Australia Quotes

 A convict once, out in Australia, Said unto his turnkey, 'I'll tail yer'. But he said, 'You be buggered, you filthy old sluggard, 'You're forgetting as I am your gaoler'. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality:    
 A splendid land is never a happy land. Wherever there are palaces there are hovels. It should be our wisdom then in Australia, to have as few of either as possible. 
Author: Charles Harpur
Nationality: Australian
b. 23 January 1813  - d. 10 June 1868
  
 A whiff of how important class is in Australian society, is how fearfully the politicians run away from it. 
Author: Craig McGregor
Nationality: Australian   
 About 20 years ago I rented a unit in Glenelg, Adelaide, which was invaded every summer by fearless, militant cockroaches which weren't big but they had attitude. Turn a light on on them and they formed phalanxes and battalions, facing me. 
Author: Michael Poben
Nationality: Australian   
 Adelaide is a charmingly attractive city - wisely planned and full of amenity, unostentatious and refined, courteous and homely - reminding us constantly of Christchurch, N.Z. on a larger scale... Adelaide has, in fact, more chance than any other Australian city of becoming the Weimar, or, more precisely, the Stuttgart of the Southern hemisphere. 
Author: Sidney James Webb
Nationality: English
b. 13 July 1859  - d. 13 October 1947
  
 Afghanistan has an eerie echo of Vietnam, when Australian soldiers were sent to fight the Vietcong. 
Author: Adrian D'hage
Nationality: English   
 All my life, my blood has been a blend of mozzie chocolate and proboscis-attractant, a mozzie liqueur. I am the person whom people invite to outdoor barbecues to keep the mozzies from biting anybody else. 
Author: Michael Poben
Nationality: Australian   
 An aspiring Light Horseman, in answer to the recruiting sergeant's question: 'What religion?' 'Australian, That's my religion'. 
Author: William Baylebridge
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 December 1883  - d. 7 May 1942
  
 An Australian and an American were leaning across the sticky counter - both big, well-muscled men with tough faces. The doughboy turned around to prop his back against the bar and grinned at the Australian. 'Hi ya, Aussie he said cheerfully. 'G'day, sport', replied the Australian. 'You guys must feel better now that we've come over to save the day'. 'What d'ya mean - save the day?' sputtered the Australian. Then, suddenly remembering the currently favourite wise crack, added 'why, we thought all you blokes were fugitives from Pearl Harbour!' 
Author: George Johnston
Nationality: Australian   
 Anyone going to an international gathering overseas would come back with the opinion that the Australian flag was the most beautiful of all the flags that are there displayed. 
Author: Sir William McMahon
Nationality: Australian
b. 23 February 1908  - d. 31 March 1988
  
 As one editorial wrote at the weekend, 'When Australians awoke last week to the image of three little girls staring from almost every newspaper front page, many felt a surge of sorrow and a huge pang of guilt. Suddenly, protecting our borders from asylum seekers seemed flint-hearted. What nation could be so stony as to turn away the sweet innocence? Surely not the land of a fair go. The truth is somewhat different. It should be remembered that those who choose Australia as a destination do so not because they've suddenly become imbued with Aussie fervour, it's because the people-smuggling industry sees us as an easy target. The softer we get, the more they will come. 
Author: Alan Jones
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 194143
  
 Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck. 
Author: Professor Donald Richmond Horne
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 December 1921  - d. 8 September 2005
  
 Australia is what it is today in spite of the government and incompetent politicians. 
Author: Suzanne Le Moy
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1976
  
 Australia spent the first half of the century as a farm for the British. Now it looks as though we may spend the second half as a quarry for the Japanese. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 Australia was merely the chance terminus of a number of voyages and migrations. 
Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 March 1930
  
 Australia would unquestionably be breaching international law if it followed the United States into a war in Iraq without United Nations backing, and could be sued in the International Court of Justice - ICJ. 
Author: Professor George Williams
Nationality: Australian   
 Australian Universities' Arts Festival Organiser: We wrote to Jean-Paul Sartre over a month ago and he hasn't replied. We assume that means he's coming. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 Australians have always been enthusiastic if not particularly intelligent drinkers. 
Author: Sydney J. Baker
Nationality: Australian   
 Australians swallow more syllables than any other single item of consumption. 
Author: Sir Hermann Black
Nationality: Australian   
 Australians will buy a raffle ticket in anything. They got into the habit during the Depression. Buying raffle rickets is like going to church or drinking beer, once you get into the habit.... 
Author: Frank Hardy
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 April 1917  - d. 28 January 1994
  
 Because of advertising and general social acceptance, young people think it is not a real party unless 'the turps is turned on'. 
Author: Roger Bush
Nationality: Australian   
 Before the last election, John Howard claimed we were under attack from a few boatloads of desperate asylum seekers. Now it seems, the enemy is within, and he is urging us to dob in anyone who is suspicious, to the National Security Hotline. What will be the fate of those who are defined as 'suspicious'? I intend to dob in John Howard to the hotline as I consider his support for pre-emptive strikes against our neighbours and his infatuation with the intellectually gifted George W. Bush a direct threat to our long term security and national interest. 
Author: Rosemary Costin
Nationality: Australian   
 Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 Brisbane proper is a pocket-edition city. Nothing has been left out. It is not abridged, nor, we suspect, from what we observed, is it expurgated. In the height of its buildings, the congestion of its footpaths, its briskness, self-absorption, and sophistication. It is every inch a city. But the inches are not many. The city of Brisbane differs, I think from most Australian cities in that the citizens use the streets, of an evening, as a strolling place. The Brisbanian, young or old, male or female, seems to regard the lighted streets as pleasurable places in which to practice the art of elegant loitering. 
Author: Frank Dalby Davison
Nationality: Australian   
 But for my everlasting good fortune, I was flung into the wide sea of the Australian bush alone, to sink or swim. Naturally I swam. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 But wasn't it in Australia that a shire-councillor most solemnly proposed that a peculiar rock-formation should be blown up by gelignite? The rock had a remote resemblance to a nude woman. 
Author: Brian James
Nationality: British   
 By the time Baghdad fell, the supposed reasons for the invasion, like Osama bin Laden and Saddam himself, were still missing. Despite the best efforts of the Murdoch group's poisonous coverage, and numerous false alarms, no 'weapons of mass destruction', one of the worst of the Iraq adventure's clichés, had been found, anywhere. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 Coach of the Australian Rugby Union Test team: I can assure you there are no mug lairs in this team. 
Author: Bob Templeton
Nationality: Australian   
 During the last ten years or more, there have been imported a coterie of untalented English homosexuals, English tonks unheard of outside their home country, to dominate sections of the Australian theatrical scene. If one cannot protest against the employment of the Pommy poofter instead of the Aussie poofter, one can record dismay at the employment of fifth raters who got nowhere near even spear-holding in Drury Lane. 
Author: Hal Poeter
Nationality: Australian   
 Every Australian in heaven got transferred to the other place for knocking off the altar-wine. 
Author: John Romeril
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1945
  
 For a Christian Aborigine, land rights or the proposed Heritage Protection Act is a symbolic step back to the world of paganism, superstition, fear and darkness. 
Author: Hugh Matheson Morgan
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 September 1940
  
 He was Australian in everything he said and did. If there is an Australian type he is the type. Long, lean, quiet, humorous, inarticulate, sagacious, easygoing, loyal to his own ethical code, standing on his own feet and facing the world with a good-humoured imperturbability, careless about economics - he does not grow rich. 
Author: Sir Walter Murdoch
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 September 1874  - d.  December 1970
  
 He was one of the old style of tie-less Australians, one without a collar to his shirt so how could he wear a tie? 
Author: Peter Corris
Nationality: Australian
b. 8 May 1942
  
