Archives for August 1975

Gurindji Land Ceremony

In 1966, Aboriginal stockmen went on strike at Wave Hill station in the Northern Territory.

Under the leadership of a Gurindji man, Vincent Lingiari, the strikers set up camp at Wattie Creek. Over time, the industrial dispute with the Vestey family turned into a demand for land rights.

Nine years later, in 1975, the Whitlam Government resolved the dispute and title to the land was granted to the Gurindji people.

During the ceremony to grant the land title, Whitlam symbolically poured sand into Lingiari’s hand. [Read more…]

Whitlam Promises To Drink More

After ALP and ACTU President Bob Hawke admitted to drinking too much, Whitlam satirically promised to drink more.

The future prime minister, and frequent critic of the Whitlam government, made his comments about drinking in a media interview.

Whitlam’s whimsical response to Hawke’s confession came in an exchange with Channel 9’s Peter Harvey. [Read more…]