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Speech 12: Bill Gates (not missiles but microbes)

Speech 12: Bill Gates (not missiles but microbes)

Back in March 2015 Bill Gates delivered a TED Talk declaring that the greatest risk of global catastrophe would come from a highly infectious virus. He then displayed this image on the screen.

Chilling.

Now as the world battles to cope with the novel caronavirus pandemic we listen to this speech with a very different perspective.

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Speech 11:  Jacinda Ardern (they were New Zealanders, they are us)

Speech 11: Jacinda Ardern (they were New Zealanders, they are us)

On this day one year ago, Jacinda Ardern delivered a compelling speech of quiet strength in the New Zealand parliament in the wake of the Christchurch Massacre.
Ardern was on the air, reassuring the nation and the citizens of Christchurch. She was on the ground, to show support, solidarity and leadership as soon as she could get there. Then, on 19 March 2019, she delivered this speech in the New Zealand parliament.

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Speech 10: Aneurin Bevan (they are lower than vermin)

Speech 10: Aneurin Bevan (they are lower than vermin)

On the 4th of July, 1948, on the eve of the creation of the NHS in Great Briatin, once Health Minister Aneurin (Nye) Bevan delivered a vitriolic attach on the Tories.

Aneurin Bevan was a Welsh Labour politician and driving force behind the NHS. Despite significant opposition, he was successful in his campaign.

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Speech 08: Paul Keating (the Redfern speech)

Speech 08: Paul Keating (the Redfern speech)

On the 10th of December 1992 Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered a powerful speech at Redfern Park.
This was the first time that a Prime Minister had taken such a definitive and public stand on the issue of indigenous injustice. It was an historic first step towards reconciliation.

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Speech 05: Julia Gillard (The misogyny speech)

Speech 05: Julia Gillard (The misogyny speech)

"I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not." This is an impassioned yet restrained articulation of a problem that is both nationally significant and deeply, deeply personal. The Iron Steameth Over! To understand the frustration that...

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Speech 04: Boris Johnson (Get Brexit Done!)

Speech 04: Boris Johnson (Get Brexit Done!)

A Campaign Speech to Unite a Divided Country and win an election... There are many, many examples of Boris Johnson at the podium. The Tory victory in the recent UK election owes a great deal to the rhetorical skill displayed by Boris Johnson. Love him or hate him, you...

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Speech 03:  Greta Thunberg (Our house is on fire)

Speech 03: Greta Thunberg (Our house is on fire)

The Outrage of a Child Greta Thunberg speaks at the Davos World Economic Forum, 21 January 2020 How can a diminutive 17-year-old girl from Sweden hold her ground in front of an audience of world leaders at Davos? A rhetorical analysis of her speech provides some...

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