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Sir John Kerr Breaks His Silence And Talks To Geoffrey Robertson

In 1987, Sir John Kerr broke his silence and appeared on ABC television in conversation with Geoffrey Robertson, in a program called Talking Shop.


Kerr and Robertson canvassed some of the issues concerning the Dismissal, including the question of his possible dismissal by Whitlam. Kerr dismisses the idea that he should have warned Whitlam of the possibility of his removal.

The program was telecast twelve years to the day since the Dismissal. Kerr was 73. To the best of my knowledge, this was his last interview before his death on March 24, 1991, at the age of 76.

Robertson was 41 and already well known as a barrister, human rights lawyer and broadcaster.

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