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Governor-General Peter Hollingworth’s Farewell Address

This is the text of the televised address to the nation by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

The Governor-General’s resignation takes effect at midnight tonight.

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Farewell Address by Governor-General Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

Peter HollingworthMy decision to resign as Governor-General was taken after long and soul searching consideration which finally came to an end last week. I weighed up the obligations of the Governor-General, sworn in the solemn oath of office “I do swear that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law and that I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Commonwealth of Australia without fear or favour, affection or ill will, so help me God.” Could I fulfill that oath? [Read more…]


HOLLINGWORTH RESIGNS

Australia’s 23rd Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has announced his resignation.

Hollingworth said the “misplaced and unwarranted allegations” made against him threatened to “undermine and diminish my capacity to uphold the importance, dignity and integrity” of the office of Governor-General.

Text of resignation statement released by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth. [Read more…]


Paul Keating Resigns From Parliament

Following his defeat in the 1996 Federal Election, Paul Keating resigned as member for Blaxland before the new parliament met for the first time.

Keating had been member for Blaxland since the October 1969 Federal Election. He served 11 full terms in a period just over 26 years.

Keating served as the Minister for Northern Australia in the final three weeks of the Whitlam government in 1975. He was Treasurer in the Hawke government from 1983 until 1991. He was Prime Minister from December 20, 1991 until March 11, 1996. [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…]