Opinion

We've never been truly independent - and the Palace letters will show it

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
Updated July 1 2021 - 5:00pm, first published June 3 2020 - 6:30pm
A sovereign and our head of state, or our head of state and her representative? Picture: Getty Images

Almost 45 years after the dismissal of the Whitlam government, with most of the main players except for Queen Elizabeth now deceased, we still do not know the full story. The puzzle remains incomplete. That may change now that the High Court, by a 6-1 majority, has acceded to the request by Professor Jenny Hocking that the remaining correspondence between the governor-general at the time, Sir John Kerr, and Buckingham Palace should be released for public view.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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