A great speech captures the power and passion of its ideas; it’s an attempt to influence thought, or to commemorate a moment in time. On the publication of her updated anthology, Well May We Say, Sally Warhaft responds to some of Australia’s most significant speeches, on the themes of defence, women, immigration and indigenous affairs, in conversation with Stuart Macintyre and host Gideon Haigh.

Actors Bert LaBonté and Zahra Newman will bring these speeches to life, infusing them with new passion and meaning. Featured orations will reflect how these critical issues have evolved and changed with the times.

You’ll hear from feminist firebrands and political giants throughout Australian history, from Julia Gillard to Alfred Deakin, John Howard to Paul Keating.

Be carried away by the power of live speech … and reflect on the national contest of ideas, then and now.


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