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Speaking for Australia

Parliamentary speeches that shaped the nation

Speaking for Australia by Rod Kemp
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‘So many of the decisions that changed this nation were first announced and debated in parliament, and so many of Australia's triumphs and disasters were celebrated or mourned there.' From the foreword by Professor Geoffrey Blainey Parliament lies at the heart of Australian life. From spy scandals to immigration quotas, from wars to domestic crises, from trade tariffs to stem cell research, the concerns of the nation are reflected in the speeches of its representatives. Speaking for Australia offers a selection of the most memorable speeches given in the Australian parliament since Federation in 1901. Some of these speeches changed history, some mark a significant moment in Australian life, and others offer a very personal perspective. Many of Australia's most colourful political figures are represented: Billy Hughes, Arthur Calwell, Robert Menzies, John Gorton, Gough Whitlam and Pauline Hanson. Together, these speeches track the development of the nation: two world wars and other major international conflicts; the battle for rights for women and Aborigines; changing attitudes to immigration; the growth of economic planning; and the ever-shifting political landscape. Speaking for Australia is a fascinating record of a century of Australian public life, and a treasure trove of quotes for speech makers, writers and students.
Allen & Unwin; September 2004
351 pages; ISBN 9781741154474
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Title: Speaking for Australia
Author: Rod Kemp; Marion Stanton