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date: 14 July 2024

Whitlam, Hon. (Edward) Goughfree

Whitlam, Hon. (Edward) Goughfree

AC 1978; QC 1962

Born Melbourne, 11 July 1916; s of late H. F. E. Whitlam, Australian Crown Solicitor and Aust. rep. on UN Human Rights Commission and Martha Whitlam (née Maddocks); m 1942, Margaret Elaine, AO (d 2012), d of late Mr Justice Dovey, NSW Supreme Court; three s one d; died 21 Oct. 2014

Member: Executive Board of Unesco, 1985–89 (Australian Ambassador to Unesco, 1983–86); Constitutional Commission, 1986–88; Prime Minister of Australia, 1972–75


University of Sydney


BA 1938; LLB 1946. RAAF Flight Lieut, 1941–45. Barrister, 1947; MP for Werriwa, NSW, 1952–78; Mem., Jt Parly Cttee on Constitutional Rev., 1956–59; Leader, 1973 and 1975, Dep. Leader, 1977, Const. Conventions; Deputy Leader, Aust. Labor Party, 1960, Leader, 1967–77; Leader of the Opposition, 1967–72 and 1976–77; Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1972–73. Vis. Fellow, 1978–79, First Nat. Fellow, 1980–81, ANU; Fellow, Univ. of Sydney Senate, 1981–83, 1986–89; Visiting Professor: Harvard Univ., 1979; Univ. of Adelaide, 1983. Chairman: Australia-China Council, 1986–91; Australian Nat. Gall., 1987–90. Pres., Australian Sect., Internat. Commn of Jurists, 1982–83. Founder, Hanoi Architectural Heritage Foundn, 1993. FAHA 1993. Corresp. Mem., Acad. of Athens, 1992. Hon. DLitt: Sydney, 1981; Wollongong, 1989; La Trobe, Wodonga, 1992; Univ. of Technol., Sydney, 1995; Univ. of Western Sydney, 2002; Hon. LLD Philippines, 1974. Silver Plate of Honour, Socialist Internat., 1976; Mem. of Honour, IUCN, 1988; Redmond Barry Award, Australian Library and Info. Assoc., 1994; Dunlop Asia Award, 2001; Friendship Ambassador, China, 2002. Grand Cross of Apostle Andrew, Greek Orthodox Archdio. of Australia, 2002. Grand Cross, Order of Makarios III (Cyprus), 1983; Grand Comdr, Order of Honour (Greece), 1996; Order of the Phoenix (Greece), 1998; Grand Officer, Order of Merit (Italy), 1999 (Comdr, 1997); Grand Comdr, Order of Logohu (PNG), 2005; Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), 2006


The Constitution versus Labor, 1957; Australian Foreign Policy, 1963; Socialism within the Constitution, 1965; Australia, Base or Bridge?, 1966; Beyond Vietnam: Australia’s Regional Responsibility, 1968; An Urban Nation, 1969; A New Federalism, 1971; Urbanised Australia, 1972; Australian Public Administration and the Labor Government, 1973; Australia’s Foreign Policy: New Directions, New Definitions, 1973; Road to Reform: Labor in Government, 1975; The New Federalism: Labor’s Programs and Policies, 1975; Government of the People, for the People—by the People’s House, 1975; On Australia’s Constitution, 1977; Reform During Recession, 1978; The Truth of the Matter, 1979, 3rd edn 2005; The Italian Inspiration in English Literature, 1980; A Pacific Community, 1981; The Cost of Federalism, 1983; The Whitlam Government 1972–75, 1985; International Law-Making, 1989; Australia’s Administrative Amnesia, 1990; Living with the United States: British Dominions and New Pacific States, 1990; National and International Maturity, 1991; Human Rights in One Nation, 1992; Abiding Interests, 1997; My Italian Notebook, 2002


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