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The Whitlam Legacy




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The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 marked a turning point in 20th century Australia. Shaking off the vestiges of two decades of conservative rule, Gough Whitlam brought new ideas, new policies and new people to the task of governing.

Bursting with energy and expectation, the Labor government led a reform revolution in many areas, from education and health to the environment and foreign policy. But alongside the great achievements were great failures and, ultimately, tragedy when the government was dismissed.

For the first time, Gough Whitlam, ministers, advisers, public servants, party and union insiders provide a unique account of this turbulent period in Australian politics. The candid views of insiders are balanced with analysis from journalists and academics. They reveal what worked and what didn’t, and shed light on the personalities driving the engines of change.

It includes Whitlam’s “valedictory” message to the nation – his last public statement before his death in 2014. This revised edition includes a new preface by the editor, Troy Bramston, reflecting on Whitlam’s death, his final years and two decades of conversations with him.

The book also includes new research and previously unpublished photos and archival documents. The Whitlam Legacy provides the definitive account of the government that changed Australia forever.


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The Whitlam Legacy in the Paper…

Foreword by Gough Whitlam
Preface to the Revised Edition


Prologue: The Whitlam Ascendancy
       Troy Bramston

Part One – The Whitlam Years and Political Style

Gough Whitlam: In his Father’s Shadow
       Michael Kirby
I was a Teenage Whitlamite
       Bob Carr
Whitlam, the 1960s and The Program
       Frank Bongiorno
The Art of the Matter
       Graham Freudenberg
Hearts and Minds: The Meaning of ‘It’s Time’
       Nick Cater
Gough Whitlam: The Campaigner
       Richard Farmer
Victories, Defeats and Electoral Politics
       Malcolm Mackerras
Whitlam’s Opposition
       Gerard Henderson

Part Two – Managing Government

The Whitlam Government Through the Cabinet Papers
       Troy Bramston
Inside the Prime Minister’s Office
       Evan Williams
A View from the Backbench
       Ralph Willis
The Public Service
       J R Nethercote
Whitlam and the Media
       Eric Walsh
       Rodney Tiffen

Part Three  Policy and the Whitlam Government

Economic Policy
       John O’Mahony
Health Policy
       John Deeble
Education Policy
       Michael Hogan
Social Policy
       Brian Howe
Women of Australia
       Susan Ryan
Environment Policy
       Jeff Angel
Industrial Relations Policy
       Michael Easson
Primary Industry Policy
       John Kerin
Immigration and Multiculturalism
       Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope
Aboriginal Affairs
       Frank Brennan
It’s Time, the Arts and Cultural Policy
       Patricia Amphlett
Foreign and Defence Policy
       Gordon Bilney
Law Reform and the Constitution
       George Williams

Part Four – The Dismissal

The Dismissal
       Michael Sexton
Sir John Did His Duty
       Peter van Onselen
Media, Politics and The Dismissal
       Leigh Hatcher
The Untold Story of The Dismissal
       Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly

Part Five – Reflections and Assessments

A Personal Perspective
       Kep Enderby
Politics, Policy and Labor in Retrospect
       Moss Cass with Vivien Encel
Papua New Guinea: A Quiet Achievement
       Bill Morrison
Gough Whitlam and Labor Tradition
       Carol Johnson
A View from the Press Gallery
       Geoff Kitney
Gough Whitlam: The Political Singularity
       Barry Jones
The Whitlam Legacy
       Paul Kelly

Epilogue: Whitlam’s True Believers
       Troy Bramston

1. Dismissal Documents
2. The Australian Records Labor’s Rise and Fall
3. The Whitlam Cabinets 1972-75

Chapter Notes

Notes on Contributors