The constitutional crisis of 1975 ranks as the single most dramatic political event in the history of the Australian federation.
The audio clips on this page represent a sample of events between October 15, 1975 and November 11, 1975. They begin with Liberal Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser’s announcement that the coalition will block Supply in the Senate, and end with the Dismissal of the Whitlam government by Governor-General Sir John Kerr.
These clips also appear on the companion website, WhitlamDismissal.com, but accompanied by more information, documents, analysis and contemporary media coverage.
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.