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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.

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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.

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