It’s the political season in Australia again, and the air is filled with the sound of dog whistles and dead cats hitting tables.
For this show, we turn our attention to political language. What makes a good slogan? What’s behind the Liberal government’s “illiterate immigrant” meme? And what words and phrases should we be looking out for?
Political language analyst Howie Manns talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.
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