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It’s Time: Audio, Video And Lyrics

“It’s Time” is arguably the most famous political slogan in Australian political history.

The slogan encapsulated the political mood of 1972, even amongst non-Labor supporters. “It’s time for a change” seemed to be the prevailing mood after 23 years of coalition government which began in 1949 under Robert Menzies.

The slogan was also made into a song, the lyrics of which are shown below.

Whitlam’s 1969 Election Policy Speech

This is the text of Gough Whitlam’s 1969 Election Policy Speech.

It was delivered at the Sydney Town Hall.

Into the Seventies with Labor

On 25 October Australians will elect a national government to take Australia into the 1970s. The campaign of the Australian Labor Party will have one dominant theme – the theme of opportunities, the taking of opportunities, the making of opportunities for Australia and for all Australians. We wish to renovate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate and liberate. It is not only time, more than time, for a change; it is time to refresh, remould and renew the whole framework of finances and functions and to end the 20 year story of opportunities needlessly deferred, delayed and denied by the Liberals.

Certainly, The Impotent Are Pure: Whitlam’s Speech To The Victorian ALP State Conference

This is Gough Whitlam’s speech to the annual conference of the Victorian ALP, in which he challenged the party to change and said that, “certainly, the impotent are pure”.

The speech was delivered just four months after Whitlam’s election as leader of the ALP, following its landslide defeat at the November 1966 election.

Whitlam signalled that he was willing to stand up to the ALP. The speech is an important milestone in his battle to reform the party internally and renovate its policy platform.

The PDF below is taken from the E-Collection of the Whitlam Institute.