The Whitlam Legacy is a series of occasional papers published by the Whitlam Institute offering contemporary insights on matters of public interest inspired by Gough Whitlam's public life and the legacy of the Whitlam Government.
Gough Whitlam's vision of the Australian Res Publica: Creating civil possibility in rhetoric and action (July 2016): Gough Whitlam was a master of rhetoric. Professor Yeatman explores the central importance of political rhetoric for creating civil possibility, for articulating and therefore continually creating institutions such as the parliament, the political party, the public sector and the federal system of government.
What's most striking about Professor Yeatman's paper is not so much what it says about Gough but what it tells us about contemporary Australian politics.
The Whitlam Government and the Racial Discrimination Act (March 2016): In 1975, the year the Racial Discrimination Act was introduced by the Whitlam Government, Australia's population was just over 13.5 million. Fast forward 40 years and 24 million people now call Australia home, living in relative harmony in a rich and vibrantly multicultural society. Examining the role of legislation in catalysing and embedding social change, The Whitlam Government and the Racial Discrimination Act (March 2016) by Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane delivers a succinct history of the Racial Discrimination Act, its passage through Parliament, and its impact on Australia today.
Gough Whitlam, Double J and the Youth Radio Revolution (January 2015): 2015 marked 40 years since Double J commenced broadcasting on 19 January 1975 at 1540 khz on the AM band. The radio station opened with a bang with the Skyhooks' You just like me 'cause I'm good in bed. The small studio in Sydney's Kings Cross from which 2JJ broadcast may have at first appeared unremarkable, but its announcers were enthusiastic, the playlist aimed to support the diversity of the Australian music scene, the pioneering news and current affairs coverage explored the realities of young people's experiences in Australia, and it was clearly focused on developing a dedicated space for young people to engage in and with the media. These beginnings have shaped young people's participation in the media ever since.
By Dr Liz Giuffre, January 2015
Introduction by Mr Graham Freudenberg AM, July 2013
By Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO, October 2012
By Dr Mark Hutchinson, October 2011