The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Gorton...one of the most controversial the country has had...today?
LV New Prime Minister McMahon with Gorton and other Government members at Government House for swearing in ceremony (2 shots)
CU New Prime Minister speaks (SOUND)
SV McMahon and Gorton leave Parliament. Reporters to Gorton (SOUND)
THIS FILM IS A TELERECORDING OF A SATELLITE TRANSMISSION FROM AUSTRALIA TODAY; IT SHOWS: NEW PRIME MINISTER MCMAHON AND MR. GORTON AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA FOR SWEARING IN CEREMONY: MR. MCMAHON AT NEWS CONFERENCE: MR. GORTON LEAVING PARLIAMENT HOUSE.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): MCMAHON: "I am a party man. I believe in the Liberal Party and I believe the Liberal Party is the organ by which national will and the national consciousness can be put into effect. I'm a very great believer in the system of cabinet government in full discussion in cabinet with every member having the opportunity to express his views and only when political matters of the highest moment are involved, should the Prime Minister feel that he should intervene and ensure that the fullest discussion takes place or fuller discussion takes place between his cabinet ministers, his ministers of the Parliamentary Party. I want the party itself, in the party room to be able to play an increasingly important part in knowing what is going on in the Government, knowing the facts upon which cabinet decisions are based knowing the reasons why we have decided to introduce new types of legislation and I hope by this means to ensure that not only are we cohesive, but when we go to the elections whenever it might happen to be, but somewhere towards the end of 1972, we will have that degree of cohesion. We will have the public confidence that will make certain we come back with a bigger majority than we have at the present moment."
REPORTER: "After the events of today and yesterday, how will you now feel about working with Mr. Gorton as a deputy?"
MCMAHON: "Mr. Gorton has been elected as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party by the Liberal Party itself. I am sure we will both work together in the interests of the Liberal Party and above all in the interests of the country."
SEQ. 3: REPORTER: "Mr. Gorton, have you any comment to make on today's events?"
MR. GORTON: "I haven't any comment to make thanks, about anything."
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Background: The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Gorton...one of the most controversial the country has had...today voted himself out of office at an emergency meeting of Liberal Party leaders in Canberra today. Mr. Gorton was succeeded by Mr. William McMahon, 63 year old Foreign Minister and political veteran. Mr. Gorton was later appointed Defence Minister. The events follow the resignation of a cabinet minister after accusing his chief of "disloyalty". At today's meeting, Mr. Gorton voted against himself after the ballet of liberal Party leaders resulted in a 33 all decision.