Scott Morrison’s address to a budget breakfast in Melbourne

Hey guys, the federal budget was last week, and it is an absolute gold mine for formal language. So, I thought I would make the most of this and discuss some of the language surrounding it. For the purposes of this article, I am using Scott Morrison’s address to a budget breakfast in Melbourne on May 11 this year. Given that this was delivered after the budget, Morrison is seeking to promote the measures in the budget to the Australian people, as opposed to setting them out and explaining them.

Here is a link to Mr Morrison’s speech:

The first feature that I will be discussing is jargon. I could go all day on this, as the treasurer uses it extensively through this address, but I will not. The main type of jargon used by the treasurer in this is economic jargon (this would be expected given that he is the treasurer). Examples of this jargon include, “forward estimates,” (the next four financial years), “expenditure,” “taxes,” “net debt,” and, “surpluses.” Morrison largely uses this jargon to promote his expertise in relation to money and economic management, as well as reinforcing his authority in the area. Jargon can also be seen through the use of initialisms such as GST (Goods and Services Tax), GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and GFC (Global Financial Crisis), further enable Morrison to demonstrate his knowledge on economics, particularly the Australian system.

Another feature that I would like to draw your attention to as the use of, “Unbelieva-Bill.” This is an example of both a blend and a pun. The purpose of this is to try and attack the credibility and desirability of the opposition leader Bill Shorten, after he delivered his budget reply speech. By attacking the credibility of the leader of the opposition, Morrison is also seeking to promote to the audience that his party (or coalition of parties if you want to get technical) is the better and more dependable option to govern, particularly when it comes to economic management.

One more feature that I would like to draw your attention to is the treasurer’s use of pronouns such as, “we,” and, “you.” You is used to help make Mr Morrison’s speech more direct, and he uses this particularly when discussing the budget measures that are more likely seen as being desirable to the audience, such as lower taxes and a stronger economy. Moreover, “we,” is used to refer to both the Australian people and the Liberal National Coalition, and this further seeks to personalise his speech and to promote how it is his party that has made positive economic changes

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Scott Morrison’s address to a budget breakfast in Melbourne