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…]

Abbott Announces Memorial Service For Gough Whitlam

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has announced that a Memorial Service for Gough Whitlam will be held on Wednesday, November 5, at the Sydney Town Hall.

Whitlam died earlier this week, aged 98. [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…]

GOUGH WHITLAM DIES AT 98

Edward Gough Whitlam, Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was 98.

The news was announced shortly after 8.00am. This is the statement released by the Whitlam family: [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…]

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

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.

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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…]