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And the political weather is...

The Australian Labor Party led by Bob Hawke took Federal Office on 11th March, 1983. With popularity polls continuing to swing his way Prime Minister Hawke called another Federal election just one year and nine months later, no doubt encouraged by the polls which showed Labor ahead of the Liberal Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock and his party. He was re-elected with a slightly greater majority although there were more seats in the electorate overall. The Australian population had been called out to vote long before the end of the possible four year term.