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Politics and government

Language check: How the slogans let us down
Article | ABC The Drum | 2016

Daggy dad may beat meandering Mal in the language contest
Article | ABC The Drum | 2016

How the federal budget tested the policy sales pitch
Article | The Mandarin | 2016

Shorten's rhetorical rampage fails to convince 
Article (PDF) | ABC The Drum | 2014

Limp language masks a tough budget 
Article (PDF) | ABC The Drum | 2014

The revealing language of a cut-and-axe leader 
Article (PDF) | ABC The Drum | 2014

Is rhetoric dead in the age of the soundbite?
Audio | Sydney Writers' Festival via ABC Radio National | 2013

Local Government Language
Audio | ABC Brisbane | 2011

Spin cycle: is political and corporate spin obscuring the truth? 
Video | Sydney Writers' Festival via ABC Big Ideas | 2011

Putting the hard word on impenetrable pollie prose
Article | Sydney Morning Herald | 2010

Language of the 2010 Australian federal election 
Video | ABC News 24 | 2010

Pollies in plain English: the language of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott 
Audio | ABC Radio AM | 2010

Programmatic specificity we can believe in 
Video | Sydney Writers' Festival | 2010

The Guestroom: election language 
Audio | ABC Darwin | 2010

Kevinspeak killing clarity 
Article (PDF) | Courier Mail | 2009

Plain English please! 
Audio and article | ABC Perth | 2008

Shakespeare ... in government speak

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

It is proposed that comparisons be drawn between the recipient and a period of not less than 24 hours commencing on or after 1 June but prior to 1 September, ie summer (refer TAB 1 regarding the UK calendar).

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Following full consultation with relevant stakeholders, the writer is of the view that a greater number of practical and beneficial qualities are inherent in the recipient than the aforementioned seasonal period.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

It has been noted in the course of the writer's research that turbulent airstreams do, on occasion, agitate developing blossoms in the month of May, to the detriment of their physical appearance.

And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

It has been further noted that seasonal advantages are oftentimes terminated in an overly precipitous manner.

Modern Manglish cartoon

© Alan Moir