Faith, Hope and Reconciliation by Faith Bandler

Faith Bandler

Faith Bandler

One of the Speeches covered under Advanced English – Module B: Critical Study of Texts, the speech “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation” by Faith Bandler in 1999 is new to the English syllabus. So there isn’t much existing information or analysis on the speech.

The good thing about it is that it is short, and not overly complex. It is a good speech to compare/contrast with Noel Pearson’s “An Australian history for us all”, because both address the issues of Indigenous Australians.

The question to consider is: how do they differ in style and purpose?


  • Bandler is a well known an Aboriginal activist for indigenous rights.
  • She is best known for being a lead campaigner in the 1967 Referendum.


  • Talkin’ up Reconciliation Convention, Wollongong in August 1999
  • Included 700 delegates across NSW – to discuss future reconciliation


  • The Convention was very successful. In December 1999, blue prints of reconciliation actions were drawn up based upon the speeches at the Convention.
  • 1967 Referendum: 90% “yes” vote to include Indigenous Australians in the nation’s population count and to allow Parliament to make laws to specifically benefit Indigenous Australians. The 90% showed the strong support for indigenous rights.

Techniques by Paragraph

I won’t do your analysis for you, but here is a general guideline:

  1. Identify where the listed techniques are in the speech.
  2. Explain their effect/purpose.

Para 2:

  • Personalisation
  • Gently critical tone
  • Allusion to the 1967 Referendum

Para 4:

  • Metaphor

Para 6:

  • Personalisation
  • Climatic repetition
  • Rhetorical question

Para 7:

  • Alliteration
  • Juxtaposition

Para 8:

  • 2nd person – direct to audience
  • Metaphor
  • Colloquialism

Para 9:

  • Metaphor

Para 10:

  • Direct address

Para 12:

  • Inclusive language
  • 2nd person

Para 15:

  • Metaphor

Para 17:

  • Metaphor

Para 18:

  • Short sentence
  • Imagery of personal experience

Para 19:

  • Humour

Para 21:

  • Sarcasm

Para 22:

  • Personal address
  • Repetition

Para 23:

  • Cliche

Para 23 (last paragraph):

  • Gentle tone
  • Rhetorical questions


  • Rampart – a large raised mound of earth
  • Homogeneous – uniform, same, one type
  • Blinkered – narrowminded
  • Blemish – a mark, scar


13 comments for “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation by Faith Bandler

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  2. sino
    June 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “Included 700 delegates across NSW – to discuss future reconciliation”

    May I ask where you got this information from? It seems a little vague.

  3. sino
    June 11, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks! Didn’t expect such a quick reply.

  4. leana
    October 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Random comment, but i accidentally discovered a really good source to support the whole 600/700 delegates debate. Mr Markham, the Wollongong parliamentary secretary, spoke before the legislative assembly on 25 May 2000 and stated that:

    “Last year, for more than three days in August, some of Australia’s most respected public figures joined approximately 600 representatives of indigenous organisations, industry, government, churches, and professional and ethnic groups from across the State.”

    • tutortales
      October 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

      Lol, thanks for pointing that out!


  5. Michael
    August 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    how was the speech received by the wider community?

  6. Rita
    April 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Hi there,
    I was just wondering what the reaction was from the audience at the time?

  7. Wishbone
    May 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Would her ideas with Pearson be good? Like a good comparative essay?
    That is,
    1. justice for aboriginals and moving forward
    2. Remove prejudice in the minds in order to achieve reconciliation.

    I’m confused on how the essay works.
    Do I write it like a comparative essay?

    Bander – Idea 1
    Pearson – Idea 2
    Bander – Idea 3
    Pearson – Idea 4

    or is it

    Bander – Idea 1
    Pearson – Idea 1
    Bander – Idea 2
    Pearson – Idea 2

  8. Priya
    October 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hi, i was just wondering if you know which speech would best be used as the third when using aung san suu kyi and margaret atwood both are really long speeches and im trying to tie in a speech which is shorter just in case the question given adresses a specific issue…

  9. Brahe1
    October 31, 2011 at 9:01 am

    what about athesis or at least an outline of the central ideas and principle arguments and appeal tp reason & emotion

  10. Duck
    October 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Faith, Hope and Reconciliation was a requested speech in the 2012 HSC. No extract was given, and the student was expected to compare Bandler’s speech to at least one other of his/her choosing.

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