Whitlam Government's Contribution to Australia's Post-War Development

Assess the contribution of two policies of the Whitlam government to Australia’s post-war development. In your answer make reference to at least two of the following groups: women, aborigines, migrants.

Gough Whitlam had a major impact on the post-war development of Australia. Whitlam’s goal was to achieve basic changes in the administration and structure of Australian society. Three key principles in the management of the reform program included the equality of opportunity, Australian control of the nation’s resources and the promotion of Australian identity. Whitlam’s policies for indigenous people, women and migrants particularly addressed his concerns with social justice issues. This essay will refer to the benefits indigenous people and women received from the Whitlam government’s policies.
Firstly, the contribution of Whitlam’s policies had a massive influence on promoting Australian identity and equality of opportunity for indigenous people.   The government introduced a policy of Self-determination and encouraged land rights in the northern territory. The Aboriginal Land Rights Act became law in 1976 when it allowed aboriginal people to be legal owners of their land. Along with this act, when the Self-determination policy was established it meant that aborigines now have more say in their affairs and more input into the laws and policies that affected their community. They would also have more freedom to live their lives how they wanted to. These policies, plus other multiple efforts, gave the indigenous people back the rights they deserved and promoted a much more accepting view of Australian identity to the people not only of Australia but the world itself.
Secondly, the contribution of Whitlam’s policies promoted substantial amount of equality for the women of Australia. There were numerous policies established by the government during this time, two of them being the right of equal pay to men and an Anti-discrimination Act. When the first policy...