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:
- Identify where the listed techniques are in the speech.
- Explain their effect/purpose.
- Gently critical tone
- Allusion to the 1967 Referendum
- Climatic repetition
- Rhetorical question
- 2nd person – direct to audience
- Direct address
- Inclusive language
- 2nd person
- Short sentence
- Imagery of personal experience
- Personal address
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