|Michael Somare & Gough Whitlam (www.news.com.au)|
To the Family of the late Gough Whitlam
Having assisted our cause in leading PNG to nationhood in 1975 I have always felt a debt of gratitude to the Late Gough Whitlam and have followed his career with great interest.
Papua New Guinea's relationship with the Australian administration remains well entrenched because of the kind of leadership and support of sympathisers in our early years of nationhood like the late Gough Whitlam and others such as Bob Hawke and Andrew Peacock.
In recognition of his role in the life of Papua New Guinea, the Late Gough Whitlam is a recipient of PNG's honour awards, the Grand Companion of Logohu (GCL) in 2009.
The Late Gough Whitlam's contributions to developments in Australia are also well documented and Australians and the Labor Party can stand proud to have had such a dynamic leader since his entry into politics in the early 1960s.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the late Gough Whitlam during this time of sadness. May he Rest in Peace.
M T SOMARE GCL GCMG CH CF KStJ