 Here, a man is a man, and doesn't require a tailor. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 Home to 90 per cent of Australians is a Sydney or Melbourne slum, or a decayed mining town, or the wide and dreamy bush, yet they talk glibly of England as 'Home'. 
Author: George Meudell
Nationality: Australian   
 I can see why a man who lives in Colorado is so anxious for all this nuclear activity to go on in Australia, an area famed among nuclear scientists for its lack of immediate proximity to their own residential areas. 
Author: John Clarke
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 July 1948
  
 I do not think it unfair to say that the worst Australian characteristic is a reverence for money, and for the artificial social distinctions created by its possession in any quantity. 
Author: Martin Boyd
Nationality: American
b. 10 June 1893  - d. 3 June 1972
  
 I saw pure evil. 
Author: Rape Victim
Nationality: Australian   
 I think they were a disgrace. These people standing behind the fence drinking beer, most of them are about 50 kilos overweight, making ridiculous comments. Gee whiz, as far as I'm concerned it's easy for someone to say that from behind the fence. While they pay their money and all that sort of stuff, gee whiz, I reckon there's some sort of integrity in life. 
Author: Justin Langer
Nationality: Australian   
 I would not set a pin's fee the survival of any European army attempting to occupy a fraction of the Australian Interior. What foes could be more formidable than these crack-shot mounted infantry men, in their own waterless steppes. 
Author: Franklin Pierce Adams
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1881  - d. 23 March 1960
  
 If you ask is Australia justified as a matter of law in joining unilateral action in Iraq, the answer is clearly and unequivocally no. Its no because there has not been a Security Council resolution that could justify such a conflict, and clearly self-defense of Australia is not at stake. Unlike the US, which has never submitted itself to the jurisdiction of the ICJ, Australia could potentially be sued by Iraq or 'some other country' that's been affected. 
Author: Professor George Williams
Nationality: Australian   
 In a conflict between Australia and Indonesia, the United States would probably support Indonesia. 
Author: Dr. Jim Cairns
Nationality: Australian
b. 4 October 1914  - d. 12 October 2003
  
 In a nuclear war, Pine Gap, Australia, would be one of the places I'd like to be. 
Author: David Packard
Nationality: American
b. 7 September 1912  - d. 26 March 1996
  
 In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime. 
Author: Phyllis McGinley
Nationality: American
b. 21 March 1905  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 Intolerance of oppression and sympathy with the underdog are among the most attractive features of the Australian character. 
Author: Sir William Keith Hancock
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 June 1898  - d. 13 August 1988
  
 Iraqi civilians have paid in blood and it is much too soon to know how many thousands of Iraqis died - civilians and the unlamented soldiers - to forge a new regime peopled by American generals and Iraqi crooks like Ahmad Chalabi, lassoed out of 45 years of exile. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It is far to soon to gloat. As Saddam's statue toppled, people cheered around the world. A tyrant was gone. But if the television had at that moment brought us images of Baghdad hospitals, the hellish scenes of mangled bodies and dying children may have tempered the exuberance. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It is not in our cities or townships, it is not in our agricultural or mining areas that the Australian attains full consciousness of his own nationality. It is in places like this, and as clearly here as at the centre of the continent. 
Author: Joseph Furphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 September 1843  - d. 13 September 1912
  
 It is one of the saddest things in my life, that I've never been able to manage an Australian accent. But they tell me: 'Lean on something and don't open your mouth'. 
Author: Joyce Grenfell
Nationality: English
b. 10 February 1910  - d. 30 November 1979
  
 It seems our politicians may have lied to us. And this is no mere peccadillo in a democracy. We were told the raison d'etre for this war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction that posed a threat to world peace. The UN inspectors did not find them. But President George W. Bush and his advisors knew better. They may yet turn up. But the Iraqi regime did not use them at is most desperate moment. If the major reason for launching a pre-emptive strike turns out to have been an utter falsehood, we have been conned. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It should be simple. One tyrant less in the world should be cause for rejoicing. The world rejoiced when Filipinos overthrew Marcos, when East Germans tore downs the Wall, and when South Africans found their way to democracy. The overthrow of Saddam is different. It is a product of US foreign policy, achieved through military might and for unclear motives. It may yet be a cause of rejoicing. On the start of an era of war without end. We live in a new world order in which US might is right. Until the ramifications are clearer, is is much too soon to gloat. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It was what happened in this country. The minute the Australians began to make a quid they started to turn into Englishmen. 
Author: Peter Carey
Nationality: Australian
b. 07 May 1943
  
 It's important to understand the principles that govern conversation in Australia. Not knowing them, you might make the mistake of trying to communicate. 
Author: Robert Treborlang
Nationality: Australian   
 John Grey Gorton - Australian Prime Minister, was one of the most interesting politicians Australia's ever had, because he broke all the rules. But while he was doing so, he was really...did it in quite a dignified and interesting way.  
Author: Mungo MacCallum
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 December 1941
  
 Jolly John, as we called him in Canberra almost from day one, made it quite clear that he wasn't going to be a conventional politician. He wasn't going to wear three-piece suits, and stay absolutely sober 24 hours a day, and never cock his eye when a good-looking woman went past. I mean, that wasn't Gorton's way. But having said that, he understood very well that a prime minister has to be a leader. He shouldn't just be one of the pack. He understood that a prime minister has to represent his country in a way in which he is unequivocally Australian, not that of somebody who simply lies down and does what's asked of him.  
Author: Mungo MacCallum
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 December 1941
  
 Kennedy was lucky to have Galbraith. And Australian prime Ministers, from Curtin on, were lucky to have Coombs. He was no coward. And were he alive would tell Howard that if he wants to go down in history as a hero, he'll have to be brave enough to tell the US, politely but firmly, No. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 Labor MHR for Newcastle: Mr. Speaker, what is unparliamentary about calling the Treasurer a dingo? 
Author: C. K. Jones
Nationality: Australian   
 Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle which carries ideas. It is itself a shaper of ideas. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Like many other young Australian, bred in the backblocks, he was a splendid, kindly honest creature, full of pluck and common-sense, but not remarkable for the finer qualities of intellect or emotion. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 Manners makyth man. 
Author: William of Wykeham
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1324  - d. 27 October 1404
  
 Marriage: This terrible insoluble problem of civilisation, which created all the evil. This unnatural state of union in disunion which exacted impossibilities and forced together elements absolutely and inherently antagonistic to each other! 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 Most of the natives i.e. native born Australian whites, have a sort of slow sleepy way of talking. 
Author: Rolf Boldrewood
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1915
  
 Murder and killing on the roads apparently doesn't matter, but parking in the wrong place evidently does. 
Author: Justice McClemens
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1905  - d.  December 1975
  
 My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia. 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 No doubt, my wife's sister would make some paralysed deaf mute a good wife - but I'll say no more. After all, blood is thicker than water. But then so is soup, and even water is of some use when you can't get anything else - but still, I will say no more. Never let it be said that I ever said anything derogatory of that parrot-brained Gorgon. 
Author: Lennie Lower
Nationality: Australian
b. 24 September 1903  - d. 19 July 1947
  
 No section of society can maintain aristocratic amenities and elegancies without a submerged race, whether slaves of another breed or the unprivileged of its own, to do the hard and menial labour. Australia began with manacled slaves.... 
Author: Miles Franklin
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 October 1879  - d. 19 September 1954
  
 Of the Australian black man we may certainly say that he has to go, that he should perish without unnecessary suffering should be the aim of all who are concerned in the matter. 
Author: Anthony Trollope
Nationality: English
b. 24 April 1815  - d. 06 December 1882
  
 OK, it's difficult to put a man who makes 250 runs in the loser's column, but Langer really stepped from winner to loser with his remarks about the Barmy Army's 'no ball' taunts of his teammate Brett Lee. That's what crowds do, Justin. Taunt the opposition, yell at the officials, cheer their own team. Australians do it to the Poms as well, Justin. What, it's OK for the players to sledge, but the crowd can't? 
Author: Michael Cowley
Nationality: Australian   
 On Australia: What sort of peculiar capitalist country is this, in which the workers' representatives predominate in the Upper House, and, till recently, did so in the Lower House as well, and yet the capitalist system is in no danger? 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 That's not football, mate, it's aerial ping pong. 
Author: Frank Hardy
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 April 1917  - d. 28 January 1994
  
