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Archives for September 1976

Bob Hawke Announces He Won’t Run For Parliament – Yet

Bob Hawke announced that he wouldn’t be running for Parliament – yet – on September 15, 1976.

Speaking in the Melbourne Trades Hall Council chamber, Hawke spoke of his concern at being a lame duck President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). [Read more…]

Sir John Kerr Speech Extract

This is a brief extract from a speech given by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in September 1976.

I cannot date the speech accurately, although my records indicate it was September 1976. The group Kerr was speaking to, and the venue, are not known.

The time was ten months after the Dismissal, at a time when Kerr’s public appearances were beset by protests and jeering.

  • Listen to Kerr (2m)

Hawke Should Stay With The ACTU: The Australian

In the year following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government, there was frequent speculation about the political intentions of Bob Hawke, the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Hawke was also National President of the ALP. Rumours abounded about the seat he would contest in order to enter parliament.

On September 14, 1976, The Australian newspaper editorialised in favour of Hawke remaining with the ACTU.

Hawke ultimately decided not to enter parliament at the next election, but in 1980 he sought preselection for the Melbourne seat of Wills. He entered parliament in the October 1980 federal election and was immediately appointed to the shadow ministry. He became leader of the party just 2 years and 3 months later, becoming prime minister at the March 1983 election.


The Death Of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

The Chinese leader, Mao Tse-Tung, died on September 9, 1976.


Statements by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam are shown below, as is the Hansard transcript of the House of Representatives condolence debate on September 14, 1976. [Read more…]