Graham Freudenberg, Australia's greatest speechwriter, says the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches. This book brings together great Labor speeches which give voice to the party's enduring values and achievements, and place it and its principal figures at the centre of historic events.
There are speeches that stir the imagination and inspire, speeches that appeal to humanity, speeches of sorrow and redemption, speeches that urge moderation and caution, speeches that call for courage in the face of adversity, speeches that seek to mute the trumpet sound of war, speeches that attack the forces of conservatism, and speeches which celebrate and mourn the party's fallen. Chris Watson articulates Labors purpose as a light upon a mountain four decades before
Ben Chifley's famed light on the hill speech John Curtin tells a hushed parliament that a great naval battle is proceeding.
Gough Whitlam declarares timefor a new Labor government
Bob Hawkes urges South Africa's apartheid leaders to listen to the spirit of men and women yearning to be free.
Paul Keating's belief in Labor as the people who can dream the big dreams and do the big things.
Kevin Rudd says We are Sorry to the stolen generations of Aboriginal Australians
Foreword â€“ Graham Freudenberg Acknowledgements Preface â€“ Troy Bramston Introduction â€“ Troy Bramston Reconciling Australia Gough Whitlam, â€˜I put into your hands this piece of the earth itselfâ€™, 16 August 1975 Gough Whitlam pours the earth into Vincent Lingiariâ€™s hands at Wattie Creek Paul Keating, â€˜It begins, I think, with that act of recognitionâ€™, 10 December 1992 Paul Keatingâ€™s landmark speech calling for reconciliation at Redfern Park Bob Carr, â€˜The right to belongâ€™, 14 November 1996 Bob Carr delivers the first government apology to the stolen generations Kim Beazley, â€˜To render justice and restitutionâ€™, 28 May 1997 Kim Beazleyâ€™s response to the Bringing Them Home report Kevin Rudd, â€˜We say sorryâ€™, 13 February 2008 Kevin Ruddâ€™s historic apology to Australiaâ€™s indigenous peoples Reform, Progress and the Future John (Chris) Watson, â€˜For the benefit of the whole of the people of Australiaâ€™, 18 May 1904 Laborâ€™s first leader, Chris Watson, outlines the policies of the first national Labor Government Dorothy Tangney, â€˜A model for all other democracies to followâ€™, 24 September 1943 Laborâ€™s first female parliamentarian delivers her first speech in the midst of war Arthur Calwell, â€˜We cannot afford to failâ€™, 2 August 1945 The post-war immigration program, that forever changed the nation, is announced H. V. â€˜Docâ€™ Evatt, â€˜No man should be convicted, or deprived of civil rightsâ€™, 10 July 1951 In the shining moment of his career, Doc Evatt makes the case against banning the Communist Party of Australia Joe Cahill, â€˜A great cultural centreâ€™, 15 June 1957 The indefatigable old-school Labor Premier Joe Cahill delivers the speech that ensures Sydney gets its Opera House Gough Whitlam, â€˜The way of the reformer is hard in Australiaâ€™, 19 July 1957 An ascendant Gough Whitlam outlines the challenges for modern progressives Don Dunstan, â€˜The strength which comes from diversityâ€™, 16 December 1968 Don Dunstan urges a non-discriminatory immigration policy and the end of White Australia Gough Whitlam, â€˜To redress past injustice and build a more just and tolerant futureâ€™, 31 October 1975 Gough Whitlam gives voice to tolerance and justice at the proclamation of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Bill Hayden, â€˜We cannot achieve social reform unless we competently manage the economyâ€™, 18 July 1979 Bill Hayden repositions the Labor Party in the post-Whitlam years and provides the foundations for government Bob Hawke, â€˜Australiaâ€™s gravest economic crisis in fifty yearsâ€™, 11 April 1983 Bob Hawke addresses the National Economic Summit Conference on Australiaâ€™s economic challenges Susan Ryan, â€˜The principle of the equality of men and womenâ€™, 2 June 1983 Susan Ryan introduces the historic Sex Discrimination Bill Bob Hawke, â€˜A triumph of compassion over prejudiceâ€™, 25 August 1988 Bob Hawke defends Australiaâ€™s immigration policy against attacks by the Liberal and National parties Paul Keating, â€˜Our Head of State should be one of usâ€™, 7 June 1995 Paul Keating announces to the parliament his governmentâ€™s vision for an Australian republic Paul Keating, â€˜When the government changes, the country changesâ€™, 29 February 1996 Paul Keating, on the eve of the 1996 election, warns the Australian people about the dangers of a Howard Government Kim Beazley, â€˜Demonising the reputation of those who work on our waterfrontâ€™, 8 April 