I certainly don't pretend to be an expert by any means on Whitlam, but after hearing people speak about him and learning more about the myriad of things he did for social change during his very very short time in office, I truly wonder where our next great leader will come from.
The entire LNP should be hanging their heads in shame right about now. They've been in power a year and all I can see that they have done, apart from stupidly dissolve two environmental 'taxes' (that were actually meant to hit big business and, you know, hopefully make them think about how to diversify and do things a little cleaner - one of which wasn't a tax), is create fear and division amongst the people of this country.
It's a crying effing shame, truly, that people would have criticised someone like Gillard, who I saw was so proud and really obviously deeply moved when she announced something she considered her legacy in Parliament (the NDIS). Mostly it ended up being about what she wore, that she was living with someone that wasn't her husband, blah blah blah. Which was ridiculous and shameful. If that's all you've got, LNP, to use personal attacks on a leader, you're a shitty opposition and an even shittier Government.
To continue to play the blame game in Parliament at this point in your tenure, TAbby, is an absolute farce; I don't buy it. You're in power now, clean it up if you think it's that bad. Stop fluffing around and DO SOMETHING.
You don't have the respect of the nation, you have people asking 'what the hell?'.
And when we all now remember someone who was as forward thinking as Whitlam, I hope that the Parliamentarians of this nation take a good, long, hard look at themselves, retrospectively thank him for their free education, and have the revelation that nation building is not always about the cash-money, but about the well being of all.
Vale Whitlam. A true leader.