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A revival under Hayden

Whitlam remained leader after the electoral defeat of 1975, having lost much of the backbench talent in that loss. He defended his program and attacked the government for dismantling it, but he could do little against a Fraser government that had firm control over both…

Signs in the States, The 1980 election

While the 1975 dismissal and the electoral defeat of the Whitlam government were crushing blows to Labor supporters, there were signs of hope at the state level. In South Australia the Dunstan government, in the Whitlam reforming mould, was in office throughout the 1970s. The…

Victory within sight

After the 1980 election Malcolm Fraser continued to lose support in the electorate. He had won three elections promising to manage the economy efficiently and bring back the good times, and he had not done so. His task in this was made more difficult by…