Queensland LNP operative Nicholas Stanton and dozens of LNP colleagues plan to celebrate former Prime Minister Gough Whitlamâ€™s birthday â€œbecause the man is old and nearly dead, he got sacked, and he is just shitâ€¦ no point rubbing it in, we definitely got the last laugh! So lets (sic) celebrate and be happy!!â€
UPDATE: Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce has condemned those involved as this story is reported on the ABC and AAP and elsewhere:
“I’d say that they’ve got a kick up the backside coming their way very quickly,” he told ABC Radio today.
UPDATE: He has been joined by recently expelled LNP member Michael Johnson – now styled as Mike on twitter – who wrote:
I will write to PM Rudd + Mr Whitlam, expressing deep disgust at how some people in my fmr political party could stoop so low as did LNP.
Last week, the sad news broke that the former PM, aged 93, had been moved to an aged-care facility Lulworth HouseÂ in Sydney due to his poor health. Whitlam uses a wheelchair and while mentally alert is physically frail.
VEXNEWS has obtained access to a Facebook page established by Stanton, where at the time 17 of his friends, most of them activists within the LNP, had indicated their intention to participate in the ghoulish â€œcelebrationâ€ of Whitlamâ€™s impending demise. Two of them are believed to be staffers to federal members of Parliament, Phil Pease is believed to work for high-flying former minister Peter Dutton and Zach Davis-Hancock apparently is employed as an electorate officer for marginal seat holder Andrew Laming. One of those indicating that he ‘maybe’ attending is Luke Barnes, who is believed to be an employee of Fiona Nash, a NSW Nationals federal MP. He once served Sophie Mirabella with distinction before departing in controversial circumstances.
Nicholas Stanton is understood to have been a civil engineering student at James Cook University, a fact which can only partly excuse his unpleasant shenanigans.
Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975. He was dismissed as Prime Minister by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis; he is the only Prime Minister to have his commission terminated in that manner.
Until November 2007 Mr Whitlam held the title of Australia’s Worst ever Prime Minister. Like everything else about Mr Whitlam, this has since been taken away from him.
Why are we celebrating not condemning?
Because the man is old and nearly dead, he got sacked, and he is just shit…no point rubbing it in, we definitely got the last laugh!
So lets celebrate and be happy!!
When asked by one of his friends why they were celebrating Whitlamâ€™s birthday in this way and not merely condemning the target of their enmity, Stanton responded:
Other ghouls listed as attending this unpleasant event include:
Tommy Brennan – YLNP President
Zach Davis-Hancock – YLNP Executive
Those listed as â€˜maybeâ€™ attending include: