The Dismissal of the Whitlam Government
This unit of work focuses on the background to the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr on 11 November 1975. It is based on pages 194–203 of Australia's Democracy: A Short History by John Hirst. This section can be downloaded from this site in PDF form.
The questions and activities that follow are suitable for students of Australian history courses offered at senior secondary levels in all States and Territories. The nature of the activities is such that they may be completed to varying degrees of complexity and sophistication. For this reason, they may also be adapted to suit students of Australian history, Civics and Citizenship, or other Studies of Society and Environment courses at middle secondary level.