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Archives for 1978

Calwell Memorial Lecture: South Australian Premier Don Dunstan Announces Land Rights For The Pitjantjatjara People

The South Australian Labor Premier, Don Dunstan, used a speech in Melbourne on July 24, 1978 to announce that his government would legislate for land rights for the Pitjantjatjara people.

Dunstan delivered the A.A. Calwell Memorial Lecture, named in honour of Arthur Calwell, leader of the ALP from 1960 to 1967. The lecture was hosted by the Monash University ALP Supporters Club and delivered in the Robert Blackwood Hall.

Legislation was introduced after this speech to recognise the traditional land rights of the Pitjantjatjara people. The government lost office before the Bill was passed. The Anungu elders negotiated with the Liberal government of David Tonkin and legislation was finally passed in 1981. South Australia was the first state to recognise land rights with a direct communal title. [Read more…]


Alan Jones – Earlwood – NSW Liberal HTV

This is the how-to-vote card for Alan Jones, the Liberal candidate in the 1978 NSW state by-election in Earlwood.

Earlwood had been a safe Legislative Assembly seat held by Eric Willis, for the Liberal Party, since 1950. Willis served as premier for three months in 1976, before losing office to Neville Wran and the ALP. Willis resigned as Liberal leader in December 1977.

In 1978, Alan Jones had not yet become the well-known radio presenter he is today. His future in radio was assisted by his defeat in the by-election. Earlwood was won by the ALP candidate, Ken Gabb. The Liberal Party’s primary vote fell by 7.2%. [Read more…]


The Death Of Sir Robert Menzies

Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, died on May 15, 1978, at the age of 83.

Menzies served two non-consecutive terms as Prime Minister, for a total of 18 years, 5 months and 12 days. [Read more…]