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 and Margaret Whitlam Awarded ALP National Life Membership

Gough Whitlam, 90, and his wife, Margaret, 87, have been awarded the first-ever life memberships of the Australian Labor Party at the national level.

Gough and Margaret WhitlamThe awards were made at the ALP National Conference in Sydney.

Addressing the conference, the former Prime Minister reminded delegates of his famous admonition of the Victorian branch in 1967 when he derided the oppositionist mentality that equated defeat with ideological purity: “Certainly the impotent are pure”.

Forty years later, the nonagenarian Whitlam told the conference, “when I was 50 I could get away with saying things like that.”

Whitlam noted that under his leadership in the 1969 elections, the ALP secured “the greatest swing on record and won 17 seats”. It would not have been lost on conference delegates that in 2007 the ALP needs to win 16 seats to secure a bare majority in the House of Representatives. [Read more…]

Margaret Whitlam: The CIA Might Have Been Involved

In 1991, a month after Sir John Kerr’s death, Margaret Whitlam said she was “prepared to believe” that the CIA was involved in her husband’s downfall.

Mrs. Whitlam was asked by a reporter whether she thought the US Central Intelligence Agency was involved: “I do. He [Gough] doesn’t. As an old thriller reader I’m prepared to believe it.”

On whether they had broken out the champagne when Kerr died, Mrs. Whitlam said: “No. I didn’t bother. I regretted his descent into his miserable life because I’d known his first wife very well. Peg was the sort of woman who would have been fabulous for anybody. He shouldn’t have taken that job in the first place. He knew she was dying.” [Read more…]