Well may we say ‘God save the Queen …’
…because Hocking will save the Governor-General
BACK in May, Whitlam biographer Professor Jenny Hocking was thrilled by the High Court’s decision to allow the National Archives to release the so-called “Palace Letters” between Governor-General Sir John Kerr and the Queen. She thought she was on the verge of finally proving one of the left’s most cherished conspiracy theories – namely, that the monarchy was complicit in the dismissal of the criminal Whitlam government:
Professor Hocking says it is clear the issue must have been discussed, because it was Sir John’s duty to keep the Queen informed, particularly in a circumstance where he was acting without ministerial direction…
“I think we already know that they were well aware this was something he was contemplating.
“We do know that he was in very close consultation with Buckingham Palace over that time.
“He writes in his papers how he benefited from the advice of the Queen’s private secretary on the dismissal. So there’s no doubt they were in very close contact about, at the very least, the prospect of the possibility of dismissal.”
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