1999 became available to access on 1 January 2020.

These records offer an insight into the end of John Howard's first term as Prime Minister and the beginning of his second.

Some of the big issues Cabinet discussed in 1998 and 1999 were:

  • the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST)
  • East Timor's independence
  • the 1998 constitutional convention and 1999 republic referendum
  • the Y2K computer bug, which was expected to cause problems on 1 January 2000
  • the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Where are the Cabinet records held?

You can find the 1998 and 1999 Cabinet records in these series:

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

Background to these records

Political historian Paul Strangio has written a revealing background essay about the records contained in the 1998 and 1999 Cabinet release.