John Menadue. ‘No eulogy is equal to such a name’

In a celebratory Mass for Gough Whitlam, Fr Ed Campion recalled the brief inscription to Machiavelli in the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce in Florence. ‘Tanto nomini nullum par elogium, 1527’.

Look around and we see monuments to Gough Whitlam everywhere – Medicare, needs-based education funding, recognition of China, no-fault divorce, university education, land rights, an end to White Australia, and …….A eulogy may be superfluous

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Edward Fido

Interesting, Ed Campion, still kicking, and, I suspect, stirring, offers a Requiem Mass for possibly Australia’s most renowned agnostic and quotes a memorial to Machiavelli. There a couple of ironies here. Whitlam is beyond compare in the general sad, dismal roll of recent Australian politics. The Almighty would prefer Gough to so many self-confessed, sanctimonious, preachy “Christians” in the current Cabinet. Machiavelli regarded himself as a realist: he was a bit of an early Hans Morgenthau. Whitlam was an idealist: a man of tremendous vision. I think the Australian political canvas was a wee bit too small for him. But… Read more »