Letter From The Palace to Gordon Scholes

Letter From The Palace to Gordon Scholes

LETTER FROM SIR MARTIN CHARTERIS TO MR GORDON SCHOLES, FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DATED 17 NOVEMBER 1975

In this letter Sir Martin confirmed that the action taken lay within the powers solely of the Governor-General of Australia. “Her Majesty, as Queen of Australia, is watching events in Canberra with close interest and attention, but it would not be proper for her to intervene in person in matters which are so clearly placed within the jurisdiction of the Governor-General by the Constitution Act.”

 


BUCKINGHAM PALACE

17th November, 1975.

I am commanded by The Queen to acknowledge your letter of 12th November about the recent political events in Australia. You ask that The Queen should act to restore Mr. Whitlam to office as Prime Minister.

As we understand the situation here, the Australian Constitution firmly places the prerogative powers of the Crown in the hands of the Governor-General as the representative of The Queen of Australia. The only person competent to commission an Australian Prime Minister is the Governor-General, and The Queen has no part in the decisions which the Governor-General must take in accordance with the Constitution. Her Majesty, as Queen of Australia, is watching events in Canberra with close interest and attention, but it would not be proper for her to intervene in person in matters which are so clearly placed within the jurisdiction of the Governor-General by the Constitution Act.

I understand that you have been good enough to send a copy of your letter to the Governor-General so I am writing to His Excellency to say that the text of your letter has been received here in London and has been laid before The Queen.

I am sending a copy of this letter to the Governor-General.


SIGNED: M. CHARTERIS

 

 

 

The Honourable G.G.D. Scholes.


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