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Archives for December 1977

Malcolm Fraser’s Remarks On Winning The 1977 Federal Election

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser won his second election victory on December 10, 1977.

Fraser’s government was returned with a majority only slightly smaller than its record 1975 victory. The government retained control of the Senate. [Read more…]


Whitlam Steps Down As ALP Leader

Gough Whitlam announced he would step down as leader of the ALP on the night of the 1977 Federal Election.

Counting of votes in the election showed that the ALP had experienced a defeat similar to 1975’s disastrous result.

Whitlam appeared briefly in the Tally Room and announced that when he called the new Caucus together to elect an executive he would not be a candidate for the position of leader. [Read more…]


National Party – Richmond (NSW) Doug Anthony How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-vote card for Doug Anthony, the member for Richmond, in the 1977 Federal Election.

Anthony had been the member since 1957, having succeeded his father. In 1977, he was leader of the National Country Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Fraser government.

He held the seat until his retirement in January 1984, following the coalition’s defeat in 1983. [Read more…]


Tom Uren And Don Dunstan Address ALP Election Rally At Monash University

ALP Students at Monash University held an election rally for Labor candidates in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on December 1, 1977.

The rally was addressed by the South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan, and the former Minister for Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam government, Tom Uren.

The event was organised by the Monash ALP Club and held at the Robert Blackwood Hall. It was hosted by the new state Leader of the Opposition, Frank Wilkes. The ALP candidate for Bruce, Peter Burke, and the candidate for Hotham, Tony Ross, also addressed the rally. [Read more…]