Graham Freudenberg

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Norman Graham Freudenberg AM (/ˈfrdənbɜːrɡ/ born 1934) is an Australian author and political speechwriter who worked in the Australian Labor Party for over forty years, beginning when he was appointed Arthur Calwell's press secretary in June 1961.

He was raised in Brisbane. His father was a soldier who fought at Gallipoli and, being a patriot, he named his son after a former colonial Governor of Queensland, Field Marshal Sir Henry Norman.[1] He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane,[2] then studied journalism in Melbourne.[3] Freudenberg is Jewish.[4]

He has written over a thousand speeches for several leaders of the Australian Labor Party at both the New South Wales state and federal level. These have included Arthur Calwell, Gough Whitlam, Neville Wran, Bob Hawke, Barrie Unsworth, Bob Carr and Simon Crean. He was "centrally involved" in policy speeches for 14 federal elections and 9 New South Wales state elections.[5]

In 1990 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).[6]

From 1995–1998 he served on the Council of the National Library of Australia.[7]

In June 2005 he was inducted as a life member of the NSW ALP. He lives in retirement on Bribie Island, Queensland.[5]

Books by Freudenberg

  • A Certain Grandeur – Gough Whitlam in Politics (1977)
  • Cause for Power – the Centenary History of the NSW Labor Party (1991) ISBN 0-949138-60-6
  • A Figure of Speech (2005) ISBN 1-74031-105-1 (autobiography)
  • Churchill and Australia (2008) ISBN 978-1-4050-3870-6


  1. ^ Gough Whitlam, "The two of us: Gough Whitlam & Graham Freudenberg", The Age, Good Weekend, 5 November 2005
  2. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3.
  3. ^ Graham Freudenberg, "The two of us: Gough Whitlam & Graham Freudenberg", The Age, Good Weekend, 5 November 2005
  4. ^ "Chapter 6: Aspects of Jewish Life in Australia". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b Michelle Grattan, "Weeks of drama, a great duel and a dismissal", The Sunday Age, 6 November 2005, p. 13
  6. ^ It's an Honour
  7. ^ National Library of Australia (1999). "Appendix 1. The Council of the National Library of Australia". Annual Report, 1998–1999. Archived from the original on 23 July 2001.

External links

  • Whitlam Institute

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