Vale Gough Whitlam

I was lucky enough to go to university for free. It seems unlikely my children will be this fortunate.

I’m blessed to live in a country with universal health care.

I’ve seen the devastation wrought by dispossession from traditional lands (and songlines) and forced separation from families. Consequently, I’m a firm believer in indigenous land rights.

I didn’t grow up in a household that beatified the prime minister responsible for these changes. But I certainly grew up grateful for the social policies Mr Gough Whitlam mustered through the federal parliament.

Similar to the cartoonist First Dog on the Moon, my hope is that our current politicians might be inspired by Mr Whitlam’s lasting legacy and focus on the greater good, rather than mean-spirited ideology.

As Paul Kelly and Kev Camody wrote, even small changes can make a big difference.

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