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In Australia’s most controversial change of government, Governor-General Sir John Kerr (centre) escorts Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (left), and Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony from the front door of Government House after swearing in the new ministry, 11 November 1975.

In Australia’s most controversial change of government, Governor-General Sir John Kerr (centre) escorts Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (left), and Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony from the front door of Government House after swearing in the new ministry, 11 November 1975.


NAA: A6180, 13/11/75/1

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