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Ten Years On, Channel 9’s Sunday Program Remembers The Dismissal

Ten years after the Dismissal, Gough Whitlam returned to Australia to launch his new book on the Whitlam Government.


Whitlam was on leave from his posting as Ambassador to UNESCO, the job he was given by the Hawke Labor government after it won the 1983 election.

As part of the media coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Dismissal, Channel 9’s Sunday program devoted an entire program to reviewing the Whitlam years. The complete video of the program is available on this page.

The program starts with a look at Australia in 1975, a video montage set to the music of Skyhooks’s Horror Movie. It covers the policies of the Whitlam Government and events surrounding the constitutional crisis of October-November 1975.

Laurie Oakes and the late Robert Haupt conclude the program by interviewing Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam.

Thirty years later, this video is an interesting insight into the Dismissal, an event that in 1985 was still fresh in the minds of many people.

The show went to air on Sunday, November 10, 1985.

  • Watch the Sunday program (98m)