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Memento : Issue 22
f 3 january 2003 memento Last November Prime Minister John Howard launched our new website on Australia's Prime Ministers. The website features biographical information, fascinating facts, timelines and research maps for records about Prime Ministers and their wives.There's something for everyone from school student to researcher. Check it out at Acting Director-General Anne-Marie Schwir tlich explains some features of the website to the Prime Minister. Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Prime Minister John Howard meet at the launch of the Australia's Prime Ministers website, together with Heather Hender son, daughter of former Prime Minister Sir Rober t Menzies. Meet our Prime Ministers 25 primeministers.naa.gov.au 25 What made the news 1972 was the year when John Gorton told McMahon he could 'go to buggery' when asked to sit with him during a division. Gorton also declared that if he ever said anything in line with government policy 'it would be purely coincidental'. Joe Cocker was deported for drug possession, Helen Reddy recorded 'I am Woman', Don's Party was produced in Sydney, and Alvin Purple became Australia's most popular film since 1932. The Rev. Ian Herring declared that ordaining women would be analogous to consecrating a meat pie on God's altar, Billy McMahon said that it was legitimate to pray for an election victory, and the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane wanted to canonise Don Chipp, the Minister for Customs, after he denounced the Little Red School Book. When McMahon set the federal election date for 2 December, the anniversary of the battle of Austerlitz, Whitlam noted that while not wanting to assume 'the mantle of Napoleon' himself, the victor on that day in 1805 inflicted a crushing defeat upon 'a ramshackle reactionary coalition'. You'll find Ian Hancock's briefing, together with a list and digital copies of the 1972 Cabinet papers, in The Collection section of our website at www.naa.gov.au. *