Alexandra Hasluck: How One Strong Woman Changed The Course Of Australian History

This article from The Age reports that Alexandra Hasluck, the wife of Sir Paul Hasluck, insisted her husband not stay on as Govenor-General in 1974.

Hasluck’s departure led to the appointment of Sir John Kerr as Governor-General.

The article refers to an interview Hasluck gave to former Whitlam minister Clyde Cameron in 1985. Hasluck is quoted as saying he believed Kerr erred in consulting with Fraser during the constitutional crisis.

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Hardman And Hater, Cameron Bows Out With Fire Still Burning

The death of Clyde Cameron received front page coverage in The Australian.

The Australian

Cameron’s funeral was held on March 19, 2008. This picture shows Whitlam and Tom Uren in attendance.

Clyde Cameron funeral

Margaret Whitlam: The CIA Might Have Been Involved

In 1991, a month after Sir John Kerr’s death, Margaret Whitlam said she was “prepared to believe” that the CIA was involved in her husband’s downfall.

Mrs. Whitlam was asked by a reporter whether she thought the US Central Intelligence Agency was involved: “I do. He [Gough] doesn’t. As an old thriller reader I’m prepared to believe it.”

On whether they had broken out the champagne when Kerr died, Mrs. Whitlam said: “No. I didn’t bother. I regretted his descent into his miserable life because I’d known his first wife very well. Peg was the sort of woman who would have been fabulous for anybody. He shouldn’t have taken that job in the first place. He knew she was dying.” [Read more…]

Did The Earth Move For You Too, Dear…

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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

The Sun: Snedden Cuts, Fraser No!

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Peter Bowers: Bulldog Becomes The Underdog

This was the assessment of the events of November 11 by the Sydney Morning Herald’s political correspondent, Peter Bowers.

The article appeared on page 10 of the November 12, 1975 edition of the paper.

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Sir John Was Wrong: The Age

Decades on, the editorial in The Age newspaper on November 12, 1975, remains one of the clearest statements of the arguments against Sir John Kerr’s actions the previous day.

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Editorial, The Age, November 12, 1975.

Sir John was wrong

Yesterday was the most extraordinary in the political life of this nation. It was also one of the most regrettable. The decision of the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, to dismiss the Whitlam Government was, we believe, a triumph of narrow legalism over common sense and popular feeling. We do not deny that Sir John had been placed in an appallingly difficult position by two stubborn men. We accept that he had a legal power to do as he did, and that he acted in good faith. But we believe he was wrong. We are not convinced the decision he took was the only one open to him, or that it was necessary to take it now. He has certainly not explained himself adequately. [Read more…]

Whitlam Sacked: Front Page Of Adelaide News

Adelaide News