The Wit of Whitlam

The Wit of Whitlam


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The Wit of Whitlam by James Carleton

Self-proclaimed international treasure Gough Whitlam never shied away from a pun, a put-down or a witticism. In this collection of quotes, stories and famous witty remarks, James Carleton, radio presenter and founder of the university club 'The Dewy-Eyed Whitlamites', presents a keepsake of Goughisms that vindicates the Great Man's self-assessment: 'I never said I was immortal, merely eternal.' His wife Margaret was his 'best appointment', he called Malcolm Fraser 'Kerr's cur' after the Dismissal and when Sir Winton Turnbull called out in parliament 'I am a country member', Gough interjected 'I remember'. When it was suggested he was funny, Gough responded: 'Funny! Funny? Witty, yes. Epigrammatic perhaps, but not funny. You make me sound like a clown.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522868081
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Carleton is a reporter and alternate presenter of Radio National's Breakfast program. Specializing in national and international politics, especially the Middle East, he has reported for 7.30 and written for the Sydney Morning Herald. James is well experienced with conflict situations as the father of three young boys. In 1990 he founded the Sydney University club 'The Dewy-Eyed Whitlamites'.

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