The announcement of Gough Whitlam's death was only minutes old when Alan Jones delivered 2GB listeners a critique of the Labor icon's time as prime minister.
He was prime minister for a relatively brief three years, but Gough Whitlam's legacy is extensive. Here's a selection of how he changed Australia.
Former prime minister Gough Whitlam has died.
An Australian jihadist has appeared in an Islamic State video online threatening Tony Abbott and vowing to fight until the militant group has conquered the West.
The life and times of Gough Whitlam.
The man who replaced Gough Whitlam in the dramatic events of the 1975 dismissal, former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser, has helped lead the tributes for his former political nemesis.
In its worldwide pursuit of corrupt officials who have absconded with billions in illicit funds, China is, increasingly loudly, asking foreign governments for help.
Foreign nationals on 457 visas are working in schools and early childhood centres despite a growing glut of unemployed Australian teaching graduates.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has promised to defend the interests of family farms farmers against threats from mining companies and supermarket giants, but has risked alienating some rural landowners with an ambitious dam-building proposal.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described the Coalition's welfare reforms as a "two-term exercise," as he prepares to receive the delayed final report of the federal government's review of the $100 billion welfare system.