Britain's Queen Elizabeth did not mention Australia's historic removal: Archived letter



According to a letter released by Queen Elizabeth's spokeswoman in Australia on Tuesday, "the constitution is my responsibility" - because a prime minister has been fired from his palace without warning.


On November 11, 1975, Governor-General John Kerr Queen spoke with the Secretary-General, saying that Prime Minister Goff had taken unprecedented action to oust Whitlam, ending a month-long budget stalemate as Whitlam called for partial Senate elections.

On the day Whitlam was fired, former private secretary Martin Chartreuse wrote to Kerk, "I decided to take this action ... without informing the palace in advance."

"It is better not to know his majesty in advance, though ... it is my duty to tell him immediately," Kerr said, according to the documents.

211 The release of the so-called "Letters of the Castle" takes a veil from one of the great mysteries of Australian politics and reaffirms the conversation about whether the country should sever ties with Britain and become a republic.

Whitlam’s firing was one of the country’s most polarizing political events, as it marks the unprecedented intervention of the Commonwealth.

Historians say the country did not tell the full story, and in 2016 a historian sued the National Archives of Australia for obtaining letters between Kerr and the Queen. The suit filed on the ground that the letters were personal, but in May the High Court overturned the decision.

The letters at Kerr and Buckingham Palace showed that the political crisis had severely affected the country and that it was when two months ago that Vitlam was ousted because Kerr's role was to ask Parliament to approve his budget. Tried to get.

At least Palace reflected on his efforts. The day after Whitlam was fired, Chartreuse Kerr congratulated him on his decision.

"Before you tell the Queen what you want to do, you have to consider the position of Her Majesty, not just the proper constitutional justification."

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