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…]

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…]