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A newly released biography of Gough Whitlam suggests it was the Queen who gave Sir John Kerr the confidence to sack the prime minister.


'[Sydney University Professor of Constitutional Law] Anne Twomey says no monarch has refused royal assent to a British bill since 1708. But the Queen is able to exercise not just influence but power without apparently saying a direct word and certainly without leaving a trail.


[former Australian Governor General] Kerr's notes, as quoted by Jenny Hocking, show the monarch along with the highest members of the Australian judiciary were, in the then governor-general's view, offering solid support at a time when he was deciding whether to take action, in sacking the PM, which would see him in serious need of that assistance.'