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What parler meant…

November 9th, 2005 · No Comments

As debate on controversial bills is silenced in Australia’s parliament, Christian Kerr, offers this comment in Crikey:

“Parliament derives from the Old French parlement, from parler, to talk… But we should also remember another word with the same root, parley – a discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters. Parliaments exist to settle national concerns through speech, not conflict. We would do well to remember that at this time of strife – to show that we, as a nation, believe in settling our differences by talking things through.”

Yes, it’s a bit preachy, but he makes a good point


Category: Communication and connection

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