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1975 Federal Election: The Count And Leaders’ Speeches

The night of the 1975 Federal Election was the culmination of two months of constitutional crisis and electioneering.

On November 11, 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. The Opposition Leader, Malcolm Fraser, was installed as caretaker prime minister, the parliament was dissolved and a double dissolution election scheduled for December 13.

Fraser led the Coalition parties to the biggest victory ever in the House of Representatives and won control of the Senate as well. The Labor Party lost 30 seats.

Election Night – December 13, 1975

  • Election count – ABC-TV 9.00pm (45m)
  • Election count – ABC-TV 9.45pm (45m)
  • Election count – Channel 7 9.15pm (59m)
  • Election count – Channel 7 10.13pm (59m)
  • Remarks by Country Party Leader Doug Anthony (7m)
  • Remarks by Malcolm Fraser (8m)
  • Remarks by Gough Whitlam (2m)
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