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Archives for March 1953

Gough Whitlam (ALP-Werriwa) – Maiden Speech

This is the text of Gough Whitlam’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the ALP member for Werriwa.

Whitlam entered the House at a by-election on November 29, 1952, following the death of the previous member, Hubert (‘Bert’) Lazzarini, who had held the seat since 1919.

In a two-candidate contest, Whitlam secured a 12.4% swing, winning with 67.5% of the primary vote, a record margin. It was an early sign of Whitlam’s vote-pulling power.

Whitlam defeated the Liberal Party’s Ian Griffith (1925-92), who went on to represent Sutherland and then Cronulla in the NSW Legislative Assembly, and served as Chief Secretary in the Askin and Willis governments (1972-75)

For his maiden speech, Whitlam spoke on the Supply Bill. [Read more…]