Counting on election night in 1974 was inconclusive. Whilst there was a general sense that the Whitlam government had been returned, it was not definitive.
This is a selection of radio news bulletins from Sunday, May 19, 1974. They were broadcast on 3MA Mildura and 3WV, the ABC’s third radio network in western Victoria. [Read more…]
The audio clip below contains 90 minutes from the ABC television coverage of the 1974 Federal Election count.
It includes the speeches by Opposition Leader Bill Snedden and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
The broadcast was hosted by Ken Begg. [Read more…]
With the double dissolution election set for May 18, 1974, the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Snedden, made a televised Address to the Nation.
Snedden appeared on ABC television on Tuesday, April 23, 1974, at 7.30pm, pushing back the start of the current affairs program, This Day Tonight.
In the address, Snedden outlined the reasons why the Opposition had forced the election by threatening to block Supply.
Whitlam had delivered an Address to the Nation the previous week.
- Listen to Snedden’s Address (11m)
Article from The Australian, April 23, 1974.
Transcript of Snedden’s Address, published by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The debacle over the Gair Affair and the Coalition’s threat to block Supply led Gough Whitlam to call a double dissolution election for May 18, 1974.
The double dissolution superceded the half-Senate election that was due by June 30.
After a week of turmoil and speculation over the fate of the government’s Supply bills, Whitlam rose in the House of Representatives just before 8.30pm on April 10 to announce that the Governor-General, Sir Paul Hasluck, had agreed to a double dissolution. This is Hansard’s record of the announcement: [Read more…]
History was made in Canberra on April 4, 1974 with the announcement by the Liberal opposition that they would block two of the Whitlam government’s Supply Bills.
The announcement came as Gough Whitlam’s ploy to appoint former DLP leader Senator Vince Gair as Ambassador to Ireland unravelled.
This is a selection of radio and television reports on the day’s events. [Read more…]
This 22-minute compilation contains radio segments broadcast on the ABC’s “PM” program on November 27, 28 & 29, 1972.
The election that would bring Whitlam to office was less than a week away. [Read more…]