We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer.
When asked what a Labor government would do if Indonesia were to invade East Timor, in an interview three days before the invasion. Sydney Morning Herald (5 December 1975)
If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life.Gough Whitlam
He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.Gough Whitlam
I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.Gough Whitlam
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.Gough Whitlam
When Sir Winton Turnbull [who represented a large rural seat] was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: "I am a Country member". I interjected "I remember". He could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.Gough Whitlam
Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.Gough Whitlam
A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.Gough Whitlam
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