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Sunrise- Gough Whitlam

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
TELEVISION INTERVIEW
SUNRISE
WEDNESDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2014


 

SUBJECT/S: Gough Whitlam. 

 

DAVID KOCH: Bill Shorten, good morning to you. What does a day like today mean for the Labor Party?

 

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: He was a great man, with a great legacy. It's a sad and a happy day for people who are interested in Australia and Gough’s contributions. It's sad because a great Australian has left us but it's also a happy day because we recognise that he was a politician unlike many others who not only served the nation but he changed Australia for the better.

 

KOCH: Yes, John Faulkner as we said expected to speak and Graham Freudenberg. Who else? Are you speaking?

 

SHORTEN: No, I believe the family will be speaking too. I'm looking forward to hearing what John Faulkner has to say. Graham Freudenberg mightn’t be as a well-known name now as he was a few years ago but he worked and collaborated with Gough Whitlam on a lot of his speeches so in many ways when we listen to Graham Freudenberg today, I think we will be in for a real treat because he wrote a famous book about Gough Whitlam and he is I think one of the great speech writers around.

 

KOCH: Okay, how will he be remembered by friends?

 

SHORTEN: As someone who changed Australia. In those first 100 days when he got elected in 1972, the changes he made to Australia and the changes that he initiated made us a modern country. They gave us a new identity in everything from the arts to the environment, to land rights, to universal healthcare and to access to university for working class kids right through to the family law court. He gave Australia its modern identity and he was a very strong man who was quite fearless in the way he tackled change.

 

KOCH: Yes, absolutely, alright Bill, thanks very much for joining us.

 

ENDS

 

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