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Letter to Gough Whitlam from Sir John Kerr dismissing him as Prime Minister

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Title: Letter to Gough Whitlam from Sir John Kerr dismissing him as Prime Minister
Date: 1975
Content creator: Governor-General Sir John Kerr
Keywords: Dismissal, prime ministers, governors, government, Constitutional law, letters (texts), Letter of Dismissal
Record creator: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Reference: A1209, 1975/2448

Letter to Whitlam from Kerr dismissing him as Prime Minister


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This is the letter that Governor-General Sir John Kerr handed to Gough Whitlam terminating his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia on 11 November 1975. The document, written on the Governor-General's letterhead, explains that due to the Prime Minister's unwillingness to resign or call an election, he has decided to 'determine' the commission of Whitlam and his ministers and appoint the leader of the opposition to head a caretaker government until elections are held. The letter identifies Section 64 of the Australian Constitution as the means that enable him to do this.

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