AUSTRALIA: Gough in a Trough

Little more than six months ago, Gough Whitlam bounded into office with all the bounce of a caged kangaroo suddenly given the run of a green pasture. The first Labor Party leader to become Prime Minister of Australia in 23 years, he was fairly bursting with energy and new ideas (TIME, March 26). In February, a poll indicated that 62% of Australians approved of what he was doing. Whitlam is still bouncing, but fewer Aussies are marveling.

According to the most recent public opinion poll, approval of Whitlam has slipped to 51%. More...

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