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What Gough did

101 years ago today, Gough Whitlam was born. This is what Gough did:

Basics
- Introduced universal healthcare
- Introduced no-fault divorce
- Introduced Racial Discimination Act
- Introduced the Trade Practices Act
- Established Family Court
- Established Legal Aid
- Made unis free
- Sewered poor suburbs
- Abolished (federal) death penalty
- Replaced ‘God Save the Queen’ with ‘Advance Australia Fair’
- gave the NT and ACT representation in the Senate

International stuff
- Scrapped the draft
- Freed those guilty of refusing the draft
- Ordered home all Aussie troops in Vietnam
- Started relations with China
- Forbid ‘whites only’ sports teams
- Voted for sanctions on apartheid South Africa at UN
- Granted independence to PNG
- Scrapped White Australia policy
- Established Multiculturalism policy
- Got France to stop Nuclear tests nearby

Women
- Reopened the equal pay case at the Arbitration Commission
- Set up women’s shelters
- Made The Pill easier to get
- Introduced single-mum welfare support
- Established a “Women’s Adviser” to the PM (first in the world!)

Arts
- Funded arts bigtime
- Raised minimum local content standards
- This meant more Aussie stuff on TV/movies/radio/stage
- Established Triple J, multicultural radio stations and FM radio.
- Established Australian Film Commission
- Established Australian Council for the Arts
- Established National Gallery of Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Established Department of Aboriginal Affairs
- Funded existing Aboriginal Legal Services
- Set up new ones
- Gave the Gurindji people deeds to part of their land
- Pushed for more ATSI land reform

Environment
- Introduced environmental protection laws
- Ratified World Heritage Convention
- Established protections for the Great Barrier Reef
- Established Australian Heritage Commission

That ain’t even all of it. Thank you Gough Whitlam.

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Song of the day: The Whitlams - Gough (1993)

November 11 was Armistice Day,
a bushranger was slaughtered and Gough was betrayed

November 11, he wouldn’t survive the Governor-General in ‘75
November 11, a big day for all of us
November 11, Ned Kelly died,
shame Fraser shame and we all cried

For you Gough you Gough you Gough
Edward Gough Whitlam

History lesson time!

On this day in 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from office following the 1975 Constitutional Crisis.

During his three years as Prime Minister, Whitlam accomplished some seriously game-changing shit:

  1. he ended conscription
  2. pulled Australian troops out of Vietnam
  3. he introduced universal healthcare
  4. introduced a pension for single parents
  5. he abolished university fees
  6. he introduced the racial discrimination act 
  7. he was instrumental in introducing the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, through which Aboriginal people are able to claim rights to Australian land based on traditional occupancy. 
  8. he implemented no-fault divorce. 

and let’s not forget, when he was dismissed, he went out with the most badass speech in Australian political history:

Well may we say “God save the Queen”, because nothing will save the Governor-General! The Proclamation which you have just heard read by the Governor-General’s Official Secretary was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from Remembrance Day 1975 as Kerr’s cur. They won’t silence the outskirts of Parliament House, even if the inside has been silenced for a few weeks … Maintain your rage and enthusiasm for the campaign for the election now to be held and until polling day.

So basically, the reason Australia is such a rad place to live is because, for three years in the 1970s, this bloke was running things.

Respect. 

Keep the Light On
Tim Freedman

Keep The Light On - The Whitlams & The Sydney Symphony

My all time favourite version of my all time favourite song by one of my three all time favourite bands. Do yourself a favour and have a listen.