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Robert Muldoon

Birthdate: 25. September 1921
Date of death: 5. August 1992

Sir Robert David Muldoon was a New Zealand politician who served as the 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 1975 to 1984, while Leader of the National Party.

Serving as a corporal and sergeant in the army in the Second World War, Muldoon completed his training as an accountant and returned to New Zealand as its first fully qualified cost accountant. He was first elected to the House of Representatives at the 1960 general election as the Member of Parliament for Tamaki. Muldoon served successively as Minister of Tourism , Minister of Finance , and Deputy Prime Minister . He became Leader of the Opposition in 1974 and soon led the National Party to a decisive victory in the 1975 general election.

Muldoon came to power promising to lead "a Government of the ordinary bloke." He appointed himself Minister of Finance. His tenure as Prime Minister was plagued by an economic pattern of stagnation, high inflation, growing unemployment, and high external debts and borrowing. Economic policies of the Muldoon Government included national superannuation, wage and price freezes, industrial incentives, and the Think Big industrial projects. In foreign policy, Muldoon adopted an anti-Soviet stance and re-emphasised New Zealand's defence commitments to the United States and Australia under the ANZUS pact. His refusal to stop a Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand divided the country and led to unprecedented civil disorder in 1981. Muldoon led his party to two additional election victories in 1978 and 1981. He called a snap election in 1984, in which National suffered a significant defeat to Labour. Shortly before leaving office, amid a constitutional crisis, Muldoon was forced by the incoming Government to devalue the New Zealand dollar.

In 1984, he was only the second Prime Minister to receive a knighthood while still in office. Muldoon was a polarising figure and has been variously described as a "bully", an "enigma," and "a strong believer in the battler, the little man, the ordinary citizen and his or her rights."

Quotes Robert Muldoon

„They won’t put up a statue to me. No, no, no. Nobody’s got that sense of humour.“

—  Robert Muldoon

Source: From the documentary Robert Muldoon: The Grim Face of Power, 1994
Context: Responding to a journalist while attending the unveiling of a statue of Sir Keith Holyoake.

„They can't promise anything because I've spent it all.“

—  Robert Muldoon

Supplementary source: Brian Easton, The State Of The Nation - Issues for the 2005 Election, 12 July 2005, http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00170.htm, which confirms that Peters was talking about Muldoon.
Source: Winston Peters, Questions for Oral Answer, 20 May 2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20130210043212/http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2430AC6B-8B63-4AB9-A0C2-7CF38DD8E5BB/89283/47HansD_20040522.pdf page=13131
Context: On the opposition Labour Party's 1972 election promises.

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