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Whitlam – Visit to the Philippines (1974)


From 28 January to 13 February 1974, the then prime minister Gough Whitlam undertook a six-nation tour of South-East Asia. This current affairs program details the last leg of the trip – his visit to the Philippines.

Curator’s notes

Gough Whitlam’s tour of South-East Asia in early 1974 set out to strengthen cooperation in aid, trade, investment and culture in that region – a primary foreign policy objective of his government. Gough visited Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Singapore and the Philippines. He arrived in Manila, the last leg of the 14-day tour, on 10 February 1974 for a three-day stay. He was accompanied by an official party of 31, including his wife Margaret and their youngest daughter Catherine. This current affairs program covers the major engagements during his Philippines visit.