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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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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Great Docudrama spoiled by very biased commentary
11 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although I lived in Australia in 1975, I moved overseas not long after, fed up with constant industrial unrest, the general worship of mediocrity - unless one is a sportsman! - and the complacency of so many Australians who chose to ignore the breakneck pace of change taking place in countries to their north.

Consequently I missed The Dismissal, along with many other Australian-made TV dramas of the '80s and '90s, such as the superb Janus and Phoenix series, which I have since seen, along with Wildside.

To me the filmed story of The Dismissal is fair and, as far as I am aware, accurate. However, as to public "outrage" it only shows one side of the picture, not how families were riven by the controversy. I know, as my two brothers would not speak to me for months afterward.

But the commentary is, in my view, very one-sided throughout. The inescapable fact is that, notwithstanding fiery expressions of rage from a substantial proportion of the community, the Australian electorate chose - and chose decisively - in favour of Fraser, as they did again two years later.

This apart, a historically accurate and superbly well acted docudrama.


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