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CAROL SUMMERHAYES. At a tribute dinner for Graham Freudenberg.

Graham revealed in his memoir that he wrote his first speech in Brisbane in May 1945, aged 10, at the time of VE Day, and delivered it to his mother. In 1946 he scored a job with ABC Radio reading … Continue reading

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GRAHAM FREUDENBERG. The travesty of Britain’s greatest legacy – parliamentary government

  To my generation which saw the almost bloodless collapse of the Soviet Union, Trump’s election is small beer in the scale of improbabilities. But the combination of Trump and Brexit, so improbable scarcely a year ago, raises a more … Continue reading

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GRAHAM FREUDENBERG: On the Irish and other undesirables.

  Australia sometimes seems to suffer a mysterious case of multiple-amnesia over immigration. We are a nation built on migrants, but we have forgotten that almost every new wave of immigrants has been resented and resisted by those already here, … Continue reading

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GRAHAM FREUDENBERG. On race discrimination.

  Assent by silence made Hitler’s crimes possible. As Pastor Martin Niemoller wrote: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and … Continue reading

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GRAHAM FREUDENBERG on Brexit. ‘They are not laughing now’.

  ‘They are not laughing now’. So the UKIP leader Nigel Farage gloated in the European Parliament in July 2016. It was not the first time these exact words have been uttered, in the same spirit of vengeful vindication in … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. How Graham Freudenberg lost to Eddie Obeid.

On Monday night at Parramatta, I attended Gough Whitlam’s 100th birthday celebration.  It was organised by the Whitlam Institute and attended by Gough Whitlam’s family and old friends.  Bob Hawke was there. John Faulkner spoke. There was a memorable speech … Continue reading

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GRAHAM FREUDENBERG. On Gough Whitlam’s 100th birthday, 11 July 2016.

This tribute is being published as a foreword to the book ‘Not just for this life’. Wendy Guest has put together all the tributes paid to Gough Whitlam in the House and the Senate in October 2014. This tribute to … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg. Gough Whitlam Commemorative Oration.

 You will see below what I think is a remarkable speech by Graham Freudenberg about Gough Whitlam’s contemporary relevance.  This oration is much longer than I normally post on this blog, but it is an outstanding oration which I am … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg. Gough being Gough.

LAUNCH OF JAMES CARLETON’S ‘THE WIT OF WHITLAM’,BELLEVUE HOTEL, PADDINGTON, NSW, 8 DECEMBER 2014 As Henry Kissinger discovered to his chagrin in Beijing in 1971, Gough made a habit of getting there first.  The Bellevue is no exception.  Most of … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg. Bjelke Petersen was an innocent.

  What is the real meaning of the G20 security farce in Brisbane? It is a massive exercise in political intimidation. It is a demonstration of the power of government to prevent or limit the most basic democratic rights of … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg AM. Tribute to Gough Whitlam.

The Honourable (Edward) Gough Whitlam, AC QC State Memorial Service Graham Freudenberg AM Sydney Town Hall 5 November 2014   This is the greatest privilege of my very privileged life.  And I thank the Whitlam Family for it. Gough Whitlam … Continue reading

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A last hurrah from Graham Freudenberg on his 80th birthday

May Day 2014 – fittingly the day of Neville Wran’s memorial service at Sydney Town Hall – may well turn out to be the day when the Labor Party began to see its way ahead.  Not because of the event … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg on ‘The Making of Australia – A Concise History’ by Robert Murray

When I was a teenage Tory in Brisbane in the early Fifties, Bob Murray, a bright young spark from the Melbourne Argus was the most persuasive of my newspaper contemporaries who led me gently towards the light.  In Sydney a … Continue reading

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