Gough Whitlam
Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC
Queen's Counsel
Queen's Counsel , known as King's Counsel during the reign of a male sovereign, are lawyers appointed by letters patent to be one of Her [or His] Majesty's Counsel learned in the law...

 (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (icon ), served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Australia
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. Whitlam led the Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
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 (ALP) to power at the 1972 election
Australian federal election, 1972
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 and retained government at the 1974 election
Australian federal election, 1974
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, before being dismissed by Governor-General
Governor-General of Australia
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 Sir John Kerr at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis. Whitlam remains the only Prime Minister to have his commission terminated in that manner.

Whitlam entered Parliament
Parliament of Australia
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 in 1952, as an ALP member of the House of Representatives
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We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer.

When asked what a Labor government would do if Indonesia|Indonesia were to invade East Timor|East Timor, in an interview three days before the invasion. Sydney Morning Herald (1975-12-05)

If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life.

Abiding Interests (1997), Foreword

He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.

Abiding Interests (1997), p. 44

I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy|White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.

Quoted in Paul Kelly, 100 Years – The Australian Story (Allen & Unwin, ABC Books, NSW, 2001), p. 196

I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us!

After Saigon was taken over by North Vietnamese troops in 1975 and thousands of Vietnamese refugees sought asylum in Australia. Miranda Devine|Miranda Devine (October 18th, 2008). "A woman who believes Cabra matters". Sydney Morning Herald.

The Emperor does not concern himself with trifles.

Gough Whitlam on Bob Hawke|Hawke's penis.

The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.

Written by Gough Whitlam for the London Daily Telegraph, (19 October 1989). (Andrews, 1993, p. 824)

Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.

Spoken at the Gurindji Land Ceremony, 16 August 1975