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Autobiography in Australian Parliamentary First Speeches

Autobiography in Australian Parliamentary First Speeches This article analyzes the autobiographical content in the First Speeches of three Australian parliaments (1950, 1976, and 1996). It argues that such autobiographical disclosure has significant political functions—in particular, representing credentials, and representing social and political affiliations. The essay argues that these functions highlight, and finesse, the paradoxical condition that parliamentarians find themselves in, of having to simultaneously represent themselves and their constituencies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Autobiography in Australian Parliamentary First Speeches

Biography , Volume 33 (1) – Jun 12, 2010

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Biographical Research Center.
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0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

This article analyzes the autobiographical content in the First Speeches of three Australian parliaments (1950, 1976, and 1996). It argues that such autobiographical disclosure has significant political functions—in particular, representing credentials, and representing social and political affiliations. The essay argues that these functions highlight, and finesse, the paradoxical condition that parliamentarians find themselves in, of having to simultaneously represent themselves and their constituencies.

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 12, 2010

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