Lauded for his contributions to post-war prosperity and the welfare state, Ben Chifley is also remembered for his inspiring 1949 ‘light on the hill’ speech that laid out the enduring objectives of the Australian labour movement, as “bringing something better to the people, better standards of living, greater happiness to the mass of the people.
“We have a great objective – the light on the hill – which we aim to reach by working for the betterment of mankind, not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand.”
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