John Kerr (governor-general)

Governor-General of Australia

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John Kerr (governor-general): Governor-General of Australia
Sir John Robert Kerr, was an Australian barrister and judge who served as the 18th Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1974 to 1977. He is primarily known for his involvement in the 1975 constitutional crisis, which culminated in his decision to dismiss the incumbent prime minister Gough Whitlam and appoint Malcolm Fraser as his replacement, unprecedented actions in Australian federal politics.


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'A great step forward': High Court to hear Palace Papers dispute

The High Court will decide a dispute over public access to letters between the Queen and former governor-general Sir John Kerr over the Dismissal of the Whitlam government.
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