1975 – Whitlam and Fraser governments

Demonstration outside Parliament House showing support for Prime Minister Gough Whitlam after dissolution of the Parliament by Governor-General Sir John Kerr.
Demonstration outside Parliament House showing support for Prime Minister Gough Whitlam after dissolution of the Parliament by Governor-General Sir John Kerr. (NAA: A6180, 13/11/75/40)

The 1975 Cabinet records

Cabinet records represent the top of a three-tier system of Commonwealth government recordkeeping. The other two tiers are the files of the Cabinet Office and Prime Minister's Department, and the records of government departments.

Cabinet submissions

Most Cabinet business was conducted on the basis of formal submissions (also known as memoranda, minutes or agenda). As far as possible, submissions were circulated to all Ministers prior to meetings.

After receiving Cabinet submissions, the Cabinet Office registered them and allocated a unique number. It is the practice in Cabinet Office when a new government accedes to office to close off all series of the current recordkeeping regimen documenting the Cabinet business of the outgoing government, and begin a new series for the business of the incoming government. In general, the first submission received by the Cabinet Office during its term was registered as number 1, with subsequent submissions being allocated consecutive running numbers.

The third Whitlam ministry however, did not follow this practice, and emphasised continuity of office with the preceding second Whitlam ministry by continuing the same numbering sequence for both submissions and decisions. The last submission received by the third Whitlam minsitry was 2058.

The first Fraser ministry recommenced the tradition, as did the second Fraser ministry.  Therefore, the first submission received by the second Fraser ministry was registered as Submission No. 1.

Cabinet submissions once lodged could be withdrawn by their originating department or Minister. This could happen because:

  • in the waiting period they were overtaken by events (including a forthcoming election or dismissal of the Government); or
  • the length of time that had elapsed since lodgement without being listed for consideration indicated that the matter was not a priority; or
  • the Cabinet Office returned them as they did not comply with technical requirements (for example, there had been inadequate consultation).

In such cases all copies, other than a master copy retained by the Cabinet Office, were required to be returned to the originating department. Withdrawn submissions are not always found in the folders of submissions but can usually be found in the relevant Cabinet Office file.

The Whitlam ministry considered 516 submissions in 1975. These include 69 submissions that were withdrawn before a decision was taken, 12 submissions that were withdrawn after a decision was reached, and 2 submissions that were for information only.

The first Fraser ministry considered 12 submissions in 1975. No submissions were withdrawn. The second Fraser ministry did not consider any formal submissions from its commencement on 22 December to the end of 1975.

The relevant series containing the Cabinet submissions for each ministry in 1975 are:

Cabinet decisions

As for submissions, Cabinet decisions were allocated a unique number in sequence. However, the decision number is not the same as the submission number to which it relates. This is because decisions are not made in order of receipt of submissions and many decisions were made without a submission.

Although much Cabinet business was conducted on the basis of submissions, the Prime Minister could decide to raise, or allow a colleague to raise, a matter without submission. In such cases, the Cabinet decision is the only formal record of such deliberations.

The Whitlam ministry made a total of 1090 decisions in 1975, of which 541 were made without submission. The first Fraser ministry made a total of 29 decisions in 1975, 17 of which were made without submission. The second Fraser ministry made a total of 17 decisions in 1975, all of which were made without submission.

Cabinet Office and Prime Minister's Department files

The Cabinet Office was responsible for managing the business and records of the Cabinet and its committees. For example, it registered and circulated submissions, prepared the business lists (the agenda) for Cabinet meetings and drafted the text of Cabinet decisions.

Cabinet Office files contain the originals of the submissions, briefing papers and related decisions. They also contain departmental advice and exchanges between officials and ministers not included in the formal Cabinet papers. There is a file in this series for most submissions.

All the above series can be accessed through RecordSearch, our online records database.

