Peter Cullen - a freelance advocate for public and private causes

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:41pm, first published November 8 2014 - 10:30pm

Peter Cullen died four days after his old master, Gough Whitlam, but, had he not been previously despatched, would have been chuffed to hear some of Whitlam's achievements recited at the service last Wednesday. One or two of them, not themselves on the Program, as Whitlam called his integrated plan of promises, policies and programs for government, were Cullen's. That they were on the Whitlam list was a measure of how Cullen had conceived ideas, devised tactics and strategies that made them a part of the mainstream political agenda, and smoothly made them not so much his own but causes championed and adopted by others.

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