When he was PM, I moaned and bitched about him but in retrospect, I think he loved his country and his people and in that sense was ok. Much more integrity, compassion and empathy with everyday Australians that our current and last PMs.
I think my favourite one, even though I do not remember a lot, would have to be the one pictured, Sir Robert Menzies even though there were one of two in my own day that I quite liked -one being Malcolm Fraser. He had a charm about him that I thought was endearing.
Good old Johnny Howard. I now look at bosses in different jobs to see how similar they are to John Howard and know whether the company is going to stay around or not just by this type of leadership. I think I cried when he lost office and I'm not really into politics.
She never had a fair go. From the misogynistic barbs she had to take from the opposition to the ignorant sexist men and women in our society. Her reforms were about real people- about health and education and equality of access to both. How can subsequent governments think it is ok to dismantle such humanitarian and socially just policies just because of petty politics?
I love Julia Gillard, Hate thinking about her though. I feel embarrassed about the way we the electorate treated her. I can never get over that dinner business with the filthy menu printed with reference to her. So bad. So bad.
Now look what we have: an entire Government of blatant,bare faced, habitual, compulsive liars. This is man's world. No a single leader amongst them.
He scrapped National Service, so he'd get votes from 18yo's, & as a consequence, crime rate has been skyrocketing since 1972.
We've got immature, useless, feral teenagers' to deal with now, who don't know what respect of ANY kind means, who've no direction for good, & who just want to do as much damage as possible, because they're bored s@&$less!
Yes Gough gave us free education too. That kept a lot of bored kids off the street. I knew a number that were "headed in the wrong direction" but, because of that free education, they ended up professionals - a lot of them in the health care system. He had great foresight. He was an educated man and an orator that Menzies would have wished he might have been.
Fran, we already had free education in Schools, so he didn't give that.
If you speak of Universities, what was the success rate?
Lot of wastrels went there, who achieved NOTHING, & only went because it was FREE!
If their Parents' had still needed to PAY, they would've knuckled down, studied, & been successful.
You have got to be kidding. How can you blame one man's actions as you have for such a massive social problem that we have. How many teenagers do you really know. I know thousands due to my work and I know very few who would fit into the description you have written. A very poisonous and sad view of our youth who need encouragement as guidance not the bile you have so bitterly spat.
In my time in Australia (since 1983) the only Prime Minister who really appealed to me was Paul Keating. He had formidable political skills and great economic skills. He had the sauvity and business acumen you would expect a world statesman to have. He was the master of the putdown with his sardonic, sarcastic jibes and was unsurpassed by any other Australian politician in this regard. Malcolm Turnbull appears to have some of these features but the jury is still out on his Prime Ministership.
Yes, Gough 4 me 2! He had my parents phone connected for them, way, way, back then!!! We'd also spoken to Gough & Margaret at various art openings, e.g. the Margaret Olley exhibition at the S.H.Ervin gallery in Sydney. about 5 years ago, so it's Gough Whitlam for me! (My father couldn't stand Bob Menzies. He was always 'going on, (& on) about him!!!)