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home / archives / 1983 / 10th February

Cheap petrol anyone?

Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Labor Opposition Leader Bob Hawke are about to face each other and the Australian people in an election. Bob Hawke replaced Labor Leader Bill Hayden twenty minutes after Malcolm Fraser had announced the coming election on February 3rd. A month later Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia. Eastern Australian Drought was listed as an event that lasted from January 1979 through to 1983.

Around the same period, through the ten month period from April 1982 to February 1983 'The Great Dry' caused huge stock and crop losses and was felt in most farming areas. Petrol prices were also of concern at the time and in the August Budget of 1983 the Hawke Government began the indexation of petrol excise.