The Whitlam Coup

In 1975, the Queen’s loyal representative, governor-general John Kerr, decided he’d had enough of Australian social democracy.

Like the parliamentary mace or those wigs English barristers wear, the position of governor-general is a holdover from colonial times that no one really knows the point of anymore. Those of us in the Commonwealth are always told it’s a symbolic role with no real power, and that the Queen doesn’t actually still have any […]