Saturday 24 September 2016
The legacy of Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his inspirational words, which have come to epitomise Labor values, have been celebrated for the past 32 years in his home town of Bathurst, at the annual Light on the Hill Dinner and Address.
This years address will be delivered by Don Watson. As a speech writer for Prime Minister Paul Keating, political satirist for television, and the author of many award winning non-fiction books, Don has helped shape Australia’s thinking over decades. His “Redfern Speech” delivered by Paul Keating in 1992 marked a turning point in public discourse on Aboriginal affairs, and paved the way for Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generation sixteen years later.
Don is known for his best-selling account of his time as Keating’s speech writer, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM (2002), The Bush (2014), a lyrical journey through regional Australia. His Dictionary of Weasel Words (2004) continues to encourage readers to renounce meaningless corporate and government jargon, and embrace meaningful, precise language.