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Engineering governments and leaders

22/03/2015

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

Of course, John Pilger refers to the ousting of the Whitlam government by the US and other dark forces in 1975. Thus Malcolm Frazer’s role in that unpleasant affair has yet to be acknowledged and understood. Australians have largely received the mushroom treatment by the mainstream media regarding this event. Details of an external led intervention never entered the local discourse, and would be viewed with disbelieve by most Australians who hold Sir John Robert Kerr (18th Governor-General of Australia), the bogeyman, unilaterally responsible for the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Whitlam was not the only casualty of the 1970s. He was in good company along with Britain’s Prime Ministers: Harold Wilson and Ted Heath, Sweden’s Olaf Palme, America’s Jimmy Carter and France’s Francois Mitterand. (Source)

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