Abstract

This article analyzes the autobiographical content in the First Speeches of three Australian parliaments (1950, 1976, and 1996). It argues that such autobiographical disclosure has significant political functions—in particular, representing credentials, and representing social and political affiliations. The essay argues that these functions highlight, and finesse, the paradoxical condition that parliamentarians find themselves in, of having to simultaneously represent themselves and their constituencies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 68-83
Launched on MUSE
2010-06-12
Open Access
No
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