Australian Political Events in the 1970's

  • Woman Pay Rights

    Woman Pay Rights
    At this time women constituted one-third of the workforce, but were still paid less than men.
  • War Protest

    War Protest
    Over 200 000 people around Australia gathered in cities to protest against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • Indigenous People

    Indigenous People
    Indigenous people were counted in the national population for the first time. The census found that there were 115 953 Indigenous people living in Australia.
  • Neville Bonner

    Neville Bonner
    Neville Bonner became the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to Federal Parliament.
  • War Withdraw

    War Withdraw
    Australian soldiers were withdrawn from Vietnam in 1972. In total, around 50 000 Australians had served in the conflict. Around 3000 were wounded and almost 500 were killed.
  • Gough Whitlam

    Gough Whitlam
    Gough Witlam's Labour Government came to power.
  • New Law

    New Law
    The Whitlam Government ruled that women doing the same job as men should be paid the same amount.
  • White Australia Policy

    White Australia Policy
    The white Australia policy was scrapped leaving Indgineous people free of discrimination.
  • Dismissal Of Gough Whitlam

    Dismissal Of Gough Whitlam
    In 1975, Prime Gough Minister Whitlam was dismissed by John Kerr, the Governor-General.
  • Aboriginal LandRights Act

    Aboriginal LandRights Act
    The Aboriginal Land Rights Act was established. It was a law which recognised that in some circumstances, Aboriginal people had a right to claim control of land.
  • Womens Maternity Leave

    Womens Maternity Leave
    In 1979 women won the right for paid maternity leave. Although fewer women were then employed in high quality/pay jobs.