FORMER Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has passed away at the age of 98.
The family of Australia’s 21st Prime Minister issued a statement in relation to the death this morning.
“Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98,” the statement said.
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“A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians.”
Mr Whitlam was a polarising figure in Australian politics, having been dismissed from the his position by Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975.
Some of his notable reforms included the abolition of national service, removing troops from Vietnam and establishing free university courses.
He was also known for establishing diplomatic ties with the communist China.