Common questions

What policies did Gough Whitlam accomplish?

What policies did Gough Whitlam accomplish?

Whitlam, prime minister for fewer than three years between 1972 and 1975, pushed through a raft of reforms that radically changed Australia’s economic, legal and cultural landscape. The Whitlam government abolished the death penalty for federal crimes. Legal aid was established, with offices in each state capital.

Why was Gough Whitlam kicked out of Parliament?

The Governor-General decided that, as Whitlam could not secure supply, and would not resign or advise an election for the House of Representatives, he would have to sack him.

When was the Whitlam government?

Whitlam Government
5 December 1972 – 11 November 1975
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Deputy Lance Barnard (1972–1974) Jim Cairns (1974–1975) Frank Crean (1975)
Party Labor

What did Gough Whitlam say to Vincent Lingiari?

In August 1975 Prime Minister Whitlam came to Daguragu and ceremonially returned a small portion of Gurindji land to the traditional owners by pouring a handful of soil into Vincent Lingiari’s hand with the words, ‘Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong …

What did Gough Whitlam do for land rights?

As Prime Minister, Whitlam introduced the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Rights legislation, established the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee, funded Indigenous legal services, passed the Racial Discrimination Act, and returned Daguragu to the Gurindji people, just to name a few (Whitlam 1985, chapter 12) …

Who was prime minister after Gough Whitlam?

List of officeholders

No. Name (Birth–Death) Political party
21 Gough Whitlam (1916–2014) Labor
22 Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015) Liberal (Coalition)
23 Bob Hawke (1929–2019) Labor

Can Queen Elizabeth dissolve parliament?

Along with the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Crown is an integral part of the institution of Parliament. The Queen plays a constitutional role in opening and dissolving Parliament and approving Bills before they become law.

Has the Queen ever dismissed a prime minister?

This was last done in Britain in 1963 when Elizabeth II appointed Sir Alec Douglas-Home as prime minister, on the advice of outgoing Harold Macmillan. To dismiss a prime minister and his or her government on the monarch’s own authority. This was last done in Britain in 1834 by King William IV.

Where was Gough Whitlam educated?

The University of Sydney1937–1947
Knox Grammar SchoolCanberra Grammar SchoolTelopea Park SchoolMowbray House
Gough Whitlam/Education

What was the significance of Gough Whitlam pouring sand into the hand of Vincent Lingiari?

The symbolic gesture between Mr Whitlam and Mr Lingiari was the culmination of a nine-year strike by Gurindji stockmen calling for their land to be handed back to them.

What did Whitlam do for aboriginals?

The Whitlam Government sought to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to claim back the land to which they were entitled, to allow them more input into policy-making, and to abolish discriminatory practices that limited their freedoms and opportunities.