Sydney | Former prime minister Gough Whitlam has died, aged 98.
His children Antony, Nicholas, Stephen and Catherine issued a statement about their father’s death on Tuesday.
“Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98. A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians,” his children said in a statement.
There will be a private cremation and a public memorial service.
Whitlam was one of Australia’s most controversial prime ministers.
He led Labor to its first victory in 23 years at the December 1972 election on the back of the famous “It’s Time” campaign.
He was sensationally sacked on November 11, 1975 by Governor-General Sir John Kerr.
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Sydney | Gough Whitlam was prime minister for less than three years.
A giant in stature, intellect and presence, he reformed the Labor Party, led it out of the wilderness and irrevocably changed the Australian political agenda. He had vision before the word became a cliche.
While he remains at the pinnacle of the Labor pantheon, much of what he did has been muddied by the myths and passions surrounding his fall.
Apart from the World War I conscription referendums, his dismissal by Governor-General Sir John Kerr and defeat at the subsequent election in 1975 was the most divisive event in Australian politics.
Edward Gough Whitlam, who died on Tuesday aged 98, was born on July 11 1916.
He had an unusual background for a Labor stalwart of his time.
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Australian businesses and consumers pay too much for electricity, the nation’s Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, has admitted.
Macfarlane has told an Adelaide business audience that energy generation costs are low in Australia – it’s the next stage that provides high costs.
The prices paid for electricity have to be “reined in” and “we’re working on that”, he said.
Macfarlane was talking about energy options at an American Chamber of Commerce lunch in Adelaide on Friday.
After his opening speech on the challenges facing Australia’s manufacturing industry, he was being interviewed by AmCham’s Leigh McClusky when the conversation turned to electricity and other power options.
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