YOUR SAY: Whitlam wanted to build a fair Australia
IN THE middle of the conservative attack on the values of all Australians we have lost the great man, the architect of our universal health system, Aboriginal Land Rights and so many more great reforms in health and education, as the LNP are trying to tear it all down and bring us back to a time before Whitlam.
Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC will long be remembered for his vision of what Australia could have been under truly progressive governments rather than what we have ended up with under governments of less vision and indeed governments of no vision. These visionless governments include our current LNP conservative governments who are trying to destroy the universal health system that Australians have held so dear since 1972, by introducing a co-payment which will affect the poorest in the Australian community.
Whitlam was a man of extreme intelligence and practical demonstration of his policies won him many votes, he was a man of egalitarianism, of fairness to all, who tried to build Australia instead of let it be sold off to international corporations.
He wanted to "buy back the farm" yet the conventional conservative forces within Australia fought him at every turn in his quest to deliver his great philosophies to a nation which hitherto had been an English colony. He was having none of that.
How I wish we had another person of great intelligence and vision in the Australian parliament who could carry the fight onwards for fairness to the Australian people.
SHAUN NEWMAN, Deeragun