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Knock knock!

In March 1983, Bill Hayden began his 5 years as Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was well known for his view that Australia needed closer ties with Asia and worked hard on behalf of Indo-Chinese immigrants, but the size of the influx of refugees from Asia, as well as the costs involved, had started to become a public concern.

In the meanwhile, Prime Minister Bob Hawke was looking for funds to compensate Tasmania where the Franklin River Dam plan had been scrapped.