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The 1975 Leaders Debate

Television (Full Length) – 1975

This 1975 general election leaders' debate sees Prime Minister Bill Rowling (Labour) square off against contender Robert Muldoon (National) in front of a panel (Bruce Slane, Gordon Dryden, David Beatson). Rowling had been in the job a year, after the death of Norm Kirk, and Muldoon paints him as a drifter in the face of the first oil shock. It was one of three pre-election specials made for NZ TV’s new second channel. This is filmed in black and white, but during this campaign National exploited newly-arrived colour TV via the infamous ‘Dancing Cossacks’ ads.

On these issues the consensus of the New Zealand public is that they like those issues.
– Muldoon

Key Cast & Crew

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Donald Hope Evans

Producer

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David Beatson

Chairman

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Gordon Dryden

Interviewer

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Anthony Stones

Designer

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David Gale

Technical Producer

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Bruce Slane

Interviewer

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Television Two (TV2)