Don't weep for Gough.
Foreign Affairs . It was a new period of involvement, amity and goodwill between Australia and its neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. GOOD-BYE VIETNAM. As an article in Green Left Weekly from 1992, marking the 20th anniversary of the election of Whitlam, said: “Labor rode the anti-Vietnam War movement to power — though not before Whitlam had attempted to overturn former ALP leader Arthur Calwell's opposition to the war. On taking office he quickly abolished conscription and released all conscientious objectors from jail. He not only road a wave of mass struggles, he got to the top of that wave by sabotaging them. Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (/ ˈ ɡ ɒ f ˈ w ɪ t l əm /; 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. At that time, Whitlam was busy leaking from ALP caucus meetings in order to ensure the biggest possible defeat for the ALP in the upcoming federal election in which the ALP was opposing the Vietnam War and conscription. In 1968, Whitlam almost lost the party leadership to anti-war campaigner Jim Cairns. Gough Whitlam included within the Vietnam War Memorial Site Photo Gallery "Whitlam was always mindful of trying to navigate public opinion [on it]," associate professor Strangio said. Gough Whitlam Australian Labor Party Delivered at Sydney, NSW, October 1st, 1969 The election was held on 25 October, 1969, for the House of Representatives only. For Whitlam, the world emerging from the ashes of Vietnam offered an exciting opportunity to recast Australia's image in the eyes of the world and redefine the alliance. The election of the Whitlam Government was a turning point in Australia's international outlook.
In opposition, Whitlam described the Vietnam War as "disastrous and deluded." The nation began to abandon the relics of colonialism, and curtail the hostile and suspicious stance that it had retained toward its own region. He said Australia had already begun disengaging from Vietnam under the Coalition. For Nixon, the ongoing difficulties in securing an end to the war and the mounting pressures of the Watergate scandal produced a visceral reaction to any criticism – but especially that from a once close and trusted ally. Mr Whitlam, a World War II RAAF navigator, argued that conscription had both divided society and been used as an excuse to keep down the pay and conditions of defence personnel.