On The Morning Of The Dismissal

The night before the dismissal of his government, Gough Whitlam attended the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Banquet.

The Opposition Leader, Malcolm Fraser, was there also. The two men would travel back to Canberra together on Whitlam’s plane later that evening.

The Lord Mayor was the Liberal Party’s Ron Walker, then aged 36. Walker went on to a career in business and was also a chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party. [Read more…]

Reporting The First Day Of The Constitutional Crisis

This is a recording of the ABC’s AM program on October 16, 1975, the morning after the Senate first voted to block Supply.

The program was hosted by Bill Dowsett and began with an extract of Whitlam’s Address to the Nation the previous night.

Dowsett began: “So that’s it – Australia holds its breath as the great battle begins, a frightening conflict without precedent in the political history of this country.”

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