Queen Elizabeth has the top most ranking. This means, she has every right on seeing, checking and knowing about every information going on during her reign.
Though, it was kept discreet up till now.
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A historian lost her court bid a few days ago to force Australian authorities to release secret letters. What secret letters? Those would reveal what Queen Elizabeth knew of her representative’s plan to dismiss Australia’s government more than 40 years ago.
The letters might never become public?
The National Archives of Australia has categorised the correspondence between the British monarch and Governor-General Sir John Kerr as ‘personal’. They say the letters might never become public.
The judgement of the Federal court said:-
The Federal Court agreed the letters were ‘personal’ and not the state records. It dismissed Monash University’s historian, Jenny Hocking’s application to have them made public.
But, Justice John Griffiths acknowledged in his judgement a high level of public interest in those letters. That too, which relate to one of the most controversial and tumultuous events in the modern history of the nation.
What would those secret letters disclose?
They would disclose that Queen Elizabeth knew of Kerr’s plan to dismiss Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam’s government in 1975 to resolve a month-old deadlock in Parliament.
Hocking, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Whitlam, described the ruling as “a disappointing decision for our history. Specifically, for the history of the dismissal which has long been cast in secrecy”.
All this happened only one time, and sadly when Whitlam was the appointed Prime Minister.
This fall of government is the only time in Australia’s history a democratically elected federal government was dismissed on the British monarch’s authority.
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Kerr’s surprise intervention placed unprecedented strain on Australia’s democracy and bolstered calls for the nation to split from its former colonial master by becoming a republic.
Without the personal classification, the letters could have become public 30 years after they were written.
Under an agreement struck between Palace and Government House in 1978, the letters covering three tumultuous years of Australian politics will remain secret until 2027. The private secretaries of both, the sovereign and the governor-general in 2027 still could veto their release indefinitely.