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The Dismissal 

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:
John Stanton ...
 Malcolm Fraser 3 episodes, 1983
 Rex Connor 3 episodes, 1983
 Sir John Kerr 3 episodes, 1983
 Bill Hayden 3 episodes, 1983
 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
 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
 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
Beverley Phillips
Kate Reid


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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6 March 1983 (Australia)  »

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5.11.75  »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 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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