Noel Pearson is a great orator but he's essentially a leader without followers in Aboriginal world

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:27pm, first published November 7 2014 - 11:45pm

Noel Pearson's eulogy for Gough Whitlam on Wednesday confirmed that Pearson is, by a considerable distance, the best orator in Australia. It was a speech of the head and the heart. It was a speech for slow reading aloud, because Pearson's oratory has pace, metre, cadence, and timing, and almost all of the rhetorical devices, including assonance, irony, metaphor and not a little pathos.

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