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Year: 2002

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 84 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Robert Francis

Produced By: Andrew Williams, Robert Francis

Language: English

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Australia's reformist and controversial former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, shares his views on 50 years of public life, in an in-depth conversation with Senator John Faulkner.

GOUGH WHITLAM: IN HIS OWN WORDS looks at Whitlam's early parliamentary life, his role in the 1960s and 1970s as Labor's Deputy Leader and Leader, and taking the ALP to power after a record 23 years of Liberal government. The remarkable achievements of his three short years in government and his dramatic sacking are explored. The documentary examines the Whitlam Government's economic credentials and performance, asks questions about Gough Whitlam's role in the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and the competence of his ministers, and his tactics on the day of his Government's dramatic dismissal by Governor General Sir John Kerr on Remembrance Day 1975.

"A fascinating portrait of a remarkable man that left an indelible mark on the Australian political and cultural landscape." - The Guide, Canberra Times.

"You will find inspiration and revelation." - Matt Buchanan, Sydney Morning Herald.

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