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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 Rex Connor (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Sir John Kerr (3 episodes, 1983)
Peter Sumner ...
 Bill Hayden (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Lady Kerr (3 episodes, 1983)
Ed Devereaux ...
 Phillip Lynch (3 episodes, 1983)
Tom Oliver ...
 Reg Withers (3 episodes, 1983)
Stuart Littlemore ...
 TV Anchorman (3 episodes, 1983)
Ruth Cracknell ...
 Margaret Whitlam (3 episodes, 1983)
Robin Bowering ...
 Jim Killen (3 episodes, 1983)
David Downer ...
 Tony Staley (3 episodes, 1983)
Sean Scully ...
 Doug Anthony (3 episodes, 1983)
John Hargreaves ...
 Dr. Jim Cairns (2 episodes, 1983)
Harry Weiss ...
 Tirath Khemlani (2 episodes, 1983)
George Ogilvie ...
 Senator Jim McClelland (2 episodes, 1983)
Nancye Hayes ...
 Connor's Secretary (2 episodes, 1983)
Ken Wayne ...
 Liberal Senator (2 episodes, 1983)
John Allen ...
 John Menadue (2 episodes, 1983)
Alan Becher ...
 Ian Viner (2 episodes, 1983)
Tim Burns ...
 David Smith (2 episodes, 1983)
Arthur Dignam ...
 Eric Robinson (2 episodes, 1983)
Tim Elliott ...
 Sir Fredrick Wheeler (2 episodes, 1983)
Ray Marshall ...
 Senator Ken Wriedt - ALP Senate Leader (2 episodes, 1983)
Martin Harris ...
 Kep Enderby (2 episodes, 1983)
Dennis Miller ...
 Gordon Scholes - The Second Speaker (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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