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The National Remembers The Whitlam Dismissal And Talks To Albert Patrick Field

This is a video of The National’s coverage of the tenth anniversary of the Whitlam Dismissal.

In 1985, the ABC had replaced its nightly television news and current affairs half-hour with a bizarre program called The National, which attempted to combine news and analysis in one package. Naturally, it didn’t last.

The National didn’t manage to secure an interview with Gough Whitlam, even though he gave multiple interviews to other networks and programs. [Read more…]

Gough Whitlam Interviewed On The 10th Anniversary Of The Dismissal

On the 10th anniversary of The Dismissal, Gough Whitlam returned to Australia from his post as Ambassador to UNESCO and launched his new book, The Whitlam Government.

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Whitlam gave a series of interview to local media, including this 50-minute encounter with Mungo MacCallum, Michelle Grattan and Max Teichmann on SBS television. The program is hosted by Margaret Throsby.

MacCallum was then still working in the Canberra press gallery. Grattan, who still works in the press gallery, was then chief political correspondent for The Age. Teichmann was a Politics academic at Monash University in Melbourne. He died in 2008.

The program deals with contemporary political issues and foreign policy issues, as well as touching on the events of 1975, including the government’s policies and the Loans Affair.

I posted the video on YouTube on September 13, 2014. Its interest, nearly thirty years later, with Whitlam now 98 years old and no longer making public appearances, lies in its record of his thinking and personal style.

  • Listen to Whitlam’s interview (50m)
  • Watch Whitlam’s interview (50m)

Whitlam Interviewed By Willesee On 10th Anniversary of The Dismissal

This is an interview Gough Whitlam gave to Michael Willesee on the tenth anniversary of the Dismissal.

Whitlam had returned to Australia from his post in Paris as Ambassador to UNESCO in order to launch his new book, The Whitlam Government 1972-1975.

The interview was telecast on Channel 7.

  • Watch Whitlam and Willesee (21m)

Whitlam Addresses The National Press Club On The Dismissal’s 10th Anniversary

Gough Whitlam addressed the National Press Club on November 11, 1985, ten years to the day since he was dismissed from office by Sir John Kerr.

WhitlamThe occasion also coincided with the launch of Whitlam’s new book, The Whitlam Government 1972-1975.

Whitlam had returned to Australia, on leave from his position in Paris as Australian Ambassador to UNESCO, the post to which he had been appointed by the Hawke government in 1983.

In his speech, Whitlam canvassed a wide range of issues, including the constitutional crisis of 1975. He damned Kerr for hid handling of what Whitlam said was a “political crisis” that was likely to resolve itself within days, if not hours.

The video of this National Press Club appearance is notable for its portrayal of Whitlam ten years after his government ended and seven years after he left parliament. [Read more…]

Ten Years On, Channel 9’s Sunday Program Remembers The Dismissal

Ten years after the Dismissal, Gough Whitlam returned to Australia to launch his new book on the Whitlam Government.

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Whitlam was on leave from his posting as Ambassador to UNESCO, the job he was given by the Hawke Labor government after it won the 1983 election.

As part of the media coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Dismissal, Channel 9’s Sunday program devoted an entire program to reviewing the Whitlam years. The complete video of the program is available on this page. [Read more…]

Il Dismissale: Max Gillies On The Dismissal

The Gillies Report was a golden moment on Australian television in the 1980s.

This is Il Dismissale, the segment satirising the Whitlam Dismissal. It was first broadcast in 1983.

The main roles are all played by Max Gillies, but look for John Clarke, Wendy Harmer, Patrick Cook and others. [Read more…]

Five Years After The Dismissal, Whitlam Speaks To Derryn Hinch

This is an interview Gough Whitlam gave to Derryn Hinch on Melbourne radio station 3AW on November 11, 1980.

It was five years to the day since Whitlam was dismissed. After leading the ALP to another election defeat in December 1977, Whitlam left Parliament in 1978.

Hinch began the interview by discussing reports of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) involvement in the Dismissal but Whitlam preferred to focus on Sir John Kerr’s contact with Chief Justice Sir Garfield Barwick and an unnamed “intermediary” between Kerr and Fraser.

Whitlam was 64 years old at the time of the interview. [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…]

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.

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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.