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  3. Part three of three from this televised debate.

  4. The credits for this televised debate.


Six days out from the 1984 snap election, PM Sir Robert Muldoon and Leader of the Opposition David Lange face off across a table in a TVNZ leaders’ debate chaired by Ian Johnstone. A tired Muldoon, on the back foot since calling the election two weeks earlier, attempts to claim the high ground of experience in office and on the international stage; but he is no match for Lange’s deftness and gravitas — and his parting shot of "I love you, Mr Lange" is a startling admission of defeat and one of the more remarkable moments in NZ political history.

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 Jim Curry
 Eli Viliamu
 Bill Ackland

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Very interesting as the Methinol plant cost 160million to set up but was generating 110million a term, do your maths, it would have paid for itself over and over, nothing wrong with think big projects in my mind, you have to spend money to make money, now we have a situation whare we borrow lots and have nothing to show for it.



I loved Muldoon! We need another leader like Muldoon..

 Lily Pedro

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Muldoon lied through his teeth. Still didn't work.



Lange was so wrong about ANZUS and the future of it....



Fascinating debate. Quite amazing to see that Labour hasnt changed at all. Labour promisies everything in opposition, and actually delivered nowhere near the land of milk and honey they promised. They still dont undertsand how economies grow and the need for foreign exchange.

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I love you, Mr Lange 
As the lights dimmed, the tears of the most solitary man I ever knew ended a programme I have never looked at again. 
It was a curious ending for a man who was once the master of such occasions. He went home and, as I later discovered, had his favourite lilies dug up from the garden of Vogel House, his official residence.