Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died Tuesday, October 21. He was 98 years old.
He served as Prime Minister of Australia from 1972-1975.
Why is he important? Because of the policies he instituted during his brief time in office, Australia moved forward in very significant ways.
He is also an example of US and British refusal to allow anyone to thwart their policies and interests.
Though Whitlam had further plans for Australia, his tenure was cut short by a virtual coup crafted by the American and British governments. They were alarmed at his plans for an independent Australia and his opposition to a secret CIA presence in Australia. On the day Whitlam was going to reveal the information on the CIA to the Australian Parliament, John Kerr, Governor-General of Australia, using an obscure law, fired Whitlam before he could do so.
When Whitlam was re-elected for a second term, in 1974, the White House sent Marshall Green to Canberra as ambassador. Green was an imperious, sinister figure who worked in the shadows of America’s “deep state”. Known as the “coupmaster”, he had played a central role in the 1965 coup against President Sukarno in Indonesia – which cost up to a million lives. One of his first speeches in Australia was to the Australian Institute of Directors – described by an alarmed member of the audience as “an incitement to the country’s business leaders to rise against the government.”
Note: Ambassador John F.Tefft served as coup master in his position as US ambassador in Ukraine. How many deaths is he responsible for already? Now he is ambassador to Russia. In August, an interview with Russian lawmaker Evgeny Fedorov stated “the U.S. ambassador held a closed door meeting in one of the theatres in Moscow, where he openly said the first blow will be struck in St. Petersburg during the elections in September.” [i]Geopolitical analyst Steven MacMillan says, “Tefft, who has worked for the State Department and the National War College in Washington, is an expert at planning colour revolutions to overthrow regimes targeted by the western elite.” [ii]
The Americans and British worked together. In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The Brits were actually de-coding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later. One of his ministers, Clyde Cameron, told me, “We knew MI6 was bugging Cabinet meetings for the Americans.” In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield. A deputy director of the CIA said: “Kerr did what he was told to do.”On 10 November, 1975, Whitlam was shown a top secret telex message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the notorious head of the CIA’s East Asia Division, who had helped run the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier. Shackley’s message was read to Whitlam. It said that the prime minister of Australia was a security risk in his own country. The day before, Kerr had visited the headquarters of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia’s NSA where he was briefed on the “security crisis”. On 11 November – the day Whitlam was to inform Parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia – he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The “Whitlam problem” was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.[iii]
Below are two articles highlighting the incredible legacy of Gough Whitlam.
Confessions of an Economic Hitman, by John Perkins, details what happens to leaders who take their responsibilities to the people seriously. Whitlam was lucky that he survived.
What did Gough Whitlam actually do? Rather a lot
16 Completely Life-Changing Things Australians Can Thank Gough Whitlam For
Gough Whitlam and the Forgotten Coup: How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their ‘Ally’, Australia