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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