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The Day After The 1974 Election: Media Reports

Counting on election night in 1974 was inconclusive. Whilst there was a general sense that the Whitlam government had been returned, it was not definitive.

This is a selection of radio news bulletins from Sunday, May 19, 1974. They were broadcast on 3MA Mildura and 3WV, the ABC’s third radio network in western Victoria. [Read more…]


ABC Election Count: 1974 Federal Election

The audio clip below contains 90 minutes from the ABC television coverage of the 1974 Federal Election count.

It includes the speeches by Opposition Leader Bill Snedden and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

The broadcast was hosted by Ken Begg. [Read more…]


DLP Advertisement: They Call Him Big Mac

Senator Frank McManus was leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during the 1974 Federal Election campaign.

McManusThe Victorian senator had taken over the leadership of the DLP in 1973, after Vince Gair was forced out.

The double dissolution election was forced upon the Whitlam government after it offered Gair the position of Ambassador to Ireland.

McManus was elected to the Senate in 1955, in the aftermath of the ALP Split that year. He lost his seat in the 1963 election but regained it in the separate half-Senate election in 1964.

At the 1974 election, all five DLP senators lost their seats. The party folded a few years later.

The DLP was reformed several decades later. It briefly gained representation in the Victorian Legislative Council and Senator John Madigan was elected in 2010. Madigan left the DLP during his term and formed his own party. [Read more…]


Michael Pate Advertisement For The ALP: 1974 Federal Election

This is the audio of an ALP television advertisement during the 1974 Federal Election.

The ad features the actor Michael Pate. He died in 2008, aged 88.

It was recorded on May 13, 1974. [Read more…]


1974 Liberal Party Election Advertisements

These are two Liberal Party advertisements for the 1974 Federal Election.

The first features a man explaining why he won’t be voting Labor. The second is an extract of Opposition Leader Bill Snedden’s policy speech.

Both advertisements appeared on television. [Read more…]


1974 ALP Election Advertisements

These are two ALP election advertisements broadcast during the 1974 Federal Election.

Both advertisements attack the economic policies of the Opposition Leader, Billie Snedden.

The first advertisement features the actor Michael Pate, whilst Graeme Blundell appears in the second. [Read more…]


DLP 1974 Policy Speech – Senator Frank McManus

This is a partial audio of the Democratic Labor Party’s policy speech for the 1974 federal election.

The broadcast is delivered by the party’s leader, Victorian Senator Frank McManus.

Unfortunately, the recording is incomplete. I have only just under 5 minutes of what I think was a 10-minute broadcast.

McManus lost his seat at the election, as did all the DLP’s sitting members. The DLP’s Senate representation fell from five to zero.

The DLP disappeared as a political force for the next 32 years. It won a seat in the Victorian Legislative Council in 2006, losing it in 2010. At the 2010 federal election, John Madigan won a Senate seat in Victoria.

Two days after his policy speech, a letter from McManus was published in The Australian:

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