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    MV man announcing the result of the ballot.
    16 ft

    MV Newscaster.
    77 ft

    John Gorton.
    114 ft

    MV Newscaster.
    139 ft

    MV Malcolm Fraser.
    178 ft

    MV Newscaster.
    186 ft

    CU Snedden.
    210 ft

    224 ft

    SV Snedden stepping into car.
    244 ft

    MV Newscaster.
    252 ft

    CU Peacock.
    270 ft

    MV Don Chip(???, ( unable to verify identity - phonetic sound of name).
    283 ft

    TRANSCRIPTS: "I have to report that in the passing of this morning Mr. Fraser wan elected leader of the liberal party in the ballot for leadership the voting wan 27/37 and it was succeeded by a small motion which has been carried 36 to 26. So Mr. Fraser is the new leader of the liberal party."

    " So endeth the Prime Ministerial chances of Billy Snedden and possibly the liberal chances of governing for some time to come... the liberal party is on the verge of splitting both through ideological and personality differences... heading the list of those forcibly opposed to the new leader is former Prime Minister John Gray Boron."

    (SEQ 3): "Mr. Gorton are you surprised at the outcome of the leadership ballot."

    GORTON: "Yes. I'm surprised and disappointed."

    REPORTER: "Will you be supporting M. Fraser as leader of the Liberal Party."

    GORTON: "It's not my win(?)"

    REPORTER: "What do you mean by that sir?"

    GORTON: "It's not my win."

    REPORTER: "So you won't be supporting him."

    GORTON: "Look, I've been in the Liberal Party for twenty five years... I don't want to disadvantage the Liberal party but I don't think Mr. Fraser is my man."

    REPORTER: "What, will you be doing than sir as far as your future career is concerned. You got to resign but what stance will you take between now and then?"

    GORTON: "I don't know, 1811 ...see."

    REPORTER: "There has been talk ... that you were considering going over to the Senate."

    GORTON: "Yes...It's one of the possibilities. It is a possibility."

    NEWSCASTER: "As John Gorton was flaying Malcolm Fraser Dr. Jean Forbes was distributing a handwritten statement, a letter of resignation during a news conference. ..But what of the man described as an astute(?) electrician - here's what he had to say during a news conference."

    FRASER: "I've got no comment to make on the statement that Mr. Gorton I regret that he felt fit to make the decision that he did.- he's contributed to the Liberal Party very much in government and in opposition."

    REPORTER: "Mr. ? do you demand or expect the collusion of members of the Liberal Party in view of ... inaudible...for."

    FRASER: "Well the members of the Liberal Party have been able to depend on my performance and capacity on the majority that I now have."

    REPORTER: "Mr. Fraser, what role did you play in the affairs leading up to your election? Did you play a very direct role or did you leave it all to Mrs T? 7"

    FRASER: "I've got no comment to make on the events in the last two or three weeks."

    NEWSCASTER: "After the ballot Billy Macky? Snedden, the once great white hope of the Liberal party ...... a subdued Snedden on his way back to Melbourne?"

    SNEDDEN: "As far as there is a leader of the party of the party in every you must give loyalty."

    REPORTER: "Do you think that ....on the front bench?"

    SNEDDEN: "I have not ... we have nothing in common."

    REPORTER: "Were you surprised at the vote?"

    SNEDDEN: "If you try that again now I'll miss my aeroplane ...In the future I am determined that the Liberal party will develop Liberal policies ... policies that are revised to the people.."

    REPORTER: "Thank's very much."

    NEWSCASTER: "For Andrew Peacock and Don Chip(???) today may mark the downturn of their political careers. Both had vigorously supported Snedden. Peacock (inaudible) he'd stand against Fraser -Which he didn't."

    REPORTER: "Can I ask you why you decided not to stand against Snedden?"

    PEACOCK: "yes of course, It has been my consistent view that I would never stand ... against Snedden... naturally I stood inside."

    REPORTER: "As far as the long term view. where do you think ... do you think that It's possible for the party to overgone internal difficulties?

    PEACOCK: "Yes, I do."

    CHIP(???): "No party can survive unless it gives it's leader complete and undivided support. Mr. Fraser will have mine."

    REPORTER: "Since 1966 the leadership of the Liberal party has now changed 5 times. Do you think that it's possible for the liberal party to overcome it's differences in view of that former track record."

    CHIP(???): "I believe it's essential."


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