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Doug Anthony: Country Party 1975 Federal Election Policy Speech

This is the audio of Country Party leader Doug Anthony’s policy speech for the 1975 Federal Election.

Anthony was Deputy Prime Minister in the caretaker Fraser administration, appointed following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11. [Read more…]


Turn On The Lights – Renee Geyer Sings Liberal Party 1975 Campaign Jingle

This is an audio recording of Renee Geyer singing Turn on the Lights, the Liberal Party’s 1975 federal election campaign song.

Geyer was 22 at the time of the election. [Read more…]


Gough Whitlam’s 1975 Election Policy Speech

Gough Whitlam delivered his policy speech for the 1975 election at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Monday, November 24.

  • Listen to Whitlam’s speech in full
  • Listen to the crowd chant ‘We Want Gough’
  • Listen to Whitlam’s opening words

Text of Gough Whitlam’s 1975 Election Policy Speech, delivered at Festival Hall, Melbourne.

Men and Women of Australia,

The whole future of Australian democracy is in your hands.

The decision you make on 13 December goes far beyond who shall govern Australia for a few months or a few years. It goes to the heart of how Australia is to be governed into the Twenty-First Century. [Read more…]


Il Dismissale: Max Gillies On The Dismissal

The Gillies Report was a golden moment on Australian television in the 1980s.

This is Il Dismissale, the segment satirising the Whitlam Dismissal. It was first broadcast in 1983.

The main roles are all played by Max Gillies, but look for John Clarke, Wendy Harmer, Patrick Cook and others.

Listen to Il Dismissale (7m)

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The 1975 Constitutional Crisis: Audio Clips

The constitutional crisis of 1975 ranks as the single most dramatic political event in the history of the Australian federation.

The audio clips on this page represent a sample of events between October 15, 1975 and November 11, 1975. They begin with Liberal Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser’s announcement that the coalition will block Supply in the Senate, and end with the Dismissal of the Whitlam government by Governor-General Sir John Kerr.

These clips also appear on the companion website, WhitlamDismissal.com, but accompanied by more information, documents, analysis and contemporary media coverage. [Read more…]