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Australian court grants access to Queen's letters [Video]

Australian court grants access to Queen's letters

An Australian court ruled on Friday that the country's archives must release letters between Queen Elizabeth and her local representative during the 1970s, a move which may shed light on the only..

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Palace Letters will be released by the end of July

Hundreds of potentially explosive letters that shed light on what the Queen knew in the lead-up to Gough Whitlam's dismissal will be released next month.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

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.
SBS - Published

High Court ruling favours release of 'Palace Papers' on Whitlam Dismissal

Hundreds of letters between the Queen and former governor-general Sir John Kerr before the dismissal of the Whitlam government are expected to be released.
Sydney Morning Herald - Published Also reported by •Brisbane TimesThe Age

A podcast on Gough Whitlam’s dismissal re-interprets our country’s greatest political crisis

The ABC podcast The Eleventh reveals a great deal more was happening behind the draped curtains of Yarralumla than met the Australian eye.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

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.
The Age - Published

A podcast to get hooked on re-examines one of our greatest political scandals

The Eleventh retells the tumultuous story of the Whitlam government's sacking from all angles.
Sydney Morning Herald - Published Also reported by •The Age

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..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

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..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

From the Archives, 1970: US Vice-President Agnew in Australia

A visit from Richard Nixon's right-hand man prompted violent anti-war protests and a meeting with future Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning Herald

From the Archives, 1975: Malcolm Fraser wins a landslide election

In December 1975, the Liberal and National Country parties won a huge election victory against Gough Whitlam and the ALP
The Age - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

In the Herald : November 22, 1972

Askin's fear of black flood, jobless to go fruit picking and Whitlam defends 'needs' funding for education.
Sydney Morning Herald - Published

From the Archives, 1975: Kerr sacks Whitlam, dissolves Parliament

In November 1975 Australia was in the grips of a constitutional crisis. In an unprecedented move the Governor-General sacked the Prime Minister and dissolved Parliament.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Money to fight access requests even as National Archives struggle

The Attorney General has said he will intervene in a High Court battle between the archives and a professor trying to access papers about the Whitlam Dismissal.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Kerr and Queen's Dismissal letters public, not personal: Whitlam biographer

Jenny Hocking says the documents, held in the National Archive, have been incorrectly classified as personal records and should instead be seen as an official act.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning Herald

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.
The Age - Published

'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.
Brisbane Times - Published


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