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Gough and Me: My Journey from Cabramatta to China and beyond Paperback – 5 May 2021
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- Publisher : Ventura Press (5 May 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1920727531
- ISBN-13 : 978-1920727536
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 138,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of the remainder of the book was an unremarkable autobiography in which she wasted the first half of her life as an unemployed drifter and then she had a reasonable but, again, unremarkable life in community activities and the public service. One very telling example is that after winning scholarships to University and with every support from her working class family she wasted time getting involved in every left wing cause and "ism". When a friend told her to lift her game or else bomb out of university, her response was she could do a lot more good protesting and marching than finishing her degree. Fortunately she saw sense and completed her degree.
Another deep flaw was that she attributed every good thing that happened in Australia to Gough, even though many things were already in place years before his Prime Ministership; eg Commonwealth Secondary School Scholarships and Tertiary Education Scholarships (which she, and I both benefitted from) were introduced during Robert Menzies Prime Ministership in 1964, but she attributed them to Gough. Most troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam by 1972, and Australia was rapidly exiting the war, but she again implied it was Gough who ended Australia's involvement there. And many other social reforms were underway, although I agree Gough gave them a big "shove" along.
I was a big fan of PM Whitlam, was also from a supportive working class family, benefitting from the Commonwealth scholarships to stay at school and University; and was conscripted but didn't go to war. So, I have no axe to grind with PM Whitlam, but the author needs to be more honest and accurate.
BTW, I think the most remarkable people in the book were her parents. Her father who, after a difficult, unsettled upbringing in the depression and war years, strove hard to provide a stable and loving environment for his family. He, and the authors mother, were working class heroes, more worthy of adulation in her life, rather than Gough.