On March 4 Graham Freudenberg AM delivered the Commemorative Gough Whitlam Oration to a packed house at the St Kilda Town Hall.
During that hour we listened to Australia's greatest speechwriter as he guided us through the Australian political landscape of the last sixty years distilling his own experience of the 'Whitlam project' into a potent insight into contemporary Australia.
The event is now available to watch online.
21 May 1930 – 20 March 2015
Message from the Director
In July last year I visited Mr Whitlam for coffee in his Level 14 office at 100 William Street. On his desk was a copy of Malcolm Fraser's recently published book Dangerous Allies. As I sat down Mr Whitlam slid it across the desk top encouraging me to read the inscription.
It read: "To Gough with affection and respect".
Those few words and the warmth with which EGW received them have stayed with me. I wondered then how many in the years to come would be able to fully appreciate their significance. Two big men with big hearts. Two patriots.
Malcolm Fraser's death this morning draws the curtain on their times.
On behalf of all here at the Whitlam Institute I extend our sincere condolences to Mrs Fraser and to the Fraser family.
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