‘‘Australia mourns the passing of its 21st Prime Minister, the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC,” says the current Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott. On this Mr. Abbott is speaking for the nation. ”We remember his lifetime of service to Australia in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as Prime Minister and as an ambassador. Gough Whitlam was a giant of his time. He united the Australian Labor Party, won two elections and seemed, in so many ways, larger than life. ”
At a reception in Sydney, we can rememember Mr. Whitlam leaning for support on the then PM John Howard so that he could stand out of respect for The Queen. Her Majesty greeted Mr and Mrs Whitlam warmly, and chatted for some time.
With Australia now involved in bombing Syria and other Middle Eastern wars, his passing this week is poignant. Australia is a slave to the bankers, owned from Washington as a corporation called The Commonwealth Of Australia.
I was in Australia in 1972 for nine months, and remember some of the events. Gough Whitlam received the full media treatment making him out to be a complete idiot. He was in fact the last Prime Minister who tried to set Australia free.