 The Australian line, now charging, was seen suddenly to grow limp, and then sink to the earth, as though, said an eye-witness, 'the men's limbs had become string' ... almost the whole line fell dead or dying within the first ten yards. 
Author: Charles E. W. Bean
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 November 1897  - d. 30 August 1968
  
 There's a lot to do when you're a kid - spiders to catch, girls to poke in the eye - stuff to be getting on with. 
Author: Alan Davies
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1966
  
 On the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal: The tribunal moves with the speed of a spastic yak, and it already has quite a lot on its plate. 
Author: Keith McDonald
Nationality: English   
 On the Australian cricket team's success in England in 1948: We did it wearing all white, without the help of a psychiatrist and without anyone having his hair permed. 
Author: Sir Donald Bradman
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 August 1919  - d. 25 February 2001
  
 On the game of Two-Up: The game of two-up has been hugely attractive to Australian soldiers this century. They played the game in the dusty camps in South Africa: they played in the camps in Australia in 1914 and 1915: they played in Egypt and France, in and out of the line; in short they played wherever they could and whenever they could. According to one rumour during the 1914-18 war, a Turkish airman flew over a two-up school in full swing. Looking down, and seeing the raised eyes to heaven and the earnest bowing to the ground, the airman thought it would be sacrilegious to bomb these devout men at their prayers. 
Author: Peter Charlton
Nationality: Australian   
 November 15 - That was the date of the mid-year economic and budget update. It was quite deliberately rolled out two months earlier than necessary, so that the government would not have to publicly admit that GST revenues were going to be higher than budgeted. 
Author: Terry McCrann
Nationality: Australian   
 They will reap this November the clever-dick seeds they sowed last November. 
Author: Terry McCrann
Nationality: Australian   
 People always want to be Australian. If you aren't, you can get by with a particular note of apology. 'I'm not yet, but I'm doing my best. 
Author: Mary Rose Liverani
Nationality: Australian   
 She liked to see what was going on; and she said that in Australia most things happened on verandas. 
Author: Ethel Mills
Nationality: Australian   
 Sir Otto Niemeyer came out to Australia in 1930 as a bank inspector would, to inspect a property when an overdraft was being negotiated. 
Author: James Scullin
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 September 1876  - d. 28 January 1953
  
 Somewhere in Australia, a million kangaroos are embarrassed by the name that this is giving their court system. 
Author: Joe Lockhart
Nationality: American   
 The Australian Democrats will keep the bastards honest if they win the balance of power at the Senate election. 
Author: Don Leslie Chipp
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 August 1925  - d. 28 August 2006
  
 The Australian knows life's short. Heat waves and the driest drought for fifty years can be followed immediately by floods that wash away houses, people, stock, crops. Anything can happen. 
Author: David Ireland
Nationality: Australian
b. 24 August 1927
  
 The Australian man loves sex and hates women. 
Author: Alan Donald Whicker
Nationality: British
b. 02 August 1925
  
 The Australian people made heroes of none, and raised no idols, except perhaps an outlaw, Ned Kelly, and Carbine, a horse. 
Author: Brian Charles Fitzpatrick
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 November 1905  - d. 03 September 1965
  
 The Australian troops, if they do go into action, then they will be as prepared for any kind of conflict as troops anywhere in the world can be prepared. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 The average Australian youth is a weedy individual with a weak, dirty and contemptible vocabulary, and a cramped mind devoted to sport; his god is a two legged brute with unnaturally developed muscles and no brains. The average Australian man has not been developed yet. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 I see myself as a comic but the acting helps sell tickets for gigs. 
Author: Alan Davies
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1966
  
 The English gave Australia its laws, the Scots its money and the Irish its humour. 
Author: Edmund Campion
Nationality: English   
 The fact of the matter is that I am not biased. All of the witnesses who appear before the inquiry will receive fair treatment from me and anything, any findings that the inquiry comes to will be based on firm evidence produced before the inquiry and nothing else. 
Author: David Flint
Nationality: Australian   
 The fact remains that the common speech of the Commonwealth of Australia represents the most brutal maltreatment which has ever been inflicted upon the language that is the mother tongue of the great English nations. 
Author: William Churchill
Nationality: English
b. 18 September 1897  - d. 11 March 1982
  
 The grinding poverty of large numbers of their population, and the low probability of any positive change under governments propped up by the West, means there will be continuing support for those organizations and a ready supply of suicidal terrorists. The Western response to the threat of terrorism clearly has to include measures to prevent attacks on Westerners. It must also include a wider range of measures directed at overcoming poverty, improving education and creating hope for a better life. Achieving such outcomes will almost certainly require development of subtle and intelligent relationships between Christian and Muslim church leaders. 
Author: John Rolls
Nationality: Australian   
 The system of government we have in Australia is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor. 
Author: Bob Ellis
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1942
  
 The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 The war is not going well. The Taliban have not yielded ground. Not a single important Taliban leader has been killed, or captured or has defected. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 The young of Australia will always travel, they will always seek fun in different parts, they will always reach out to the young of other nations, they will always be open, fun-loving and decent men and women. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 There are four broad styles of Australian automobile decor - Domestic, Functional, Speed and Lair. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 Think back 80 years or more when Australians had the chance to protect the thylacine, the Tasmanian Tiger, and we blew it and we're still feeling bad about it. Maybe this generation will be judged on whether or not we choose to save another great predator from extinction, the Murray Cod. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 This is no time for gloating. Saddam has fallen. Many Iraqis are relieved. But the world is no safer. Indeed, it is a scarier place. Consider the words of the North Korean Foreign Ministry this week. 'The Iraqi war shows that to allow disarmament through inspections does not help avert war, but rather sparks it.' It concluded with unerring logic that 'only tremendous military deterrent force' can prevent attacks on nations that America dislikes. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 This is the lesson for other rogue states: arm to the teeth, develop nuclear weapons and spurn the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Then the US may desist from invasion. Compare the US's circumspect treatment of North Korea with its war against Iraq. North Korea has nuclear capacity; Iraq co-operated in a process of disarmament. The world does not need more weapons of mass destruction. But tragically this could be the ironic result of the US victory in Iraq. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 This was no war but a travesty. It was an invasion by 300,000 military forces to 'disarm' Saddam Hussein of his 'weapons of mass destruction'. It was not about 'regime change.' We know this because our Prime Minister, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said so, repeatedly, for months. And he wouldn't lie, would he? This was a 'war' to strip a 'rogue state' of biological and chemical weapons to keep them out of the hands of 'international terrorists' and 'other rogue states.' When Baghdad fell on the 22nd day of the Anglo-American invasion, with Australia's tiny force no more than the military tea lady, the outcome in numbers, as reported from US central command at Doha, Qatar: US forces 2555,000, British forces 45,000; Australian forces 2,000. Casualties: US 101 dead, 11 missing, seven captured; British 30 dead; Australian nil. Iraq military, between 5,000 and 10,000 dead (estimate) Iraq civilians 600 dead and 4,000 wounded (estimate). 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 You in Australia are Sinn Feiners, and more luck to you. To you Australia is first, and the Empire is second. 
Author: Daniel Mannix
Nationality: Australian
b. 4 March 1864  - d. 2 November 1963
  
 To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. 
Author: Barry Humphries
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1934
  
 Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas. 
Author: Keppel Enderbery
Nationality: Australian   
 Two of the most searing quotes of the 'war' have emerged this week from the fog of deceit that has laid over everything the Bush White House has manipulated in ousting the Saddam regime. One was the courageous statement of Dr. Ameer Ali, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils: 'The Muslim people of Iraq are fodder for the war machines of America'. Nothing has been truer. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 U.S.Army Captain to GI's on leave in Sydney during the Vietnam War: Prostitution is illegal in Australia, but don't let it worry you - everyone in Australia is real friendly. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 We are fully aware, too fully aware, of our lack of contemporary identity. We are totally unsure of whether we are mini-Americans, emasculated Poms, or our own Zorbas. 
Author: Max Harris
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 1921  - d. 13 January 1995
  
 We love to point the finger at the environmental vandalism in the Brazilian and Indonesian rain forests but really, we're no different. As Australians we love the bush, but at the same time we're still clearing around 32 football fields worth of bushland every hour of every day. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 What Australia badly needs is not a ruling class but an educated class. 
Author: John Douglas Pringle
Nationality: Australian   
 When Lord Beauchamp, Governor of New South Wales, wrote a fulsome letter to Mo telling him 'Your art is an important expression of the Australian ethos' Mo commented 'Gor blimey, I hope that's a compliment!' 
Author: Roy Rene
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 February 1892  - d. 22 November 1954
  
 When the history of our time is written, what will most amaze posterity is that John Howard's debasement of political debate - for 'the integrity of our national borders' read 'drown, if need be, the foreign scum' - was not cursed roundly from every editorial. That no-one said the obvious, that the ordinary Australian's fear of intruders, like the fear of burglars, can be easily understood, but John Howard's playing on it was morally contemptible. 
Author: Bob Ellis
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1942
  
 When you take an English girl to bed she gets up afterwards and says: 'Feel better now, luv? The Russian girl says:- 'You have possessed my body but never my soul'. The American girls says:- 'Hey honey, that was great. What was your name again? And the Australian girl says:- 'Aw, now you'll think I'm awful'. 
Author: Sue Rhodes
Nationality: Australian   
 Why should Australia's role be the constant sponge lying in the Pacific? 
Author: Robin Boyd
Nationality: Australian
b. 3 January 1919  - d. 16 October 1971
  
 You know, it is quite a disadvantage being an Australian... In Australia, if you are quiet and don't speak like a servant, you are thought a snob; if you aren't a millionaire you are ignored. If you live in England, wretched middle-class English try to patronise you, expect you to eat like a savage, crack stock-whips and spit on the floor. 
Author: Martin Boyd
Nationality: American
b. 10 June 1893  - d. 3 June 1972
  
 You might feel proud, Prime Minister, but I do not, and I venture to suggest very many of our fellow Australians feel exactly the same as me. And I don't give a toss what the opinion polls say. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 You never find Literatures in Australia starving in a garret - they couldn't afford one. Generally they can be found dead of exposure on a park bench. 
Author: Paul Budde
Nationality: Australian   
 Australia is an outdoor country. People only go inside to use the toilet. And that's only a recent development. 
Author: Barry Humphries
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1934
  
 On the same line of reasoning, if Australians were to be Australians, or rather if Australians were as separate from any other nation as Australia from any other land, there would be no jealousy between them on England's account. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 The majority of English people know nothing of Australia, and even the higher classes understand neither us nor our country. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition, with the women to the left and the men to the right, aWho says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman, or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort of thanks do we get for it?s it is on the stairs or the block in polite society. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 When the school children of Australia are told more truths about their own country, and fewer lies about the virtues of Royalty, the day will be near when we can place our own national flag in one of the proudest places among the ensigns of the world. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 It is a matter of public shame that while we have now commemorated our hundredth anniversary, not one in every ten children attending Public schools throughout the colonies is acquainted with a single historical fact about Australia. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 My point was that the war was intrinsically wrong, and as a result of our participation we haven't improved Australia's security but created a greater danger at home and abroad.  
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 The Chinese are definitely concerned about the tendency of this Australian government to align itself with the United States. 
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia. 
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.  
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 We don't have any sailors in Australia, we have rowers. 
Author: Ben Lexcen
Nationality: Australian
b. 19 March 1936  - d. 1 May 1988
  
 We go to Australia with LeAnn Rimes for a couple of weeks in October. We have a lot of shows between now and the end of the year. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage. 
Author: Paul Keating
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 January 1944
  
 You had an important place in Australian society on the ABC and you gave it up to be a pop star with a big cheque and now you're on to this sort of stuff. That shows what a 24 carat pissant you are, Richard, that's for sure. 
Author: Paul Keating
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 January 1944
  
 Present governments are encouraging separatism in Australia by providing opportunities, land, moneys and facilities available only to Aboriginals. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 My greatest desire is to see all Australians treat each other as equals as we travel together towards the new century. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 If politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia, they should not continue to hold their seats in this parliament. They are not truly representing all Australians, and I call on the people to throw them out. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 We have lost all our big Australian industries and icons, including Qantas when it sold 25 % of its shares and a controlling interest to British Airways. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 Wake up, Australia, before it is too late. Australians need and want leaders who can inspire and give hope in difficult times. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 We now have a situation where a type of reverse racism is applied to mainstream Australians by those who promote political correctness. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 Fellow Australians, if you are seeing me now, it means I have been murdered. Do not let my passing distract you for even a moment. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 For the sake of our children and our children's children, you must fight on. Do not let my passing distract you for one moment. We must go forward together as Australians. Our country is at stake 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 If any people are homeless in Australia today, it is the Aboriginals, They are the only non-European descended people to whom we owe any debt. Some day, I hope, we will do justice to them. 
Author: Arthur Augustus Calwell
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 August 1896  - d. 8 July 1973
  
 And I've been overseas to Bali, the Maldives, Hong Kong, Australia, which are all major long flights, all in one year. And then I go to Europe a lot. 
Author: Heidi Klum
Nationality: German
b. 1 June 1973
  
 My regret is only that this madness happened at all, that Australia, unprovoked, invaded another country against the wishes of its people. 
Author: Dr. Will Saunders
Nationality: British   
 The majority of Australians are against this war. This is a message to John Howard: please do not go. 
Author: David Burgess
Nationality: Australian   
 Health economists have estimated that an injection of $250 million per year in Indigenous clinical care, and $50 million in preventative care, is required to provide services at the same level as for any other group with the health conditions of Indigenous Australians. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 Sorry Day falls on the eve of Reconciliation Week, giving us the chance to ask whether we are making progress in the wider challenge of reconciling Indigenous and other Australians.  
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 It's beyond belief that any Australian could be so stupid as to carry drugs into any country in Asia. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 I thank all of those who weren't born in this country for coming here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least discriminatory country in the world, in my view. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 Of all the important relationships that Australia has with other countries, none has been more greatly transformed over the last 10 years than our relationship with China. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 Terrorists oppose nations such as the United States and Australia not because of what we have done but because of who we are and because of the values that we hold in common. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 We must decide how the population should be distributed, and what industries we want in the north of Australia, in the west and elsewhere. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 The Australian people want to help build this country into a great nation. This budget has not realized the capacity of the Australian people. It has underestimated them. It has let us down. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 The Menzies Government, by its participation in the plans for the development of other nations, can see the virtue of planning for them but apparently cannot see the virtue of a plan for Australia. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 The people of Australia would be staggered to learn that Australia has no national development plan. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 We must have as clear a picture as we can of the Australia that we want to achieve at the end of that time. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 I do not call it snobbery to deride the Establishment in South Australia, I admit that I was brought up into it, and I admit that it gave me a pain. 
Author: Don Dunstan
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 September 1926  - d. 6 February 1999
  
 It is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 Andrew and I realized how much Australia meant to us. We saw the theatre community in Sydney and we felt, well, we know you all; we have worked with many of you. We have tried to live a few other places, but something really hit us in the gut. It's just a feeling about what home is. It became clear to us, particularly after the children were born, that family and the theatrical community in Australia were a large part of who we are. 
Author: Cate Blanchett
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 May 1969
  
 Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 In Australia, our houses aren't all joined together like yours to stop them from falling over. 
Author: Barry Humphries
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1934
  
 In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government bureau with scripts and and get finance for films. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 Tender Mercies is a very low-budget film, but it was a huge budget compared to anything I had done in Australia. My fee for Tender Mercies was something like five times all of my Australian films combined. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock, growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in this unit full of black men. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. 
Author: Charles Schulz
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1922  - d. 12 February 2000
  
 I own more cattle than any one man in Australia; why can't I get a decent f***ing steak in my own house? 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 They have all these new subdivisions in Australia which are between one and five acres. You see people coming home from work on Friday, getting on their little ride-on mowers, and mowing all weekend. On Monday morning you can drive through these areas and see all these mowers halfway across the five acres, waiting for the next Friday. Like idiots, we spend all our spare time driving these crazy machines, cutting grass which is only going to grow back again next week. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 It is possible, in Iran, Greece, North Africa, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, and Australia to see how, in our short history of life destruction, we have brought the hard bones of the earth to the surface by stripping the life skin from it for ephemeral uses. We can, if we persist, create a moon-landscape of the earth. So poor goatherds wander where the lake-forests stood and the forest deities were worshipped. The religions of resignation and fanaticism follow those of hte nature gods, and man-built temples replace trees and tree spirits. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 I do not accept the view, widely held in the Federal Cabinet, that some kind of slow Asian takeover of Australia is inevitable. I do not believe that we are powerless. As a people, we seem to move from extreme to extreme. In the past 30 years the government of Australia has moved from the extreme of wanting a white Australia to the extreme of saying that we will have an Asian Australia and that the quicker we move towards it the better. 
Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 March 1930
  
 I did not want to put myself on the line, as an Australian playing Britain's greatest comic actor. The fans of Sellers are obsessive, possessive - and aggressive. I did not want to risk their anger - or my own reputation. 
Author: Geoffrey Rush
Nationality: Australian
b. 6 July 1951
  
 Earlier this year, I spoke at the Australian National University on the phenomenon of the Howard-haters. Subsequently I addressed the Fabian Society in Sydney on the general topic of 'John Howard: Ten Years On'. Both talks are on The Sydney Institute's website. Today I intend to focus on a particular aspect of the Howard Government. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 I do not share the disdain - which frequently presents as cynicism - of Australian politicians that finds expression in the work of all too many journalists, academics and commentators. Never have. In my view, Australia has been well governed since European settlement in 1788. The one obvious exception has turned on the policy failures which occurred consequent upon the interaction of a modern Western society with a traditional indigenous society. For the rest, certainly mistakes have been made by governments and their advisers. But error is part of the human condition - and has been ever since The Fall. The facts indicate that, when compared with other democracies, Australia has been relatively well governed. And, of course, all democracies deliver better outcomes than dictatorships - however benign. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 In his ironically titled book The Lucky Country, Donald Horne proclaimed the notion that 'Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck'. This was a harsh assessment, judged by empirical evidence, when first made over four decades ago. It remains a harsh judgment after Mr Horne's death on 8 September 2005. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Contemporary Australia illustrates the point. The economic reform process commenced in early 1983 under the social democratic Labor government, led by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. There were a few reforms during Malcolm Fraser's prime ministership - but not many. The few that there were involved John Howard - either in his position as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs or, later, as Treasurer. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 There is no record of John Howard having made any public criticism of the ABC before he became Prime Minister in March 1996. The fact is that, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating had a better understanding of the prevailing leftist orthodoxy at the public broadcaster than did Mr Howard and most of his colleagues in the Liberal and National parties. John Howard is the best informed Liberal of his political generation. Yet, for whatever reason, he remained quiet about the left-wing interpretation of Australian history through the 1970s, the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 The Prime Minister has certainly played a prominent role in the public debate - he has bagged what, in July 1993, Geoffrey Blainey termed the 'Black Armband view of history'. What's more, Mr Howard has attempted to present a more positive interpretation of the Australian achievement. In short, John Howard has taken on what I termed the left-wing interpretation of Australian history to a much greater extent than his predecessors as Liberal Party leader. Including such significant Liberal leaders as Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser. Even so, John Howard has had little success in overturning the impact of what has been called the left's long march through the institutions. A few examples illustrate the point. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 I was in general agreement with the economic and foreign policies of the Hawke/Keating Government. And I have generally agreed with the economic and foreign policies of the Howard Government. From time to time, I have had public disagreements with the Prime Minister. In my view, Australia should have an Australian head of state. So I voted 'Yes - along with Kim Beazley and Peter Costello - at the 1999 referendum on the republic. I have also criticised the unduly harsh administration of mandatory detention for asylum seekers and have generally supported multiculturalism. And I believe that John Howard could have demonstrated more empathy with respect to reconciliation and should have been more critical of the positions of Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party in the mid 1990s. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Economic reform in Australia has been underway for close to a quarter of a century. It was preceded by the immigration changes - which commenced in the mid 1960s and were legally implemented in the late 1970s - that saw the end of the White Australia Policy. As a result of social and economic change, Australia has one of the strongest economies in the world. This has made it possible for Australia to experience the impact of the Asian economic downturn of 1997, the United States recession of 2001 and the worst domestic drought in a century - while the Australian economy grew at 3 per cent or more with low inflation and an unemployment rate which halved to under 5 per cent in just a decade. A truly remarkable achievement - which was possible only because of the implementation of economic and social reform by both Labor and the Coalition. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 In its March 1993 report titled Our ABC, a Senate committee, actually found that 'the basic structure of the ABC is sound and that the organisation is considerably stronger and more relevant to the Australian community now than it was ten years ago' and made no recommendation to abolish the staff-elected direction position on the ABC board. How about that? In government, of course, Mr Alston became one of the ABC's most vocal critics. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 This is another way of saying that Donald McDonald culturally bonded with the ABC's prevailing leftist ethos and became a defender of the institution he was expected to reform. Well, that's a theory. Yet it always seemed to me that Donald McDonald was residing in Stockholm at the time of his appointment - so to speak. In my view, Mr McDonald was never likely to reform the ABC because - irrespective of his many abilities - he did not have the political acumen to know what the problem was. Put it another way. John Howard's decision to appoint Donald McDonald as ABC chairman indicated that the Prime Minister, too, lacked political judgment about what was required to prevail in the culture wars within key Australian institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 In 2005 the ABC chose Guy Rundle, one of Australia's leading Howard-haters, to produce its brand new arts program titled Vulture. At the time Ms Rundle was on the board of the faintly (or is it quaintly?) quasi-Marxist magazine Arena. The comedy writer-cum-arts guru engaged a series of overwhelmingly fashionable leftist panelists who, inter alia, used such concepts as 'white middle class' and 'capitalism' as terms of abuse. Not one conservative got a gig on the panel. However, the social democrat Peter Craven made some important contributions against the all-pervading fashionable leftism on Vulture. Needless to say, he stood alone. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 You would think that the former Communist Party of Australia operative Peter Cundall (he stood as a CPA Senate candidate in the 1961 Federal Election in Tasmania) would concentrate these days on such worthy causes as, say, organic farming. But no. Mr Cundall is still very much a political activist. Billed to address the National Press Club on 3 December 2003 on the topic 'The View From The Compost Heap', Mr Cundall quickly moved into standard-fare leftist rave mode. He bagged 'uncontrolled greed', 'the most powerful', 'the invasion of Iraq', George W. Bush and so on. As Ian Warden commented in the Canberra Times (4 December 2003), Peter Cundall emerged from the address as 'someone way to the left of Greens Senator Bob Brown'. Little wonder that he is such a hit with organic farming types at the public broadcaster - see Peter Cundall's (self-indulgent) self-profile on the cover of the April 2004 issue of Inside the ABC. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Like the Menzies Government, the Howard Government has been very successful at elections. Yet the voice of the Howard-haters and Bush-haters and Blair-haters is still heard loudly in the humanities departments at the universities, within some professions, among many journalists and overwhelmingly at the various taxpayer subsidised literary festivals or so-called festivals of ideas (which are all too frequently festivals of one leftist idea). In other words, the left still prevails within many of Australia's key non-government institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Certainly the Australia Liberal Students Federation is more politically attuned today than it was when I was a student at Melbourne University in the late 1960s. But there is much more work to be done. No doubt in a decade or so there will be many more natural-born political conservatives prominent in the public debate than there are today. Just as the political generation of Peter Costello, Alexander Downer, Michael Kroger and Tony Abbott has produced many more politically astute Liberal Party and National Party MPs and operatives than were present during the governments of Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Don't get me wrong. It's good to have one-time leftists and social democrats now standing up against the left. By the way, I have defined what I mean by the contemporary left in the December 2004 issue of The Sydney Institute Quarterly. Yet it says something about the relative failure of Australian conservatives in the culture wars that there are so few from-cradle-to-grave conservatives in the public debate. Here the situation in Australia differs significantly from that prevailing in North America and Western Europe. Per head of the population, there are many more articulate political conservatives in the United States and Britain than there are in Australia. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Whenever there is a disaster in Australia - from the Newcastle earthquake and the Thredbo landslide to the recent Victorian bushfires, the Salvation Army is always there, feeding police and emergency workers, and quietly, lovingly caring for survivors. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 What is more Australian than the tall poppy syndrome? Every Australian of the Year has to expect to cop a bagging, especially on Australia Day. It is our national sport. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 What is it that makes a man risk his life for others? What is it about Trooper Mark Donaldson, Australia's first Victoria Cross winner in 40 years, that made him fight alone and so courageously for two hours in southern Afghanistan on September 2, after his convoy was ambushed? 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 Even if it turns out to be a stinker, Baz Luhrmann's Australia has at least created an exciting buzz of anticipation, which is unheard of for an Australian movie these days. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 I understand I will be subject to criticism but I hope people will understand why I made the decision. I see it as doing more for people. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 The safe thing would be not to stand. The easy thing to do would be to say I've got a so-called comfortable existence for the next six years in State Parliament. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 On paper terms, I'm much better off financially staying in the State Parliament. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 Just think it's a case of one of frustration, it's what I had to do. A career politician would not have made this decision. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I think you need to have a bit of an ego to be involved in politics, but I think I've got that balance right in that I take what I do seriously but not myself seriously, 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I was naive, I admit that. I thought, `This is something that is causing a lot of damage to a lot of people, it's destroying lives' 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 One of the worst things is sitting down with people who have lost family to gambling-related suicide. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I thought, I'll push for these changes. The damage is obvious. Parliament surely will agree to rein them in or wind them back significantly, and get rid of or slow down ATMs in pokies venues, short of abolishing them. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I underestimated the power of the gambling lobby, and the power of the lure of pokie dollars. Attempting to go federal to me is the last best hope of getting significant change. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 The Commonwealth is intervening on a whole range of things now for better or worse and they have the Constitutional power to, say, get rid of ATMs from venues. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 When I was 15, I changed it legally. In retrospect, I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan. De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers. When you live in Australia, Europe is so far away and so fascinating, so stylish and cultured and sophisticated.[ 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 It just obviously wasn't right for me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 The marshalling of those resources in order to obtain the maximum war effort for Australia, and a maximum degree of help and cooperation for Great Britain and the sister Dominions, is the primary objective of the new Department. 
Author: Harold Edward Holt
Nationality: Australian
b. 5 August 1908  - d. 17 December 1967
  
