Actually, that’s really quite simple. Anything that takes integrity. And anything that takes courage. This is a political party that is now so dependent on opinion polls and focus groups that it doesn’t cross the fucking street without market-testing whether it should look left or right for traffic first.
Ben Chifley is probably most remembered for two things: his serious efforts to implement some of the more socialist ideals of the Australian Labor Party, and this speech. Both, ultimately, come from the same wellspring: Chifley’s compassionate idealism.
He is also the only Australian Prime Minister never to have lived at the Lodge, and the only Labor Prime Minister to have sent the troops in to break a strike – and one from a communist trade union, at that.
I haven’t talked much at all about the speech here, for one very simple reason: I think you should read it yourself.
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