Pauline Hanson

The following is a transcript of Pauline Hanson’s eviction speech from Celebrity Big Brother 2025. On eviction night, Hanson’s speech was televised to the show’s remaining housemates (author and media personality Anh Do, R&B musician Seal and Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman) and millions of viewers across the nation, in what was the most watched and controversial series in the show’s history.

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Robert Menzies

Robert Menzies’s ‘The Forgotten People’ speech is a touchstone for conservatives, the source of Joe Hockey’s recent lifters and leaners rhetoric, for instance. The faithful return to it, decades after the world it described passed into history. It could use some updating, and Menzies, a politician who wasn’t afraid of a little populist social engineering, would be just the man to do it.

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Lachlan Macquarie

This speech is set in 1819, the year of the Peterloo Massacre, in which British cavalrymen killed fifteen people and injured hundreds during a mass demonstration in favour of universal male suffrage. Britain cracked down on democratic reforms by passing laws limiting freedom of association, political speech and writing, and freedom of the press.

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