Please note that Cabinet did not consider all the submissions listed on RecordSearch. A number were withdrawn before considered by Cabinet. This is noted by the word 'withdrawn' after the submission title. Occasionally these submissions are not included in the submission series. This is indicated in the lists by words 'not included' or 'copy not held' after the title. In addition, some submission numbers were not used, or were allocated but submissions were not received. This is indicated by the words 'not used' or 'not received' in place of the submission title.

Collection references

Viewing the records

Digital copies of the 1975 submissions and decisions are available to view in RecordSearch. Folders containing copies of 1975 submissions and decisions from these ministeries are also available for public access in the National Archives' Canberra reading room.

Cabinet notebooks

In 1975, the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (J L Menadue), the Deputy Secretary (G J Yeend), the First Assistant Secretary, Cabinet and Legislative Programming Division (R J Linford), the Assistant Secretary, Cabinet (G E Brouwer), the Assistant Secretary, Legislative Programming (B V Cogan) or the Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary (I D Emerton) attended most Cabinet meetings as minute takers.

In general, three secretaries attended full Cabinet meetings, while two attended Cabinet committee meetings. Their role included the recording of proceedings so that minutes accurately reflecting the decisions made or conclusions reached could be prepared. These records of proceedings are referred to as Cabinet notebooks. Under section 22A of the Archives Act 1983, Cabinet notebooks are not available to the public until 50 years have lapsed since their creation, unlike other Commonwealth records that are released after 30 years.

Cabinet notebooks are held in series A11099.

Departmental records

The detailed background papers and earlier drafts of the Cabinet papers can be found on the files of the department that sponsored each Cabinet submission. These papers reveal the detailed deliberations of the Public Service on the topic and often include the opinions and guidance of the responsible Minister. These files can be identified through Archives' finding aids, in particular our online database RecordSearch.

Personal records

The Archives also holds collections of personal records deposited by people who have been closely associated with the Commonwealth government in an official capacity, such as governors-general, prime ministers and ministers. These records may include official Commonwealth records as well as private or personal records.

Commonwealth records in these collections are subject to the usual access conditions of the Archives Act 1983 and are available 30 years from the date of creation, subject to the exemption of material of continuing sensitivity. Access to non-Commonwealth records in personal records collections is determined by the depositor.

Personal records do not form part of the embargoed release. Access to official records within the collections can be requested from 1 January each year. However, it can take up to 90 days for access examination of the records, to ensure they do not contain any information of continuing sensitivity. Please consult the Archives about the access conditions that apply to the personal records you wish to access.

Personal records of Gough Whitlam

The National Archives holds an extensive collection of Gough Whitlam's personal records. It comprises almost 100 series of records covering the period from 1952 to 1978. Most were created by Mr Whitlam as Prime Minister and as a member of Parliament.

The records include subject and correspondence files, media releases and speeches, Australian Labor Party material, photographs, audio-tapes, films, invitations and press clippings. Some also relate to Mr Whitlam's activities after he retired from politics.

Although the official records in this collection are not available until 30 years after they were created, access to non-Commonwealth material within the collection may be requested 25 years from the date of creation.

Other sources of information include:

  • Australia's Prime Ministers website, which introduces the careers of Gough and Margaret Whitlam, and is illustrated with unique records and photographs from the National Archives' collection. It includes a complete list of the elections Mr Whitlam contested and a one-page 'Fast Facts' with dates, portfolios and little known quiz facts.
  • The Whitlam fact sheet offers introductions to personal, departmental and photographic records held by the Archives.


Personal records of Malcolm Fraser

The National Archives of Australia and the University of Melbourne Archives hold extensive collections of Malcolm Fraser’s personal records. RecordSearch lists over 120 series of records covering the period from 1949 to 1989.

Custody of these records is split between the National Archives and the University of Melbourne Archive, with the National Archives holding records created by Mr Fraser as Prime Minister and as a member of Parliament. Official records in the Fraser collection held by the National Archives are available after 30 years.

