Story: Muldoon, Robert David

Prime minister, 1981

Prime minister, 1981

Forceful and intelligent, but often abrasive, Muldoon intimidated many colleagues and officials, and polarised voters. Although heavily burdened with dual roles as prime minister and minister of finance, he kept ahead by creating a Prime Minister’s Department to liaise with the public service and pressure groups and provide him with information. He was also skilled at gaining support for his ideas in cabinet and caucus. In this photograph, he is addressing a crowd before the 1981 election.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/3724/15A
Photograph by John Nicholson

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How to cite this page:

Barry Gustafson. 'Muldoon, Robert David', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6m1/muldoon-robert-david/page-6 (accessed 5 August 2020)