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Letter from the Speaker of the House on the Dismissal

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Title: Letter from the Speaker of the House on the Dismissal
Date: 1975
Content creator: Gordon Scholes
Keywords: dismissal, Constitution
Record creator: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Reference: A1209, 1975/2448

Speaker's Cablegram to the Queen - Double Dissolution of Parliament, 1975

Speaker's Cablegram to the Queen - Double Dissolution of Parliament


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This document is a high-priority letter for Her Majesty the Queen sent from Gordon Scholes, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, to the Australian High Commission in London. It expresses concern about the actions of Governor-General Sir John Kerr in the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and the appointment of Malcolm Fraser as caretaker prime minister on 11 November 1975. It requests that the Queen reinstate Whitlam to the office of prime minister since he retained the support of the House of Representatives.

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