The Truth Of The Matter

His Powerful Account of the Dismissal

Gough Whitlam
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The Truth Of The Matter

Published

3 November 2005

ISBN

9780522852165

Weight

490g

Size

139mm x 213mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Truth Of The Matter

His Powerful Account of the Dismissal

Gough Whitlam
Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, The Truth of the Matter tells the extraordinary story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.
On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. The Dismissal was the culmination of almost three years of political conflict, as Whitlam's reforming Labor government rammed home overdue legislative reforms in the face of implacable, and increasingly bitter, conservative opposition. The focus of the Opposition's scheming was the Senate, where its leaders blocked supply in order to force a political crisis. Whitlam, famous for his 'crash through or crash' style, refused to compromise with his political enemies. Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, The Truth of the Matter tells the extraordinary political story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.
On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. The Dismissal was the culmination of almost three years of political conflict, as Whitlam's reforming Labor government rammed home overdue legislative reforms in the face of implacable, and increasingly bitter, conservative opposition. The focus of the Opposition's scheming was the Senate, where its leaders blocked supply in order to force a political crisis. Whitlam, famous for his 'crash through or crash' style, refused to compromise with his political enemies. Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, The Truth of the Matter tells the extraordinary political story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.

About the author

Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam AC QC was born in Melbourne in 1916, and educated in Sydney and Canberra. A barrister by profession, he entered Federal Parliament as the Labor MP for Werriwa in 1952. He led the ALP to victory in the 1972 federal election, and his government's many reforms included ending Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, abolishing university fees, and introducing Medibank and no-fault divorce. He retired from politics in 1978, but has continued to play a significant role in public life. His other books include The Whitlam Government 1972-1975, Abiding Interests and My Italian Notebook.

About Gough Whitlam

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