Historic Gough Whitlam speech commemorated with special celebration

Patricia Amphlett with choir

On 13 November 1972 the towering figure of Gough Whitlam took the stage at Blacktown's Bowman Hall. The hall was packed to overflowing. That night proved to be one of the most significant in Australian political history, and Gough Whitlam delivered the speech that changed a nation. 

"The decision we will make for our country on 2 December is a choice between the past and the future, between the habits and fears of the past, and the demands and opportunities of the future. There are moments in history when the whole fate and future of nations can be decided by a single decision. For Australia, this is such a time."
Gough Whitlam, 13 November 1972
The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney booked the Bowman Hall on 13 November 2012 to celebrate and commemorate the 40th Anniversary of this great speech.
Special guests and performers include:
  • The Hon Bob Hawke AC, former Prime Minister
  • Lead singer of The Whitlams, musician Tim Freedman
  • Senator The Hon John Faulkner, Chair of the Whitlam Institute Board
  • Speechwriter, political confidante and author Graham Freudenberg AM
  • Australian pop icon and member of the Whitlam Institute Board Patricia Amphlett OAM (Little Pattie) with the Campbelltown Performing Arts High School Choir

UWS News Centre's 'It's time' 40th Anniversary photo gallery

Selected media coverage

22 November 2012

Photo: Sally Tsoutas 

Media contact: Paul Grocott, Senior Media Officer