ID 0030

Commonwealth Government of Australia beginning 19 December 1972 - period in office of Prime minister Whitlam, Edward Gough ending on 11 November 1975

Period in office of prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Prime minister
Whitlam, Edward Gough
Date of beginning of period in office
19 December 1972
Date of end of period in office
11 November 1975 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Prime minister dismissed by governor general
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of prime minister at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of prime minister
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

House of Representatives elections contested as prime minister or after which became prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Prime minister at election Prime minister's party Prime minister after election Prime minister's party
COM 18 May 1974Edward Gough WhitlamAustralian Labor PartyEdward Gough WhitlamAustralian Labor Party
COM 2 December 1972William McMahonLiberal PartyEdward Gough WhitlamAustralian Labor Party

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Whitlam formed a ministry of 2 people from 5/12/1972 until 19/12/1972. Any portfolios included in that ministry but not this are found in the added portfolios entries. For details of all Commonwealth prime ministers, see Michelle Grattan (editor) Australian Prime Ministers (Sydney: New Holland, 2000).


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977 (ISBN 0708113400).