Other sources of information include:

  • Australia's Prime Ministers  website, which introduces the careers of Malcolm and Tamie Fraser, and is illustrated with unique records and photographs from the National Archives' collection. It includes a complete list of the elections Mr Fraser contested and a one-page 'Fast Facts' with dates, portfolios and little known quiz facts.
  • The Fraser fact sheet offers an introduction to the personal, departmental and photographic records relating to the Frasers held by the Archives.

Events and issues that made the news in 1975

Read all about the events and issues that made the news in 1975.

Members and committees of the 1975 Cabinet

There were three ministries and cabinets in 1975:

  • the third Whitlam ministry (12 June 1974 - 11 November 1975)
  • the first Fraser ministry (11 November 1975 - 22 December 1975)
  • the second Fraser ministry (22 December 1975 - 20 December 1977)

Members of the three cabinets are listed below. The roles and titles ascribed to them are those held in 1975.

Third Whitlam Cabinet

The third Whitlam ministry commenced on 12 June 1974 and remained in place until it was dismissed by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, on 11 November 1975.

The third Whitlam ministry continued the practice that existed before 1956 with all members of the ministry sitting as members of Cabinet. The allocation of portfolios in 1975 is indicated below.

MinisterPortfolio

Whitlam, The Hon. Edward Gough, QC

Prime Minister
Minister for the Environment (from 2.7.1975 to 14.7.1975)

Cairns, The Hon. James Ford

Deputy Prime Minister (to 2.7.1975)

Treasurer (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Environment (from 6.6.1975 to 2.7.1975)

Crean, The Hon. Frank

Deputy Prime Minister (from 14.7.1975)

Minister for Overseas Trade

Connor, The Hon. Reginald Francis Xavier

Minister for Minerals and Energy (to 14.10.1975)

Hayden, The Hon. William George

Minister for Social Security (to 6.6.1975)

Treasurer (from 6.6.1975)

Wriedt, Senator the Hon. Kenneth Shaw

Minister for Minerals and Energy (from 14.10.1975)

Minister for Agriculture (to 21.10.1975)

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Willesee, Senator the Hon. Donald Robert

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Daly, The Hon. Frederick Michael

Minister for Services and Property (to 7.10.1975)

Minister for Administrative Services (from 7.10.1975)

Leader of the House

McClelland, Senator the Hon. Douglas

Minister for the Media (to 6.6.1975)

Special Minister of State (from 6.6.1975)

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Patterson, The Hon. Rex Alan

Minister for Agriculture (from 21.10.1975)

Minister for Northern Development (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for the Northern Territory (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Northern Australia (from 6.6.1975 to 21.10.1975)

Barnard, The Hon. Lance Herbert

Minister for Defence (to 6.6.1975)

Cameron, The Hon. Clyde Robert

Minister for Labor and Immigration (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs (from 6.6.1975)

Beazley, The Hon. Kim Edward

Minister for Education

Bowen, The Hon. Lionel Frost

Special Minister of State (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Manufacturing Industry (from 6.6.1975)

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Matters Relating to the Public Service (to 6.6.1975)

Wheeldon, Senator the Hon. John Murray

Minister for Social Security (from 6.6.1975)

Minister for Repatriation and Compensation

Uren, The Hon. Thomas

Minister for Urban and Regional Development

Bishop, Senator the Hon. Reginald

Postmaster-General

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (from 6.6.1975)

Johnson, The Hon. Leslie Royston

Minister for Housing and Construction (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (from 6.6.1975)

Jones, The Hon. Charles Keith

Minister for Transport

Everingham, The Hon. Douglas

Minister for Health

Enderby, The Hon. Keppel Earl QC

Minister for Manufacturing Industry (to 10.2.1975)

Attorney-General (from 10.2.1975)

Minister for Customs and Excise (from 10.2.1975 to 27.3.1975)

Minister for Police and Customs (from 27.3.1975 to 6.6.1975)

