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Brief biography of Graham Freudenberg

Graham Freudenberg began writing speeches from a very early age, with his first being delivered to his mother in 1945 at the age of 10 years. With a passion for words and politics, he initially worked as a journalist in Sydney and Melbourne.

2011 JCPML Visiting Scholar, Graham Freudenberg

2011 JCPML Visiting Scholar Graham Freudenberg

Graham Freudenberg began writing speeches from a very early age, with his first being delivered to his mother in 1945 at the age of 10 years. With a passion for words and politics, he initially worked as a journalist in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 1961 Graham was appointed press secretary to the then leader of the Australian Labor Party Arthur Calwell. Over the next 40 years Graham wrote over a thousand speeches for several leaders of the Australian Labor Party at both the New South Wales state and federal level. These leaders included Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Neville Wran, Barrie Unsworth, Bob Carr and Simon Crean.

On 11 June 1990 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to journalism, to parliament and to politics. In June 2005 he was inducted as a life member of the NSW ALP.

He is the author of four books to date:
A Certain Grandeur - Gough Whitlam in Politics, Penguin, 1977.
Cause for Power - the Centenary History of the NSW Labor Party, Australian Labor Party, 1991.
A Figure of Speech (autobiography), John Wiley & Sons Australia, 2005.
Churchill and Australia, Pan Macmillan, 2008.