In The Dismissal Dossier Professor Jenny Hocking exposes the definitive story of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government bringing together a mixture of the unknown, the overlooked and the clandestine.
Charles and Camilla wafted into Australia last week, to be greeted by rapturous applause by the usual suspects. As the ageing heir and his second wife preened and postured for the well-drilled spectators the royalists gushed, led by their self-appointed leader David Flint, a comedic courtier whose silliness is only exceeded by his vanity.
If Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser had to die, it seemed only appropriate that they should do so within a few months of each other.
Phillip Frazer, Coorabell. After enduring his two minutes with Bob Carr, Hans Lovejoy quotes the imperious ex-premier saying: 'Whitlam himself said he didn't think it [the dismissal] was anything to do with the US.'
Last week’s magnificent memorial service for Edward Gough Whitlam provided many wonderful moments: sublime music, uplifting oratory, arresting insights, Whitlamesque wit and humour and heartfelt appreciation of how much was done, and how much could have been – and how much is still to do.
As numerous eye-glazing speeches could attest, Gough Whitlam was a great lover of the constitution and the parliament.
One thing Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser came to agree on later in life is that both major parties have swung markedly to the Right. The rise of the Greens is partly an expression of this; they have occupied the ground that post-Whitlam Labor vacated.
Nick Mills, Eureka. The shock jocks are out in force already in steely determined to desecrate the memory of arguably one of Australia's most important PMs.
Gough Whitlam is remembered more for the agony of the dismissal than for the many great achievements his government wrought in a mere three years, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Rusty Miller, Coorabell. The passing of Gough Whitlam really reminds me of what a magic era in this nation state he symbolized. I had arrived here from America where they shot three of my favourite national heroes: John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
Alan Watterson, Brunswick Heads