- Category : Politics-Heads-of-state
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 2
Australian politician who joined the ALP in 1945 and on 11/29/1952, won the federal seat of Werriwa. On 3/07/1960 he was elected Deputy leader of the Labor Party and on 4/27/1966, failed in a leadership challenge against Arthur Calwell. On 2/08/1967 he was elected ALP leader and on 10/25/1969 was defeated by John Gorton in the federal election.
Whitlam served in the RAAF during WW II and passed the Bar in 1947. He married Margaret Dovey on 4/22/1942; three sons, one daughter.
On 12/02/1972 Whitlam became the first Labor Prime Minster in 23 years. He was the first Australian PM to make a visit to China, on 10/31/1973, and was re-elected on 5/18/1974. After the Senate blocked supply, he and his government were dismissed on 11/11/1975 and on 12/13/1975, Malcolm Fraser's Liberals swept into power. Whitlam resigned from Parliament on 7/31/1978 and he was appointed ambassador to UNESCO on 5/04/1983. Whitlam published "The Truth of the Matter" in 1979.
Gough Whitlam died aged 98 in the morning of 21 October 2014 at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.