Event: 1975 Australian Federal Election (13 December 1975)

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13 December 1975
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13 December 1975
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Elections

Summary

Federal elections were held in Australia on Saturday 13 December 1975. All 127 seats in the House of Representatives, and all 64 seats in the Senate were up for election following a double dissolution of both Houses.

Malcolm Fraser had been commissioned as caretaker Prime Minister following the dismissal of Gough Whitlam's three-year old Labor government by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, on 11 November 1975. The same day, Fraser advised the calling of the election, in accordance with Kerr's stipulated conditions.

The Coalition of Fraser's Liberal Party of Australia and Doug Anthony's National Country Party, secured government, with a 30-seat swing in the House of Representatives away from the Labor Party. The Liberals actually won a majority in their own right, but the Coalition was retained.

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