Landmark Speeches

Australia’s prime ministers are remembered as much for their speeches as their actions. The speeches in this trail represent some of the most evocative and influential speeches in the history of Australian democracy. The trail reveals the types of places that prime ministers have selected to deliver election policy speeches, and speeches in times of national crisis. It shows how various prime ministers have demonstrated leadership or responded to national and international events. It includes speeches by prime ministers who were renowned for their skills in oratory, and who could sway public opinion on issues of national importance. They also illustrate the crucial role of the media in disseminating the speeches to a wider audience and, in the process, helping to shape public opinion.

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