The passing of Gough Whitlam marks the end of a momentous era which left a deep mark on the nation’s political, cultural and social justice psyche, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.
“We pay tribute to, and celebrate the life of, Gough Whitlam. A man who physically and politically towered over the nation’s civic life,” Mr Booth said.
“In three short years as Prime Minister he turned our country on its axis, and showed us all how things can be done, and how Australia could fulfil its promise as a fair and egalitarian nation.”
“So many of Mr Whitlam’s massive policy achievements still resonate across our community today.”
“He led the way in recognising Aboriginal land rights, in the arts, education, women’s rights and the environment. His ratification of the Human Rights Convention and the World Heritage Convention each put Australia on the global map as a country which took its responsibilities seriously.”
“His passion and determination ignited greater political awareness and involvement in younger generations. He showed people could make a difference in decisions which affected their life, such as ending conscription.”
“The cultural, political and egalitarian legacy of Gough Whitlam is seismic, and it will continue to inspire, and be celebrated, for generations to come.”
“Just as many Tasmanians will recall Mr Whitlam’s key policy breakthroughs, profound and quirky conversations shared, they will also remember where they were today when they heard Gough Whitlam had finally called ‘its time’.”
“On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens I pay tribute to a great political leader, a great humanitarian. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mr Whitlam’s children, family, friends and colleagues,” Mr Booth said.