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The Palace Letters: The Queen, the governor-general, and the plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam

The Palace Letters: The Queen, the governor-general, and the plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hocking, Professor Jenny

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What role did the queen play in the governor-general Sir John Kerr's plans to dismiss prime minister Gough Whitlam in 1975, which unleashed one of the most divisive episodes in Australia's political history? And why weren't we told? Under the cover of being designated as private ...correspondence, the letters between the queen and the governor-general about the dismissal have been locked away for decades in the National Archives of Australia, and embargoed by the queen potentially forever. This ruse has furthered the fiction that the queen and the Palace had no warning of or role in Kerr's actions. In the face of this, Professor Jenny Hocking embarked on a four-year legal battle to force the Archives to release the letters. In 2015, she mounted a crowd-funded campaign, securing a stellar pro bono team that took her case all the way to the High Court of Australia. Now, drawing on never-before-published material from Kerr's archives and her submissions to the court, Hocking traces the collusion and deception behind the dismissal, and charts the private role of High Court judges, the queen's private secretary, and the leader of the opposition, Malcolm Fraser, in Kerr's actions, and the prior knowledge of the queen and Prince Charles. Hocking also reveals the obstruction, intrigue, and duplicity she faced, raising disturbing questions about the role of the National Archives in preventing access to its own historical material and in enforcing royal secrecy over its documents.
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ISBN 9781922310248
Published NZ 11 Nov 2020
Publisher Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781922310248
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Published 11 Nov 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hocking, Professor Jenny
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Australasian & Pacific History
Social & Cultural History
Constitution: Government & The State
Political Leaders & Leadership
Australian
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 994.062
Weight 376g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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