Junie Morosi (1933–)
Junie Morosi dismissed a government (well kind of). She said she moved to Canberra to "hopefully make a contribution". But things didn't go to plan. Junie became one of the most talked about talked about women in Australia. This was due to her relationship with Jim Cairns, Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Labor government. Junie's appointment as Cairns's principal private secretary, and their relationship, became known as the 'Morosi Affair'.

The media coverage contributed to the fall of the Whitlam government. But there is much more to Junie than the Morosi Affair. Her dedication to policy improved Australian women's lives. Junie believes "progress is brought about by difference", and difference was definitely her strength.
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To discover more about the dismissal of the Whitlam government and the Morosi affair, listen to The Eleventh podcast by Alex Mann

To understand more about what it was like for prominent women in Australian politics in the 1970s, read Ainsley Gotto by Ian Hancock

To see a series of portraits of Junie by Lewis Morely, head to the National Portrait Gallery
Our ability to tell Junie's story was made possible by...
We could not have shared this story without the support and guidance of the incredible Junie Morosi herself. Junie's generosity in meeting with us to chat about her life and experiences in the 1970s, gave us a much deeper understanding of the incredible woman behind the headlines.