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The Whitlam Institute’s Commemorative Gough Whitlam Oration


Wed 4 Mar 2015, 6:30pm

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Whitlam Institute is coming to Melbourne with a very special event at St Kilda Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday the 4th of March when Gough’s friend and confidant, the unsung hero of Australian public life, Graham Freudenberg AM will be delivering The Whitlam Institute’s Commemorative Gough Whitlam Oration. Graham’s chosen topic:
Contemporary Relevance, Comrade: Gough Whitlam in the 21st Century.

This will be an evening not to be missed.

Graham Freudenberg is a keen observer of Australian politics and will in this address be reflecting upon Australia today in the light of the Whitlam legacy. He is uniquely placed to do so.

As speechwriter and confidant to Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Neville Wran and Bob Carr among others, Graham Freudenberg has been one of Australia's most erudite and influential political insiders, shaping and articulating political thought for generations.

He witnessed the rise and fall of the Whitlam Government at close quarters, and has been an active player in some of the most significant speeches of the modern political era - including the historic 'It's Time' speech of 1972, which helped sweep Gough Whitlam and the ALP to victory.

With a passion for words and politics, he initially worked as a journalist in Sydney and Melbourne, and in 1961 was appointed press secretary to the then leader of the Australian Labor Party Arthur Calwell. On 11 June 1990 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to journalism, to parliament and to politics. In June 2005 he was inducted as a life member of the NSW ALP.

He is the author of A Certain Grandeur - Gough Whitlam in Politics (1977); Cause for Power - the Centenary History of the NSW Labor Party (1991); A Figure of Speech (2005); and Churchill and Australia (2008).

Event details:
Whitlam Institute Commemorative Gough Whitlam Oration, with Graham Freudenberg AM
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