Former Labor leader Gough Whitlam (centre) poses for a photo with former members of his cabinet (L to R:) Bill Hayden (front left), Kep Enderby, Tom Uren, Joe Riorde, Les Johnson, Doug McClelland, Paul Keating (front right), during his 90th birthday party in south Sydney, Saturday, July 8, 2006.
Former Labor leader Gough Whitlam (centre) poses for a photo with former members of his cabinet (L to R:) Bill Hayden (front left), Kep Enderby, Tom Uren, Joe Riorde, Les Johnson, Doug McClelland, Paul Keating (front right), during his 90th birthday party in south Sydney, Saturday, July 8, 2006. SERGIO DIONISIO

Whitlam minister Kep Enderby dies

FORMER Whitlam government minister Keppel Earl "Kep" Enderby has died aged 88.

Mr Enderby entered politics in 1970. He joined the Labor Party and won the House of Representatives seat for the Australian Capital Territory.

He was appointed the first minister for the ACT and the Northern Territory in the Whitlam government.

During his time as Federal Attorney-General he introduced a bill to decriminalise abortion and homosexuality in the ACT.

Acting Opposition Leader Tony Burke expressed his condolences and paid tribute to Mr Enderby's achievements.

"As a member of the House of Representatives, Kep served with distinction," he said.

"After leaving politics, Kep continued his public service as a Justice on the New South Wales Supreme Court until his retirement.

"His life will be remembered as one of dedicated and loyal service to the people of Australia."

- APN NEWSDESK


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