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Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 08:16 am
Even the Toriest of Tories will sympathise with Gough Whitlam after reading this:
Gough Whitlam spent a staggering 56 days overseas in 1974 because he needed a break from dealing with the “f…wits” in the Labor Party.
Dubbed “the tourist prime minister”, Mr Whitlam’s travel details are revealed in 1974 cabinet records released today, which his former departmental secretary said showed the PM’s annoyance with his party colleagues.
Thirty years on, former secretary of the department of prime minister and cabinet, John Menadue, said the travel “did seem excessive”.
“I tried to persuade him . . . after the Darwin cyclone not to resume his interrupted overseas visit,” Mr Menadue said at the cabinet document launch last month.
“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘Comrade, if I’m going to put up with the f…wits in the Labor Party, I’ve got to have my trips’”.
The Australian public has been on a break from those f…wits since 1996.
UPDATE. “It seems scarcely conceivable today but the government of Gough Whitlam almost fell for what seems to have been a 1970s version of the Nigerian scam.”