About twenty thousand people turned out to a rally in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday (14 November) to demand the return of their deposed Labour government.
About twenty thousand people turned out to a rally in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday (14 November) to demand the return of their deposed Labour government. Prime Minister Gouge Whitlam and his government were sacked on Tuesday (11 November) by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.
The rally was one of many in major cities and was addressed by the former Minister of Labour and Immigration in Whitlam's Government, Mr. Clyde Cameron.
He told the crowd that Australians throughout the country are united as they have never been before...standing shoulder to shoulder, fighting for the rights of parliamentary government.
The demonstration was noisy with continuous chanting of "We Want Gouge" but the politicians have called for peaceful demonstrations, and, so far, police have reporter few incidents.
The number and size of the pro-Whitlam rallies have illustrated the unrest evident in Australia as the new coalition Liberal and Country Party Government, led by the former Opposition leader, Mr. Malcolm Fraser, takes office.
In Canberra, earlier on Friday, Mr. Whitlam spoke about the manner of his sudden dismissal from office .. and his firm belief that the policies of his Labour Party would be vindicated in December's general elections. Democracy, he said, would triumph at the ballot box.
This film includes part of Mr. Cameron's address to the Melbourne rally ... and Mr. Whitlam's interview in Canberra. Transcripts follow below: