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People Power and Politics in the Post-war Period
Transcript of People Power and Politics in the Post-war Period
Gough Whitlam was born on 11th July 1916, finished his arts and law studies at University of Sydney, married to wife Margaret in 1942 and had four children.Whitlam became prime minister on 5th December 1972. He was the 21st prime minister of Australia. In 1975 he was the only prime Minister to be removed from office by Governer- general.
Gough Whitlam contribution to Australias post-war development.
Whitlam improved education-he improved tertiary education (abolishing all tertiary fees). He made education free to all.
pensions and health in Australia improvement increased.
he lowered the legal voting age to 18 allowing young australians to imploy there views on the politic and active citizenship.
The fund increased on the unemployed and the Aboriginal affairs.
Conscription was destroyed, which meant that men wont forcen into activities that the nationa chose to take part in.
The Medibank system was introduced which was providing free hospital treatment to benefit poor and 'working' families with medical and dental services. which now days is known as Medicare.
Racial discrimination act was proposed in 1975 which made racial discrimination illegal in Australia and it was then after multiculturalism came into Australia.
He gave Aboriginals their land rights back.
He put an end to Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war and thedeplomatic recognition of China,
The Gough Whitlam government was the first to break the barrier of cultural diversity of recognizing different cultures represented in Australia.
It gave people of different cultures and ethnicities the advantage of being able to celebrate and retain their cultural heritage.
The multiculturalism policy was given the capacity to abolish what was left of the white Australian policy and improve relationships with our Asian neighbours
People whoe were seeking visas did so on a equal footing. Also reforms to the citizenship Act indicated that immigrants of the United Kingdom no longer had an upper hand when applying for an Australian citizenship.
Whitlams relationship with Sir John Kerr
July of 1974, Gough Whitlam had adviced John Kerr as the governor-general. In leading events, Sir John Kerr was appointed as the Governor-General of Australia.
on 11 November 1975 John Kerr significance was in the debated figure he played in the dismissal of Gough Whitlam, an event which sparked the most significant constitutional crisis in Australian history.
On that day Kerr dismissed Prime Minister Whitlam and appointed Malcolm Fraser to form a caretaker government, pending elections.
Gough Whitlam had recommended Sir John Robert Kerr as Governor-General to the queen, in favour of a heartily previous friendship. Thus, John Kerr had dismissed Whitlam as Prime minister. This had resulted into a bitter end to their friendship alluding to a quotation from Gough Whitlam's speech "God save the queen because nothing will save the Governor-General".
Retroactive 2 Stage 5 Australian History Third Edition by Maureen Anderson, Anne Low,
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every citizen is given equal rights, no matter what race or religion they are.
introduced the policy of multiculturalism in 1973
"It's Time" was a very effective and popular slogan for the Labor Party's 1972 election;suggesting that it was a time for change of government, policy and reform expressing there idea for change and looking forward to the public. It won the labor party the election.
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was enabled to act and wear like any other man. This gave him the authority to have a comfortable bond between him and the Australian public. It was the crucial reason of acquiring the federal election.
The first Chinese ambassador representing the People's Republic of China, is meeting members of the Australian Chinese community.