McClelland, Senator the Hon. James Robert

Minister for Manufacturing Industry (from 10.2.1975 to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Labor and Immigration (from 6.6.1975)

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Matters Relating to the Public Service (from 6.6.1975)

Bryant, The Hon. Gordon Munro ED

Minister for the Capital Territory

Cass, The Hon. Moses Henry

Minister for the Environment and Conservation (to 21.4.1975)

Minister for Environment (from 21.4.175 to 6.6.1975)

Minister for the Media (from 6.6.1975)

Cavanagh, Senator the Hon. James Luke

Minister for Police and Customs (from 6.6.1975)

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (to 6.6.1975)

Morrison, The Hon. William Lawrence

Minister for Defence (from 6.6.1975)

Minister for Science (to 6.6.1975)

Minister Assisting the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Matters Relating to Papua New Guinea (to 6.7.1975)

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (to 6.6.1975)

Minister for Foreign Affairs in Matters Relating to the Islands of the Pacific (from 6.7.1975)

Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs (from 6.6.1975)

Stewart, The Hon. Francis Eugene

Minister for Tourism and Recreation

Vice-President of Executive Council

Minister Assisting the Treasurer

Minister Assisting the Minister for Social Security and Minister for Repatriation and Compensation (from 6.6.1975)

Riordan, The Hon. Joseph Martin

Minister for Housing and Construction (from 6.6.1975)

Minister Assisting the Minister for Urban and Regional Development (from 6.6.1975)

Berinson, The Hon. Joseph Max

Minister for Environment (from 14.7.1975)

Murphy, The Hon. Lionel Keith

Attorney-General (to 10.2.1975)

Minister for Customs and Excise (to 10.2.1975)

Keating, The Hon. Paul John

Minister for Northern Australia (from 21.10.1975)

First Fraser Cabinet

The first Fraser ministry was appointed by Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in a caretaker role upon the dismissal of the third Whitlam ministry on 11 November 1975. It remained in place until a double dissolution election on 13 December 1975. The allocation of portfolios for this period in 1975 is indicated below.

MinisterPortfolio

Fraser, The Rt Hon. John Malcolm PC

Prime Minister

Anthony, The Rt Hon. John Douglas PC

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Overseas Trade

Minister for Minerals and Energy

Lynch, The Hon. Phillip Reginald

Treasurer

Sinclair, The Hon. Ian McCahon

Minister for Agriculture

Minister for Northern Australia

Withers, Senator the Hon. Reginald Greive

Special Minister of State

Minister for the Capital Territory

Minister for Media

Minister for Tourism and Recreation

Vice-President of the Executive Council

Greenwood, Senator the Hon. Ivor John QC

Attorney-General

Minister for Police and Customs

Cotton, Senator the Hon. Robert Carrington

Minister for Manufacturing Industry

Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs

Nixon, The Hon. Peter James

Minister for Transport

Postmaster-General

Peacock, The Hon. Andrew Sharp

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Environment

Chipp, The Hon. Donald Leslie

Minister for Social Security

Minister for Health

Minister for Repatriation and Compensation

Killen, The Hon. Denis James

Minister for Defence

Drake-Brockman, The Hon. Thomas Charles

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Minister for Administrative Services

Carrick, Senator the Hon. John Leslie

Minister for Housing and Construction

Minister for Urban and Regional Development

Street, The Hon. Anthony Austin

Minister for Labour and Immigration

Guilfoyle, Senator the Hon. Margaret Georgina Constance

Minister for Education

Second Fraser Cabinet

The second Fraser ministry, which commenced on 22 December 1975, remained in place until a general election on 10 December 1977.

With the swearing in of the Fraser ministry on 22 December 1975, the practice was reintroduced whereby the Cabinet comprised some but not all members of the ministry. The practice has been continued by all subsequent ministries. The allocation of portfolios in 1975 is indicated below.

