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Release the Palace Letters - the High Court Appeal

Jenny Hocking, Emeritus Professor at Monash University and biographer of Gough Whitlam, has launched a new crowd-funding campaign to support her efforts to have the National Archives of Australia release the secret correspondence between Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, and the Queen regarding the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Readers interested in supporting Professor Hocking's ongoing campaign to access the 'Palace letters' can visit her crowd-funding site via the link below.

'My name is Professor Jenny Hocking, I am a Monash University academic and Gough Whitlam’s biographer. In 2016 I launched an historic Federal Court action against the National Archives of Australia to release the ‘Palace letters', secret correspondence between the Governor-General Sir John Kerr and the Queen relating to the 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam government.

'With your great support we have taken this case on a remarkable three year journey - from the Federal Court to the full Federal Court on appeal and now, with the success of our Special Leave application before the High Court of Australia, we're heading to the High Court for its final resolution.

'To reach this ultimate goal and to put our case for the release of these historic letters before Australia's highest court I need your continued support. I urge you to donate and to spread this message among your friends and colleagues so that these extraordinarily significant documents in our history are available for all Australians to see and to know what really happened when the Queen's representative dismissed the elected government of Gough Whitlam.

'The Palace letters are held in the National Archives and withheld from the Australian people under the embargo of the Queen, they are the final missing piece in the puzzle on the most controversial episode in Australia’s political history.'


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