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.

Margaret Whitlam Dies, 92

Margaret Whitlam, wife of Gough, died on March 17, 2012, aged 92.

These are ABC and Channel 10 television news report on Margaret Whitlam:

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…]

Whitlam: A PM On PMs

This is video of Gough Whitlam’s address as a PM on PMs, one of a series of televised addresses on the ABC in 1997.

Whitlam spoke in Old Parliament House on December 3, 1997, the day after the 25th anniversary of his election in 1972.

He is introduced by Warwick Smith, at that time the Liberal member for Bass.

  • Watch Whitlam’s speech:

 

20 Years On: Four Corners Remembers The Dismissal

Four Corners broadcast a 20-year anniversary program on The Dismissal in November 1995. [Read more…]

Keating On Kerr

Sir John Kerr died in Sydney on April 7, 1991.

During the Condolence motion in the House of Representatives, the then Treasurer, Paul Keating, intervened in the debate after hearing the Opposition Leader, Dr. John Hewson, speak. [Read more…]

Sir John Kerr Dies, 76

Sir John Kerr, the Governor-General who dismissed Gough Whitlam, has died, in Sydney, at the age of 76.

Kerr died on Sunday, March 24, but his death was not reported until the next day.

This is the Channel 9 News Melbourne report of Kerr’s death. [Read more…]

Sir John Kerr Dies, 76

Sir John Kerr died in Sydney on March 24, 1991.

His death was announced after he was buried the following day.

He was 76.

This is how Channel 9 News in Melbourne reported Kerr’s death:


Sir John Kerr Breaks His Silence And Talks To Geoffrey Robertson

In 1987, Sir John Kerr broke his silence and appeared on ABC television in conversation with Geoffrey Robertson, in a program called Talking Shop.

Kerr

Kerr and Robertson canvassed some of the issues concerning the Dismissal, including the question of his possible dismissal by Whitlam. Kerr dismisses the idea that he should have warned Whitlam of the possibility of his removal. [Read more…]