The complete 92-minute video of Four Corners, broadcast on November 11, 1985, the tenth anniversary of The Dismissal.
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Following his dismissal, Whitlam returned to The Lodge and ate a steak for lunch. It was just after 1pm.
The media was covering what it believed to be the calling of a half-Senate election.
The half-Senate election had to be held by around May 1976. New senators would not take their seats until July 1, 1976. However, the new Territory senators would take their places immediately. Whilst no-one seriously believed the election would alter the balance of numbers in the Senate, Whitlam’s strategy was to put pressure on the Opposition to pass the Budget bills.
Counting on election night in 1974 was inconclusive. Whilst there was a general sense that the Whitlam government had been returned, it was not definitive.
This is a selection of radio news bulletins from Sunday, May 19, 1974. They were broadcast on 3MA Mildura and 3WV, the ABC’s third radio network in western Victoria.
The audio clip below contains 90 minutes from the ABC television coverage of the 1974 Federal Election count.
It includes the speeches by Opposition Leader Bill Snedden and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
The broadcast was hosted by Ken Begg.