 Australians were unique due to our corals, our apples, our gum trees and our kangaroos. 
Author: Harold Edward Holt
Nationality: Australian
b. 5 August 1908  - d. 17 December 1967
  
 Advances in science and medical research and public health policies have meant that life expectancy for Australians is one of the highest in the world. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure Australia is prepared for population ageing, is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 At the last census it indicated that about 22 per cent of Australians were born overseas. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 Australia has an increasingly multicultural society. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 Australia is already a world leader in dementia research, treatment and care. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 When the Australian Government looked at how to meet the challenges, and the opportunities, presented by our ageing population, it saw that an all-encompassing approach was a prerequisite. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price. Arthur Calwell was a great Australian and Labor leader, and it is a pity that there are not men of his stature sitting on the opposition benches today. Arthur Calwell said: Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians. I have no hesitation in echoing the words of Arthur Calwell. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 Mainstream Australians" were subject to "a type of reverse racism, by those who promote political correctness and those who control the various taxpayer funded `industries' that flourish in our society servicing Aboriginals, multiculturalists and a host of other minority groups. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 I am proud of my white skin, just as a Chinese is proud of his yellow skin, a Japanese of his brown skin, and the Indians of their various hues from black to coffee-coloured. Anybody who is not proud of his race is not a man at all. And any man who tries to stigmatize the Australian community as racist because they want to preserve this country for the white race is doing our nation great harm... I reject, in conscience, the idea that Australia should or ever can become a multi-racial society and survive. 
Author: Arthur Augustus Calwell
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 August 1896  - d. 8 July 1973
  
 If any people are homeless in Australia today, it is the Aboriginals, They are the only non-European descended people to whom we owe any debt. Some day, I hope, we will do justice to them. 
Author: Arthur Augustus Calwell
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 August 1896  - d. 8 July 1973
  
 We do not want Australia represented by men mainly because of their ability, natural and inborn in Jews, to push themselves. 
Author: Charles E. W. Bean
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 November 1897  - d. 30 August 1968
  
 I am just a plain, blunt man with a simple, straightforward story to tell of what seems to me to be the position in Australia to-day. I bring a message of hope to the people of Australia. 
Author: J. T. Lang
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 December 1876  - d. 27 September 1975
  
 In Australia, our houses aren't all joined together like yours to stop them from falling over. 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 I was profoundly embarrassed by it the White Australia Policy and did all I could to change it. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 From an Aboriginal perspective and from the Aboriginal experience alcohol plays a primary role in both the reasons for detention and for the subsequent chances of deaths occurring. 
Author: Professor Marcia Langton
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1951
  
