Palace letters: Queen's secret correspondence surrounding Gough Whitlam's dismissal to be released on 14 July
Correspondence with former governor general Sir John Kerr to be released in full after Prof Jenny Hocking’s lengthy battlePreviously secret correspondence between the Queen and former Australian governor general Sir John Kerr surrounding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam will be released in full on Tuesday morning, Australia’s national archives has confirmed.The decision will guarantee the public will be able to access the entirety of the so-called palace letters, a series of more than 200 exchanges between the Queen, her private secretary and Kerr, the then-governor general, in the lead-up to the 1975 dismissal of Whitlam, the then-Australian prime minister. Continue reading...
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Timor-Leste: court upholds Australian government refusal to release documents on Indonesia's invasion
Exclusive: ruling says releasing cables and cabinet documents could damage Australia’s securityDecades-old documents relating to Australia’s...Exclusive: ruling says releasing cables and cabinet documents could damage Australia’s securityDecades-old documents relating to Australia’s involvement in the Indonesian invasion of Timor-Leste will remain secret after a court upheld the Australian government’s refusal to release them.It took the administrative appeals tribunal more than two years to rule on the case, finding that releasing the documents “could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the security or international relations of the commonwealth”. Continue reading...
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