The Ghost of the Swagman single work   essay  
Issue Details: First known date: 1995 1995
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Speech delivered in Winton, Queensland on 6 April 1995 on the occasion of the centenary celebrations for Waltzing Matilda.

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  • Appears in:
    y Advancing Australia : The Speeches of Paul Keating, Prime Minister Paul Keating , Mark Ryan (editor), Cremorne Point : Big Picture Publications , 1995 Z1064702 1995 selected work prose A selection of 54 speeches delivered by the Hon. Paul Keating between 1990 and 1995. The speeches are grouped into the following categories: Politics and Policies, History and Culture, Education and Training, The Economy, The Republic, Foreign Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs, Social Policy and War. Cremorne Point : Big Picture Publications , 1995 pg. 75-78
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

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    pg. 1098-1101

Works about this Work

The Spirited Torment of a Ghost Writer Alan Ramsey , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 September 2003; (p. 37)
Ramsey quotes a substantial portion of Paul Keating's 1995 speech 'The Ghost of the Swagman' in order to illustrate, by way of contrast, his assertion that current [2003] politicians exhibit a dearth of skill in the area of speechwriting and delivery.
The Spirited Torment of a Ghost Writer Alan Ramsey , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 September 2003; (p. 37)
Ramsey quotes a substantial portion of Paul Keating's 1995 speech 'The Ghost of the Swagman' in order to illustrate, by way of contrast, his assertion that current [2003] politicians exhibit a dearth of skill in the area of speechwriting and delivery.
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