Australian Editorial: Bass Thumps Whitlam

This is an editorial from The Australian, published on June 30, 1975, the Monday after the Bass by-election.


Fraser: We’ll Win Any Federal Election Now

The Bass by-election signalled to Malcolm Fraser that he would most likely win a federal election.

This is the front page of The Australian on June 30, 1975.

The Australian, June 30, 1975

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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The Party For The Times: The Australian’s Second Editorial Endorsing Whitlam

In a front page editorial, on December 1, 1972, The Australian newspaper, endorsed the election of Gough Whitlam and the ALP.

It was the second front-page editorial in a week that advocated a change of government.

Titled The party for the times, the paper said Whitlam offered a “coherent programme of action over a wide range of areas which the present Government has either neglected or only belatedly taken an interest”.


Comparing Whitlam with Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon, the paper said: “Certainly there must be an element of risk in voting the Labor Party into power after 23 years. But in view of his performance over the past 20 months, surely there would be more risk returning Mr McMahon. [Read more…]

It Is Time For A Change: The Australian’s First Editorial Supporting A Change Of Government

On November 25, 1972, The Australian newspaper published the first of two front-page editorials advocating a change of government and the election of Gough Whitlam and the ALP.

The editorial appeared alongside a report of the Liberal Prime Minister, William McMahon, criticising his Cabinet for its slowness and lack of political judgement.


Describing the poll as “the most crucial Federal election of our time”, the Murdoch-owned newspaper said: “This may be our last chance for some time to opt for a bold leap forward in this country’s development.”

Whilst critical of some aspects of Whitlam’s platform, the paper said: “It is time we had a new sense of national identity and national purpose to carry us forward into our challenging and newly expanding future… The best thing that can happen to Australia a week today will be a change of government.”

Editorial in The Australian, November 25, 1972.