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Gough Whitlam:

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Prime Minister from 5 December 1972–11 November 1975

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Title: Gough Whitlam

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Prime Minister from 5 December 1972–11 November 1975

Date: 1972 to 1975
Content creator: Australian News and Information Bureau
Notes: To learn more about records on Gough Whitlam in the National Archives, click the 'About' tab at the top right corner of this record.
Keywords: Prime Minister, Dismissal, Whitlam, Constitution, reform, Labor party
Record creator: Australian News and Information Bureau
Reference: A8746, KN12/11/74/28

Gough Whitlam

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This is a colour photograph of Edward Gough Whitlam (1916-2014), Australia's twenty-first prime minister. It shows him attending a United Nations convention during a tour of the United States of America in 1974. Whitlam took office as prime minister in 1972 after leading the opposition for five years. His was the first Labor government in more than 20 years. During his time in opposition, he led a number of reforms to the Labor Party and when in office continued to push for reform for the people of Australia on a wide range of platforms. He attempted to address matters of human rights, international relations, education, health, housing and the environment. The Whitlam government was dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr (1914-91), on 11 November 1975. Information about Whitlam's life before, during and after office can be found by clicking the links below.

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