Public Release of 1989 NSW Cabinet Papers

Written by RAHS President Christine Yeats

Image: Christine Yeats

The NSW Cabinet Papers from 1989 were officially released today and they are now available in digital format on the NSW State Archives website. At today’s launch the Minister for the Arts and Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin joined the Hon. Nick Greiner AC, former Director-General of The Cabinet Office Gary Sturgess AM and commentator Anne Henderson AM to discuss the key topics of the year.

While the fall of the Berlin Wall may have dominated the international and local news scene in 1989, we were reminded of the many significant decisions made by the NSW Cabinet that year. These included the State Owned Corporations Bill, changes to the egg and diary industries, new regulations enforcing fences for private swimming pools, the introduction of an Ozone Protection Bill and changes in the Justice area. The legalisation of ‘two-up’ on ANZAC Day is worthy of particular mention. As Dr David Clune has noted in his contextual essay titled Warm, Dry and Green, which looks at the 1989 Cabinet Papers:

Mr “Greiner was concerned by reports Police were preparing to raid illegal ‘two-up’ games on Anzac Day. He faced a dilemma as a Government recently elected on an anti-corruption platform could not tell the Police to ignore the law. Equally, raids on the RSL clubs on Anzac Day would be seen as heavy-handed and lead to intense criticism. The decision was made to legalise two-up on Anzac day.”

Access digitised copies of the 1989 NSW Cabinet Papers and Dr Clune’s essay

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