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Archives for May 1974

The Day After: 1974 Federal Election Radio Reports

Counting on election night in 1974 was inconclusive. Whilst there was a general sense that the Whitlam government had been returned, it was not definitive.

This is a selection of radio news bulletins from Sunday, May 19, 1974. They were broadcast on 3MA Mildura and 3WV, the ABC’s third radio network in western Victoria. [Read more…]

1974 Federal Election: The Election Night Count

The audio clip below contains 90 minutes from the ABC television coverage of the 1974 Federal Election count.

It includes the speeches by Opposition Leader Bill Snedden and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

The broadcast was hosted by Ken Begg. [Read more…]

Michael Pate ALP Advertisement: 1974 Federal Election

This is the audio of an ALP television advertisement during the 1974 Federal Election.

The ad features the actor Michael Pate. He died in 2008, aged 88.

It was recorded on May 13, 1974. [Read more…]

An Unduly Pessimistic Nation Review

Nation Review, the progressive weekly newspaper, wasn’t confident that Whitlam would be re-elected on May 18, 1974.

This is the front cover of the May 3, 1974 edition.

Nation Review