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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011
This program is from Four Corners in 1995. It is to mark the 20th anniversary of the Whitlam dismissal..... On Tuesday November 11th, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, dismissed Mr Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister and appointed Mr Malcolm Fraser as a caretaker Prime Minister.
The dismissal was the most dramatic event in the history of the Australian federation. For the first time, an unelected vice-regal representative had removed from office a government which commanded a majority in the House of Representatives.
A Double Dissolution election was held on December 13th, 1975, at which the Whitlam Government was soundly defeated.
The dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government was the culmination of a series of dramatic events which began in October, 1975 with the refusal by the Senate to pass the government's budget bills.
On a "4 Corners" program in 1975, two Liberal Senators (Jessop and Missen) said that they would have crossed the floor to vote with the Government if the crisis had dragged on any further. This would have meant that there would have been a political resolution of the crisis inside Parliament.