 Ultimately, this is not about religious freedom. In Australia there are no limits on what you can believe. But there are limits on how you can behave. It is called the law, and no-one is above it. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I don't know if I am a very good politician ... I'm not a good hater. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I regularly see constituents, speak to people who feel let down by the justice system quite fundamentally, and these are people who don't make the headlines. These are people who have felt that their sense their grief, their sense of injustice has been compounded by a system that just doesn't work, that just doesn't listen to victims, that effectively disempowers them all too often. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.  
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Look, very clearly there are things that need to be done urgently in relation to climate change, and of those the most obvious is to have an enforceable and equitable arrangement delivering deep cuts in emissions into the middle of the century. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 And given that there's been probably a ten-fold amount of information about terrorism through the media than there has about climate change; I think that's quite an interesting statistic. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Our senses convey that all is not well with the natural world. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 There are a range of associated impacts related to increasing temperatures which affect both evaporation rates and river systems, which are already over stressed, and these will hit farming communities and the health of crop lands. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 You don't want to spend your life explaining yourself. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I don't blame my own parents for the way I grew up, as quite often there is little choice in these issues. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 That was the crossover line for us, to be able to play that many shows, sell them out real quick and have that tribe queue up outside and still be a mystery to everybody else. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Climate change will have a significant impact on the environment and on social well-being if the current projections continue through this century. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The thing I object to more than anything else is that we've got Australian foreign policy being determined by senior officials in Washington. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I'm really pursuing my work with the ACF with as much vigour as I'm able and that's plenty. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I believe that the quantum of our knowledge will increase considerably in the coming years and that scientists will continue to be amongst the brave voices speaking out. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I believe the divine is part of the world, not in a pantheistic way but by way of the movement of the Spirit. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The merits or otherwise of those issues need to be fully discussed by people, not unilaterally enounced and dumped on people in the middle of an election campaign, following in on from American defence officials. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 As far as performance, the roar of the crowd, the smell of the greasepaint no I don't feel that. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Mandela, he had the strength of will to endure a long period of hardship, the change of heart to see his opponents as human and the intelligence to see that offering light at the end of the tunnel is always preferable to blocking the way or trying to blow up obstacles. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 There is a beauty, a synergy, an interconnectedness, an absolute overpowering aspect to the natural world, which I think leads you to the divine. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The fact is that we take music very seriously. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I tend to define what we've done much more by the actual substance of what we've created than by whether we've sold 50 or 50,000 records. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Our career path has tended to be the most perverse and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable, while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do, the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The Capitol was an occasion where you arrive at a sign in the road that says you have arrived at a place you may not have expected to be, but you know how you got here: Next! 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 There was never going to be a right time for a band that was still recording and had health in its environment, had made a very good record and was playing well.  
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 At an everyday level I would reckon myself more than fortunate. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I don't dance like that when I'm grooving in some club - actually I don't groove. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 And living in Australia I am relatively well off. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I just ended up hanging out with a bunch of people with guitars and drums and some panel vans and proceeded to make music. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 We're still caught with the fact that rock 'n' roll and kids, if you are really honest with yourself, don't mix. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Each day is different and you must be willing to learn (again) how to best do your job as a leader. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 On the eve of the campaign, he began by charging that our leaders were being duplicitous on asylum seekers. His argument was that each of the major parties was making the issue out to be more catastrophic than it merited, and that neither leader was showing any serious inclination to correct the mythology that surrounds it despite the fact that they knew better. And there is little doubting the truth of that analysis. Few things are as astonishing as the speed at which a few thousand boat people making no grand political claim beyond asylum can bring a wealthy nation like ours to a belligerent panic. That only happens in a political environment that is either ideologically brutal, or more interested in marginal seat polling than perspective. And so, Tony Abbott talks of peaceful invasions, and Julia Gillard dons her action hero pose and boards a navy vessel to provide action-man photo opportunities for Labor's sitting member in the marginal seat of Lindsay - a landlocked electorate in Sydney's west where, to date, no unauthorised boat arrivals have been documented. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 For all the bluster about this devilish problem, it is not nearly as difficult as one might assume. Here's the fact that almost never gets aired: large numbers of those who end up on Australia-bound boats have been languishing in Indonesian detention centres for years upon years. That is to say, they have already stood in the queue, been processed by the UNHCR, been assessed to be refugees, and then left to rot while no one bothers to resettle them. After, say, eight years of this nonsense, they get on a boat. It is not their preferred mode of transportation, and they did not arrive in Indonesia with any such naval intentions. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 All this talk about regional off-shore processing centres overlooks the fact that a de facto one already exists in Indonesia. The solution suggests itself. Resettle a bunch of people from Indonesia before they give up on the system. That will stop the boats, or at least a good proportion of them. And no refugees need to be mentally destroyed in detention centres in the process. The Government knows this. That's why it has recently committed to increasing the number of resettlements from Indonesia by 900 per cent. Yes, 900 per cent. But here's the kicker: it made the commitment without telling anyone. We only know because the UNHCR spilled the beans to 4 Corners. Why keep silent on this? 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Because it doesn't look sufficiently hairy-chested; because it would require politicians to educate the electorate on the issue rather than validate and profit from its largely uninformed anxieties. What was Latham's point about duplicity again? 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Then came the sustainable population debate - a debate which represents a backflip from both major parties that earlier this year were all aboard the immigration train. Latham's initial observation here was perfectly true: a debate about population implies inescapably a debate about immigration which the government was seeking to avoid. Ultimately, Gillard had to concede the point, so we started talking immigration after all. The Coalition lapped it up, then promptly announced an immigration target that wasn't really a reduction at all, and still amounts to a quite expansionary population policy - particularly when combined with the Coalition's fondness for paying people to have children. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Which brings me to Latham's most recent argument in his 60 Minutes piece. His central charge, continuing a theme explored in his Latham Diaries, was that this election reflected a broken political system. That elections had become about political game-playing and polling and focus groups and just about anything except policy. That everything about this election is stage-managed and substance free. That the aim of the major parties now is to take or hold on to power, but not necessarily to do anything meaningful or constructive with it. And hereabouts we run into one of the least remarkable commentaries of the campaign.  
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Hasn't just about every commentator, of every political stripe, being saying exactly this for the past five weeks? Didn't Julia Gillard, in her coded way, admit as much when she declared two weeks in that it was time to reveal the "real" Julia? Wasn't all this apparent when every former prime minister to speak during the campaign, from Howard to Hawke and even to Rudd, sounded far more engaging than either of the candidates? Latham was doing nothing more than articulating conventional wisdom here. And he was right. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Yet suddenly, some of those so dismayed by vacuity of this election campaign became even more vocally dismayed with Latham. Sure, this has much to do with his often aggressive behaviour, but consider the uproar surrounding his plea for Australian voters to leave their ballot papers blank this Saturday in protest. Was he really, as Fairfax's Jacqueline Maley suggested, acting to "weaken our democracy" or driving us to a system "approximating the types of regimes our infamous 'boat people' are so desperate to escape"? 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 It's an absurd proposition. Latham was advocating a protest vote on the basis that our democracy has already been weakened. The fact that millions of people across the world would risk their lives for the privilege of voting does not for a moment imply that we must reward a cynical political process with our acquiescence, and probably implies the opposite. Whether you agree with it or not, Latham's argument was in fact a pro-democracy one: one that objected to the idea that democracy could be reduced to such substantive emptiness. It was a form of democratic engagement. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 For the record, I don't agree with his prescription, and I will be filling out my ballot paper this weekend. Personally, I think other forms of protest voting would be more effective. But an informal vote remains a perfectly legitimate form of protest, and accordingly, a perfectly legitimate political voice. The hysterical suggestion early in the week that Latham had broken electoral laws by advocating this demonstrates almost no understanding of the nature of political speech. Latham's advice was not illegal, and even if it were, that would merely make the law a far greater ass than him.  
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 Ultimately, amidst all the condemnation and sanctimony, Latham emerges as a useful prism through which to view this campaign. Here lies a disconcerting quasi-paradox. Latham's prominence over the past five weeks, with all its attendant personality-driven sensationalism and unattractiveness, demonstrates with almost matchless efficiency the very point he has ended up trying to make. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 It seems to me untenable that under the current rules you have second-class students around the country by virtue of where they live. There are potentially 5,500 students that have been left out in the cold. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 the Coalition is walking away from an agreement on the legislation and its policies would cost more than $300 million. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 The Coalition is walking away from an agreement on the legislation and its policies would cost more than $300 million. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 In those days Caesar Augustus ordered a head count of the whole Roman world. (This was the first big tally, when Quirinius ran the Syrian branch of the Empire.) And everyone had to go back to the bit of country they were born in to fill in the forms. So Joe hiked up from Nazareth (in Galilee Shire) to Bethlehem (in Judea Shire), because this spot in the mulga was where King David came from, and Joe’s family tree had King David up in the top branches. He went there to fill in the forms and sign the register with his fiancee, Mary, who was pretty near nine months by this time. While they were there, she gave birth to a baby boy. She wrapped him in a bunny rug, and tucked him up in a feed trough in a back shed, because the pub was full to bursting. There were some drovers, camped out in a paddock nearby, keeping an eye on their mob of sheep that night. Their eyes shot out on stalks when an angel of the Lord zapped into view, and the glory of the Lord filled the air like a thousand volts of electricity. The angel said: “Stop looking like a bunch of stunned mullets. Let me give you the drum, the good oil, it’s top news for the whole crew—everyone, everywhere. Today in that little town on the hill a rescuer has been born: he is the Promised One, the King, the Lord. And here’s how you’ll find him: the little nipper is wrapped up in a bunny rug, and lying in a food trough.” And before you could say, “Well, I’ll be blowed!” the whole sky was filled with more angels than you could count, all singing away at the top of their lungs (if angels have got lungs, that is): “God is great! God is bonzer - and to everyone on this planet who’s on God’s side: peace and goodwill, and, by the way, Happy Christmas.” (Which rather confused the drovers because they’d never heard of Christmas before.) Suddenly the whole choir had nipped off in the blink of an eye. The drovers said to each other, “We’d better make tracks to Bethlehem and have a squiz at what’s happened—check out this message from God.” So the lot of them shot through like a Toorak tram to Bethlehem - and they found Mary, and Joe and the baby who was, sure enough, wrapped in a bunny rug and lying in a food trough. When they’d seen this they told every Tom, Dick and Harry about what had happened, and everyone who heard the story was blown away by it. But Mary just made a mental note of these things, and tucked them away in a corner of her heart. The drovers went back to the paddock, and their mob of sheep, as excited as a racehorse on Melbourne Cup Day, and saying what a bottler God was, because everything was spot on - just as they’d been told. 
Author: Kel Richards
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 February 1946
  
