Edward Gough Whitlam: Australia's Political System

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Edward Gough Whitlam:
Edward Gough Whitlam, born 11 July, 1916 in Kew, Melbourne was the oldest of two children and the son of Frederick Whitlam. His father’s work took him from Melbourne to Sydney and Canberra during his younger years where he spent his early educational career in various local schools. Whitlam later graduated from the University of Sydney where he received both an arts and a law degree. He then went on to serve as both an Australian politician representing the political labour party, and as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force. He was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975, and did his time in the military between 1941 and 1945 fighting in the Second World War. Whitlam married Margaret …show more content…

Ever since Whitlam’s departure, government systems have been somewhat ‘conservative’ in their approach to reform. Consequently, much of Edward Gough Whitlam’s legacy has been eradicated, such as the removal of free university education, by successive ‘conservative’ government schemes. However, that which remains of Whitlam’s legacy continues to shape Australia's reform policies (Murphy, 2014). His legacy is evident in and lives on in the following reform policies that are still active in Australia’s political system to …show more content…

“I was profoundly embarrassed by it (the White Australia Policy) and did all I could to change it.” - Gough Whitlam quoted in Paul Kelly's 100 Years – The Australian Story published in 2001 (ABC, n.d.).
Both messages serve as a reminder of his fight against racial discrimination and the improvement of human rights, in turn serving as a lesson to the rest world that racial discrimination is inhumane and equal human rights are of the utmost importance in modern society.
Edward Gough Whitlam, for this, is a great and one of the most influential Australian leaders of all time. His ability to reform conservative government and influence government policies in such way that they are still evident today is undeniably admirable and serves as justification of what a great transformational leader he was during his short three year reign, regardless of his financial

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