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.
163mm wide x 80mm high
Clean and crisp and near new condition.
Bright clean colours
After Snedden led the Coalition to defeat in the 1974 election, Fraser unsuccessfully challenged him for the opposition leadership in November. However, with Snedden still unable to get the better of Whitlam, Fraser again challenged Snedden for the leadership in March 1975. This time, however, he won.
Later in 1975, in the context of a series of ministerial scandals that were rocking the Whitlam government, Fraser opted to use the Coalition opposition Senate numbers to delay the government’s budget bills with the objective of achieving an early election (see 1975 Australian constitutional crisis). After several months of deadlock, during which the government secretly explored methods of obtaining supply funding outside the Parliament, Governor-General Sir John Kerr intervened and revoked Whitlam’s commission on 11 November 1975. Fraser was immediately sworn in as caretaker prime minister on condition that he give the Governor-General immediate advice to dissolve both Houses and issue writs for an election for both houses.
On November 19, 1975, a letter bomb was sent to Fraser, but it was intercepted and defused before it reached him. Similar devices were sent to Governor General Kerr and Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
At the December 1975 election, the Liberal-Country Party coalition won a landslide victory. The Coalition took 30 seats from Labor en route to a 55-seat majority, the largest in Australian history. The Coalition won a second term nearly as easily in 1977. The Liberals won a majority in their own right in both elections—something not even Holt or Robert Menzies had been able to achieve. Although there was no need for a coalition with the Country Party, the traditional non-Labor coalition was retained.
*all history taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes