All true. I often wonder what could of been if in 1999 we had chosen to become a Republic. How different things now would beSo, some people claim. Remember, this was 1975, only three years after Allende was "couped out by the CIA" in Chile. Personally, while I acknowledge that the CIA was mixed into Australia's politics in the day (re: Nugen-Hand Bank), ultimately, Gough's dismissal was very much a home-grown affair. Australian politics is a complex mix and Kerr's (the Governor-General) exercise of the GG's "reserve powers" was very much unknown territory for everybody concerned. While not unconstitutional it was new territory. No GG had exercised those powers before. Gough was also much an agent of his own demise. If he hadn't hesitated for a meal of Steak and Chips (French Fries to our American cousins) on 11 November 1975, he would have dismissed Kerr himself (which was in the powers of the PM). Kerr had taken illegal advice from the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Garfield Barwick and the leader of the Opposition - Malcolm Fraser. The end result of was that the Gough got given the sack. Fraser went on to win the General Election that was called as a consequence.
That Fraser had manufactured the circumstances which had resulted in Gough's sacking went by the wayside to the Australian public. We ended up with a Liberal (Tory) conservative government and an economic downturn until Bob Hawke (recently deceased and another great Australian PM) was elected in 1983. I was 15 years old when Gough was given the sack and I will always remember the shock that went through my household upon receipt of the news. Republicanism received a real boost as a consequence but the Liberal (Tory) conservative PM in 1999 cleverly structured the Referendum to make sure it was defeated.