Even though enterprise bargaining agreements proved controversial when introduced, their use is actually in decline today.
Cabinet papers reveal the extent to which the Keating government was torn between concern for fiscal responsibility and a desire to tackle Indigenous disadvantage and pursue meaningful reconciliation.
Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
The 1992 and 1993 cabinet papers confirm that Australia was a reluctant player in international discussions about climate change and environmental issues under Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Blindsided by John Hewson’s policy platform, the Keating government scrambled to come up with solutions to the “recession we had to have”.
By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
The changes to superannuation discussed in the 1992-93 cabinet papers shaped the system we have today for better and worse.