People Power and Post War Politics. Prime Ministers – Gough Whitlam. By S. Angelo East Hills Girls Technology High School 2008. Gough Whitlam. Policies Leadership Major Issues Background http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/meetpm.asp?pmId=21&pageName=before Elections
Prime Ministers – Gough Whitlam
East Hills Girls Technology High School
Edward Gough WHITLAM
Born: 11 July 1916, Kew, Victoria
Education: Telopea Park High School and Canberra Grammar School; University of Sydney (1946)
Employment: RAAF navigator; barrister
Memberships: Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues and World Heritage Committee; World Conservation Union (IUCN); University of Sydney Senate; Academy of Athens; Hanoi Architectural Heritage Foundation
Marriage: 22 April 1942, Vaucluse, Sydney
Children: Anthony (1944); Nicholas (1945); Stephen (1950); Catherine (1954)
Honours: Queen’s Counsel (1962); Socialist International Plate of Honour (1976); Companion of the Order of Australia (1978)
Term as PM: 5 December 1972 – 11 November 1975
Terms as MP: House of Representatives: 17 February 1953 – 31 July 1978 (Werriwa); Deputy Leader of the Opposition (March 1960 – February 1967); Leader of the Opposition (February 1967 – December 1972; November 1975 – December 1977)
Portfolios: Thirteen portfolios: 5–19 December 1972 Foreign Affairs: December 1972 – November 1973 Environment: July 1975
Memberships: Australian Labor Party (NSW branch, 1945–; federal parliamentary Labor Party leader, February 1967 – December 1977); Socialist International; UNESCO Executive Board
After: Australian Ambassador to UNESCO (1983–86); Chair, National Gallery of Australia Council (1987–90); Chair, Australia–China Council (1986–91
1972 FEDERAL ELECTIONS
Why did Labor win?
It’s time for freedom,It’s time for moving, It’s time to begin,Yes It’s time It’s time Australia,It’s time for moving, It’s time for proving,Yes It’s time
It’s time for all folk,It’s time for moving, It’s time to give,Yes It’s time
It’s time for children,It’s time to show them, Time to look ahead,Yes It’s time
Time for freedom,Time for moving, Time to be clear,Yes It’s time
Time Australia,Time for moving, It’s time for proving,Yes It’s time
Time for better,Come together, It’s time to move,Yes It’s time
Time to stand up,Time to shout it, Time, Time, Time,Yes It’s time
Time to move on,Time to stand up, time to say ‘yes’,Yes It’s time
What are the main points in this source? How do these connect with the reasons that may have led people to vote for the Labor Party in 1972?
Why do you think Gough Whitlam is dressed this way?
What is the general impression of Whitlam gained from this source?
What do you think are the issues that would have led to many people voting for Labor in 1972? Explain why.
What is the cartoonist Bruce Petty saying?
Gough Whitlam - Prime Minister
What does this suggest about Whitlam’s leadership style?
How do you think Australians would have viewed him in light of this?
only Prime Minister to grow up in the national capital
dubbed ‘the young brolga’ when he entered parliament, for his height (194cm) and imperious bearing
one of only two Prime Ministers whose lifetime spanned the lives of all 25 Prime Ministers in Australia’s first century (John Gorton was the other)
was on active service in World War II as a RAAF navigator, despite suffering badly from airsickness
only Prime Minister dismissed from office
the Whitlam Institute was developed within the University of Western Sydney in 2000