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Whitlam’s Press Conference Following Ministerial Reshuffle

Following a week of turmoil that ended in a ministerial reshuffle and the demotion of Jim Cairns and Clyde Cameron, Whitlam held a press conference and faced questions on the loans affair and other matters.

Whitlam made a brief statement (not included on the recording below) and then took questions. The full transcript is shown below.

The press conference took place on Tuesday, June 10, 1975, in Canberra.

Whitlam’s Report To The Nation On CHOGM And US Visit

Following his trip to Jamaica for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and visits to the United States and Peru, Whitlam delivered a televised report to the nation on May 13, 1975.

The CHOGM meeting was held in Kingston, Jamaica.

Whilst in Washington, Whitlam met with President Gerald Ford, Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger.

Whitlam Proposes Optional Preferential Voting

This is Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s Second Reading speech on the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 1974 (No.2).

Amongst other things, the bill sought to introduce optional preferential voting.

This was the second time the bill was passed in the House of Representatives, following its earlier rejection by the Senate. The bill went on to become one of the constitutional triggers for the 1975 double dissolution election. With the election of the Fraser government, the bill was never enacted.

Hansard transcript of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s speech on the Second Reading of the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 1974 (No.2).

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) – This Bill is now being debated in this Parliament for the second time. It was first debated over 4 months ago. The Bill includes many provisions which were proposed by the Minister for the Interior, the Minister in charge of electoral matters in the previous government, in a bill which he introduced in March 1971. The other provisions cover matters which were shown to be urgently in need of correction by the double dissolution election a year ago. When the Bill came into this Parliament for the first time last November it was totally opposed by members of the Opposition in this House and in the Senate. Nevertheless, I want to be fair in these matters. The Opposition moves, however slowly, because now it says that it will accept, by and large, the amendments made by this Bill, which in fact reproduce those in its Bill of March 1971. So we move on to that extent.