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Archives for 1972

The Second Whitlam Ministry – December 19, 1972

Gough Whitlam became Prime Minister on December 5, 1972, following the ALP’s election victory on December 2.

Whitlam and his deputy, Lance Barnard, governed as a duumvirate until December 19, 1972. By this time, the election results were finalised and the ALP Caucus had met, in accordance with party rules, to elect the ministry.

The second Whitlam ministry of 27 men was sworn into office on December 19, 1972. [Read more…]


The First Whitlam Ministry: December 5-19, 1972

Gough Whitlam became Prime Minister on December 5, 1972, following the ALP’s victory in the December 2 election.

Whitlam and his deputy, Lance Barnard, governed as a duumvirate until December 19. They are the only two-man government in Australia’s federal political history. [Read more…]


Snedden, McMahon, Whitlam And Gair On The Campaign Trail

The 1972 Federal Election brought to an end 23 years of Liberal-Country Party government that began with Robert Menzies in 1949.

This 22-minute compilation contains radio segments broadcast on the ABC’s “PM” program on November 27, 28 & 29, 1972. [Read more…]


It’s Time: Gough Whitlam’s 1972 Election Policy Speech

The policy speech delivered by Gough Whitlam for the 1972 Federal elections is one of the few such speeches that are remembered decades on. In it, Whitlam set out the “program” he intended to implement in government.

The speech began a tradition of Whitlam commencing with the words first used by Prime Minister John Curtin (1941-45): “Men and women of Australia!” [Read more…]


A Political Speech From David Frost

This is a clip of the British entertainer and interviewer, David Frost, satirising political speeches.

I can’t date the recording precisely but it was sometime in 1972, just prior to the Australian federal election that ended 23 years of coalition government. [Read more…]


Senator George McGovern’s 1972 Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

Senator George McGovern accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President at its National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.

McGovern’s nomination came just weeks after the June 17 break-in at the Watergate complex. McGovern went on to lose in a landslide to President Richard Nixon.

McGovern died on October 21, 2012, aged 90. [Read more…]