Item description for The Great Crash: The Short Life and Sudden Death of the Whitlam Government by Michael Sexton...
The dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11, 1975, was arguably the most dramatic event in Australian political history. To mark its 30th anniversary, this account by a then-insider who is also an authority on Australian constitutional history revisits the major themes of 1975 and describes how various interest groups set out to derail the reform agenda of the first Labor government in 23 years. Written with clarity and extraordinary insight, this study of power is also a fascinating political story that offers lessons about what may lie ahead for future opposition movements in Australia.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.4" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 28, 2006
Publisher Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.
ISBN 1920769692 ISBN13 9781920769697
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More About Michael Sexton
Michael Sexton currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Michael Sexton was born in 1946.
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dramatic events of 1975 Jul 18, 2008
A non-Australian reading this might wonder at the vagaries of the Australian political system. The author recounts the travails of the short lived Whitlam government. They took power after decades in opposition. With grand plans for many social changes. To some extent they succeeded.
However Australia has traditionally been fairly evenly balanced between the parties. And the Senate had the Liberals and Nats in a slim majority. But enough of one to block Whitlam's Supply bill. Hence his government was running out of funds to pay its bills. The book's focus is on the tumultuous happenings of 1975. Culminating in Kerr's dismissal of Whitlam and the landslide victory of the Liberals a few weeks later.
The book conveys the level of passion around those events and in the election. Something never before seen in Australian politics. Perhaps for the best, given its divisiveness.