MinisterPortfolio

Fraser, The Rt Hon. John Malcolm PC

Prime Minister

Anthony, The Rt Hon. John Douglas PC

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for National Resources

Minister for Overseas Trade

Lynch, The Hon. Phillip Reginald

Treasurer

Sinclair, The Hon. Ian McCahon

Minister for Primary Industry

Leader of the House

Withers, Senator the Hon. Reginald Greive

Minister for Administrative Services

Vice-President of the Executive Council

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Greenwood, Senator the Hon. Ivor John QC

Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development

Cotton, Senator the Hon. Robert Carrington

Minister for Industry and Commerce

Street, The Hon. Anthony Austin

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters

Nixon, The Hon. Peter James

Minister for Transport

Carrick, Senator the Hon. John Leslie

Minister for Education

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Federal Affairs

Peacock, The Hon. Andrew Sharp

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Killen, The Hon. Denis James

Minister for Defence

Guilfoyle, Senator the Hon. Margaret Georgina Constance

Minister for Social Security

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Child Care Matters

Cabinet committees

Cabinet committees were first formally established by Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1950. Their role was to assist Cabinet to make decisions more expeditiously and efficiently by:

having a committee of Ministers sift through the issues and the facts and present Cabinet with a clear recommendation for action; and relieving Cabinet of much business of lesser importance.

The 1975 committees of the Whitlam Cabinet were:

Cabinet committeeAbbreviation

Ad Hoc Committees

AD HOC

Expenditures Review Committee

ERC

Legislation Committee

LEG

Resources Committee

CCR

Australian/State/Regional Relations Committee

ASR

Decisions made by a committee are indicated by the addition of the committee abbreviation to the decision number.

The first Fraser ministry did not form any committees, and the second Fraser ministry's committees did not meet in 1975.

Key political figures

Some of the political figures in Australia in 1975 who are listed below are still active in the community. The roles and titles ascribed to them are those held in 1975.

Whitlam Ministry

Ministers

MinisterElectorate and portfolio

Beazley, The Hon. Kim Edward

MHR for Fremantle, WA
Minister for Education

Berinson, Joseph Max

MHR for Perth, WA
Minister for Environment (from 14.7.1975)

Bowen, The Hon. Lionel Frost

MHR for Kingsford-Smith, NSW
Special Minister of State (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Manufacturing Industry (from 6.6.1975)
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Matters Relating to the Public Service (to 6.6.1975)

Cameron, The Hon. Clyde Robert

MHR for Hindmarsh, SA
Minister for Labor and Immigration (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs (from 6.6.1975)

Cass, The Hon. Moses Henry

MHR for Maribyrnong, Vic
Minister for the Environment and Conservation (to 21.4.1975)
Minister for Environment (from 21.4.175 to 6.6.1975)
Minister for the Media (from 6.6.1975)

Crean, The Hon. Frank

MHR for Melbourne Ports, Vic
Deputy Prime Minister (from 14.7.1975)
Minister for Overseas Trade (from 11.12.1974)

Enderby, The Hon. Keppel Earl, QC

MHR for the Australian Capital Territory
Minister for Manufacturing Industry (to 10.2.1975)
Attorney-General (from 10.2.1975)
Minister for Customs and Excise (from 10.2.1975 to 27.3.1975)
Minister for Police and Customs (from 27.3.1975 to 6.6.1975)

Hayden, The Hon. William George

MHR for Oxley, Qld
Minister for Social Security (to 6.6.1975)
Treasurer (from 6.6.1975)

Keating, Paul John

MHR for Blaxland, NSW
Minister for Northern Australia (from 21.10.1975)

McClelland, Senator the Hon. Douglas

Senator for New South Wales
Minister for the Media
Manager of Government Business in the Senate (from 9.7.1974)

Patterson, The Hon. Rex Alan

MHR for Dawson, QLD
Minister for Agriculture (from 21.10.1975)
Minister for Northern Development (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for the Northern Territory (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Northern Australia (from 6.6.1975 to 21.10.1975)

