Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam

LivePoliticalChat's photo.

Wow had no idea Whitlam's engagement with China came before US President Richard Nixon table tennis diplomacy.....

Check out this list of what the Whitlam Government achieved in just 3 years;

1. ended Conscription,
2. withdrew Australian troops from Vietnam,
3. implemented Equal Pay for Women,
4. launched an Inquiry into Education and the Funding of Government and Non-government Schools on a Needs Basis,
5. established a separate ministry responsible for Aboriginal Affairs,
6. established the single Department of Defence,
7. withdrew support for apartheid–South Africa,
8. granted independence to Papua New Guinea,
9. abolished Tertiary Education Fees,
10. established the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS),
11. increased pensions,
12. established Medibank,
13. established controls on Foreign Ownership of Australian resources,
14. passed the Family Law Act establishing No-Fault Divorce,
15. passed a series of laws banning Racial and Sexual Discrimination,
16. extended Maternity Leave and Benefits for Single Mothers,
17. introduced One-Vote-One-Value to democratize the electoral system,
18. implemented wide-ranging reforms of the ALP's organization,
19. initiated Australia's first Federal Legislation on Human Rights, the Environment and Heritage,
20. established the Legal Aid Office,
21. established the National Film and Television School,
22. launched construction of National Gallery of Australia,
23. established the Australian Development Assistance Agency,
24. reopened the Australian Embassy in Peking after 24 years,
25. established the Prices Justification Tribunal,
26. revalued the Australian Dollar,
27. cut tariffs across the board,
28. established the Trade Practices Commission,
29. established the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service,
30. established the Law Reform Commission,
31. established the Australian Film Commission,
32. established the Australia Council,
33. established the Australian Heritage Commission,
34. established the Consumer Affairs Commission,
35. established the Technical and Further Education Commission,
36. implemented a national employment and training program,
37. created Telecom and Australia Post to replace the Postmaster-General's Department,
38. devised the Order of Australia Honors System to replace the British Honors system,
39. abolished appeals to the Privy Council,
40. changed the National Anthem to 'Advance Australia Fair' (confirmed at 1977 Referendum),
41. instituted Aboriginal Land Rights, and
42. sewered *most* parts of Sydney. (Hard to believe, isn't it, that Sydney wasn't even sewered 40 years ago???)

- all in 3 years!!!

You have to ponder the fate of Australia these days, how unfortunate we are to find ourselves with Tony Abbott in comparison.....with his small minded ideas and attitudes......

1 comment:

  1. ok I've just been corrected about my Gough Whitlam post yesterday

    ..... The following could be noted for the record;

    4 July 1971 Whitlam lead a (labour party but not as PM) delegation to China and met Chou En Lai. Kissinger arrived for his visit a week later

    Richard Nixon as head of state meet Mao Zedong in Beijing, February 21, 1972. Whitlam as head of state in Oct 1973.

    lol my dad is there anything he doesn't know.....