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Pressure all round!

As USSR shook off the stranglehold of Communism and Mikhail Gorbachev struggled in his leadership Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke had leadership problems of his own. Former Treasurer Paul Keating was on the parliament back bench but would later successfully challenge for leadership of the Labor Party and become Prime Minister.