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Liberal Party Announces It Will Block Supply; Whitlam Threatens Double Dissolution

The Australian - April 5, 1974

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.

  • 8.00am: ABC Radio AM (6m)
  • Opposition Leader Bill Snedden Announces The Opposition Will Block Supply (3m)
  • Country Party Leader Doug Anthony On Blocking Supply (3m)
  • 5.00pm: ABC Radio News (2m)
  • 6.00pm: ABC Radio News (3m)
  • 6.10pm: ABC PM report with Bill Snedden and Malcolm Mackerras (14m)
  • 6.30pm: Country Party leader Doug Anthony interviewed on Michael Schildberger’s A Current Affair (6m)
  • 7.30pm: ABC TV’s This Day Tonight (17m)
  • 7.30pm: Gough Whitlam is interviewed by Richard Carleton on TDT (11m)
  • 11.00pm: ABC Radio News (2m)

Newspaper front pages from April 4 and April 5, 1974:




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