The History of the Most Extraordinary Day in Australian Politics

05.12.2016 • Politics and War

By Kris Sayce – Port Phillips Insider (Australia) –

Anyone who’s old enough to remember remembers where they were when they heard about John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

The same goes for other memorable events: the death of Princess Diana, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the Challenger shuttle disaster.

For Australia, that ‘remember-where-you-were’ moment was 11 November, 1975. That’s when the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, acted under the authority of Queen Elizabeth II to ‘sack’ the democratically elected Gough Whitlam.

If you’re old enough to remember what has become known as ‘The Dismissal’, you likely remember exactly where you were when you heard the news.

And you likely remember Whitlam’s chilling words on the steps of old Parliament House, immediately following the ‘Dismissal’.

However, the one thing you may not remember — or not even know — are the stories, events and conspiracies leading up to that day.

It was, without a hint of overstatement, the most extraordinary day in Australian politics, and it may also have irrevocably changed the course of Australian history.

So, what was the ‘Dismissal’ really all about? And why should you care about it today? You’ll find out tomorrow in the world premiere of a Port Phillip Publishing special investigation.

Stay tuned for details.

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