The death of Gough Whitlam at the age of 98 has prompted calls for his return to the federal Labor leadership.
As one high-profile shadow Minister put it: “It’s time.”
The push for Gough Whitlam’s ghost to lead the ALP gained momentum following a day of tributes to Australia’s 21st Prime Minister.
“The Labor party needs a vision again,” says union official Carmen O’Connell.
“And the ghost of Gough Whitlam is just the sort of vision we need.”
Many within Labor agree that Gough Whitlam’s ghost would scare the government a lot more than anyone currently in Opposition.
“Gough was a pretty intimidating bloke when he was alive,” recalls 93 year old party member Dave “Shovel Head” Maguire.
“Now he’s dead, Gough is absolutely infallible.”
“It would take a lot of nerve for Tony Abbott to pick on a dead man, wouldn’t it?”
Gough’s ghost has numbers
Labor kingmakers are said to be coming round to the idea of a new Whitlam era.
“People say it would be madness for Labor to replace a living leader with a ghost,” says a key numbers man.
“But that’s just rubbish.”
“For chrissake, Bill Shorten might as well be a ghost given his current invisibility.”
According to internal Labor polling, Gough Whitlam’s ghost is preferred Prime Minister to Tony Abbott by a ratio of 4 to 1.
According to the numbers man: “Only Bob Hawke’s ghost could get polling figures like that.”
Bill Shorten has downplayed suggestions his job is at stake.
But Gough Whitlam supporters are unlikely to give up the ghost any time soon.
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