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Kim Beazley snr, Whitlam’s Education Minister, Dies, 90

Kim Beazley, the Minister for Education in the Whitlam Government, has died, aged 90.

Kim BeazleyBeazley served as the Minister for Education from December 19, 1972, until the government was dismissed on November 11, 1975.

He was responsible for the implementation of iconic Whitlam policies, including the abolition of university fees and needs-based funding of schools.

Kim Edward Beazley, born on September 30, 1917, succeeded the former Prime Minister, John Curtin, in the Western Australian seat of Fremantle, at a by-election on August 18, 1945. He held the seat until he retired at the 1977 election. When first elected, he was the youngest member of the House of Representatives, aged 27. [Read more…]

Howard Defends Kerr

On the 30th anniversary of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has again defended the actions of the then Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

Speaking on ABC radio, Howard said: “It was a product of the clash of political wills between two sides of politics and they knew that at the time and this retrospective attempt to paint John Kerr as the dark evil doer of terrible deeds has just been so unfair and one of the great historical distortions of my life.” [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.