What was the Significance of 1974 in Australian policy?
In May 1974,in Australia after the Senate voted to reject six of Labor's ( party in power) non-supply bills, Whitlam advised then-Governor General Sir Paul Hasluck to call a double dissolution election. The election saw Labor re-elected with its net House of Representatives majority reduced from 9 to 5 seats, although it gained 5 seats in the Senate. With the two houses of Parliament still deadlocked, Whitlam was able to narrowly secure passage of the six trigger bills of the earlier double dissolution election in a joint sitting of Parliament
This, Australian constitutional crisis, culminated on 11 November 1975 with the dismissal from office of the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, who then commissioned the Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Fraser of the Liberal Party, as caretaker Prime Minister. It has been described as the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australian history.