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Archives for 1976

It’s Time For A New Constitution

The Dismissal led to calls for a new Constitution.

On the first anniversary of Whitlam’s sacking, Australians For A Constitutional Democracy held a series of rallies around Australia.

These pictures are from the rally held in the Melbourne Town Hall. Historian Manning Clark, Law academic Gareth Evans, writer Donald Horne and trade unionist John Halfpenny were among those who spoke. [Read more…]

The Death Of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

The Chinese leader, Mao Tse-Tung, died on September 9, 1976.

A statement by Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam is shown below, as is the Hansard transcript of the House of Representatives condolence debate on September 14, 1976. [Read more…]

Kerr Speaks Of The Queen And Young People

The precise date and location of this extract from a speech by Sir John Kerr are not clear.

Given in September 1976, Kerr spoke of the forthcoming visit by the Queen. He also referred to what he regarded as alarming influences on young people, especially in the education system. [Read more…]

Kerr’s 1976 Australia Day Message

Eights weeks after the Dismissal, the Governor-General delivered an Australia Day address.

Sir John Kerr spoke to the nation on January 26, 1976, from London, England, the country that was to be his home in exile for most of the remainder of his life. [Read more…]