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:

Gough Whitlam, 91 Years Young

Edward Gough Whitlam, Prime Minister of Australia 1972-75, living national treasure, is 91 years old today.

It is 55 years since Whitlam was first elected to the House of Representatives, 40 years since he was elected Federal Labor leader, 35 years since he was elected Prime Minister, 32 years since he was dismissed by Governor-General Kerr, 30 years since he fought his last election as leader, and 29 years since he left the Parliament.

Whitlam, Grand Old Man Of Australian Politics, Turns 90

Edward Gough Whitlam has celebrated his 90th birthday.

Gough WhitlamAs he begins his tenth decade, Whitlam is on track to overtake John Grey Gorton and William Morris Hughes as the oldest-ever former prime minister. Gorton died in 2002, aged 90 years, 8 months, 10 days. Hughes died in 1952, aged 90 years, 1 month, 3 days.

A total of 32 men served in the Whitlam ministries between December 5, 1972 and November 11, 1975. Fourteen of those men have died. Click here for a full list.

Of the 18 living former ministers, the oldest is Clyde Cameron, born February 11, 1913, now aged 93. Frank Crean, born February 28, 1916, is 90. Kim Beazley senior, born September 30, 1917, is 88. The youngest former minister is Paul Keating, born January 18, 1944, now aged 62. The second youngest former minister is Bill Hayden, born January 23, 1933, now aged 73. [Read more…]

Whitlam’s Tribute To Mark Latham

Mark Latham resigned as leader of the ALP on January 18, 2005.

This is Gough Whitlam’s tribute to Latham.

Since his last days at school I have known Mark Latham as a person of outstanding character and capacity with a zest for public service.

As the Leader of the Australian Labor Party from February 1967 to December 1977 and the Member for Werriwa from November 1952 to July 1978 I am proud of Mark’s achievements in both positions I held.

It is tragic that his agonising ailment has prematurely ended his public career. Margaret and I shall always regard Mark and Janine and their children with great affection and admiration.

Whitlam In His Own Words

SBS Television has broadcast a significant interview with Gough Whitlam.

The interview, conducted by the ALP Senate Leader, John Faulkner, was an 84-minute production culled from over 20 hours of discussion conducted over 3 days.

The interview came on the eve of three anniversaries: [Read more…]

Howard Congratulates Whitlam On Turning 80

Gough Whitlam turned 80 today and received congratulations from Prime Minister John Howard.

It is nearly 21 years since Whitlam was dismissed from office and defeated in the 1975 election.

Howard was elected to Parliament at the 1974 double dissolution election that saw the Whitlam government re-elected to a second term.

Press Release by the Prime Minister, The Hon. John Howard MP

July 11, 1996

John HowardGough Whitlam celebrates his eightieth birthday today. All Australians will wish him well.

Whatever one’s politics may be, it must be acknowledged that Gough Whitlam has been a colourful, forceful and influential figure in the affairs of our nation for many years.

His success in leading the Labor Party to victory after 23 years of Coalition Government was, of course, his greatest political achievement.

Despite our political differences, I have long had a warm personal regard for Gough Whitlam. His company, and that of his wife, Margaret, is always enjoyable, lively and, of course, from time to time provocative.

Janette and I wish him and his family a very happy celebration on such a milestone.

20 Years On: Four Corners Remembers The Dismissal

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

Gough Whitlam Interviewed On The 10th Anniversary Of The Dismissal

On the 10th anniversary of The Dismissal, Gough Whitlam returned to Australia from his post as Ambassador to UNESCO and launched his new book, The Whitlam Government.


Whitlam gave a series of interview to local media, including this 50-minute encounter with Mungo MacCallum, Michelle Grattan and Max Teichmann on SBS television. The program is hosted by Margaret Throsby.

MacCallum was then still working in the Canberra press gallery. Grattan, who still works in the press gallery, was then chief political correspondent for The Age. Teichmann was a Politics academic at Monash University in Melbourne. He died in 2008.

The program deals with contemporary political issues and foreign policy issues, as well as touching on the events of 1975, including the government’s policies and the Loans Affair.

I posted the video on YouTube on September 13, 2014. Its interest, nearly thirty years later, with Whitlam now 98 years old and no longer making public appearances, lies in its record of his thinking and personal style.

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Whitlam Interviewed By Willesee On 10th Anniversary of The Dismissal

This is an interview Gough Whitlam gave to Michael Willesee on the tenth anniversary of the Dismissal.

Whitlam had returned to Australia from his post in Paris as Ambassador to UNESCO in order to launch his new book, The Whitlam Government 1972-1975.

The interview was telecast on Channel 7.

  • Watch Whitlam and Willesee (21m)