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Archives for 2013

Whitlam Votes In ALP Leadership Election

Gough Whitlam has voted in the ALP’s rank-and-file leadership ballot.

The ABC’s Melissa Clarke has published on Twitter a picture of Whitlam’s voter declaration.

The ballot to elect the ALP’s next federal leader closes tomorrow. It pits the former Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, against the Minister for Workplace Relations and Education, Bill Shorten.

The ALP Caucus voted this afternoon. The Caucus result will be weighted at 50%, as will the rank-and-file ballot.

The result will be announced on Sunday.

Declaration

A New World (for sure): The Labor Years 1972-75

This is a three-part program broadcast by the ABC in the 1980s as part of an educational series called A New World (for sure).

Each thirty-minute program deals with one aspect of the Whitlam years:

  1. “Great Hope and Great Endeavour” – the lead-up to the 1972 election and the early days of the Whitlam government
  2. “Like Men On A Sled” – the Whitlam government up until the constitutional crisis
  3. “Remembrance Day 1975” – the Dismissal
  • Part 1 – Great Hope And Great Endeavour

  • Part 2 – Like Men On A Sled

  • Part 3 – Remembrance Day 1975

Whitlam Turns 97

Gough Whitlam is 97 years old today.

Australia’s 21st prime minister was born on July 11, 1916, in Kew. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Werriwa on November 29, 1952. He held the seat until his retirement in July 1978.

Elected deputy leader of the ALP in 1960, Whitlam went on to succeed Arthur Calwell as leader in 1967. Defeated in the 1969 election, he led the ALP to victory on December 2, 1972. The Whitlam government was re-elected on May 18, 1974 and held office until it was dismissed by the Governor-General on November 11, 1975.

Whitlam resides in an aged care facility in Sydney. His wife, Margaret, died in 2012.

Joan Child, First Female ALP Member Of House, First Female Speaker, Dies, 91

Joan Child, the first female Labor member of the House of Representatives, and the first female Speaker, has died. She was 91.

Child was elected to the Melbourne electorate of Henty, centred around Oakleigh, in 1974. She had unsuccessfully contested the electorate in 1972.

She was defeated at the 1975 election and again in 1977. She returned to the House in 1980, securing re-election to Henty in 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Child became the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives in February 1986. She relinquished the position in August 1989, ahead of her retirement at the 1990 election. [Read more…]