Tag Archives: 1970s

The Dismissal 40 years on: Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and the age of right wing political entitlement

Lest we forget what ‘entitlement’ really means with regard to the Right in Australia. Here’s Gough Whitlam’s famous words on the steps of Parliament House 40 years ago — after the scheming and illegal actions of his opponents manipulated parliament … Continue reading

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Vale Margaret Whitlam: a woman to look up to (a short girl says thank you)

I was so saddened to hear of the death of Margaret Whitlam (nee Dovey) yesterday, described by her husband Gough as ‘a remarkable woman and the love of my life.’ She was 92, and they would have been celebrating their … Continue reading

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Steve Martin: Born Standing Up and the origins of ‘The Jerk’

Just finished reading Steve Martin’s memoir, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life (2007). I loved this, not just because it was a fun read but also because it gives a fascinating insight into the twenty-year genesis of one of my … Continue reading

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