- Well may we say "God save the Queen", because nothing will save the Governor-General! The Proclamation which you have just heard read by the Governor-General's Official Secretary was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from Remembrance Day 1975 as Kerr's cur. They won't silence the outskirts of Parliament House, even if the inside has been silenced for the next few weeks … Maintain your rage and enthusiasm for the campaign for the election now to be held and until polling day.
- We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer.
- If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life.
- Abiding Interests (1997), Foreword
- He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.
- Abiding Interests (1997), p. 44
- I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.
- Quoted in Paul Kelly, 100 Years – The Australian Story (Allen & Unwin, ABC Books, NSW, 2001), p. 196
- The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.
- Written by Gough Whitlam for the London Daily Telegraph, (19 October 1989). (Andrews, 1993, p. 824)
- When Sir Winton Turnbull [who represented a large rural seat], a slow and sometimes stumbling speaker, was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: "I am a Count–ry member". I interjected "I remember". Sir Winton could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.
- From a speech during a debate on the question That Politicians Have Lost Their Sense Of Humour, Sydney Town Hall, 24 May 2000
- Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.
- Gurindji Land Ceremony Speech, 16 August 1975
- A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.
- Self-quoted in The Whitlam Government 1972–1975 by Gough Whitlam