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John Howard, Janette Howard and their children at the launch of the Liberal Party campaign for the 1987 federal election.

John Howard, Janette Howard and their children at the launch of the Liberal Party campaign for the 1987 federal election.


NAA: A6135, K30/9/87/25

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01 Dec 1915 Australian Wheat Board created
01 Dec 1926 1st petrol tax
01 Dec 1930 New High Court justices
01 Dec 1938 Jewish refugees accepted
01 Dec 1959 Antarctic Treaty
01 Dec 1968 Full wages
01 Dec 1984 34th federal election - House of Representatives and 46 Senate seats
01 Dec 1984 Referendum
03 Dec 1961 The Moonie field
03 Dec 1963 International direct dial
03 Dec 1999 Law of the sea
03 Dec 2007 26th Prime Minister
03 Dec 2007 Signing Kyoto
04 Dec 1973 Governing the continental shelf
08 Dec 1973 Referendum
09 Dec 1961 24th federal election
10 Dec 1949 19th federal election
10 Dec 1955 22nd federal election
10 Dec 1977 31st federal election - House of Representatives and 34 Senate seats
29 Nov 1932 Nine miles from Gundagai
29 Nov 1948 First Holden
30 Nov 1987 Perestroika
01 Dec 2009 Abbott new leader

"... one of the greatest masters of popular oratory that this continent has seen ... There was a marvellous amount of human nature about [George] Reid."

Sydney Daily Telegraph, 1918