Robert Menzies
MTC Audio Lab

Great Australian Speeches

Sir Robert Menzies's The Forgotten People

Read by Mark Coles Smith

Mark Coles Smith reads former Prime Minister Robert Menzies's iconic 1942 speech.

Sir Robert Menzies was Prime Minister of Australia from both 1939 to 1941 and 1949 to 1966.

In his career, he played a central role in the creation of the Liberal Party of Australia. Serving over 18 years, Menzies is Australia's longest-serving prime minister.

On 22 May 1942 he made his now-famous 'The Forgotten People' speech defining and exalting Australia’s middle class as the 'backbone of Australia'.

For Great Australian Speeches, Robert Menzies's 'The Forgotten People' is read by Mark Coles Smith.

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Published on 17 July 2020

MTC Audio Lab: Great Australian Speeches