• Short Summary

    The Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, opened his campaign for the forthcoming general elections in Sydney on Monday (29 April) with a plea to electors to "let us get on with the job".

  • Description

    The Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, opened his campaign for the forthcoming general elections in Sydney on Monday (29 April) with a plea to electors to "let us get on with the job".

    Mr. Whitlam chose to launch his campaign from the Blacktown Civic Centre on the western outskirts of Sydney, where 18 months ago he launched the campaign that brought the Labour Party to power for the first time in more than 20 years.

    Mr. Whitlam first outlined the Labour party's election mainfesto. He then went on to criticise the three opposition parties for obstructing the passage of bills through the Senate (Upper House) and for supporting foreign ownership of Australian resources.

    Mr. Whitlam left the Civic Centre to meet Ministers and party officials at a nearby club. But he was called back by a crowd of about 600 supporters who chanted outside the Civic Centre for twenty minutes.

    The Prime Minister returned with the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Mr. Bob Hawke, who is also the Labour Party's Federal President.

    The elections, to be held on 18 May, are for the House of Representatives and the Senate. Voters will also decide four constitutional questions by referendum.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7VGQU65GCBSROMEE4972SZTZQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VGQU65GCBSROMEE4972SZTZQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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