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Whitlam Concedes Defeat, Resigns Leadership

Gough Whitlam appeared in the National Tally Room on election night – December 10, 1977 – to concede defeat and resign the ALP leadership.

The voice of Kerry O’Brien, Whitlam’s press secretary, can be heard as Whitlam arrives to address the media.

Audio only below: ABC television commentary continues after Whitlam’s announcement, including remarks by the ALP and ACTU President Bob Hawke and former Whitlam minister Fred Daly.

Listen to Whitlam’s concession and resignation (1m):

Whitlam had been leader of the ALP since February 8, 1967. His resignation took effect on December 22, 1977, a period of 10 years, 10 months and 14 days.

Whitlam resigned as the member for Werriwa on July 31, 1978, having served 25 years, 8 months and 2 days in the House of Representatives.

Whitlam was succeeded as leader by Bill Hayden.

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