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".
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SV Whitlam on rostrum with Hawke with crowd cheering "We want Gough"
MR. WHITLAM: "We've met unrelenting obstructing from our opponents, but we're going to do it. The latest sell-out occurred when they formed the government. They're still the apologists for foreign ownership. We have discovered that under them the Australian taxpayer subsidised mining investors--mainly foreign investors--to the tune of fifty-five million dollars over the previous six years. We are going to close that particular door."
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Background: 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.