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In Australia's Bi-Centenary year, 1988, the newly completed Federal Parliament House attracted many overseas and interstate visitors. Economic expectations were high among the States' Premiers as they visited Canberra and awaited the coming May statement from Federal Treasurer Paul Keating.

Victorian Premier John Cain needed a boost to state coffers after the 1987 stockmarket crash and its effect on the state's wealth and income. New South Wales Nick Greiner and Robin Gray from Tasmania are also seen in the foreground.