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Archives for 1975

A Lack Of Communication?

Bob Hawke had some opinions about the reasons for the defeat of the Whitlam government in 1975.

This piece appeared in The National Times, December 15-20, 1975.

National Times

Sunday Observer: “Thank Bloody Christ”

The Fraser government won the biggest election victory in Australian history on December 13, 1975.

This was the reaction of Melbourne’s Sunday Observer the next day.

Sunday Observer

Selected Audio Clips From The 1975 Election Campaign

This is a selection of audio clips from the 1975 Federal Election campaign.

The clips were first broadcast on radio and television programs during the election. [Read more…]

The Sun: Snedden Cuts, Fraser No!

The Sun
The Sun

Malcolm Fraser’s 1975 Election Policy Speech

Malcolm Fraser delivered the Liberal Party Policy Speech for the 1975 Federal Election in Melbourne on November 27.

The speech was delayed by two days due to Fraser being ill.

  • Listen to audio of Fraser’s televised speech (30m)

Transcript of Caretaker Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s 1975 Election Policy Speech.

FraserThe Australian people face a historic decision on December 13.

On that day, we will be deciding the future of our country.

Let us all as Australians determine to restore prosperity, defeat inflation and provide jobs for all.

Let us all as Australians decide to reward initiative and encourage achievement.

Let us decide to realise at last the aspirations of all Australians for security, self-respect and for freedom to control our own lives.

This election results from the dishonesty and incompetence of the Whitlam Labor Government. [Read more…]

Doug Anthony’s 1975 Country Party Policy Speech

This is the audio of Country Party leader Doug Anthony’s policy speech for the 1975 Federal Election.

Anthony was Deputy Prime Minister in the caretaker Fraser administration, appointed following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11. [Read more…]

Whitlam’s 1975 Election Policy Speech

Gough Whitlam delivered his policy speech for the 1975 election at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Monday, November 24.

  • Listen to Whitlam’s speech in full
  • Listen to the crowd chant ‘We Want Gough’
  • Listen to Whitlam’s opening words

Men and Women of Australia,

The whole future of Australian democracy is in your hands.

The decision you make on 13 December goes far beyond who shall govern Australia for a few months or a few years. It goes to the heart of how Australia is to be governed into the Twenty-First Century.

Above all, Australia must be re-united – united about our basic faith in the value of Parliamentary democracy; as a means for change, and as a means for good government.

The shame of the past six weeks must be wiped away. In those shameful six weeks, a stacked Senate went on strike against a Budget vital to Australia’s welfare and the nation’s economy. The nation and the nation’s elected government were held to ransom. And by those means, the elected government in full command of the confidence of Parliament was deposed.

Is Australia to continue to be a Parliamentary democracy? Are we to have governments elected by the people, through the People’s House? Are elected governments to govern? [Read more…]

Letter From The Queen’s Private Secretary

Following the Dismissal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gordon Scholes, wrote to the Queen, expressing concern about the Governor-General’s actions.

This letter is the response from the Queen’s Private Secretary.

Letter from the Queen’s private secretary to former Speaker Scholes.

I am commanded by The Queen to acknowledge your letter of 12th November about the recent political events in Australia. You ask that The Queen should act to restore Mr. Whitlam to office as Prime Minister.

As we understand the situation here, the Australian Constitution firmly places the prerogative powers of the Crown in the hands of the Governor-General as the representative of the Queen of Australia. The only person competent to commission an Australian Prime Minister is the Governor-General, and The Queen has no part in the decisions which the Governor-General must take in accordance with the Constitution. Her Majesty, as Queen of Australia, is watching events in Canberra with close interest and attention, but it would not be proper for her to intervene in person in matters which are so clearly placed within the jurisdiction of the Governor-General by the Constitution Act.

I understand that you have been good enough to send a copy of your letter to the Governor-General so I am writing to His Excellency to say that the text of your letter has been received here in London and has been laid before the The Queen.

I am sending a copy of this letter to the Governor-General.

17 November 1975

Selected Audio Clips From The Constitutional Crisis

These audio clips cover some of the key moments of the constitutional crisis from October 15 through to November 12, 1975.

All of these clips appear on individual posts that provide more detailed information on the events in question.

The clips are provided here for quick access. [Read more…]

Vice-Regal Notice – November 11

In 1975, Government House prepared a Vice-Regal notice that major broadsheet newspapers would publish.

This is the notice that appeared on page 2 of the Canberra Times on November 12, 1975.

Vice-Regal

Text of the Vice-Regal notice published on November 12, 1975.

The Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, and Lady Kerr attended the Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony at the Australian War Memorial yesterday morning.

Later, Sir John received Mr Whitlam at Government House and determined his commission as Prime Minister.

Afterwards, he received Mr Fraser and administered the requisite oath of office as Prime Minister.

In the afternoon, Sir John received the Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, and Mr C. W. Harders, Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department, at Government House.

Later, he received the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Scholes, at Government House.