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Don Watson Lecture

Yesterday I was lucky enough to hear Don Watson’s 2003 National Trust Heritage Lecture “I still call Australia … what?” on Radio National’s The National Interest. Don Watson is a remarkable writer, with works ranging from the script for The Man Who Sued God to speech writing for Paul Keating. You can read the lecture online at The National Trust, it’s well worth reading for his insights on the state of our language and, because they are inextricably linked, our culture as well- “In the beginning was the word and in the word was the truth and the heart and the mind. And if you take away from us words, we are poorer culturally and the democracy is weaker.” I have picked up a copy of his new book “Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language”, look out for the report in due course :)