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" Aboriginal art and culture draws from the land, for Aboriginality and the land are essential to each other and are inseparable. "
" I think the Australian people are very conscientious. During the 1980s and 1990s we proved they will respond conscientiously to necessary reforms. They mightn't like them but they'll accept them. But reforms have to be presented in a digestible format. "
" Geoffrey Tozer's death is a national tragedy. For the Australian arts and Australian music, losing Tozer is like Canada having lost Glenn Gould, or France, Ginette Neveu. It is a massive cultural loss. The kind of loss people felt when Germany lost Dresden. "
" The G7, just a European centric show, an Atlantic show, is fundamentally finished. "
" The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism. "
" At its best, Aboriginal art has been effective in translating an entire culture and the understanding of an entire continent. Indeed, the more we interpret Australia through Aboriginal eyes, through the experience of their long and epic story, the more we allow ourselves to understand the land we share. "
" I have long believed, especially after the unprovoked Western attack on Iraq and the ransacking of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, that North Korea would not desist from the full development of its nuclear weapons program, despite threats and sanctions from the West and even from China. "
" Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers, and maddies. "
" You get one chance to do something about native title. You get perhaps one chance in your life to do something about a republic. You get one chance, your chance, to build a piece of the political architecture in the Pacific. I wasn't going to give those up. "
" When one has been touched by the stellar power and ethereal playing of a sublime musician, one is lifted, if only briefly, to a place beyond the realm of the temporal. "
" The essence of leadership is essentially taking the responsibility of trying to interpret the future to the present. "
" If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. "
" The United States being in Asia is unambiguously a good thing for the region. "
" What the Anzac legend did do, by the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, was reinforce our own cultural notions of independence, mateship, and ingenuity. Of resilience and courage in adversity. "
" I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage. "
" Truth is, of its essence, liberating, as it is possessed of no contrivance or conceit - that it provides the only genuine basis for progress and that the future can only be found in truth. "
" Russia alone has the capacity to obliterate the United States. "
" When the Berlin Wall came down the Americans cried, 'Victory,' and walked off the field. "
" I have said before, you don't expect conservative parties to believe in much, but you do expect them to believe in thrift. "
" The death of Malcolm Fraser underwrites a great loss to Australia. Notwithstanding a controversial prime ministership, in later years he harboured one abiding and important idea about Australia - its need and its right to be a strategically independent country. "
" Nobody wants to have in their CV in the upper echelons of the American economic family that they nationalised major banks. "
" The only reward in a public life is public progress. You stand back and say, 'What did I get out of it?' You look around, and the place is better, and that's it. "
" As prime minister, the pastoral lease question was a very vexing and torrid one for me. "
" One tires of combat, although I can still throw a punch, you know. "
" What we have to do is make our way in Asia ourselves with an independent foreign policy. Our future is basically in the region around us in South East Asia. "
" I think the rise of China is one of the great events of all economic and human history, and I think this will be overwhelmingly a positive thing for the region and the world. "
" In the end, rational policy is always good. "
In The End
" The First World War was a war devoid of any virtue. It arose from the quagmire of European tribalism: a complex interplay of nation-state destinies overlaid by notions of cultural superiority peppered with racism. "
" One of the inevitable aspects of debates about euthanasia is the reluctance on the part of advocates to confront the essence of what they propose. "
" I always believed in burning up the government's political capital, not being Mr Safe Guy, you know? "
" Well, I think that - I think leadership's always been about two main things: imagination and courage. "