Reflection – Week 5

What I found to be most interesting about this weeks activities was typing in what words were used in election speeches since 1901. One example that stood out was that the using the word commonwealth to describe Australia was primarily used before WWI and between the two wars as well as a bit after WWII. Interestingly the word commonwealth isn’t mentioned again until 1972, the year Whitlam was elected. Whitlam uses the word commonwealth and nation many time in his 1972 speech, more than any other election speech that has been given.

Another interesting example was that the word environment had not been used in any election speech until 1977 and has not been mentioned since 2001. This pattern illustrates how in recent politics the topics that have been the most important have not necessarily been about the sustainability of Australia’s environment.


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