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Paul Keating

Former Prime Minister of Australia
Address the National Press Club of Australia

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

The National Press Club of Australia

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating in conversation with Laura Tingle.

Join us at the National Press Club of Australia for a hybrid event, as Paul Keating joins Laura Tingle in conversation from the ABC studios in Ultimo. Journalists, corporate partners, members, and guests will watch and asks questions of Mr Keating from the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra.

Paul John Keating was born in Sydney on 18 January 1944. In 1969 Mr Keating was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Blaxland. In 1975 he became the youngest ever federal Minister and held the portfolio of Minister for Northern Australia in the Whitlam Cabinet.

Between 1976 and 1983 Mr Keating served in the Opposition Shadow Ministry and was spokesperson for a number of portfolios including agriculture, minerals and energy. During this period Mr Keating was also President of the NSW Branch of the ALP.
When the ALP was returned to Government in March 1983, Mr Keating became Treasurer, a position he held until 1991.

Mr Keating became Prime Minister in December 1991 and led the ALP to a 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.

Mr Keating raised proposals for constitutional reform to make Australia a Republic. Mr Keating focussed Australian external policy towards the Asian region. He took an active role in the establishment of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and initiated its annual leaders' meeting with its commitment to a regional free trade agenda. He also developed strong bilateral links with Australia's neighbours, especially Indonesia.

Following the defeat of the ALP in March 1996, Mr Keating resigned from Parliament. Mr Keating married in 1975. He has four children, Patrick, Caroline, Katherine and Alexandra.

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