The year was 1996 – the year of the Paul Keating / John Howard election. It was a make-or-break election as Australia had been governed by the Labor Party since 1981 with Hawke-Keating. The Coalition was nibbling at the heels, with the threat of John Howard ready to rule the roost. Things were heating up and Parliament House was turning into a sauna.
So Santo Cilauro grabbed his camera and drove up the road from Melbourne, to Australia’s famous round-about to document it all – The Campaign.
Digital cameras are considered a luxury and mobile phones still have antennas. There is no social media. Google is a PhD research project. YouTube and Facebook are a decade away. So how different were election campaigns back…
Not much of Cilauro’s documentary has seen the light of day, until now – where it now has been officially released on iTunes to rent or buy.
So do yourself a favour and check out this magnificent time capsule of Australian politics in the mid 1990s now.
- The Campaign – iTunes