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Friday, November 11, 2005
11th of November 1975 & How the Crown saved the day

Today is the 30th anniversary of the sacking of the worst government in Australian history, the day the Crown stepped in to resolve a deadlock and hand power back to the people so that a new Parliament could be elected.

In 1972, after 21 years out of government, the Australian Labor Party was elected to govern. Under the new Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, we had a government that spent money out of control. By 1975 the conservative opposition under Malcolm Fraser made the decision to block supply of money bills in the Upper House. The Government would thus run out of money by late November 1975.

In the Westminster System, if a Prime Minister cannot guarantee supply, he/she must resign or call an election so that the deadlock can be broken.

However, Mr Whitlam took the decision not to back down and went to "loan sharks" to keep himself in government whilst the country went to ruin! The opposition in turn refused to back down and allow the money bills through the Upper House. Mr Whitlam went on TV to say that the Governor-General would ALWAYS act on his advice ( a clear attempt at intimidating the Queen's man)

Then on the 11th of November 1975, the Governor-General Sir John Kerr asked his Prime Minister if he was prepared to hold a double disollution election - to which he was told "no". Sir John then dismissed Prime Minister Whitlam and called upon Mr Fraser to form a caretaker government on the condition that the money bills were passed, the Parliament dissolved and an election held for the 13th of December.

Mr Fraser won the biggest Landslide in Australian history. Sir John Kerr did the honourable thing, he handed the power back to the people.

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