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Autobiography in Australian parliamentary first speeches

McCooey, David and Lowe, David 2010, Autobiography in Australian parliamentary first speeches, Biography (Honolulu) : an interdiscliplinary quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, Winter, pp. 68-83, doi: 10.1353/bio.0.0159.

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Title Autobiography in Australian parliamentary first speeches
Author(s) McCooey, DavidORCID iD for McCooey, David orcid.org/0000-0001-8122-4863
Lowe, DavidORCID iD for Lowe, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3332-483X
Journal name Biography (Honolulu) : an interdiscliplinary quarterly
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Season Winter
Start page 68
End page 83
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Hawaii Press, Journals Department
Place of publication Honolulu, Hi.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0162-4962
1529-1456
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1353/bio.0.0159
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Biographical Research Center
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031198

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