Forty Years ago to this date the then Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, stood on the steps of the old – wedding cake – Parliament House (Australia’s second parliament house. Yes, Australia’s first federal parliament was in Melbourne in the Old Exhibition Building) and famously said these words on the 11/11/1975.
“Well, they may say God save the Queen. Because, nothing will save the Governor-General!”
The shadow of that day has stayed in the background of this country ever since. The justification given for the ‘Dismissal’ was that the Whitlam Government was totally out-of-control with the economy in complete ruins. Well if we are to apply the current economic policies and formulas for judging the economic credibility of government, then having constant budget surpluses then the Whitlam Government would have passed the test with flying colours. It actually ran budget surpluses for its whole period of government. However, by Mid-1975 Western Economies were plunged into a world recession and ‘Stagflation’ a combination of inflation and a recession.
The Whitlam Government was also determined to pursue its ambitious policy of ‘buying up the farm’, by purchasing all of Australia’s entire resources, much of it untapped at the time. The Whitlam Government hoped to raise the funds from the global markets, borrowing petro-dollars. Minister for Resources, Rex O’Connor, placed his trust in a shady character called Tirath Khemlani, who reassured O’Connor he could get the loans, but Khemlani clearly could not. O’Connor was later dismissed by Whitlam for misleading him on the ‘Loans Affair’.
It was around this time that the Fraser Liberal/Country Party Opposition decided to pursue the policy of ‘Blocking Supply’ in the Senate to force an early election.
The Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, decided to over-come the ‘Supply’ crisis was to dismiss the Whitlam Government, install the then Opposition leader Malcolm Fraser as Prime Minister into a care-taker government and call an early election for December 1975.
Whitlam went to see Kerr on the morning of the 11th November to call for a half-Senate election as a way to overcome the Constitutional Crisis.
However, Kerr the snake and drunk of a man did not accept Whitlam’s proposal to hold half-senate elections and instead handed Whitlam his dismissal notice of his government.
What occurred on that Remembrance Day in 1975 was nothing short of a ‘Constitutional Coup’ by a man who deceived not only his Prime Minister, but the Australian people!
Kerr was a drunkard as was so clearly demonstrated at the 1977 Melbourne Cup when Kerr was asked to present the Cup to the winning Trainer, Bart Cummings and Jockey, John Duggan; Here is the footage to remind you all of how bad he was, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqesjLRXmr0
This footage is from a Channel 7 Report on the Cup presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cjJ0ok5T1Y
Kerr was pissed to the eyeballs as he had been given a few ‘chargers’ by the former Victorian Premier, Sir Henry Bolte, also well known for being a bloody drunk. Interesting how all these former conservative leaders loved hitting the sauce bottle.
In fact Whitlam’s staff recount a night at Kirribilli House when they heard noise outside late at night or early in the morning, when somebody knocked on the window. It was the Governor-General Sir John Kerr, in search of Scotch Whiskey after he had run out of the amber-fluid in the GG’s official residence Admiralty House. It was claimed Kerr knocked on the window holding an empty crystal decanter, requesting any scotch they might have in the house. The staff did a quick search, found some and watched as Kerr staggered away into the night to continue on his drinking binge. So in other words the man that decided this country’s fate was a drunkard, a womaniser, a liar and somebody who came close to starting a damn civil-war all because of his damn ego!
What is worse in on the 40th Anniversary of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government, the British Monarchy, in whose name the dismal was carried out in, have appeared on our door step to be treated and feted as the born-to-rule royalty and monarchy that they’ve become used to. You’d think they’d be a bit more sensitive to our country’s history, but it appears they too have learnt very little from that tremulous events in 1975.