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    5 Nov 2014

    Noel Pearson Delivers One Of Australia's Greatest Ever Speeches

    "When (Whitlam) breathed he truly was Australia’s greatest whitest elder and friend without peer to the original Australians."

    Indigenous leader Noel Pearson has delivered the most memorable speech at Gough Whitlam's Memorial, calling the 21st prime minister a "friend without peer to the original Australians".

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    The 18 minute speech, in which Mr Pearson refers to the former Prime Minister as "this old man", brought multiple applause breaks, laughs and tears to those at Sydney's Town Hall.

    The head of the Cape York Group in Queensland lavished praised on efforts to legislate the Racial Discrimination Act. And said that although Whitlam had not experienced racism... "(he) understood protection from its malice".

    His speech reached a crescendo when he called on the old Monty Python line, "What did the Romans ever do for us?".... and listed what the "old man" had done.

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    According to Pearson, It was this long list of achievements which had brought modernity to Australia.

    We salute this old man for his great love and dedication to his country and to the Australian people. When he breathed he truly was Australia's greatest whitest elder and friend without peer to the original Australians.

    There was an immediate outpouring of praise, calling the speech an instant classic.

    Apart from all that, what did this Roman ever do for us? Noel Pearson certainly knows how to give a speech.

    Mark Colvin@ColviniusFollow

    Apart from all that, what did this Roman ever do for us?

    Noel Pearson certainly knows how to give a speech.

    12:18 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This speech by Noel Pearson will go down in history as one of the best ever political speeches of our time

    Suzanne Smith @suzipeepFollow

    This speech by Noel Pearson will go down in history as one of the best ever political speeches of our time

    12:22 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I suspect Noel Pearson's speech might be spoken about for years to come.#9Newscomau

    Mark Burrows@MarkWBurrowsFollow

    I suspect Noel Pearson's speech might be spoken about for years to come.#9Newscomau

    12:30 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Pearson on Whitlam. And now we can weep. #Gough

    Noel Pearson’s oratory today will go down as one of the greatest political speeches in Australian history. #Gough

    Marcus Strom@strom_mFollow

    Noel Pearsons oratory today will go down as one of the greatest political speeches in Australian history. #Gough

    12:30 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I am absolutely blown away by Noel Pearson. Such power of words. A fitting tribute to Whitlam one of Australia's finest orators.

    Paul Bongiorno@PaulBongiornoFollow

    I am absolutely blown away by Noel Pearson. Such power of words. A fitting tribute to Whitlam one of Australia's finest orators.

    12:24 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Sit back, settle in and watch the full version here.

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