The Dismissal

The Dismissal

by Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 04/11/2015

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There is no more dramatic event in our political history than the dismissal. This book is the definitive story, filled with fresh documents, revelations and new interviews that change our understanding of this event. It is also a brilliant forensic analysis of the ruthless, proud and stubborn main players – Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam and Sir John Kerr.

As keys to our understanding, Kelly and Bramston examine four central aspects of the dismissal: the real attitude of Buckingham Palace towards Kerr; whether Kerr tipped Fraser off about his plan; Kerr's deception of Whitlam; and Kerr's dealings with former High Court judges Sir Garfield Barwick and Sir Anthony Mason. In the gripping story that follows, the ambitions and flaws of Whitlam, Fraser and Kerr are laid bare as never before.

Drawing on a range of new sources, some of which have never before been made public – including hundreds of pages from Kerr's archives – this remarkable account is dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions.

It exposes the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion.

'It was a premeditated and an elaborate deception.' Paul Keating

ISBN:
9781760142032
9781760142032
Category:
Politics & government
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
04-11-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Australia
Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph (2010–11).

Troy is the author or editor of seven previous books, including Looking for the Light on the Hill (2011), Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014), and, with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal (2015). He has an economics degree with honours from The University of Sydney and a masters degree in politics and international relations from The University of NSW.

Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter, in government, opposition, and the private sector. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the governor-general for services towards the centenary of federation commemorations in 2001. Troy lives in Sydney with his partner, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide, one of nine children, in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978, over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age and in 2010 he published a 'mongrel memoir', How to Make Gravy. His most recent album is 2019's Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.

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