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US involvement in the coup that ended Australian independence


Across the media and political establishment in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him. ~John Pilger

William Blum lists Australia as one of 55 governments ousted by the US since WWII—the list is bound to increase. The disquieting reality is that US efforts have left the world less peaceful, less just and less hopeful. The US has exercised a clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good.

I sat back to watch Australia’s political leaders eulogising the death of Gough Whitlam (Prime minister of Australia 1972 to 1975). Not a word by these awful dickheads was said about the US involvement in the coup that ended Australian independence in 1975.

Governor-General Sir John Kerr (I recall him dressed in top hat, white tie and tails) booted out Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975, and the opportunistic Malcolm Fraser was sworn in as caretaker prime minister and held that post for eight years. The irony surrounding Fraser’s public behaviour cannot be easily overlooked as he was central to the dismissal and that controversial issue continues to be raised to this very day.

Yet, in December 2011, Fraser was critical of the Australian government’s decision to permit the export of uranium to India, relaxing the Fraser government’s policy of banning sales of uranium to countries that are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In 2012, Fraser criticised the basing of US military forces in Australia. In 2014, speaking on the Russian RT television network, he criticised the concept of US exceptionalism and US foreign policy.

In late 2012, Fraser wrote a foreword for The Journal Jurisprudence where he criticised the current state of human rights in Australia and the Western World.

It is a sobering thought that in recent times, freedoms hard won through centuries of struggle, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere have been whittled away. In Australia alone we have laws that allow the secret detention of the innocent. We have had a vast expansion of the power of intelligence agencies. In many cases the onus of proof has been reversed and the justice that once prevailed as been gravely diminished.

In July 2013, Fraser endorsed Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in a television advertisement.

Revision 26 October 2014

I happened upon  Martin Crotty and David Andrew Roberts’ The Great Mistakes of Australian History. The book’s focus is on Australia’s worst errors in judgment and historical tragedies plus failings that have stained the nation. The authors list includes the “dismissal” and places that event in 13th place;

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s misreading of Governor-General Sir John Kerr’s intentions to dismiss his government in 1975.

Of course there is no comprehensive reference to the US’s role. Of course that role was never mentioned by the mainstream media and that remains so to this day. The authors lay the blame for Labor’s dismissal with Whitlam’s misreading of the unfolding events following from his flawed personality—what ever that may be.

I was struck by the comments published in the rag Herald Sun in response to the book which few if any would have read. Of course none mentioned the US’s role. There knowledge of the events is like that of the authors: entirely based on mainstream media reports. I repeat, nothing becomes manifest until the mainstream media mantra endorses it? Nothing becomes real to most people before they get the mainstream word on it? People depend on the mainstream story, made up statistics, spin, illusions and omissions like it’s their life! Until they get that signal they’re not sure what to think. That much was obvious reading the published comments.

Revision 7 November 2014

Last night I sat through “Gough Whitlam – In His Own Words.” A dialogue with Whitlam and John Faulkner. Whitlam stands out as a giant compared to today’s political midgets. However there was no mention that is was the US that ousted his government. That was either an omission or ignorance on Whitlam’s part. It has to be the former, in my view.

The Crown controls the global financial system and runs the governments of all Commonwealth countries, and many non-Commonwealth ‘Western’ nations as well (like Greece).

Whitlam – was a giant of a man in every way. There is a fantastic portrait of him in Parliament House – he looks like he’s almost coming out of the canvas to greet you, and it’s the most marvellous, expansive and generous feeling – just what he was in every way. Certainly brings the small minded fools in government now in to sharp relief.


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