(born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (icon ), served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia
. Whitlam led the Australian Labor Party
(ALP) to power at the 1972 election
and retained government at the 1974 election
, before being dismissed by Governor-General
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
in 1952, as an ALP member of the House of Representatives
We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer.
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.
He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.
I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy|White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.
I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us!
The Emperor does not concern himself with trifles.
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.
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.