• Publication Date: September 24, 2015
  • EAN: 9781862879041
  • 568 pages; 6" x 8⅝"

The Whitlam Legacy (Paperback)


Product Description

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The book also includes new research and previously unpublished photos and archival documents.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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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


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