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Whitlam was a shocker: Humphries

By Kerces 8 November 2005 25

As you may or may not know, this Friday, besides being Remembrance Day, is the thirtieth anniversary of the Great Dismissal Affair.

To celebrate, Gough Whitlam has rereleased (again) his book putting forward his side of the dismissal and the Old Parliament House will be holding special Dismissal Tours on the day and the weekend.

But Canberra’s own Liberal senator, Gary Humphries has decided to commemorate this major event of Australia’s political history by making sure we all remember that Gough Whitlam was no hero, but rather he was a “shocker”.

“In some respects, Mr Whitlam should be grateful for the dismissal because it has distracted people from what a shambles his government was,” Senator Humphries said.

“What’s often overlooked by Whitlam’s cheer-squad is that the people decided his fate the following month, producing at the time the worst result for the ALP in the post-war period. The ALP received only 44.3 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, a swing against it of 7.4 per cent.”

Well done Senator Humphries. Why couldn’t you just let Labor supporters remember things in their own way? After all, it’s not like they’re gloating or being obnoxious. Pity the same cannot be said about yourself.

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Indi 10:36 am 11 Nov 05

shame they never had unfair ‘dismissal laws’…

Mr Evil 7:28 am 10 Nov 05

Whitlam is boring and has a very over-inflated ego; much like Keating (Placing the GG under house arrest – what a dickhead).

johnboy 10:36 pm 09 Nov 05

Wikipedia has a good explanation of the Khemlani Loans Affair.

The critical point of it was that it made it impossible for Kerr to trust the Whitlam government to act properly in a financial crisis.

Add that to keating’s remarks today that he would have put Kerr under house arrest if he’d know what was planned and Kerr’s actions become more and more understandable.

bonfire 5:13 pm 09 Nov 05

‘Race was no longer a criterion for immigration.’

Part of the whitlamesque revisionism – this was achieved under Gorton i believe.

‘troops withdrawn from Vietnam’

The planning for the troop withdrawal was already in place when whitlam came to power. You rarely just ‘pull out’, unless 40 thousand north koreans are bearing down on you with evil intent.

Thumper 4:29 pm 09 Nov 05

hehehehe.. I’m pissing myself laughing. Good call Col….

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