The Whitlam Institute Program

The grand causes that Gough Whitlam championed in his public life continue to inspire the Whitlam Institute Program.

"It’s time for a new team, a new program, a new drive for equality of opportunities; it’s time to create new opportunities for Australians, time for a vision of what we can achieve in this generation for our nation and the region in which we live"

– Gough Whitlam, Policy Speech of the ALP, 13 November 1972.


The Whitlam Government (1972-75) introduced the Trade Practices Act and slashed tariffs. It established a comprehensive national health care system with Medibank and opened the door to State-funding for non-Government schools based on need. It brought the vote to 18 year olds, introduced free university education and replaced adversarial divorce laws. It recognised that national governments have a critical role to play in urban planning, development and renewal. It established diplomatic and trade relations with China and ratified international human rights treaties.

We enjoy the enduring benefits of Gough Whitlam's achievements every day of our lives.
At the same time, whether it is Australia's economic capacity, Indigenous rights or the public provision of education, we could stick a pin in almost any line of the Whitlam Agenda (articulated in the famous 1972 Policy Speech) and recognise the most pressing contemporary challenges.

The grand themes of the Whitlam Agenda are as urgent and as alive today as they were in 1972.
It should be no surprise then that our work at the Whitlam Institute is driven by the knowledge that reform is a constant process that depends on the robust debate of considered - and sometimes creative and bold - policy options.

The challenges we confront invite the attention of all people of goodwill irrespective of political allegiance.

The Whitlam Institute Program has a number of initiatives, from concept to development, in its growing portfolio. We invite you to take a look through our Program, and of course your feedback is always welcome.

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