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The Gough Whitlam saga

How do you make an entertaining documentary about a politician? Gough Whitlam was Labor prime minister from 1972-75 and has the distinction of being the only prime minister dismissed by the governor general. In this clip from a 2013 ABC 'News breakfast' program, filmmaker Paul Clarke discusses his interest in making a documentary ...

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Gough Whitlam, prime minister 1972-75

This is a colour photograph of Edward Gough Whitlam, Australia's twenty-first prime minister. It shows him attending a United Nations convention during a tour of the USA in 1974.

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 2

How do you feel when your good ideas are rejected? Is it worse when you're the leader of a country? On his first visit to Indonesia in 1973, Australia's prime minister, Gough Whitlam, finds his proposal for greater regional cooperation rejected. He takes the opportunity of an address to Indonesia's parliament to affirm ...

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 1

Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia in 1973 to meet with president Suharto. During his visit, the prime minister talks to the Indonesian president about improving the relationship between the two countries, by - amongst other things - creating a new grouping of Asian and Pacific nations including Australia.

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Rock 'n' roll and Gough Whitlam

How does a rock 'n' roll filmmaker tell the story of one of Australia's most controversial prime ministers? Listen as filmmaker Paul Clarke distinguishes himself from 'serious and worthy' documentary makers in his program about former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This is the second clip in a series of two.

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Powerful words: Gough Whitlam's dismissal

Gough Whitlam is the only Australian prime minister to have been sacked from office - along with his entire government. After learning of his dismissal, Mr Whitlam addressed the Australian public and uttered a line that has resonated throughout Australian politics since 1975. Words can be immensely powerful and, as you ...

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Gough Whitlam outside Parliament House on 11 November 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows Prime Minister Gough Whitlam speaking on the steps of the then Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) on 11 November 1975 after Governor-General Sir John Kerr had revoked Whitlam's commission to form a government - an event that has become known as 'the dismissal'. A ...

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Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari at Wattie Creek, 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Indigenous Australian photographer Mervyn Bishop. It shows Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam pouring soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari, an Elder of the Gurindji people. The photograph was taken during the ceremony to mark the handover of the deeds to Gurindji country, ...

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Dismissal of prime minister Whitlam, 1975

This is a collection of 12 digital curriculum resources focusing on one of the most controversial events in Australia's constitutional history - the dismissal of prime minister Gough Whitlam by the governor-general Sir John Kerr on 11 November 1975. The collection includes important historical documents, news footage, re-enactments, ...

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Vincent Lingiari the leader

In 1966, 200 Aboriginal stockmen were refused proper pay and decent working conditions at a cattle station located on traditional Aboriginal land. Vincent Lingiari led the men in a strike.

Vincent Lingiari the leader

In 1966, 200 Aboriginal stockmen were refused proper pay and decent working conditions at a cattle station located on traditional Aboriginal land. Vincent Lingiari led the men in a strike.

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The Life and Times of Margaret Whitlam, 1993: 'They've sacked the boss'

This clip shows Margaret Whitlam, wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, being interviewed at home. In a long single shot, she describes how she found out about her husband's dismissal by the then Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in 1975. The clip ends with a photograph of Whitlam standing behind David Smith, Kerr's ...

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Dismissal of Whitlam government, Canberra, 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 16.4 cm x 21.5 cm, showing David Smith, then official secretary to the Governor-General, on the steps of what is now the Old Parliament House, Canberra, on 11 November 1975. He is reading a proclamation dissolving both houses of parliament. Behind him are Gough Whitlam and ...

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Dismissal of the Whitlam government, 1975

On 11 November 1975, something happened that had never occurred before in Australia and has not happened since. It was the sacking of an elected prime minister, and therefore also his government, by an unelected office-holder, the governor-general, who was appointed by the prime minister. How could such a thing happen? ...

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Pretty polly: how politicians speak

If politicians are the 'voice of the people', does their way of speaking resemble that of the people? In this clip from 1975, listen to Professor John S Gunn describe what he sees as a uniquely Australian rhythm of speech. Then see how many similarities and differences you can find as you listen to some brilliant imitations ...

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Reflections on ending the White Australia policy

Why was the abolition of the White Australia policy so important? Steps taken by the Whitlam Labor government in 1973 signalled the end of the legislation behind the policy. Find out which event first led to the new multiracial policy being put into practice. In this clip, you will hear from former prime ministers and ministers ...

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The power of speech

Examine speech as performance in this collection. Investigate the use of rhetorical devices as you watch these videos of speakers, who range from Winston Churchill to Josh Thomas. In most instances, a rhetorical device is identified in each clip, but each clip may hold more than one device. See the PDF at panel 13 for a ...

The power of speech

Examine speech as performance in this collection. Investigate the use of rhetorical devices as you watch these videos of speakers, who range from Winston Churchill to Josh Thomas. In most instances, a rhetorical device is identified in each clip, but each clip may hold more than one device. See the PDF at panel 13 for a ...

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An Australian republic? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about whether Australia should become a republic and, if so, how the new head of state should be chosen and the powers that person should have. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation. These involve: students researching ...

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Vincent Lingiari and others at the Wave Hill handover, 1975

This is a colour photograph taken on 16 August 1975 at Daguragu (Wattie Creek) in the Northern Territory. Six Indigenous people are gathered around a large stone plinth on which is a bronze plaque. In the front, seated and holding some documents, is Vincent Lingiari. The plaque says that on that day, part of the Wave Hill ...