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40th Anniversary of the historic joint sitting of parliament
Joint Sitting Give Gough a Go icon

This week (6 and 7 August, 2014) marks the 40th Anniversary of the historic joint sitting of the parliament in 1974, which followed on from the double-dissolution election. Never before or since has this method been used to overcome a deadlock between the two chambers of the nation's parliament.

It was a significant and entirely unique occasion, and a defining moment in Whitlam's political career. The joint sitting saw the passage of several key bills including the Health Insurance Bill 1973 (the Medibank legislation) and the Commonwealth Electoral Bill (No. 2) 1973, which would institute the principle of 'one vote, one value' in federal elections.

To mark the occasion the Whitlam Institute has put together an online exhibition on the joint sitting, pulling together footage, original documents and photos from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, the ABC, the National Archives and others.


11 July 2014: Happy 98th birthday Gough!
Mr Edward Gough Whitlam and Miss Margaret Dovey on 22 April 1942

To mark the occasion of Gough Whitlam's 98th birthday , yesterday Chair of the Whitlam Institute Board Senator the Hon John Faulkner delivered a birthday message to Gough in the Senate. We thought we’d share it with you, as it’s rather nice. Happy birthday Gough!



Julia Gillard: The politics, the policies & a very public life
The Hon Julia Gillard

The Whitlam Institute and Riverside Theatres invite you to join former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard to discuss her public life: the policies, the issues and the experiences that defined her time in the cauldron of Australian politics.

Riverside Theatres, 1 October. Book now on 8839 3399 or http://bit.ly/1rKSVTw

The Whitlam Institute and Riverside Theatres invite you to join former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard to discuss her public life: the policies, the issues and the experiences that defined her time in the cauldron of Australian politics - See more at: http://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/julia-gillard-the-politics-the-policies-a-very-public-life/#sthash.K4TUyI0Y.dpuf
The Whitlam Institute and Riverside Theatres invite you to join former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard to discuss her public life: the policies, the issues and the experiences that defined her time in the cauldron of Australian politics - See more at: http://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/julia-gillard-the-politics-the-policies-a-very-public-life/#sthash.K4TUyI0Y.dpuf

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