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Archives for February 1976

Richard Carleton: Politics In The Wake Of The Dismissal

This is an audio recording of then ABC journalist Richard Carleton talking to Victorian Politics teachers in 1976.

It was the week the Iraqi loans affair hit the news and Gough Whitlam’s leadership of the ALP seemed in peril.

Carleton discussed politics and the media in the aftermath of the Dismissal. [Read more…]


Sir John Kerr Opens The 30th Parliament

In the wake of the Whitlam Dismissal, Labor members boycotted the Governor-General’s speech opening the 30th Parliament.

Sir John Kerr addressed a half-empty Senate chamber when he read the speech prepared for him by the Fraser government.

  • Listen to Kerr’s speech (8m – first part only)

Governor-General Sir John Kerr’s speech opening the 30th Parliament.

Senators, Members of the House of Representatives:

We assemble at a time when large areas of New South Wales and Queensland are being devastated by severe flooding. It is a terrible experience for those affected and my Government expresses its deepest concern for their plight. The Government is consulting with the States in taking action to ensure that all proper assistance is available. The Natural Disasters Organisation is operating smoothly. [Read more…]