Australian History 1977

There is a new weapon being used against democracy in Australia, and its name is the Australian Constitution

– Donald Horne, speaking at a Public Meeting 20/9/1976 (noted 3/3/77)

In 1977 we were heading for a Federal election with Malcolm Fraser as PM and Gough Whitlam as Leader of the Opposition (which Whitlam was to lose). In some ways the election was necessary to vindicate the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975 in which aspects of the Constitution had played a role; in particular the convention allowing the replacement of a Senator which, in 1975, saw the death of Queensland Labour Senator Bert Millner (spelling?) allow the Right wing Bjelke-Peterson State Government to put forward a replacement who was not a loyal Labour party member.

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