Audio Archive 1975

  • Jul 09: Whitlam’s speech on the Loans Affair – Whitlam recalled the House of Representatives for a one-day sitting to discuss the overseas loans affair.

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  • Jul 09: Opposition Leader Fraser’s speech on the Loans Affair.

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  • Jul 09: Minerals and Energy Minister Rex Connor’s speech.

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  • Oct 15: Malcolm Fraser announces the coalition will block Supply – This was the beginning of the constitutional crisis. Fraser’s announcement came on the day that nearly all of the nation’s newspapers called on the government to resign.

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  • Oct 15: Whitlam Stands Firm – Whitlam made a nationally televised address to the nation, condemning the Opposition’s stand and describing the Senate as “tainted”.

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  • Oct 16: ‘AM’ – The ABC’s morning current affairs program broadcast reaction to the planned blocking of Supply and predictions about the outcome of the looming crisis.

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  • Nov 03: Malcolm Fraser offers a compromise – Nearly three weeks into the 1975 constitutional crisis, the pressure was building on the Opposition to pass the budget bills. In this announcement, Fraser offers to pass the bills provided an election is called by May 1976.

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  • Nov 11: 3pm – Whitlam moves no-confidence in Fraser – Following his dismissal by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, at around 1.00pm on Tuesday 11 November, Whitlam returned to the House of Representatives and listened as Fraser announced that he was now Prime Minister. This no-confidence motion against Fraser was carried by the House.

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  • Nov 11: Radio Coverage 3-4pm – It was unusual in 1975 for live broadcasts to take place. This recording of the ABC’s radio coverage represents a unique moment in broadcasting history as regular programming was pushed aside in favour of coverage of the dismissal.

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  • Nov 11: Radio Coverage 4-5pm – As the crisis unfolded, it is interesting to hear the reactions from political figures of the time, including the President of the ACTU, Bob Hawke, and the Federal Treasurer, Bill Hayden. Both men went on to lead the Labor Party. Hayden became Governor-General in 1989.

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  • Nov 11: Whitlam’s “Kerr’s Cur” Speech – This radio clip is the first-ever broadcast of Whitlam’s famous speech condemning the Governor-General.

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  • Nov 11: 3DB Radio News – 5pm – Commercial radio also reported the Dismissal without any of the quality of the ABC’s broadcasts. 3DB operated in Melbourne on the 1026 frequency, now used by the ABC’s Parliamentary News Network.

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  • These final scenes from the 1983 mini-series The Dismissal are not an accurate representation of the sequence of events but as the episode shifts from acted scenes to actual footage it gives a good picture of the atmosphere of those times “in the spring of 1975″.

  • Nov 11: Channel 10 News Melbourne – It is impossible now to imagine a political crisis being introduced the way Bruce Mansfield did it in this bulletin on the night of the Dismissal.

  • Nov 12: ABC Radio “AM” – Its coverage the morning after the Dismissal is a radio classic.

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Election Campaign

  • Nov 24: Whitlam’s Policy Speech – This speech was delivered at Melbourne’s Festival Hall and televised nationally.

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  • Nov 24: The crowd chants We Want Gough

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  • Nov 24: “Men and Women of Australia” – Whitlam’s Opening words

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  • Nov 26: Fraser’s Policy Speech – The caretaker Prime Minister’s speech complete with interjectors.

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  • Nov: Anthony’s Policy Speech – The National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister.

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  • Turn On The Lights: The Liberal Party’s campaign song, performed by Renee Geyer. This song accompanied a television commercial which showed a montage of the Whitlam Government’s “three dark years” in office: Lionel Murphy’s ASIO raid, the Gair affair, unemployment, inflation, the loans affair, the sacking of Dr. Jim Cairns, industrial unrest, etc.

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  • Nov 27: Whitlam comments on policies

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  • Whitlam says it’s the first time the burglar has been made caretaker.

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  • David Combe, ALP National Secretary, discusses the ALP’s mood.

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  • David Combe discusses the Opinion Polls.

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  • Whitlam talks about the coup.

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  • Whitlam on education spending.

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  • Whitlam on Fraser’s conduct.

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  • Whitlam on 3-year parliamentary terms.

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  • Whitlam talks about the crowds attending election meetings.

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  • Whitlam speaks at Norwood High School in Melbourne.

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  • Shirley Jacobs sings The Labor Way.

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  • An election crowd chants We Want Gough.

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  • Dec 09: Whitlam speaks at an election rally in Cronulla

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  • Il Dismissale – Max Gillies’ immortal 1983 satire on the Dismissal.

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  • Il Dismissale – Part only

Election Night – December 13, 1975

  • Election count – 1 (45m)

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  • Election count 2 (45m)

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  • Country Party Leader Doug Anthony speaks

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  • Malcolm Fraser speaks

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  • Gough Whitlam speaks

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