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The 1984 Leaders Debate Television (Full Length) – 1984 News/Current Affairs

The 1984 Leaders Debate

Television (Full Length) – 1984 News/Current Affairs

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Interesting to see ... thank you it's well done :)

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visual rank 28 Sep 2014 - 12.03am

Lange was the only politician who could foot it with the formidable Muldoon. Of the politicians today, only Winston Peters has that same air of bulldog type of confrontational debating skills as Muldoon. Lange was more of a skilled wordsmith.

K McLeod

K McLeod 14 Aug 2014 - 12.25pm

David Lange, a man of the people, ah David I knew you well. RIP big guy. The memories will never fade. Behind the scenes you did more for less fortunate folk, before, in and after politics.
A heart as big as the man.

David L

David L 22 Jul 2014 - 12.07pm

What is interesting here is that nothing has changed in New Zealand in 30 years. There is still an underclass who are always struggling. And the irony is Labour, with the help of Bob Jones's party, help make the rich richer and the poor poorer. They also help John Key to get rich.


Malcolm 12 Jul 2014 - 10.02pm

"I love you, Mr Lange" was not an admission of defeat, it was a sarcastic remark at Lange's summing-up comments which he cleverly directed at Muldoon instead of the audience.


John 11 Jul 2014 - 04.43pm

Interesting to see ...

Aquademica ab

Aquademica ab 8 Jul 2014 - 09.56am

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.


Blair 9 Dec 2013 - 09.28pm

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


Greg 4 Sep 2013 - 06.56pm

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

Lily Pedro

Lily Pedro 6 Jun 2013 - 03.27am

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


MCV 26 Apr 2013 - 01.18pm

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.


John.Doe 26 Apr 2013 - 12.53pm

This is very important history for today's NZers ... because these statements could very well have been written yesterday, especially the opening statements stating their respective positions. Great stuff!

Alan Benton

Alan Benton 26 Oct 2012 - 01.22am

I remember this well, even though I've never been a National Supporter, I did have a healthy respect for Mr Muldoon. From memory, I voted for Bob Jones's party at that election which as we all know, helped David Lange and Labour get in.

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark 7 Aug 2012 - 11.26am

even in 1984 it was a given that smaller class sizes equated to better educational achievment.

Ken Bennett

Ken Bennett 6 Jun 2012 - 02.01pm

I wonder... what would be the result if David Lange had the same debate - but this time with John Key? Who would be the winner of such an encounter?

I can imagine John Key yelling "Show me the money!" at Lange.

And Lange leaning in and responding with "And I'm going to show it to you if you hold your breath just for a moment ... I can smell the money on your breath!" 10 Nov 2011 - 07.55pm

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