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politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

In the 1970s, a Soft Coup Removed Australia’s Left-Wing Prime Minister

When John Kerr removed Australia’s elected labour PM and installed a conservative replacement

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politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@paul It's still a sore point today. You've probably heard about the #PalacePapers being released recently. It's dredged all of that back up again.

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@paul An additional LOL here is that Malcolm Fraser, the buy who was appointed (and later elected) PM had massive buyer's remorse later in life. Specifically mentioned Pine Gap as a problem. Even left the Liberal Party.

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@adz it’s nuts! I’m still confused as to how Kerr could just dismiss a prime minister. How did he have the power?

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@paul Strictly speaking, the Queen has the power, as head of state, to dismiss the gov of the day and force an election. The GG is her rep so he acts as a cut-out. He de facto has HoS powers. There's even a letter that absolves all blame from the Queen. So yeah, it's basically a single point of failure for the government. Compromise the GG, compromise the gov.

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@adz right, I see. Is this still possible now? The Australia act 1986 removes British interference in the Aus government but does it really?

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@paul I have no legal expertise, but I think the Australia Act affects legislation only. So a dismissal is still possible as no bills need to be passed.

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

@adz scary stuff. Any time a PM goes too far left, or just does something America doesn’t like, they could be kicked out

politics of Australia. US removing a prime minister they didn’t like 

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