Hocking ignores this and knits a fluffy conspiracy for her readers: Shortly after 10 am, having just spoken to the Governor-General on the official Government House line [the what? The matter was resolved: Fraser told the truth, Kerr was a liar. The Governor-General has a role in the legislative process by assenting to Acts.
After the celebrations and commiserations that took place in Canberra that night, did anyone have a clear memory of what happened during the day?
With parliamentary government the legislative and executive functions overlap, as the members of the Executive Government—the Ministers—are drawn from the Parliament. Yet both Kerr and Fraser agreed that they only spoke after each of them had talked to Whitlam.
In that time the Senate on no less than two occasions resolved to proceed no further with fresh Appropriation Bills, in identical terms, which had been passed by the House of Representatives. About 19 or so senior Ministers administer the major departments and are, usually, members of Cabinet. In , the Speaker asked the Queen to intervene and restore the Whitlam government.
Fraser and his associates had gone to his office for a discussion with senior members of the shadow cabinet. Science attempts to make sense of the world but the true irrationality of the universe lies within the human mind. Whitlam refused.. However, State and Territory governments are also based on the same principle of parliamentary government. Parliamentary government means that the Executive Government comes from within the Parliament; responsible government means that the Executive Government is responsible to the Parliament.
The Constitution combines the two elements of responsible government and federalism. By virtue of what has in fact happened there therefore came into existence a deadlock between the House of Representatives and the Senate on the central the issue of supply without which all of the ordinary services of the government cannot be maintained. There was a Republican Referendum in which was defeated, but the issue is still topical, and this year, if elected Labor promises another Republican referendum. Unfortunately, the piece of paper had vanished. The document Fraser produced so long after it was written was probably neither secret nor lost, and all the time Dale Budd had a copy of it. In all the circumstances which have occurred the appropriate means is a dissolution of the Parliament and an election for both Houses.
Collective amnesia was applied to the fact that such things had happened before.
On October 16, , the Senate resolved that it would not pass supply until the Whitlam government agreed to call a general election. Kerr was hated and abused by those who maintained the rage, but a single sheet of paper, an A4 paper plane, toppled the last standing remnants of the man in the top hat. The dismissal was the most dramatic event in the history of the Australian federation. This would then result in calling an election as soon as possible.