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Election Year - Electing Australia's Federal Parliament

Historical sequence. Drawings and archival photographs of Federation and First General Election 1901, various photographs of early election times.
Access No. 150317 | 1 min 2 secs | | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Colour aerial tracking shot over (Old) Parliament House. WS pan across rolling hills, paddocks and scattered town. Outline of map of Australia superimposed over landscape. High shot over town (possibly Queenbeyan). Woman entering suburban house, VS electoral officers visiting homes. GS general store in country town. Divisional Returning Officer collecting mail and entering office. VS sorting cards, looking at microfiche and CU filling out form. Office scenes with typists at early model computers, technicians in computer room, CU tape being loaded into mainframe computer. Master file printout of electoral roll. Cars driving past Qantas building in city, woman entering electoral office. VS electoral office, man on phone
Access No. 150327 | 3 mins 3 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT; Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
News footage of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser emerging from car to face reporters and camera crews on announcement of election. Labor leader Bill Hayden being interviewed by news teams in office. City buildings and Wales bank.
Access No. 150332 | 25 secs | 1980s | Australia | Colour |
VS electoral offices. Man discussing poster design with chief electoral officer in office. WS Government House, Canberra. VS governor general Sir Zelman Cowan signing documents and issuing writs for the election. Writs explained. VS computer room, woman loading computer tape, CU print outs, electoral rolls being printed. MS electoral officer on telephone.
Access No. 150333 | 2 mins 46 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Election campaign advertisements seen on television. Prime minister Malcolm Fraser and Opposition leader Bill Hayden each stating election promises. Footage of defence force ships and aircraft in advertisement.
Access No. 150334 | 22 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | Colour |
Campaign workers pasting up political posters on billboards. Les McMahon enters office of Ron Lee and discuss nomination. McMahon hands Lee $100 registration fee for House of Representatives nomination. CU Lee's secretary checking entries in book. Graphic sequence explaining voting procedures for House of Representatives and distribution of preferences. Lee addressing candidates for the Senate. CU of Rev. Fred Nile, David Adams. Graphic sequence explaining Senate elections and the proportional representation system. MS electoral officers rotating ballot box and proceeding with draw. Graphic sequence on Senate elections quotas. CUs printing of ballot papers on machine. Hand bundling and packing of ballot papers. VS activity in Divisional offices, voters checking on their enrolments.
Access No. 150335 | 7 mins 55 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Voters in London, WS Australian High Commission building. Group of voters at table inside High Commission, woman posting ballot paper and group of voters.
Access No. 150339 | 18 secs | 1980s | London, England, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
VS activity in Divisional Returning officer Ron Lee's office, ballot material being packed into shelves. Polling staff being instructed. VS people in computer room, loading tapes, checking computer terminal, studying whiteboard, man on telephone. People on scaffolding posting tally boards. VS tally room. Announcers seated in tallyroom, cameras in position, technicians working on lights. Man inflating balloons at polling stand outside school on election day. VS polling officers setting up tables, padlocking ballot boxes. Quiet George Street, city, pan to polling booth. Polling booth at Bondi Public School and various country locations. Group of Aboriginal girls and women sitting in Maningrida bus shelter below voting poster. MS woman sticking down ALP poster of Susan Ryan, VS as stations prepare for polling.
Access No. 150340 | 2 mins 15 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Polling stations opening, first voters through doors, CUs officials marking names off, votes marking forms in booths, posting ballots in boxes. Voting inside country church hall, indigenous voters, voters of various nationalities at other voting stations. People handing out how to vote forms. Family walking to beach, father carrying foam esky. Man seated at Absent vote desk. Door being locked at polling booth, box unlocked and emptied, ballot forms being sorted and counted by all workers. CU divisional officer taking phone call, State office receiving figures. Exterior of Customs House by night, results being input to computer network within tally room inside. CUs printouts. VS National Tally Room, commentators being made-up, VS and CUs of numbers being continually updated on tally board. VS commentators and politicians. GS Don Chip, Don Dunstan, Richard Carleton. Political commentators Malcolm MacKerras, Ken Begg and Richard Carleton.
Access No. 150341 | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |