Australia: Love-In

Hawke 's historic summit

Sydney's Sunday Telegraph proclaimed it to be "Australia's D-day—a day aimed at determining our destiny." Even the conservative Australian Financial Review hailed it as "one of the most unusual and hopeful experiments we have ever witnessed in this country." Only five weeks after he won office, Prime Minister Bob Hawke, 53, made good on one of his most daring campaign promises by bringing together leaders of labor, business and government for an unprecedented National Economic Summit Conference. Its purpose: to reach a consensus in solving Australia's chronic economic problems.

Hawke's experiment in domestic diplomacy provoked some...

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