Gough Whitlam

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Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say "God Save the Queen", because nothing will save the Governor-General.

Gough Whitlam (b. 1916-07-11) is an Australian politician who was Prime Minister of Australia (1972-1975).


  • Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say "God Save the Queen," because nothing will save the Governor-General... The proclamation you have just heard read by the Governor-General's Official Secretary was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will go down in history as Kerr's cur.
  • We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer.
    • When asked what a Labor government would do if Indonesia were to invade 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.
  • I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the 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 (October 18th, 2008). "A woman who believes Cabra matters". Sydney Morning Herald.

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