|Professor Jenny Hocking’s long-running legal action against the National Archives of Australia, seeking the release of the secret ‘Palace Letters’ about Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, heads back to court tomorrow. Professor Hocking’s appeal against the Federal Court’s ruling in March, which continued the Queen’s embargo over the letters, will be heard on Wednesday 28 November at 10.15 am in Court 1, Level 21, at the Federal Court of Australia, 184 Phillips Street, Sydney.
The appeal will be heard by the Full Court of the Federal Court, before Chief Justice Allsop, Justice Flick and Justice Robertson. Professor Hocking’s case will be led by respected Sydney barrister Bret Walker S.C. with Tom Brennan, instructed by Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Professor Hocking says; ‘The Palace letters case is of the greatest importance, not only because it brings into the open the secret letters between the Governor-General and the Queen at the time of Whitlam’s dismissal, but also because it reasserts the principle of open access to vital historical documents held by our National Archives, the most significant repository of our national historical memory.’
Read this press release for further quotes and information on the case.
Additional background to the case can also be found at: https://chuffed.org/project/release-the-palace-letters