The Whitlam Legacy
Troy Bramston (ed); Federation Press, 2013, 544pp; $59.95 (hardback).
Growing up in suburban Melbourne and attending the local primary school in the early 1970’s I had a window into what broader Australia was like at the time of the 1972 election. At Monday morning assembly the drumming squad marched us in to the quadrangle as the flag was raised and we sang God Save the Queen. The kids ate white bread sandwiches and the majority had sandy hair and freckled faces. Those of us with an ‘ethnic’ background, or with University-educated parents who read literature and attended performances of Modern Dance or art galleries, were in the distinct minority as were those who held progressive political and social views, or at least so it seemed.