1998 Bob Carr, â€˜A day that will live in industrial infamyâ€™, 8 April 1998 Kim Beazley and Bob Carr defend the rights of unionised workers on the waterfront Mark Latham, â€˜The ladder of opportunityâ€™, 29 January 2004 Reflecting strong Labor values and promoting an ambitious policy agenda, Mark Latham makes his case Kevin Rudd, â€˜The single greatest threat to our economic security in a generationâ€™, 15 October 2008 Kevin Rudd outlines the governmentâ€™s response to the emerging Global Financial Crisis The Campaign Trail Andrew Fisher, â€˜To try and awaken the patriotism of Australiansâ€™, 30 March 1909 Andrew Fisher delivers his famous Gympie speech â€“ the first modern election campaign policy speech James Scullin, â€˜Parliament has vindicated itself as the guardian of the peopleâ€™s rightsâ€™, 10-12 September 1929 Jim Scullin lashes the Bruce Government as it falls, ahead of Labor winning the subsequent election John Curtin, â€˜Victory in war, victory for the peaceâ€™, 26 July 1943 John Curtin, battling the storm of war, makes the case for sticking with Labor Ben Chifley, â€˜To win the peace for the greater happiness and prosperity of allâ€™, 2 September 1946 Ben Chifley outlines his vision for post-war reconstruction Gough Whitlam, â€˜Itâ€™s timeâ€™, 13 November 1972 Gough Whitlam gives his famous â€˜Itâ€™s Timeâ€™ election policy speech Bob Hawke, â€˜National reconciliation, national recovery, national reconstructionâ€™, 16 February 1983 Bob Hawke presents his policies and plans to the nation to defeat Fraserism Paul Keating, â€˜The most important election in memoryâ€™, 24 February 1993 Paul Keating makes his pitch for a fifth term for Labor Kevin Rudd, â€˜A choice between the future and the pastâ€™, 14 November 2007 Kevin Rudd delivers Laborâ€™s winning election campaign policy speech History, Tradition and Ideology George Black, â€˜To make and unmake social conditionsâ€™, 16 July 1891 One of Laborâ€™s first parliamentarians, George Black, explains Laborâ€™s role in its formative years James McGowen, â€˜We are the representatives of the masses of the workersâ€™, 10 December 1891 NSW Laborâ€™s first premier gives a thoughtful speech on the purpose of the Labor Party Andrew Fisher, â€˜We are all socialists nowâ€™, 7 July 1908 A triumphant Andrew Fisher ridicules his critics and urges continued progressive reform John (Chris) Watson, â€˜A light upon a mountainâ€™, 25 September 1904 Excavated from the archives, Laborâ€™s first leader declares Laborâ€™s vision â€“ half a century before Ben Chifley William Holman, â€˜The State as the great instrument for goodâ€™, 2-3 April 1906 In the famous debate against George Reid, one of Laborâ€™s finest orators, William Holman, defines Laborâ€™s philosophy Ben Chifley, â€˜The light on the hillâ€™, 12 June 1949 Ben Chifley gives the most famous of all Labor speeches Ben Chifley, â€˜The things we fight forâ€™, 10 June 1951 In his final speech, Ben Chifley, invokes the Labor cause as the cause of his life John Cain, â€˜To thrust a dagger into a Labor Governmentâ€™, 19 April 1955 Joe Cahill, â€˜It is time to unite, not to fightâ€™, 14 August 1955 A tale of two governments during the 1950s Labor split: John Cain, beset by treachery and betrayal, sees his government fall, while Joe Cahill urges the party to remain united, avoids a split and saves his government Gough Whitlam, â€˜The impotent are pureâ€™, 9 June 1967 Gough Whitlam delivers his broadside against the Victorian ALP and demands they modernise and reform themselves Gough Whitlam, â€˜Human improvement and human progressâ€™, 14 August 1975 Gough Whitlam, only three months before the dismissal, reflects on the struggle of leading a reformist government Bob Hawke, â€˜The engine room of national renewal, the generators of change, the pioneers of reformâ€™, 26 June 1991 Bob Hawke presents his political testament and his belief in keeping faith with Laborâ€™s cause Paul Keating, â€˜Cracker nightâ€™, 16 May 1994 Paul Keating, â€˜Down the time tunnel to the futureâ€™, 27 February 1992 Paul Keating, in the arena, the statesmen as political brawler, skewering his political opponents Paul Keating, â€˜We are the reform party in this countryâ€™, 21 March 1992 Paul Keating presents the case for Labor amid the clash of political ideologies over the past century War and Conflict William Holman, â€˜The most iniquitous, most immoral war ever wagedâ€™, 18 October 1899 William Holman opposes, most stridently, the Boer War Andrew Fisher, â€˜To our last man and our last shillingâ€™, 31 July 1914 Andrew Fisher, as the storm clouds of war gather, declares his support for King and country T.J Ryan, â€˜I am opposed to conscriptionâ€™, 22 November 1917 T.J. Ryan