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A Political Speech From David Frost

Last updated on February 7, 2024

This is a clip of the British entertainer and interviewer, David Frost, satirising political speeches.

I can’t date the recording precisely but it was sometime in 1972, just prior to the Australian federal election that ended 23 years of coalition government.

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UPDATE: Sir David Frost died on August 31, 2013, at the age of 74, following a heart attack on the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth.

Frost visited Australia during the 1972 election campaign and interviewed Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon and Labor Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam.

During his interview with McMahon, Frost coaxed him into admitting that he would be prepared to pray for victory in the election.

Frost began his interview with Whitlam by asking him what quality he most admired about McMahon, to which Whitlam replied: “His persistence.”

Frost returned to Australia in 1974 to interview Whitlam and Opposition Leader Bill Snedden. His interviews were published in the book shown below.


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