20 Years On: Four Corners Remembers The Dismissal

Four Corners broadcast a 20-year anniversary program on The Dismissal in November 1995. [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.

  • Watch Whitlam’s interview (50m)

Rex Connor Resigns As Loans Affair Delivers Fraser’s “Reprehensible Circumstances”

Rex Connor, the Minister for Minerals and Energy, resigned from the Whitlam ministry on October 14, 1975.

Connor’s resignation was sought by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam after revelations in the Melbourne Herald newspaper that Connor had continued to seek overseas loans through the Pakistani intermediary Tirath Khemlani.

Connor’s behaviour constituted misleading parliament. In doing so, Connor had caused Whitlam to also mislead parliament. [Read more…]

Whitlam’s Press Conference Following Cairns Sacking And Loans Affair Sitting

This prime ministerial press conference took place in the aftermath of the special one-day sitting on the Loans Affair and the sacking of Dr. Jim Cairns.

Whitlam took a number of questions on the Loans Affair and the possibility of public servants being called before the Senate to answer questions. [Read more…]

Loans Affair: Special One-Day Sitting

Gough Whitlam recalled the House of Representatives from its winter recess for a one-day sitting to debate the Overseas Loans Affair.

The sitting took place on July 9, 1975, two days before Whitlam’s 59th birthday.

Proceedings began with condolences for Queensland ALP Senate Bert Milliner, who had died on June 30. Milliner’s death allowed Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen to further alter the balance of power in the Senate by appointment of a non-Labor replacement. [Read more…]

Parliament Recalled To Debate Loans Affair

On July 9, 1975, the House of Representatives was recalled for a special one-day sitting to debate the Overseas Loans Affair.

The Age had more documents and an editorial saying it was a time of national trial.

The Australian reported on attempts (ultimately successful) by the South Australia’s Labor Premier, Don Dunstan, to distance himself from the Whitlam government in an attempt to win his state election.

The Melbourne Sun covered the activities of Philip Cairns, son of the former Treasurer, Dr. Jim Cairns, who had been sacked the week before. [Read more…]

The Australian: Let Us See The Khemlani Letter

The Australian editorialised about the Loans Affair and the letter of authority given to Tirath Khemlani by the Minister for Minerals and Energy, Rex Connor.

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$4000m Loan Letters

In June 1975, the Loans Affair began to erupt.

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Whitlam’s Press Conference Following Ministerial Reshuffle

Following a week of turmoil that ended in a ministerial reshuffle and the demotion of Jim Cairns and Clyde Cameron, Whitlam held a press conference and faced questions on the loans affair and other matters.

Whitlam made a brief statement (not included on the recording below) and then took questions. The full transcript is shown below.

The press conference took place on Tuesday, June 10, 1975, in Canberra. [Read more…]