The Dismissal (1983)

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The drama surrounding the dismissal of Mr. Gough Whitlam as the Labor Prime Minister of Australia - on 11 November, 1975 - by the then Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr - and the... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Max Phipps ...
 Gough Whitlam (3 episodes, 1983)
John Stanton ...
 Malcolm Fraser (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Sir John Kerr (3 episodes, 1983)
Ruth Cracknell ...
 Margaret Whitlam (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Rex Connor (2 episodes, 1983)
Peter Sumner ...
 Bill Hayden (2 episodes, 1983)
Harry Weiss ...
 Tirath Khemlani (2 episodes, 1983)
Ed Devereaux ...
 Phillip Lynch (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Lady Kerr (2 episodes, 1983)
Tom Oliver ...
 Reg Withers (2 episodes, 1983)
Nancye Hayes ...
 Connor's Secretary (2 episodes, 1983)
John Allen ...
 John Menadue (2 episodes, 1983)
Stuart Littlemore ...
 TV Anchorman (2 episodes, 1983)
Alan Becher ...
 Ian Viner (2 episodes, 1983)
David Downer ...
 Tony Staley (2 episodes, 1983)
Arthur Dignam ...
 Eric Robinson (2 episodes, 1983)
Tim Elliott ...
 Sir Fredrick Wheeler (2 episodes, 1983)
Robin Bowering ...
 Jim Killen (2 episodes, 1983)
Dennis Miller ...
 Gordon Scholes - The Second Speaker (2 episodes, 1983)
Sean Scully ...
 Doug Anthony (2 episodes, 1983)
Ruth Osborne
(2 episodes, 1983)
Beverley Phillips
(2 episodes, 1983)
Kate Reid
(2 episodes, 1983)
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The drama surrounding the dismissal of Mr. Gough Whitlam as the Labor Prime Minister of Australia - on 11 November, 1975 - by the then Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr - and the subsequent installation, in Parliament, of the Liberal 'caretaker government' and Mr. Malcolm Fraser as the 'caretaker' Prime Minister. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Gough Whitlam: [referring to Opposition Leader Billy Snedden] Before the Leader of the Opposition can talk about leadership, let him serve his apprenticeship. Let him do some on-the-job training. Better still, let him do some adult re-training.
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The way television should re-create history.
25 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In nineteen eighty two when it was announced that the Dismisal was going to be made , there was a storm of controversy. This was an event which still left open wounds in the hearts and minds of the Australian people. After some changes (listen out for the well timed telephones ringing to disguise names) the Dismissal went to air. It was nothing short of brilliant. The leads were perfect. Max Phipps as Gough Whitlam lead the way, closely followed by John Stanton as Malcolm Fraser and the evergreen John Mellion as Sir John Kerr. The time was created well, the feelings of the people were well done and the political elements were not two dimensionally made into melodrama as in so many American series. The Dismissal was a faithful re-creation of a time in Australia which some would rather forget and which we cannot forget. it did not take sides and it pointed out the mistakes and lies of both sides. It leaves one wanting to maintain the rage and change the constitution which still allows for this to all happen again. The Dismissal is now available on DVD in Australia. Watch it, learn from it and learn about our modern history.


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