Whitlam Resigns The ALP Leadership Following Election Defeat

Gough Whitlam announced that he would be relinquishing the leadership of the ALP in a brief statement on election night, December 10, 1977.

The Fraser government was comfortably re-elected, losing only a handful of seats and securing a victory nearly as substantial as the landslide of 1975.

Whitlam had been leader of the ALP since February 8, 1967. He is the longest-serving leader of the federal ALP in its history.

  • Listen to Whitlam’s statement as broadcast on ABC TV (3m)
  • Watch Whitlam’s statement (1m)
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