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Menzies' 'Forgotten people' speech, 2008

'Menzies' forgotten people speech' is an excerpt from the film 'Menzies and Churchill at war' (55 min) produced in 2008. Using Robert Menzies's Second World War diaries and remarkable 16-mm film, 'Menzies and Churchill at war' lifts the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle between Winston Churchill and the Australian ...

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Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, 1949

This audio clip presents and examines Prime Minister Ben Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, which was delivered to NSW Labor Party members in 1949. Listen to author Michael Fullilove explain why the 'Light on the Hill' phrase has become so powerful in Australian politics. The speech in the recording is performed by an actor.

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Peter Lalor's Bakery Hill speech

What events led to the attack on the Eureka Stockade (Eureka rebellion) on the Ballarat goldfield in 1854? This audio clip examines the famous Bakery Hill speech by activist Peter Lalor. Listen to Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter discuss the effect that the speech had on the assembled miners. Find out why this is considered a key event ...

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Enid Lyons's maiden speech to Parliament, 1943

Find out about Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Author Michael Fullilove discusses her background and political objectives. The program includes Dame Edith's maiden (first) speech to Parliament in 1943 as a member of the House of Representatives.

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Dame Enid Lyons: a pioneer for women in parliament

What would it be like to be one of only two women in an Australian parliament dominated by men? That was the situation in 1943 when Dame Enid Lyons entered the House of Representatives and Dorothy Tangney entered the Senate. Find out what Lyons said about this at the end of her career in 1951.Then listen to an excerpt from ...

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Speaking figuratively on closing the gap

Similes, metaphors, idioms, clich�s � Although commonly found in literary texts, figurative language can also be a feature of expository texts. In this excerpt from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's 2014 'Closing the Gap' speech, explore how figurative language can be used to enhance the impact a text has on its audience. This ...

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Clause for concern in closing the gap

Clever speakers do more than just use well-known persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. They shape the very structure of their sentences to focus the audience's attention on the ideas in particular clauses. It is a subtle but powerful technique to manipulate listeners. This clip is last ...

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A welcome change in attitudes

Texts can reveal the values, attitudes and beliefs of the speaker. Consider this as you explore Prime Minister Tony Abbott's 2014 'Closing the Gap' speech. This annual speech is an important opportunity for the Prime Minister to direct the government's attention to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. This clip ...

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Persuading a 'generous, open-hearted people'

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the USA reverberated throughout the world. As far away as Australia, they shaped national policies and the rhetoric used to promote them. Explore the influence of these events on the 2001 Liberal Party policy launch, delivered by former Prime Minister John Howard.

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Primary English: models and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'modelling texts' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers are provided with guidance about ...

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John Curtin declares war on Japan, 1941

This sound recording is an excerpt from a public address given by Australian prime minister John Curtin (1885-1945) on 8 December 1941 announcing Australia's declaration of war on Japan. The complete speech outlines: the government's reasons for going to war; the threat posed by Japan to Australian interests; the diplomatic ...

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Postcard of Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg

This is a colour postcard depicting the United States president Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) on 19 November 1863. It is entitled 'Lincoln's address at Gettysburg'. In blue uniforms, Union soldiers of the US federal army watch as Lincoln makes his speech with his arms raised, looking towards the sky. US flags are shown among ...

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Announcement of war, 1939

This is a broadcast made by the Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, at 9.30 pm Eastern Standard Time on 3 September 1939, in which he announces that Great Britain has declared war on Germany and so Australia is also at war. This announcement was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Second World War.

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Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 1

This is a colour photograph that shows Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr. The photograph was taken on the lawns ...

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Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph of Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

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Gough Whitlam's policy speech in 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Gough Whitlam delivering the Labor Party’s policy speech at Blacktown Civic Centre, prior to his election as Prime Minister in 1972.

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Prime Minister Lyons interviewed, 1937

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1937 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the then recently re-elected Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, being interviewed on the tarmac of Sydney airport with an aircraft in the background. Filmed first in close-up and then in extreme close-up, Lyons speaks about the ...

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Menzies opens Australia's first nuclear reactor, 1958 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from an item about the opening of Australian Atomic Energy Commission's atomic reactor in Sydney. The item was featured in the weekly Australian black-and-white newsreel, Cinesound Review, in early 1958. The clip opens with a panning shot of the Commission's headquarters and atomic reactor while the ...

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Menzies opens Australia's first nuclear reactor, 1958 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from an item about the opening of Australian Atomic Energy Commission's atomic reactor in Sydney. The item featured in the weekly Australian black-and-white newsreel, Cinesound Review, in early 1958. The clip shows the Commission's chief scientist, Charles Watson-Munro (1915-91), escorting Prime Minister ...

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ALP federal election television advertisement, 1966 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from the second half of an Australian Labor Party (ALP) black-and-white television advertisement for the 1966 federal election. It shows the deputy leader of the ALP, Gough Whitlam, casually sitting on the corner of a lounge in his office with several large shelves lined with books behind him. In a ...