NACCHO Media Release: The Prime Minister who walked the talk for Aboriginal people

Gough Whitlam was a big man with big ideas and he made many of his ideas possible. Thanks to him the universities were opened up to the average Joe. He reformed health care. His work and understanding with Aboriginal people was inspiring to me as a child. Vale Gough, you are now with your beloved Margaret who also worked tirelessly

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

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The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) joined all Australians today in paying tribute to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

“Mr Whitlam was a Prime Minister who walked the talk for Aboriginal people, he brought us into the life of the nation when we had been shut out for so long,” NACCHO Chair, Justin Mohamed said.

“He elevated Aboriginal issues to national prominence by including land rights, human rights and anti-racism in his reform agenda.

“As part of this, his government instituted a policy of self-determination underpinned by community control and began supporting local community-controlled services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Today, essential and successful services such as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services remain at the core of community development providing healthcare, employment and education, and underpin Aboriginal Australians ongoing fight for self-determination.

“At a national level Mr Whitlam also oversaw the establishment of the first elected…

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