Published November 12, 2015
Reference - 544 Pages
ISBN 9781862879041 - CAT# Y228282
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, great 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. They reveal what worked and what didn't, and shed light on the personalities driving the engines of change.
The candid views of insiders are balanced with analysis from journalists and academics. The book also includes new research and previously unpublished photos and archival documents.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.
Foreword, Gough Whitlam Preface Introduction 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 Scandals, 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.