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The Eleventh is an explosive thriller teasing out everything you never knew about one of the most famous chapters of Australian political history — the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
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07 | State Secrets

07 | State Secrets

2020-03-2356:4410

In the days, months and years following The Dismissal, more clues emerge about exactly what went down, and who was pulling strings behind the scenes. In this final episode, we uncover the key names and players history almost left behind, and those still fighting to reveal them. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh *WARNING: This episode contains some strong language.
06 | The Eleventh

06 | The Eleventh

2020-03-1648:358

The 11th of November 1975 starts optimistically. Both sides of parliament think the day will present them with a positive resolution to the crisis. But, when Gough Whitlam is summoned to see the Governor General, things spiral completely out of control. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh
05 | Deadlock

05 | Deadlock

2020-03-0952:127

Gough Whitlam and his political rival Malcolm Fraser enter a high stakes stalemate, each side daring the other to blink. As the problems mount for the government, a grave warning emerges from the most unlikely of quarters. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh
04 | The Advisor

04 | The Advisor

2020-03-0240:593

Young feminist Elizabeth Reid gets a job advising Gough Whitlam on women's issues. As this idealistic new recruit tries to work within the system to change it, she gets caught smack in the middle of an epic struggle between the nation's most powerful men. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh
03 | Dangerous Circus

03 | Dangerous Circus

2020-02-2442:539

Gough Whitlam repeatedly ignores warnings while his government lurches from scandal to scandal. The powerful media, once in his corner, start to lose faith, and the twin scandals — the Morosi affair and the Loans affair — are frontpage news. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh *WARNING: This episode contains some strong language.
02 | Black Orchids

02 | Black Orchids

2020-02-2435:539

The Government raids ASIO because they suspect the spy agency has dropped the ball on tracking terrorism. The raid causes panic as far afield as the Langley, Virginia, headquarters of the US Central Intelligence Agency. A keen young Australian correspondent called Ray Martin gets a scoop on the story. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh *WARNING: This episode contains some strong language.
01 | Sweet Spot

01 | Sweet Spot

2020-02-2437:3219

It's 1972. Australia has an appetite for change. Gough Whitlam exploits the mood of the nation to become Prime Minister but not everyone appreciates the headlong rush into a more modern Australia. Pretty soon, the new government is making some powerful enemies. More information, articles and videos at the show's website: abc.net.au/TheEleventh *WARNING: This episode contains some strong language.
What do you know about the 11th of November 1975? Maybe you've heard that famous, "Well may we say" speech made by Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the day he was sacked by the Queen's representative in Australia... but do you really know what led up to the dismissal? The Eleventh relives the dramatic series of events that shook the foundations of Australia's democracy. The series takes you inside the highest circles of power to uncover pieces of this story that have never been told before... with lessons we should never forget.
Comments (13)

Dave

my mother worked in the PM's office and when I was four I had breakfast in the lodge. there are so many tales I have been told or been privy to over the years. what an amazing time in our political history.

Jun 1st
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Kathy Simpson

how disappointing. So much more you could have included.

May 24th
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Julie

Hard to imagine I could be enthralled for 8 episodes but I couldn't get enough. I was 20 at the time and very interested in politics but this still gave me so much more. Well done!

May 2nd
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Kirstyn Campbell

Ohhh my god It a constitutional crisis, sir John kerr had no authority You can't just usurp power when you have none. I was hilarious attempt at anti democracy seriously lol

Apr 15th
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Kate R

Fantastic storytelling- very well researched and clear. I have always wondered what "The Dismissal" was all about (I was only 1 at the time!) - so thanks for a great podcast 👍

Apr 9th
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Brian Wilton

l was only 17 in 1975 so it was great to hear what was going on behind the scenes during this time. The interviews were enthralling....thank you for a great podcast , excellent work by all. Looking forward to the next project.

Mar 31st
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Tamaresque

Why is it called The Eleventh?

Feb 28th
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Neil Cook

what an absolutely brilliant tale. I was 18 in 1975 and some of this is news to me. extremely well done!

Feb 27th
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