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Archives for November 1977

Gough Whitlam Policy Speech: 1977 Federal Election

This is the audio of Gough Whitlam’s ALP Policy Speech for the 1977 Federal Election.

It was Whitlam’s last election as leader of the ALP. He announced his intention to relinquish the leadership on election night, as the result became clear. He retired from parliament in July 1978. [Read more…]


Sir John Kerr Drunk At The Melbourne Cup

In 1977, the Melbourne Cup, the so-called “race that stops a nation”, was stopped in its tracks by a drunken appearance from the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

Just two years since the dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11, 1975, Kerr presented the Cup to the connections of Gold and Black. The horse was trained by Bart Cummings and ridden by John Duggan. [Read more…]