As criticism of the Loans Affair rained down on Gough Whitlam, Bruce Petty looked at the credibility of European criticism.
The cartoon appeared in The Australian.
This cartoon by Les Tanner appeared in The Age on July 1, 1975.
It followed Labor’s defeat in the Bass by-election on June 28.
The by-election was caused by the resignation of Lance Barnard, who had held the seat since 1954. Following the 1974 federal election, Barnard was replaced as deputy ALP leader and deputy prime minister by Dr. Jim Cairns. Whitlam appointed Barnard as Ambassador to Norway, Finland and Sweden.
The ALP suffered a two-party-preferred swing of 14.3% in the by-election and lost the seat to the Liberal Party’s Kevin Newman by 60.3% to 39.7%. The Labor candidate, John Macrostie, polled just 36.5% of the primary vote, a drop of 17.5%.
The by-election was evidence of severe voter dissatisfaction with the Whitlam government. It is widely regarded as contributing to Fraser’s decision to block the budget in October 1975.
This cartoon by Collette appeared in the Melbourne Herald on June 30, 1975.
It appeared two days after Labor was defeated in the Bass by-election in Tasmania.