Politics

The 1976 Cabinet Papers

John Stone’s response (Quadrant, July-August) to my remarks on the release of the 1976 Cabinet Papers does not provide any evidence to contradict my account of some of the significant events of the year, and contains a number of misinterpretations and inaccuracies. It also contains some information of historical interest. To go straight to the matter which is the main substantive point of contention—the “strike” of advisers from the Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet following the 17.5 per cent devaluation of November 1976—Stone has nothing to contribute, other than to say that he does not…

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