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Historian Jenny Hocking  Victory For Truth Palace Letters Revealed


A Great Big Thank you to Jenny Hocking    A stunning decision in the Palace letters case today! In a emphatic 6:1 decision the High Court has found that the Palace letters are Commonwealth records and can be released!!


Key points:

  • The High Court rules the documents, known as the "Palace letters", are public not private

  • Historian Jenny Hocking has been fighting for access to the correspondence since 2016

  • The letters and clippings may shed light on what the Queen knew about the Whitlam dismissal


Historian Jenny Hocking says letters between monarch and John Kerr are of ‘the greatest historical significance’

Historian Jenny Hocking Challenge has

finally won the  battle for access to the ‘Palace letters’ that have been a matter of Importance to all Australians.

This Will now shed new light on the role of the royal family in former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's sacking in 1975.


Finally Released  

from the National Archives Professor Hockings, persistance has paid off in an outstanding and heroic Palace coup.

these 216 letters will now reveal the truth of the controversial DISMISSAL and  shed light on who were involved.

Professor Hocking believed the Queen knew what might happen to the Whitlam government well before it occurred on November 11, 1975.

Australia's greatest constitutional crisis of that time.

The treachery of Kerr is apparent in the archival papers. As In the months before the dismissal, Kerr confided in members of the High Court, legal academics, the Opposition and Prince Charle. making plans, and involving support for his action at the most senior levels.

These critical letters also show Volcanic, Evidence of the Queen's involvement in the 1975 dismissal ,that the Queen breached the central tenet of a constitutional monarchy, that the Monarch is politically neutral and must play no role in political matters. The damage this has done to the Queen, to Kerr, and the monarchy is incalculable.


The Dismissal

Updated Files Released

                     complete Palace letters -

One large file

smaller files

Part 1. Kerr's Letters

Part 2. Kerr's Letters

Part 3. Kerr's Letters

Part 4. Kerr's Letters

Part 5. Kerr's Letters

Part 6. Kerr's Letters






Jenny Hocking

Professor Jenny Hocking is Research Professor and Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow at the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University. Jenny is an award-winning biographer, scholar and political commentator and the author of the acclaimed two-volume biography Gough Whitlam: His Time and Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History.

Queen Elizabeth v Australia

Historian and Whitlam biographer Jenny Hocking has won her High Court bid to get access to the letters between the governor-general Sir John Kerr and the Queen around the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam government. source ABC News Australia

Secret letters between Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace finally made public | 7.30

Gough Whitlam, started the dismantling of the Australian Constitution, by changing the Royal Styles and Titles Act  which removed the Queen, this occurred without a legal referendum. Over the years changes have been constantly made by all Political parties, post Whitlam's changes they are sitting unlawfully. Whitlam also signed the Unidroit treaty against the wishes of her Majesty and without asking the Australian people at referendum.  


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