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Description - The Wit of Whitlam by James Carleton

Self-proclaimed international treasure Gough Whitlam never shied away from a pun, a put-down or a witticism.

His wife Margaret was his 'best appointment', he called Malcolm Fraser 'Kerr's cur' after the Dismissal and when Sir Winton Turnbull called out in parliament 'I am a country member', Gough interjected 'I remember'.
When it was suggested he was funny, Gough responded- 'Funny! Funny? Witty, yes. Epigrammatic perhaps, but not funny. You make me sound like a clown.'
James Carleton, Radio National presenter and founder of the university club 'The Dewy-Eyed Whitlamites', presents a keepsake of Goughisms that vindicates the Great Man's self-assessment, 'I never said I was immortal, merely eternal.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522868081
ISBN-10: 0522868088
Format: Paperback / softback
(179mm x 109mm x 21mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - James Carleton

James Carleton is a reporter and alternate presenter of Radio National's Breakfast program. Specialising in national and international politics, especially the Middle East, he has reported for 7.30 and written for the Sydney Morning Herald.James is well experienced with conflict situations as the father of three young boys.In 1990 he founded the Sydney University club 'The Dewy-Eyed Whitlamites'.

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