Election money has been around for many years in Australia. This one here is without a doubt probably the most sought after and hardest to come by.
A true collectable from a highly turbulent political period in Australian history. Never before and never since has the Federal Constitution of Australia been in such turmoil and at risk of collapse. We were borderline Banana Republic.
Gough Whitlam’s spin doctors and other Labour Party leaders were distributing these notes as a part of the anti-Liberal campaigns in 1975, 78 and 81.
There were many different notes released over the years and this is a near new example which is surprising given that its age is more than 40 years.
The cartoon characterization depicts both Doug Anthony the Deputy Prime Minister and Malcolm Fraser the caretaker Prime Minister after Gough Whitlam’s dismissal and later the elected Prime Minister. Henry Lawson appears on the other side looking somewhat shocked at his beloved Australia being torn apart by multi-national companies like Utah Mining.
Fraser’s administration was well known for his infamous “Razor Gangs” and the slashing of Commonwealth funding. His eventual defeat at the hands of Bob Hawke was notable for suffering a 24 seat swing, the worst defeat of a non-labour government since Federation.
The note was sponsored by the Seaman’s Union of Australia.