Gough Whitlam

Australian politician, 21st Prime Minister of Australia

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Gough Whitlam: Australian politician, 21st Prime Minister of Australia
Edward Gough Whitlam was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. The Leader of the Labor Party from 1967 to 1977, Whitlam led his party to power for the first time in 23 years at the 1972 election. He won the 1974 election before being controversially dismissed by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis. Whitlam remains the only Australian prime minister to have been removed from office in this manner.


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Secret letters will today reveal the Queen’s role in a key moment in Australian history

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Australian court orders release of letters to Britain's Queen Elizabeth surrounding PM sacking

An Australian court ruled on Friday that the country's archives must release letters between Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her local representative during the 1970s, a move which may shed light on the..
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Queen Elizabeth's secret Gough Whitlam letters to be made public after court battle

The High Court has ruled in favour of a historian seeking the public release of letters between the Queen and former governor-general John Kerr.
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From the Archives, 1969: Whitlam vows free universities

In 1969, the leader of the Labor opposition, Gough Whitlam, vowed free university education in Australia. The policy, costed at $11 million, was successfully introduced in 1974.
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Why the enduring mystery over Whitlam's dismissal?

Access to a critical piece of the country’s history is hanging in the balance, or, put another way, placed in a black box by the National Archives never to see the light of day unless the Queen, or..
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How Labor insiders have undone Whitlam’s hard work to broaden the church

Gough Whitlam, horrified that the ALP was riddled with Labor and union insiders, set about transforming the party to better reflect the community. He might be disturbed to see the make-up of Labor's..
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Tanya Plibersek says governments must be 'brave and bold' if gender gap is ever to be closed

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek will stir the memories of Gough Whitlam in speech aimed at pursuing closure the gender pay gap.
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Govts must be 'brave and bold: Plibersek

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek will stir the memories of Gough Whitlam in speech aimed at pursuing closure the gender pay gap.
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Boris Johnson should heed lessons from the Whitlam era

Resorting to the intervention of the Crown to solve a political crisis can leave a lasting legacy of distrust.
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Graham Freudenberg: speechwriter to Whitlam, Hawke and more

Freudenberg led the craft of speechwriting and contributed more to his party than did most MPs.
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