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Paul Keating
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World Leader
    (January 18, 1944- )
    Born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
    Member of Parliament for Blaxland (1969-96)
    Treasurer of Australia (1983-91)
    Leader of the Australian Labor Party (1991-96)
    Prime Minister of Australia (1991-96)
    He left school at age fourteen.
    As Treasurer, he went from insisting there would be no recession to calling the early-90s downturn ‘the recession Australia had to have.’
    Bob Hawke, his predecessor as party leader and Prime Minister, claimed he called Australia ‘the arse end of the world.’
    He was accused of ignoring human rights abuses in Indonesia to improve economic relations with the country.
    He frequently criticizes journalists who write negatively about China while serving on the advisory board of the state-owned China Development Bank.
    While a trade union representative, he managed a rock band called the Ramrods in his spare time.
    As Treasurer, he initiated several economic reforms, including reducing tariffs, floating the Australian dollar, licensing foreign banks to operate in Australia, and introducing a capital gains tax.
    His Redfern Park Speech (December 10, 1992), in which he became the first Prime Minister to acknowledge offenses against Indigenous Australian by European settlers (‘We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion.’), has frequently been cited as the greatest speech in Australian political history.
    He led Labor to a surprise come from behind victory in 1993.

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