House Of Representatives Condolences For Whitlam Conclude

More condolence speeches for Gough Whitlam resumed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 28.

Speakers in this video are: Sussan Ley, Terri Butler, Kelly O’Dwyer, Julie Collins, David Coleman, Laurie Ferguson, Craig Kelly, Michael Danby, Teresa Gambaro, Catherine King, Darren Chester, Anna Burke, Dan Tehan, Ed Husic, Sharon Bird, Bernie Ripoll, Maria Vamvakinou, Graham Perrett, Stephen Jones, Joel Fitzgibbon, Tim Watts, Jim Chalmers, Gary Gray and Mark Dreyfus. [Read more…]

Senate Condolences For Gough Whitlam

The Senate met on Monday, October 27, and a motion of condolence for Gough Whitlam was moved by the Leader of the Government, Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator John Faulkner led the speeches from the Opposition.

The first video contains the speeches by Senators Eric Abetz, John Faulkner, Christine Milne, Penny Wong, Nigel Scullion, Doug Cameron, Fiona Nash, Glenn Lazarus, Marise Payne, Kim Carr, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Claire Moore, Brett Mason and Nova Peris.

The second video contains speeches by Senators Nova Peris, Janet Rice, Anne McEwen, Helen Polley, Rachel Siewert, Ian Macdonald, Kate Lundy, Sarah Hanson-Young, Jan McLucas, Catryna Bilyk, Scott Ryan, Anne Urquhart, Lisa Singh, Susan Lines, Sam Dastyari and Deb O’Neill. [Read more…]

House Of Representatives Condolences For Gough Whitlam Continue

Condolences for Gough Whitlam continued in the House of Representatives on Monday, October 27.

Speakers in this video are: Chris Hayes, Michael McCormack, Melissa Parke, Andrew Laming, Kelvin Thomson, Ken Wyatt, Richard Marles, Brett Whiteley and Andrew Leigh. [Read more…]

House Of Representatives Marks Death Of Gough Whitlam

Following the announcement of Gough Whitlam’s death that morning, the House of Representatives met at noon on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and proceeded immediately to a condolence debate, before suspending all other business and adjourning for the day.

The condolence motion was moved by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and seconded by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Condolences continued for 2 hours and 44 minutes.

This video is the complete condolence debate. It features Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, Warren Truss, Tanya Plibersek, Julie Bishop, Chris Bowen, Barnaby Joyce, Tony Burke, Christopher Pyne, Anthony Albanese, Kevin Andrews, Jenny Macklin, Malcolm Turnbull, Warren Snowdon, Philip Ruddock, Wayne Swan, Bob Katter and Adam Bandt. [Read more…]

Whitlam Turns 98

Gough Whitlam is 98 years old today.

Whilst this website focuses on his dismissal, it also contains a considerable amount of general political, biographical and historical information about Australia’s 21st Prime Minister.

As Senator John Faulkner made clear in a speech to the Senate last night, Whitlam may be remembered for the manner of his removal from office but he is not defined by it. [Read more…]

Malcolm Fraser’s Whitlam Oration

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has delivered the 2012 Whitlam Oration to the Whitlam Institute in Sydney.

Malcolm Fraser

Nearly thirty-seven years after the Fraser-led coalition parties blocked the Budget and Sir John Kerr dismissed the Whitlam government, Fraser remarked that in the 1970s “few people would have believed that Malcolm Fraser would be delivering a Gough Whitlam oration”.

Fraser, 82, spoke mainly about foreign policy and international politics, and issues concerning race, immigration and refugees. [Read more…]

Parliamentary Tributes To Margaret Whitlam

Margaret Whitlam died, aged 92, on March 17, 2012.

Parliamentary tributes were delivered on March 19. A memorial service was held on March 23.

Margaret Whitlam Memorial Service

  • Mar 17: Prime Minister Julia Gillard comments on the death of Margaret Whitlam

House and Senate Condolences – March 19-20, 2012

  • Julia Gillard (ALP)
  • Tony Abbott (Lib)
  • Tanya Plibersek (ALP)
  • Julie Bishop (Lib)
  • Kevin Rudd (ALP)
  • Watch Kevin Rudd:
  • Malcolm Turnbull (Lib)
  • Senator John Faulker (ALP)
  • Watch Faulkner:
  • Senator Marise Payne (Lib)
  • Senator Bob Brown (Greens)
  • Josh Frydenberg (Lib)
  • Natasha Griggs (CLP)
  • Mar 23: Tony Whitlam’s eulogy for his mother.
  • Mar 23: Catherine Dovey’s eulogy for her mother.

Paul Jones, Creator Of ‘It’s Time’ Advertisement, Dies

The death of the creator of Gough Whitlam’s 1972 ‘It’s Time’ campaign commercial has been reported by The Australian newspaper.

The paper says that Paul Jones, the former creative director of the advertising agency McCann Erickson, was found dead in a Sydney park two days ago. He was 59, according to the article, but most likely 69, according to this 1971 article in The Australian.

The famous commercial featured many television and recording artists of the time singing ‘It’s Time’. [Read more…]

Richard Carleton, A Face From The Dismissal, Dies, 62

Richard Carleton, one of Australia’s best known journalists, and one of the faces in the famous picture of Whitlam on the steps of Old Parliament House following the Dismissal on November 11, 1975, has died, aged 62.

Richard CarletonCarleton was attending a media conference at the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania where two miners have been trapped underground for 12 days.

Following a question to mine manager Matthew Gill, Carleton walked away and collapsed. He died shortly afterwards.

Channel 9 tonight broadcast Carleton’s last report on the man-made causes of the mining disaster.

Carleton was a reporter on This Day Tonight during the Whitlam government. Film of the scene on the Parliament House steps following Whitlam’s dismissal show Carleton rolling his eyes as Whitlam describes Fraser as “Kerr’s cur”.

Carleton’s most famous encounter on television was with Bob Hawke on February 3, 1983. Earlier in the day, the ALP replaced Bill Hayden as leader with Hawke. Simultaneuously, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was about to call a snap double dissolution election. The “blood on your hands” interview with Hawke took place on the ABC’s Nationwide that night.

  • Feb 03, 1983 – The Blood On Your Hands Interview. This is the famous interview involving the ABC’s Richard Carleton and Bob Hawke, just hours after Hawke ascended to the leadership following Bill Hayden’s resignation.
Richard Carleton with Whitlam
Richard Carleton with Gough Whitlam, circa 1972-75

 

The Dismissal – 30th Anniversary

Thirty years after The Dismissal, it remained a subject of intense media scrutiny.

In the weeks leading up to November 11, 2005, the Australian media devoted considerable space to reminiscences and analyses. [Read more…]