Blame Whitlam and Fraser, Not Kerr

The Dismissal: In the Queen’s Name Paul Kelly & Troy Bramston Penguin, 2015, 432 pages, $39.99 Its fortieth anniversary has revived and deepened the controversy over the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and the appointment of Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, on Remembrance Day, 1975. It is now, of course, an historical controversy. All three movers of the crisis are dead. But an important new book by Paul Kelly, doyen of Australian political commentators, and Troy Bramston—The Dismissal—has brought significant new aspects of it to light. News media, in addition…

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