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    Spotted Gough Whitlam alighting a D on the ABC documentary this evening.

    Looked like he was arriving at the Elysee Palace in the early 1970s.


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    Saw that. Pallas badge and all!
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    Heard about Gough. Damn, the man had style. Chris M



    QUOTE=DS;1168886]Saw that. Pallas badge and all![/QUOTE]

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    I always thought he was the best Prime Minister we had. Now I know it
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    A lot was going on in those days. If it wasn't for Gough, Michael and I, being twins and having our marble drawn, would have been called up and then possibly Vietnam. He came in - - in the nick of time.

    A lot of us might owe our lives to him and as I was very much against the Vietnam conflict, I am forever grateful.

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    It is the only lottery that I ever won. Halfway through an apprenticeship on a trip to Katoomba from QLD for a trades seminar,three tradesman and I were climbing the mountain listening to the car radio and the "call up" dates were being announced. Yes I hit the jackpot.
    I still had a year, before my apprenticeship finished.
    I was due to report for "Duty" in the February on becoming a tradesman and Gough was elected in, in the December.
    My life would certainly have had a differant outcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    I always thought he was the best Prime Minister we had. Now I know it
    3 cheers for Gough...
    I will never forget the fake currency passed around at election time with Billy Mcmahon on it and the words...this note is as fake as the McMahon Govt.. (by emory they called him Piggy)
    The things you remember....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
    3 cheers for Gough...
    I will never forget the fake currency passed around at election time with Billy Mcmahon on it and the words...this note is as fake as the McMahon Govt.. (by emory they called him Piggy)
    The things you remember....
    I remember they were handing out sprigs of thyme to people in the street. Puzzled, they asked what it was,and the answer was, it is time!

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    Always knew he was the greatest.

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    Good ole Gough. Free university education and a universal health care system to boot.
    When Kerr's cur told him where to go, he didn't know. Far Gough!

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    At the time I was an 'Anti Gough' voter....in more recent years I have come to realize that I was 'swallowing' the 'AntiGough Media Hype' and that Gough, in fact, introduced some beneficial social reform policies that have made Australia a better place to live.... Having watched the recent ABC TV series on Whitlam, I now realize the ' WRONG' man was sacked, I also realize how the power of the media can(and is) mis-used to dominate public opinion and create or destroy a government.... And all for 'self interest' reasons!

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    Rupert? Bet he never got around in a D!

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    Default The missing shot!

    The image we've all been looking for but unable to find.
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    voila regard la dude ici
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilberthenry View Post
    A lot was going on in those days. If it wasn't for Gough, Michael and I, being twins and having our marble drawn, would have been called up and then possibly Vietnam. He came in - - in the nick of time.

    A lot of us might owe our lives to him and as I was very much against the Vietnam conflict, I am forever grateful.

    John.
    In actual fact you wouldn't have gone to Vietnam. It was closing down in 1969-70 when I was there, not due to Gough or Australia but due to Nixon and the USA. They had a program called Vietnamisation that was shifting the load to the ARVN (Army of South Vietnam), so they could exit with some semblance of pride (which they didn't). The 3 battalion Australian Task Force was down to 2 battalions in 1971 and finished at the end of that year.

    Gough was OK, it was his cabinet that were dodgy. His free university scheme (NEAT) was terrific. A mate of mine's Finnish girlfriend got a degree for free thanks to the Australian tax payers and then returned to Finland. My daughter has an outstanding HECS bill, but until she returns from the UK, its just a paper thing. I couldn't afford to spend 3 years at uni, when a 6 month computer programming course ($1500 in 1977) got me the job and I paid back my old man the money within the first 6 months of programming. Since I spent 1973-76 overseas, I can't comment on how well he governed. I left 2 months after he came in and he left a year before I returned.

    If the period of his rule was good, it could be because I wasn't in the country.

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    Gough doesn't drive around in Citroens. I do.

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    Perhaps Julia needs you to take an overseas trip for say, oh i dunno 100 days JBN.
    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    In actual fact you wouldn't have gone to Vietnam. It was closing down in 1969-70 when I was there, not due to Gough or Australia but due to Nixon and the USA. They had a program called Vietnamisation that was shifting the load to the ARVN (Army of South Vietnam), so they could exit with some semblance of pride (which they didn't). The 3 battalion Australian Task Force was down to 2 battalions in 1971 and finished at the end of that year.

    Gough was OK, it was his cabinet that were dodgy. His free university scheme (NEAT) was terrific. A mate of mine's Finnish girlfriend got a degree for free thanks to the Australian tax payers and then returned to Finland. My daughter has an outstanding HECS bill, but until she returns from the UK, its just a paper thing. I couldn't afford to spend 3 years at uni, when a 6 month computer programming course ($1500 in 1977) got me the job and I paid back my old man the money within the first 6 months of programming. Since I spent 1973-76 overseas, I can't comment on how well he governed. I left 2 months after he came in and he left a year before I returned.

    If the period of his rule was good, it could be because I wasn't in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    At the time I was an 'Anti Gough' voter....in more recent years I have come to realize that I was 'swallowing' the 'AntiGough Media Hype' and that Gough, in fact, introduced some beneficial social reform policies that have made Australia a better place to live.... Having watched the recent ABC TV series on Whitlam, I now realize the ' WRONG' man was sacked, I also realize how the power of the media can(and is) mis-used to dominate public opinion and create or destroy a government.... And all for 'self interest' reasons!
    Well said. Murdock helped Gough gain power then brought him down. The media properganda power is even more intensified today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mberry View Post
    The image we've all been looking for but unable to find.
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    I'm sure he would love to be able to drive a Dee.

    Closing down in 69-70? You can't take it away from Gough; he actually abolished in 72 - one of the first good things he had the opportunity to do when he got there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAJEA View Post
    I'm sure he would love to be able to drive a Dee.

    Closing down in 69-70? You can't take it away from Gough; he actually abolished in 72 - one of the first good things he had the opportunity to do when he got there.

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    History and opinion can vary widely. The last Australian battalion, 4RAR, left Vietnam on 8 December 1971. A year later, Gough became PM on 5 December 1972. There may have been a dozen advisers from the Training Team that he had brought home. What he did do was to abolish National Service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    At the time I was an 'Anti Gough' voter....in more recent years I have come to realize that I was 'swallowing' the 'AntiGough Media Hype' and that Gough, in fact, introduced some beneficial social reform policies that have made Australia a better place to live.... Having watched the recent ABC TV series on Whitlam, I now realize the ' WRONG' man was sacked, I also realize how the power of the media can(and is) mis-used to dominate public opinion and create or destroy a government.... And all for 'self interest' reasons!
    I came away after watching it thinking exactly the same thing Rod. Although being only in primary school at the time of the dismissal I can remember it vividly.
    The realize also, now in hindsight that maybe, as you say, it was all wrong.
    I wonder even more now after hearing more facts than I had read in the past, just what direction the country would have taken, had this true visionary as he now appears could have been allowed to have a decent shot at government for a decent period of time.
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    I loved Mungo McCallum telling what Gough actually said to the gathered cabinet ministers the first time they sat around the tables at Parliament House.....None of you C-nuts matter..... pure Gold, I actually laughed aloud when he said it. Too funny
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    I'm a big fan always was, I have a lot thank Gough for; access to an education and healthcare. Just imagine if he had managed to buy back the farm, we would all be wealthy like the Norwegians by now.


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