Sydney | Australia is remembering the life and legacy of former prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died aged 98.
The Australian flag is flying at half-mast over Parliament House and the day’s sitting program has been replaced with condolence motions starting at noon (AEST) with a tribute from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
“Gough Whitlam was a giant of his time,” Abbott said.
“He united the Australian Labor Party, won two elections and seemed, in so many ways, larger than life.
“In his own party, he inspired a legion of young people to get involved in public life.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told a regular caucus meeting in Canberra the Labor Party had lost a legend.
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Adelaide | South Australian Labor figures played key roles in the rise of Gough Whitlam to the prime ministership.
Local political and community figures today joined the mourning, remembering Whitlam’s legacy and the local players who were central to the towering man becoming Australia’s 21st prime minister.
Premier Jay Weatherill paid tribute on Twitter: “It’s hard to imagine Gough is gone – he was my inspiration.”
Deputy Premier John Rau had close connections to Whitlam from a very young age.
Rau’s late uncle Clyde Cameron, a long-time member for Hindmarsh, worked closely with Whitlam to modernise and democratise the Labor Party following the disastrous 1966 federal election.
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Victoria’s South Gippsland was a highly aromatic place to spend one’s first decade. Given the acrid heat of this dusty old continent, those wet Gippsland hills were almost un-Australian.
Our farm, on the edge of the Mount Worth State Park in the Strzelecki Ranges, was an organoleptic orgy. Decorative and vegetable gardens after the British style, cattle, orchard, swamp, bracken, horses, dogs and florid Blackwood coppices offered a sensual rainbow of fragrance.
Annual rainfall was between 1200 and 1500mm; summers rarely dry enough to see pasture brown off. It was moist, comforting and heady – often too damp for cut pasture to become bailing hay. We’d make silage instead, fermenting the grass to make a moist stockfeed.
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