Member of Parliament,Tony Piccolo was saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had passed away.
Mr Piccolo said while he was only young at the time, Mr Whitlam’s vision inspired his interest in public life and politics.
“While my friends at school were interested in cars and sport, I became interested in politics,” Mr Piccolo said.
“I couldn’t read enough about the politics in Australia.
“While I have always lived in a conservative electorate, my heart has always been with the Labor Party since I was teenager.
“Despite being only 15 years of age, I can still recall vividly what I was doing when the sacking of the Whitlam Government was announced, I was in Mr Fielding’s physics class in an upstairs classroom in the main block at Gawler High.
“I only met Gough Whitlam on a few occasions, but I remember how his presence just lifted a room – he electrified any gathering and he will forever be remembered as a hero to the Labor movement and I’m certain that history will be kind to him,” Mr Piccolo said.
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