National Archives of Australia

Politics

Prohibition in Canberra: King O’Malley and the ‘dry’ capital

Issue 10 April 2013

Discover the 'dry' years of Australia's national capital and the charismatic politician who fought against the 'stagger juice'. Continue reading

Out of the Cabinet: the news is brought to you by…

Issue 9 January 2013

Using recently released 1984 and 1985 Cabinet records, Philip O’Brien reveals the Hawke government considered ads on the ABC and other controversial changes to the national broadcaster. Continue reading

What a gem! Canberra’s grand beginnings

Issue 9 January 2013

Uncover a souvenir of the beginnings of our national capital a century ago – and the grand monument that was never built. Continue reading

Out of the Cabinet: nothing like a dame (Edna)

Issue 8 October 2012

Ian Warden uncovers a 1983 Hawke Cabinet decision that helped bring an end to Australian knights and dames. Continue reading

In brief: Issue 8

Issue 8 October 2012

News and information from the Archives. Continue reading

Out of the Cabinet: America’s Cup runneth over

Issue 7 July 2012

Ian Warden uncovers a submission urging the government to make the most of American interest in Australia in the wake of the 1983 America's Cup. Continue reading

Out of the Cabinet: a sweatier Australia

Issue 6 April 2012

Ian Warden uncovers a 1982 Fraser Cabinet submission imploring a greater use of air-conditioning in the Commonwealth fleet of cars. Continue reading

1982 and 1983 Cabinet records release: transcript

Issue 6 January 2012

Narrator: On 1 January 2012, the federal Cabinet records of 1982 and 1983 were opened and released to the public for the first time. These documents provide interesting insights into the Continue reading

Out of the Cabinet: Desperately seeking a national anthem

Issue 5 January 2012

Ian Warden exposes the 1982 Fraser Cabinet deliberations about the uncertainty surrounding the words and the tune for our national anthem. Continue reading

In brief: Issue 5

Issue 5 January 2012

News and information from the Archives. Continue reading