TOTT News has searched various government and historical archives to bring you photos, documents, speeches and the agenda set by Hawke with the WEF in 1987.
The power of the internet has made it easier to peel back the veil of history, with government and historical archives readily-available in ways not accessible in the pre-digital era.
The days of searching endlessly through libraries for books, or long and tedious endeavours to obtain paper documents of government transcripts, are largely over.
We don’t know how long the era of the internet will remain as free and open as it is. We have already seen rapid declines in both of these areas in just the last decade.
But for now, we can use this tool — despite all of its negatives — to investigate the past with a new scope.
We can take a look at events or happenings previously kept behind close doors, or at the least only for those in the media to selectively keep hidden from their reporting.
In this piece, we take a look at former Prime Minster, Bob Hawke, and his meeting with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 1987. An event most Australians were not told about at the time.
HAWKE’S WEF VISIT
1987 was a big year for the WEF.
It was the year the organisation officially become the ‘World Economic Forum’, after first named the ‘European Management Forum’ since its inception in 1971.
The 1987 Davos forum was promoted as a big one — a ‘launching to the world’ — and was held with one key speaker in attendance, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Historical photos of the 1987 Davos meeting show Bob Hawke pictured alongside Klaus Schwab and other delegates, as the group met to discuss a range of economic issues:
A launch into the worldwide community for the WEF, and Australia is right along for the ride.
Most Australians were not told of this meeting of our Prime Minister and the world’s elite.
However, although hidden from the public, further investigation by TOTT News has found government archives detailing the trip, Bob’s reflections, the speech he gave and more.
Records show Hawke accepted an invitation to attend the 1987 Davos meeting in November 1986.
A stored copy of 1986’s Australian Foreign Affairs Record details the announcement of his acceptance:
An archived PM transcript from November 1986 details Hawke’s accepting of the meeting:
Hawke calls the event “widely recognised as the most important annual gathering of the world’s business and economic leaders” as he enthusiastically looks forward “informal discussions”.
What was discussed by the group? More specifically, what did Hawke discuss and take away from Davos?
A look at the WEF’s retrospective document, A Partner in Shaping History, shows Hawke’s primary focus at the event was agricultural transformation of Australia and the world:
Further digging by TOTT News has been able to uncover just what these initiatives entail.
In an archived re-election campaign speech from Sydney in 1987, shortly after attending the meeting, Bob Hawke reflected on discussing his time as a guest and speaker:
After a few paragraphs of praise for their efforts, Hawke touches on the vision he shared with leaders:
A “willingness to restructure their own economies, with the way being led by developed countries”.
Hawke was indeed determined to see the ‘old ways die’, and in a similar fashion, we were determined to find the full speech given by Hawke as a guest speaker at this event.
TOTT News was able to obtain an official scan of the full transcript, seen published below.
HAWKE’S FULL SPEECH
Please find below Bob Hawke’s full speech from Davos. It is 15 pages long.
Readers can also download the full PDF document for themselves by clicking here.
Some truly remarkable claims by Hawke in this speech. A vision of a world beyond domestic regulations.
A world Australia had been working towards since before the Hawke era.
DECADES IN THE MAKING
Many commenters on our Facebook post highlighted the great transformation Australia was going through at this time, with the breaking down of domestic barriers for a ‘worldwide community’.
In addition to this Davos meeting, Hawke was the man in power when a switch occurred between the Constitutional entity, Government of Australia, to the business entity, Australian Government.
In a similar fashion to this piece, we requested all FOI documents pertaining to this switch in 2019:
Hawke was also responsible for allowing increased spying on Australians, long before the 9/11 era.
This was approved by the 1988-89 cabinet, a year after Hawke attended the WEF meeting.
And of course, commenters mentioned something in regards to the number ’28’ and Bob Hawke, but hey, who knows what that means (wink).
Others noted that John Button, also pictured above, was responsible for the demolition of manufacturing with his initiatives, including lowering tariffs and reducing other forms of protectionism.
This caused large job losses in manufacturing industry and provoked bitter opposition among Labor’s trade union base. He would hold his position as Minister for Industry and Commerce until 1993.
But this betrayal of Australia didn’t start with Hawke and his cabinet.
He was merely continuing a plan that has been decades in the making to this point.
In 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was instrumental in officially ending Australia’s sovereignty with the signing of the Lima Declaration, as well as commitments to UNIDROIT in 1973.
These trade agreements tore down the gates of the first world in efforts to ‘prop up’ the third world.
We all know how that turned out decades later. How many manufacturing companies remain in Australia?
The empty Holden factory in Elizabeth, SA haunts like a ghost of Australia’s past.
Of course, if you peel back the layers even further, Australia was instrumental in the formation of the United Nations. According to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, since 1945, Australian foreign policy has been informed by the underlying principles and purposes of the United Nations.
The one-world system we see emerging before our eyes is the result of a slow and careful, yet systematic, erosion of the domestic order over many years. Australia has been front-and-centre with this plan.
May this piece shine a greater light on Bob Hawke’s role in this agenda.
For the history books.
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