Topic archives: political speeches

Shorten’s higher ground proves elusive

Shorten’s higher ground proves elusive

November 27, 2014 14

With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.

Turnbull outshines ’em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

Turnbull outshines ’em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

October 24, 2014 19

The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.

Tony Abbott: boxer, priest, prime minister

Tony Abbott: boxer, priest, prime minister

September 8, 2013 10

Tony Abbott walked out on stage last night as our next prime minister. But did he step up from the ruthlessly effective opposition leader we've come to know over the last four years?

Tom Switzer on political ventriloquism and the pace of speechwriting

Tom Switzer on political ventriloquism and the pace of speechwriting

September 5, 2013 3

Tony Abbott is good off-the-cuff but his stump speeches are dispiriting, according to former Liberal Party adviser Tom Switzer. He talks to Crikey about the art of political speechwriting.

Gillard brands the cause with NSW Labor

Gillard brands the cause with NSW Labor

July 16, 2012 132

Julia Gillard's relentless focus on working Australians defines Labor as a cause, but says nothing about its direction or "brand". Time to go back to the drawing board.

Obama addresses the world

Obama addresses the world

September 24, 2009

With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the fifth row, Barack Obama criticised Iran and North Korea for nuclear proliferation. It was just was one part of a speech to the UN General Assembly in which Obama called for a "new era of engagement" on climate change and peace. Full text here.