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Gough Whitlam conceding election defeat in the National Tally Room, 1975.

Gough Whitlam conceding election defeat in the National Tally Room, 1975.


NAA: A6180, 16/12/75/37

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"[McEwen] was a great and loyal friend, and a ruthless enemy [who] regarded his personal integrity as his main concern in life and ruthlessly pursued those who attacked it."

Ian Fitchett, 1980