Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Another Gough Whitlam anecdote



"I recently had to defend Killen, who is a High Church Anglican. He reads the Old Testament lesson in the Cathedral in Brisbane every Sunday. He would never be allowed to read the lesson next door. He sounds like an Old Testament prophet. One of the congregation told me that Killen would be more enlightened if he sometimes read the New Testament. I protested that he had read some of the epistles. In fact, when he was Fraser's Minister for Defence, he mentioned to his Turkish counterpart that St Paul had written many letters to people in Turkey, the Colossians, the Ephesians and the Galatians, but had received no replies. The Turkish Minister for Defence contradicted him. He said that Turkey had one of the best postal services in the world."

-  Gough Whitlam in a 2000 debate, "That politicians have lost their sense of humour"

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