The Dismissal

Legal Advice and Political Bias in the Dismissal

J.B. Paul’s two-part article on “The Downfall of Gough Whitlam” (Quadrant, March and April 2013), in response to Jenny Hocking’s recently published book, Gough Whitlam: His Time, offers yet another discourse on the players and events involved in this tumultuous and intriguing saga in the history of Australian federal politics. It seems that the sport of maintaining the rage and hosing it down, which the late “Diamond Jim” McClelland once crudely likened to trying to maintain an erection, may go on forever. The problem in constantly mulling over such historical events is that in the repeated interpretation, the plot just thickens…

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