John Curtin pioneered independent foreign policy and forged a strategic alliance with the United States - a policy shift that represented a radical and controversial change of outlook for Australia. His promotion of our country as a world-citizen free of colonial restraint directly contributed to the cultural diversity and social responsibility of contemporary Australia.
John Curtin's keen sense of social justice and community service was evident in his political career. He created the foundations of progressive social legislation, including the introduction of the widows' pension, sickness and unemployment benefits and the beginning of a national health scheme. He also guided Australia through an overhaul of the national economy and emphasised the importance of full employment as a major objective of government.