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.
- Listen to Whitlam’s interview (50m)
- Watch Whitlam’s interview (50m)