Australia's caretaker Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser said Australia has just been through three dark years because of bad housekeeping by the former Labour government.
Australia's caretaker Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser said Australia has just been through three dark years because of bad housekeeping by the former Labour government. Mr. Fraser was speaking in his televised address to the nation on Monday night (17 November). He said by the end of next year Australia could expect a deficit of 4,000 million dollars (about 2,500 million pounds) instead of the expected 2,800 million dollars (1,750 million pounds).
The former Labour Prime Minister, Mr. Gough Whitlam, was sacked from office last week by the Governor General, Sir John Kerr, in a shock move which triggered off noisy demonstrations against the sacking throughout Australia.
The sacking came after weeks of political crisis in Australia brought about by the Liberal Country Party majority in the Senate refusing to pass a Labour government supply bill.
Mr. Whitlam refused to call a general election and to resolve the deadlock Sir John Kerr sacked him and appointed Mr. Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister.
Mr. Fraser announced a General election for 13 December and Australia is now facing one of the bitterest election campaigns in its history.
On Monday a large crowd of noisy pro-Whitlam supporters marched through the streets of Sydney to attend a rally in Hyde Park. They were addressed by several former cabinet ministers who urged the crowd to throw their weight behind the former leader and return Labour to power.