Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser called a snap election for March 5th 1983 on February 3rd.
SVs & GVs Malcom Fraser speaking at press conference (5 shots) 1.26
SV Senator Don Chipp, leader of Australian Democrats, speaking 2.14
GV Bob Hawke arriving for meeting of Labour Party Executive. Labour leader Bill Hayden arriving (7 shots) 2.50
SV Bill Hayden speaking at press conference about his resignation 3.38
SV Deputy Opposition leader Lionel Bowen speaking at press conference, thanking Hayden for his services to the party 4.14
SV Opposition leader candidate Bob Hawke speaking at press conference 4.59
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser called a snap election for March 5th 1983 on February 3rd. Mr Fraser said the reason for the election was to try and overcome the problem of constant union disputes. On the same day the opposition leader Bill Hayden resigned. The only candidate for the leadership of the Labour Party on February 3rd was former leader of the ACTU (the Federal governing body of the unions) Bob Hawke.
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