I didn’t really know enough about Gough Whitlam. Surely a recent immigrant like me can be excused for being indifferent about an early-70s prime minister, right?
No. It turns out that nearly everything I know and love about Australia (and that the current government is slowly stripping away) is thanks to Whitlam:
* free Medicare for everyone
* no university fees
* the Racial Discrimination Act
* ban on oil drilling in the Great Barrier Reef
Thanks Gough! You’re already missed.