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Sir John Kerr

(1914—1991)

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British–Australian relations

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Were at first more than relations because Britain's assertions of sovereignty over the eastern half of the continent in 1788, and over the rest of the country in 1824, 1829 ...

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Constitution

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

In written form provide for the governance of the states and the Commonwealth. The state constitutions date from the time the colonies achieved self-government: Victoria, 1855; NSW, 1855;...

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Dismissal

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Refers to the events of 11 November 1975, when the governor-general, Sir John Kerr, dismissed the Labor government by handing Gough Whitlam, without prior warning, a letter which terminated...

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Garfield Edward John Barwick

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

(1903–97),

conservative politician and eminent lawyer, is remembered and reviled by many Australians for his advice to the governor-general, John Kerr, supporting the 1975...

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Governor-General

Overview page. Subjects: Regional and National History.

The Constitution Act, 1867 (section 12), refers to but does not create this office, which represents the sovereign in Canada. That was done by Letters Patent issued in 1878. In ...

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Malcolm Fraser

Overview page. Subjects: History.

(1930– )

Australian Liberal statesman, Prime Minister (1975–83). He became the youngest-ever Australian MP in 1955 and was minister for the army, education and science, and defence...

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