Uren, The Hon. Thomas

MHR for Reid, NSW
Minister for Urban and Regional Development

Whitlam, The Hon. Edward Gough, QC

MHR for Werriwa, NSW
Prime Minister
Minister for the Environment (from 2.7.1975 to 14.7.1975)

Wriedt, Senator the Hon. Kenneth Shaw

Senator for Tasmania
Minister for Minerals and Energy (from 14.10.1975)
Minister for Agriculture (to 21.10.1975)
Leader of the Government in the Senate


Senior public servants

Public servantDepartment

Bailey, Peter Hamilton

Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Brouwer, George Eugene

Assistant Secretary, Cabinet, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Freudenberg, Graham

Special Advisor (Press Relations) to the Prime Minister

Hewitt, Sir Cyrus Lenox, OBE

Secretary, Department of Minerals and Energy

Lawler, Peter, OBE

Secretary, Department of the Special Minister of State

Menadue, John

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Reid, Elizabeth

Adviser to the Prime Minister

Spigelman, Hon. James

Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister

Stone, John

Deputy Secretary (Economic), Department of the Treasury

Selected documents

Introduction

These documents have been selected to illustrate the major topics discussed by the Whitlam and Fraser Cabinets during 1975. The documents are arranged by topic. Introductory notes to each subject division highlight the major issues discussed by Cabinet, and outline why these documents are pertinent to that topic.

The documents have been selected from the records included in the 1975 Cabinet records release. This included Cabinet submissions (A5915, A12908, A12909), Cabinet decisions (A5925, A13050, A13075) and the related Cabinet files (A5931, A10756). The record from which the document was selected is indicated in square brackets after the document title in the list of contents preceding each chapter. For example:

Notes on Cabinet submission 2002 [A5931, CL683 Part 2; p. 150]

The above document was selected from the Cabinet file 'A5931, CL683 Part 2'. It is located at page 150 of the file. Additional relevant documents may be held in this file.

A full set of reference copies of the 1975 Cabinet submissions and decisions is held in the Cabinet room within the Canberra reading room. Related Cabinet files (in series A5931 and A10756) may also be requested for viewing in the Canberra reading room.

Click on an image to view an enlargement, or use links in the right-hand column to download the key documents in PDF (portable document format). To view PDFs, you will need AdobeAcrobat Reader.

Subject PDF

The economy

Grim economic prospects

1.7mb

1975–76 Budget strategy

8.9mb

Tightening the belt

4.8mb

Industrial relations

3.9mb

Land rights

The question of compensation

1mb

Queensland reserves

3.1mb

Aboriginal Land (Northern Territory) Bill

3.4mb

International Women’s Year

1.5mb

Environmental protection

5.8mb

Cyclone Tracy

Assistance to public servants

1.6mb

Compensation

5.4mb

Re-building Darwin

6.8mb

An obstructive Senate

4.2mb

The caretaker government

1.2mb

 

Key people

The following table lists the key people referred to in the selected documents. Others may be identified by consulting the Australian Government Directory 1975 and the Australian Parliamentary Handbook, nineteenth edition, 1975.

Attwood, Mr NJ

First Assistant Commissioner, Development Division, Public Service Board

Bjelke-Petersen, The Hon. Johannes (Joh)

Premier of Queensland (1968–87)

Bonner, Senator Neville Thomas

Senator for Queensland

Brazil, Mr P

First Assistant Secretary, Advisings Division, Attorney-General’s Department

Brice, Mr FJ

Assistant Secretary, Welfare Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Cairns, The Hon. James Ford

Deputy Prime Minister (to 2.7.1975)
Treasurer (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Environment (from 6.6.1975 to 2.7.1975)

Cameron, The Hon. Clyde Robert

Minister for Labor and Immigration (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Cargill, Mr R

Clerk, Public Service Board

Cass, The Hon. Henry Moses (Moss)

