… and threats of violence:
JULIA LIMB: Former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, was among friends as he launched The Great Crash, the updated version of Michael Sexton’s account of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975…
PAUL KEATING: You just can’t have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.
So on the day, I of course… I was a junior minister, and Gough never liked the New South Wales right even though we anointed him and crowned him, and I was one of the guys in the sort of dark suit in Sussex Street, so I was sort of not quite… not quite in the reckoning, and I said to Daley that we should put Kerr immediately under house arrest.
(Sound of laughter and clapping from crowd)
PAUL KEATING: Oh I meant it, I meant it. And had I been Prime Minister, I certainly would’ve.
(Sound of laughter from crowd)
For the record, had Keating been prime minister, there would have been no police or military personnel at his official disposal to invade Yurralumla. Not unless he meant that he and dear old Fred Daly were the “we” who would have constrained Sir John themselves. Had they tried, my money would have been on the boilermaker’s son, not the posh antiques collector. The Governor-General was – and remains – Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth’s defence forces.