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…]

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…]

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

When Murdoch Fought Whitlam

A second extract from Jenny Hocking’s about-to-be-released second volume biography of Gough Whitlam has been published today in Fairfax newspapers.

The extract discusses the “Iraqi breakfast affair” and the work of The Australian’s “special correspondent”.

In this video, Hocking discusses the book:

Whitlam Comments On Hocking’s Biography

Gough Whitlam is 96 years old. In this video, published today on Fairfax websites, he recommends Jenny Hocking’s second volume of his biography.

Mason: The Third Man In Whitlam’s Downfall

Gough Whitlam’s biographer, Jenny Hocking, has revealed hitherto unknown details of the role played by High Court Justice Sir Anthony Mason in the Whitlam dismissal.

The second volume of Jenny Hocking’s biography of Gough Whitlam is due out next week.

In a video published on Fairfax websites, Hocking reveals a series of discussions between Sir John Kerr and High Court Justice Sir Anthony Mason in the leadup to the Dismissal. Whilst Kerr’s contact with Mason has been known for some time, the extent of it has not.

Hocking suggests there is something profoundly disturbing in the behind-the-scenes activity prior to November 11.