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He is one of us - Don Watson on Paul Keating's Eulogy to the Unknown soldier, Remembrance Day, 1993

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A bonus from the Don Watson interview that was the feature of last week's Redfern episode. To commemorate Remembrance Day (Armistice Day), speechwriter Don Watson talks about Paul Keating's beautiful 'Eulogy for the Unknown Soldier' that was delivered at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 11 November, 1993. The occasion was the interrment of the remains of one Australian solider, dug up from a battlefield on the Western Front.

It is a revered speech in this country, the words are now chiselled into the Australian War Memorial itself and the phrase 'He is all of them, and he is one of us'; was even at the centre of a political stoush in 2013 over whether it should replace Kipling's 'Known Unto God' on the graves of Unknown Soldiers. (Kipling won the day).

This is a shorter episode than the usual Speakola length. If you are interested in Don Watson and his speechwriitng career, the previous episode is much more detailed, and discusses Watson's somewhat broken relationship with the former Prime Minister.

Watson's most recent books are 'There it is Again' (Collected Writings) and The Bush.

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