The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Sally Warhaft
For the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited our speakers to probe a blazing, hot topic: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for better or for worse, language moves us and it matters.
In this section, Sally Warhaft reflects on political rhetoric and speechmaking in Australia. 'What has become of our leaders’ capacity to speak? It is a mystery. They have to get their act together. They have to get their words together.’
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.