Each election, Prime Ministerial candidates lay out their parties’ platforms in campaign speeches. These speeches are more than just historical records; they tell us about national concerns and political obsessions, wars and drought, industry and society. They speak to – and in some cases, exploit – our aspirations and our fears. We’ve collected speeches by successful and unsuccessful candidates from every election from 1901 right up to the present day.


Kevin Rudd

Australian Labor Party

Delivered at Brisbane, Qld, September 1st, 2013

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Tony Abbott

Liberal/National coalition

Delivered at Brisbane, Qld, August 25th, 2013

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Here is a sample of the data visualisations available on our explore page.

This graph highlights the frequency of the usage of the word over time.