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home / archives / 1977 / 16th May

A new wagon!

After the results of an attempted wage freeze by the Federal Government led to the Ansett airline being crippled by strikes, the smoke had barely cleared and Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser had to cope with a new third party led by the former Liberal and Minister in many Liberal governments - Don Chipp. On May 9th in Melbourne, Don Chipp addressed a meeting of 6,000 people to set up a third party - the Australian Democrats - the party won two Senate seats in the half Senate election of 1978. Senator Don Chipp was the party's first leader.