Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has won the second biggest Parliamentary majority in the country's history.
SV: Sydney Gough Whitlam walking in street and shaking hands with his supporters. Election poster. (4 shots)
SV: Whitlam voting (6 shots)
SV PAN: Whitlam walks to news conference.
CU: Whitlam speaking to microphones then walks away.
CU: Fraser speaking to reporters.
SV AND CU: Fraser speaking.
SCU PAN: Fraser walks into lift (2 shots)
MORRIS: "For Mr Whitlam this had always been his last election stand, win or lose. He'd vowed to quit if beaten and he'd agreed to remain as Prime Minister for only two more years if he had won.
"At the polling station his smile looked confident enough but Mr Whitlam knew at heart as indeed the opinion polls had so accurately forecast this was not to be the day of an historical political comeback. The voters, for the second time in two years, were to reject Australia's most controversial politician, the man destined never to become Prime Minister again after being so sensationally sacked by the Governor General in 1975. Mr Whitlam, after studying the early results, knew it was the end. Tired and haggard, he emerged from his campaign headquarters to concede defeat."
WHITLAM: "I congratulate the Liberal and National Country Parties on winning the election and winning them convincingly. I want to thank all the Labour candidates and their supporters who put up an excellent campaign in every state and both territories. As soon as it's reasonably clear who are the Labour members of the New House of Representatives and the Senate I shall call them together to elect the executive. I myself will not be nominating for the position of leader."
MORRIS:"And as Mr Whitlam sadly turned his back on politics 500 miles away in Melbourne the victorious Prime Minister Mr Fraser was already outlining his plans for Australia's future."
FRASER:"The purpose of my government is to govern with fairness and justice for all groups and for all people, and to make sure that fairness and justice does reach out to all people. We still have substantial economic problems to overcome. In the three years ahead of us I have not the slightest doubt that Australians working together will be able to overcome those particular problems."
MORRIS:"So Mr Fraser, despite a reduced majority, now has the public support he'd demanded from the electorate to tackle Australia's economic crisis. After the celebrations, tough decisions lie ahead."
REPORTER: CHRISTOPHER MORRIS (BBC)
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Background: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has won the second biggest Parliamentary majority in the country's history. When vote counting was halted for the night following the general election on Saturday (10 December) his coalition government was headed for a landslide victory. Computer forecasts gave the government a majority of at least 40 seats in the 124-seat lower chamber, the House of Representatives, and a small but workable majority in the upper house, the Senate. From Australia, the BBC's Christopher Morris reports.