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'Opening the Books', 1984

'Opening the Books', 1984

The Labour government that took office in 1984 claimed that the previous National government, headed by Robert Muldoon, had left the economy in a weakened state, requiring urgent and severe action. In a publicity exercise titled 'Opening the Books', the new government outlined its case for this action. This August 1984 photo shows Prime Minister David Lange (standing) with Finance Minister Roger Douglas (seated left) and Associate Finance Minister Richard Prebble.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1984/4089/24A-F
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - Fourth, fifth and sixth Labour governments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015