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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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The day democracy was saved
17 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

O.K., here's another chance for those out there to have their little bit of a whinge at the Governor General saving our democracy by calling an election (gee, what a really subversive thing to do... ask the people what they want).

The series is good, well acted and highly worth watching. If you are not an Australian and want to get an excellent idea of the difficulties the nation was facing at by far the most critical moment in our history, this is not a bad way to get it.

It is just such a pity that inevitably, despite good efforts of those involved in the production, the story will be hi-jacked by the "chip-on-the-shoulder" set, who are so caught up in their own pathetic political beliefs, that they fail to realise that the result of the Governor General stepping in to resolve a serious subversion of our democratic system was to allow the people to decide.

I may just want to remind everyone that the result of the election was that Whitlam and the ALP were completely trounced (as they were again in 1977).

A great little mini-series!


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