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Cate Blanchett Stresses Free Education & Healthcare During Speech at Gough Whitlam's Memorial Service (Video)

Cate Blanchett Stresses Free Education & Healthcare During Speech at Gough Whitlam's Memorial Service (Video)

Cate Blanchett takes the stage for her speech during the State Memorial Service for Gough Whitlam on Wednesday (November 5) in Sydney, Australia.

The 45-year-old actress expressed her gratitude for the progress the late Australian Prime Minister made, and said she felt a “great sorrow” over his death.

“When I went to university, I could explore different courses and engage with the student union in extra-curricular activities. It was through that that I discovered acting,” Cate said. “I am the beneficiary of good, free healthcare that meant that the little I earned after tax and rent could go towards seeing shows, bands, and living inside my generation’s expression.”

She also said, “I am a working mother of three, and when I took on the role in Little Fish, I had just my second child. No one batted an eyelid. No one passed judgment and no one deemed me incapable because the culture around women, and the right of women to work as equals in Australia had also been addressed significantly by Gough Whitlam.”

Watch her touching and informed speech below:


Cate Blanchett Speaks at Gough Whitlam’s Memorial Service
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  • Soniaintown

    Give me a break, there’s no FREE education nor FREE health care. What the government provides is robbed from other people. Use tax dollar funded education or public funded healthcare will give you a better idea about these issues.

  • Oh Yes!

    Cate, please stop doing movies with Woody Allen; he gives me the creeps.

  • Sprite

    He loved to communicate, would talk to anyone sitting next to him on a plane. Gough is popular with Australians similar Ronald Reagan and John F Kennedy is to Americans.

  • thinkclearly68

    No country in the world has free healthcare, education or anything. It is ALL paid for through astronomical tax rates. Why don’t these liberals understand that?????

  • Milla Spenser

    Living a full college life doesn’t mean studying all of your free time, but rather participating in various extracurricular activities, socializing and trying new things, available only at young age. Therefore, I agree with Cate on her opinion and think college students should care about their classes, but leave time for their own personal growth. In case you can’t cope with your homework fast enough, you can simply use this link to get an urgent help in any writing assignments while enjoying your best years of life. Don’t miss it!

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