Minister for the Environment and Conservation (to 21.4.1975)
Minister for Environment (from 21.4.175 to 6.6.1975)
Minister for the Media (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Cavanagh, Senator the Hon. James Luke

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Police and Customs (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Child, Mrs Gloria Joan Liles

Member for Henty (Vic), 1974–75

Connor, The Hon Reginald (Rex) Francis Xavier

Minister for Minerals and Energy (to 14.10.1975)
Acting Prime Minister (from 23.4.75 to 2.5.1975)

Court, The Hon. Sir Charles OBE MLA

Premier of Western Australia

Crean, The Hon. Frank

Treasurer (1972–74)

Davey, Mr RC

Acting First Assistant Secretary, Social Security Division, Department of the Treasury

Emerton, Mr ID

Assistant Secretary, Government Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Enderby, The Hon. Keppel Earl QC

Minister for Manufacturing Industry (to 10.2.1975)
Attorney-General (from 10.2.1975 to 11.11.1975)
Minister for Customs and Excise (from 10.2.1975 to 27.3.1975)
Minister for Police and Customs (from 27.3.1975 to 6.6.1975)

Fraser, The Rt. Hon. John Malcolm

Leader of the Opposition (to 11.11.1975)
Prime Minister of Australia (from 11.11.1975)

Gorton, The Rt. Hon. John Grey

Member for Higgins, 1968–75

Haupt, Mr SJ

Public Service Board Inspector, Northern Territory

Hayden, The Hon William (Bill) George

Minister for Social Security (to 6.6.1975)
Treasurer (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Hickey, Mr J

Assistant Secretary, Development Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Johnson, The Hon. Leslie Royston

Minister for Housing and Construction (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Kruger, Mr H

Clerk, Department of the Northern Territory

Lynch, The Rt. Hon. Phillip Reginald

Treasurer (from 12.11.1975)

McClelland, Senator the Hon. Douglas

Minister for the Media (to 6.6.1975)
Special Minister of State (from 6.6.75 to 11.11.1975)

McClelland, Senator the Hon. James Robert

Minister for Manufacturing Industry (from 10.2.1975 to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Labor and Immigration (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in matters relating to the Public Service (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.75)

Menadue, Mr John

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Moore, The Hon. Mr Justice John C

President, Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission

Morrison, The Hon. William Lawrence

Minister for Defence (from 6.6.1975 to 11.11.1975)

Munro, Mr DJ

Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Nichols, Mr George

Clerk, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

O’Brien, Mr TA (Alan)

Secretary, Department of the Northern Territory

O’Shea, Mr

Clerk, Public Service Board

Patterson, The Hon Rex Alan

Minister for Agriculture (from 21.10.1975)
Minister for Northern Development (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for the Northern Territory (to 6.6.1975)
Minister for Northern Australia (from 6.6.1975 to 21.10.1975)

Ponsford, Mr AM

Acting Assistant Secretary, Welfare Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Reid, Ms Elizabeth

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Women’s Affairs

Sligar, Mr DN

Advisor to the Minister for Education

Stebbins, Mr JS

Secretary, Joint Council, Public Service Board

Tynan, Mr R

Welfare Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Uren, The Hon. Thomas (Tom)

Minister for Urban and Regional Development (to 11.11.75)

Visbord, Mr EMW

First Assistant Secretary, Economic Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Wheeldon, The Hon. John

Minister for Repatriation and Compensation

Whitlam, The Hon. Edward Gough, QC

Prime Minister of Australia (to 11.11.1975)

Whitlam, Margaret

Wife of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

Woodrow, Mr J

Assistant Commissioner, Employment Conditions Division, Public Service Board,

Woodward, The Hon. Mr Justice Albert E

Judge, Australian Industrial Court

Yeend, Mr GJ

Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Young, Mr RJ

Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Board

Young, Mr Michael Jerome

Member for Port Adelaide (SA)

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