fights Billy Hughesâ€™ plans for conscription in the First World War John Curtin, â€˜The tribute which a grateful country pays to those who have served itâ€™, 11 November 1941 John Curtin opens the Australian War Memorial and pays tribute to the fallen John Curtin, â€˜We are at war with Japanâ€™, 8 December 1941 John Curtin announces the beginning of the war in the Pacific John Curtin, â€˜Men and women of The United Statesâ€™, 14 March 1942 John Curtin looks to the United States in this historic broadcast abroad John Curtin, â€˜A great naval battle is proceedingâ€™, 8 May 1942 John Curtin announces to a hushed Parliament that the nation may be facing the threat of invasion John Curtin, â€˜The compass of the labour movementâ€™, 6 June 1943 In this spellbinding performance, John Curtin invokes the Laborâ€™s values to win support for the war effort John Curtin, â€˜The cause of freedom will be victoriousâ€™, 10 May 1944 John Curtin, â€˜Those 22 yards of turfâ€™, 10 May 1944 John Curtin speaks movingly of the importance of freedom and democracy to a London audience Ben Chifley, â€˜The war is overâ€™, 15 August 1945 Ben Chifley announces to the nation that the Second World War has ended Arthur Calwell, â€˜On the side of sanity and in the cause of humanityâ€™, 4 May 1965 Arthur Calwell delivers his finest speech, opposing the Vietnam War, and promises Labor will be vindicated Bob Hawke, â€˜These hills rang with their voices and ran with their bloodâ€™, 25 April 1990 Bob Hawke, â€˜We do not come here to glorify warâ€™, 25 April 1990 Bob Hawke recalls the Anzac legend, born at Gallipoli, on the 75th anniversary of the battle Paul Keating, â€˜These battles were fought, not for the glory of war, but for humanityâ€™, 25 April 1992 Paul Keating enlarges the Anzac legend at Kokoda, a place of hallowed ground for Australians Paul Keating, â€˜He is one of usâ€™, 11 November 1993 Paul Keating delivers his moving eulogy for the unknown Australian solider Simon Crean, â€˜I donâ€™t believe that you should be goingâ€™, 23 January 2003 On the deck of a battleship, Simon Crean tells the troops why he opposes the Iraq War Australia and the World H. V. â€˜Docâ€™ Evatt, â€˜Real peace is not merely the absence of warâ€™, 30 August 1945 Doc Evatt reports to Parliament on the creation of the United Nations Ben Chifley, â€˜For the preservation of peaceâ€™, 13 and 20 March 1947 Ben Chifley wins the case for Australia to join the international economy Gough Whitlam, â€˜We give primacy to the United Nationsâ€™, 30 September 1974 Gough Whitlam outlines a bold new vision for Australia in the world Bob Hawke, â€˜The spirit of men and women yearning to be freeâ€™, 16 October 1985 Bob Hawke tells Commonwealth leaders that they cannot ignore the plea for freedom in apartheid South Africa Bob Hawke, â€˜Our economic futures are interlinkedâ€™, 31 January 1989 Bob Hawke proposes the creation of APEC to an audience in Seoul, Korea Paul Keating, â€˜Sure of who we are and what we stand forâ€™, 7 April 1992 Paul Keating outlines his vision for Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific Paul Keating, â€˜Those lessons we learn from Irelandâ€™, 20 September 1993 Paul Keating, the grandson of Irish immigrants, addresses the Irish Parliament Simon Crean, â€˜Australia still looks to Americaâ€™, 23 October 2003 Simon Crean recalls the US-Australian alliance and tells George W. Bush Labor opposes the Iraq War Victory, Defeat, Love and Loss Billy Hughes, â€˜It is not fair â€“ to Judasâ€™, 27-28 May 1909 Billy Hughes indicts and condemns Alfred Deakin for his Machiavellian treachery John Curtin, â€˜One of the most eminent of the band of prominent Labor menâ€™, 18 November 1941 John Curtin recalls the life and legacy of Laborâ€™s first leader, Chris Watson Frank Forde, â€˜The captain has been stricken in sight of the shoreâ€™, 5 July 1945 Frank Forde pays tribute to Australiaâ€™s greatest prime minister, John Curtin Nicholas McKenna, â€˜To know Ben Chifley was to love himâ€™, 19 June 1951 Nick McKenna eulogises Laborâ€™s most loved leader, Ben Chifley Gough Whitlam, â€˜Nothing will save the Governor-Generalâ€™, 11 November 1975 Gough Whitlam addresses the crowd from the steps of Parliament House Paul Keating, â€˜For the True Believersâ€™, 13 March 1993 Paul Keating claims victory for the true believers Kim Beazley, â€˜There are dark angels in our nation but there are also good angelsâ€™, 10 November 2001 Kim Beazley lifts Laborâ€™s spirits after losing the 2001 â€˜Tampaâ€™ election Julia Gillard, â€˜A day of courage, tragedy and sheer luckâ€™, 9 February 2009 Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard expresses sympathy for lives lost in the Victorian bushfires