Cancelled Call-Up

On this day 50 years ago, the Australian people voted to end twenty-three years of conservative rule and a reformist Federal Labor government lead by Gough Whitlam took over. 

Political historians and the commentariat have given their retrospectives over the last week, but they mostly overlook a seminal aspect for some of us now early septuagenarian, male punters.

Ten years ago, for the 40th anniversary of this historic election victory, I shared my personal association with the big day.  In the interests of worthy mental recycling, indulgent nostalgia, and for those who missed it then or have forgotten, here’s my story again:


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