See former PM in the flesh
Paul Keating appearance a rare opportunity for Ipswich residents
THE Bill Hayden Oration, initiated by Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard, is an opportunity for the community to honour Mr Hayden’s important contribution to the politics of Queensland and Australia.
Bill Hayden was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1961 as the Federal Member for Oxley, and remained in that role to 1981.
He became leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party in 1977 and remained so until 1983 when Bob Hawke assumed the position.
Following the 1983 Federal Election Hayden became the Foreign Affairs Minister under the prime ministership of Bob Hawke.
He was appointed to the role of Governor-General of Australia in 1989 and continued in this position until 1996.
Each year a person who has served the Labor movement is invited to speak at the Hayden Oration.
This year, the organisers are excited to have Paul Keating, the former prime minister of Australia, deliver the address.
Paul Keating, one of Australia’s most influential and important political figures, became Prime Minister in December 1991 and led the ALP to an historic fifth term of Government in March 1993.
As Prime Minister he continued his progressive reform program which included the establishment of a National Training Authority, a national superannuation scheme to redress low national savings and labour market and training reforms which addressed Australia’s long-term unemployment problems.
Other key achievements of the Keating Government included the review of the Sex Discrimination Act, the historic Mabo legislation which recognised the land rights of Australia’s indigenous people and the introduction of legislation ensuring protection of endangered species, and, raised proposals for constitutional reform to make Australia a Republic.
He focussed Australian external policy towards the Asian region and took an active role in the establishment of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. He also developed strong bilateral links with Australia’s neighbours, especially Indonesia.
To this end Bill Hayden and Paul Keating had similar concerns about improving the daily lives of all Australians.
While Keating went about improving the labour market to redress long-term unemployment in the country Hayden, on the other hand, as Social Security Minister in the Whitlam Government, introduced the single mother’s pension and Medicare therefore improving the lives of single mothers and those with health issues.
As Prime Minister Keating was either loved or loathed, yet the legacy of his economic and social policies still resonates through government today.
He was responsible for developing the Australian Governments first cultural policy which emphasised culture’s importance to Australia’s national identity.
The policy stressed the economic potential of cultural activity and the arts, something government’s today still take heed of when formulating their budgets.
The 2017 Bill Hayden Oration is to be held in the J block auditorium at the University of Southern Queensland in Ipswich from 5.45-7.30pm. Tickets are $60. For more information email ipswichelectoratesec@ gmail.com