• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF AUSTRALIA'S LIBERAL PARTY IN THE FEDERAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, IN CANBERRA, WILL MEET IN CAUCAS ON TUESDAY TO ELECT A NEW PARTY LEADER TO REPLACE MR.

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    MEMBERS OF AUSTRALIA'S LIBERAL PARTY IN THE FEDERAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, IN CANBERRA, WILL MEET IN CAUCAS ON TUESDAY TO ELECT A NEW PARTY LEADER TO REPLACE MR. HAROLD HOLT, WHO WAS LOST WHEN HE WENT FOR A SWIM IN TURBULENT SEAS LAST MONTH OFF THE COAST OF THE STATE OF VICTORIA, NEAR MELBOURNE. THE ELECTED LEADER WILL ALSO TAKE OVER AS PRIME MINISTER, UNDER THE GOVERNING LIBERAL-COUNTRY PARTY COALITION.

    MR. WILLIAM MCMAHON, THE FEDERAL TREASURER, AGED 60. TRADITIONALLY, MR. MCMAHON WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BECOME PARTY LEADER, AS HIS CABINET POSITION IS SECOND TO THE PRIME MINISTER. HOWEVER, THE PRESENT ACTING PRIME MINISTER, MR. JOHN MCEWEN, LEADER OF THE COUNTRY PARTY, OBJECTS TO MR. MCMAHON AS PRIME MINISTER AND SAYS HIS PARTY WOULD REFUSE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE IN A COALITION GOVERNMENT UNDER MR. MCMAHON. AS A RESULT, MR. MCMAHON HAS NOT YET OFFERED HIMSELF AS A CONTENDER FOR LEADERSHIP.

    MR. PAUL MEERNAA CAEDWALA HASLUCK, MINISTER FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, AGED 62. MR. HASLUCK'S CANDIDATURE IS CONSIDERED TO BE WEAKENED BY THE FACT THAT HE IS FROM THE STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INSTEAD OF ONE OF THE MORE POWERFUL EASTERN STATES WHICH HAVE PROVIDED PRIME MINISTERS IN THE PAST. MR. HASLUCK IS A FORMER JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN, IS ENGAGED IN WRITING THE POLITICAL VOLUME OF THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA'S PART IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    SENATOR JOHN GREY GORTON, MINISTER FOR EDUCTION, AGED 56. SENATOR GORTON IS SHOWN IN THE FILM ENTERING PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN CANBERRA AND ARRIVING IN TONGA, IN THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS, FOR THE CORONATION OF QUEEN SALOTE'S SON, AFTER HER DEATH. SENATOR GORTON HAS REPRESENTED THE STATE OF VICTORIA IN THE FEDERAL SENATE SINCE 1950. HE RECEIVED HIS MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY, IN ENGLAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4EYSWH9OWMQDS3FCH3GM3MRB3
    Media URN:
    VLVA4EYSWH9OWMQDS3FCH3GM3MRB3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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