 I do believe that the genre reached its peak before the First World War. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 I just don't see myself as a travel writer. I can't. I don't. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 Its highest point was The Worst Journey in the World. Then you see this decline, and this harking back, using the 19th-century form when we're not in the 19th century. That way of writing a book about the world out there - you just can't do it anymore.  
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks back home doesn't make much sense in the post-colonial world. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 The genre has moved into this commercial aspect of itself, and ignored this extraordinarily rich literature that's filed everywhere else except under travel. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 You apply the skills you use to produce your own book to make an anthology. Shaping. Rhythm. 
Author: Robyn Davidson
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 September 1950
  
 Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there's a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I did a lot of fast talking as a youth; I was pretty good at it. I was never talked into it - I was always the one doing the talking. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman - that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I don't even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay - which was so annoying! 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it's beautiful. I'm such a romantic, and I always have been. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn't see myself as a gay woman, even though that's where my heart was. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don't have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I married him for a green card. We had a really great, caring relationship; it just obviously wasn't right for me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot. She took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I really never stopped thinking about Ellen, because I just haven't felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I saw Ellen and my knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that. Then when I saw her that night, we started talking, and that's that. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I stumbled into acting and just loved it. I deferred law school-and I'm still deferred. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I thought, I'm out in my life, that doesn't involve my public life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time. You don't see enough of that. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I want to exude strength and intelligence. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I was very sexual from a very young age. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I've had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn't going to talk about it. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 If you've looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That's just the way it is. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 In high school I had sex with girls quite a few times. They were straight women who I convinced to jump in the sack with me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 It sounds so trite, but my private life is mine. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone's critiquing. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it's not the totality of me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 People might find me attractive, but it's also my job to prove that I can be intelligent. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has become the television actress. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn't really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I'm gay know. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 We must be able to inspire. That's my goal in acting. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I was anorexic it just seemed like I literally wanted to disappear. And now I would like to reappear. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I watched Ellen come out in '97, my jaw was on the floor. I thought, there are some people who break the doors down, hold them open, and some people who walk right through. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I was thinking, well, the people who need to know I'm gay know, and I'm somehow living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay, but it's not a big political platform. I justified it in so many ways. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I wasn't that proud of it, but it was certainly a recognition for my self control. I definitely had some pretty amazing willpower to get down to 82 pounds. And that's what I was holding on it. I didn't think of anything else. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Can you imagine some big bloke from Newcastle going [dons Geordie accent] I've got the baby reet 'ere. He's Dad's only a few metres away, If 'e comes any closer, I'll fucking twat 'im! 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 White Australians were sent to Australia as convicts on great big boats. The scum of the earth, sent to the arsehole of the planet. On the way they must have been going 'I can't believe I'm being sent to this shithole, all I did was steal a loaf of bread, and now I'm being sent to this shithole, it's gonna be horrible, I'm going to hate it', then the convicts docked at Bondi Beach. They all looked up and went 'OH YEAH!'...and a nation was born! 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 It doesn't quite work in an Aussie accent does it? 'Talk the hand...because the face has fucked off!' 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 On the Aussie Weakest Link it's not 'You are the weakest link, goodbye', it's more 'You are the weakest link...See ya later.' 'Cos from what I can tell, it sums up British people, because from what I can work out, English people are all a bunch of grumpy fucks. And nowhere does that get a bigger cheer than in England. Say that in London and all the audience will go 'YES! We're as miserable as shit! HURRAH!' 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 On the Australian National Anthem: It's just not the most inspiring anthem in the world is it? I mean, the words are alright: 'Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free', except for that last line 'our home is girt by sea.' 'Cos 'girt' means surrounded. How many of you have ever used the word 'girt' in a sentence in your life? Seriously, you never see a policeman and 4 police cars outside your house saying : 'Come out of there with your hands up, we have you girt.' 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 Yeah, i was going through customs, just a few days after the September 11th attacks so security was really tight. As I went through the barriers, my leg set off the alarm, so I had this guy come and feel me and he felt my leg and went 'Right, right what's this going on here then?' 'Ah mate, it's a wooden leg' '...Ah mate, just go through, just go through' '...but I could have a knife or something...' 'No mate, just go through, I don't wanna offend a spastic!'  
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 On Australians: A people 'of boundless enthusiasm and utter stupidity' - (linked the 'OH YEAH' response to whatever outlandishly dangerous exploit is proposed). Seen and heard at Edinburgh Fringe (2001? 
Author: Adam Hills
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 July 1970
  
 Just a little over 6-foot-2, around 200 pounds. Brown hair, brown eyes. Likes the outdoors. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I deliberately fly in and out of LA for as small a time as humanly possible. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I race historic muscle cars back in Australia, and that's my hobby. And I try to race home as soon as I've finished a movie but don't tell anyone. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I've given no thought to moving to America at all. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I wanted to be a racing driver but, you know - this'll do. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I hate to break it to you but actors really do love each other. It`s a crazy job and we put ourselves in vulnerable positions. I don`t care if it sounds corny but it`s true: you`re part of a brotherhood, and protect each other. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 When I shoot I`ll take my family with me - one movie a year and then the rest of the time at home. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 My favorite part of the interview is the 401 assumptions before you`ve even started speaking, based on what you`re wearing, what you`ve chosen to eat, how the waiter looks at you. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I think I`ve been fortunate, and right now I`m in an incredibly fortunate position, which I`m totally aware of. I think luck gets you on to the stage. But it has nothing to do with keeping you there. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I wasn`t a religious follower of comic book activity as a kid, but I was a fanatical fan of the television show with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. So my memories of the Hulk were very vivid. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I could become characters and to me that's what acting was - I didn't want to shroud it in mystery. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 You couldn't have bluffed your way through. It takes a lot of bloody arrogance even with six months' preparation. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I already loved Orlando like a little brother before we started shooting. We did spend five months together in Morocco during "Black Hawk Down". And you have to take care of Orlando. He doesn`t even know how to make coffee. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I wanted to be a mechanic. When I was 14 I wanted to quit school and go work on my car. But my dad said Son, you shouldn't do that. You should stay in school until your education is finished, and when you're done, don't make your hobby your job. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 When I go on the plane to fly home, I`m literally capable of forgetting what I do for a job. That also comes about because I choose to take massive breaks between projects, and because I choose to do this ridiculous thing of keeping home, home. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 Early, it was Richard Pryor. I did stand-up for 10 years before acting. And the movie Mad Max (1979). It cemented in my mind that I wanted to be an actor. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 I love being at home, being with friends and family. I'm of European stock, brought up in Australia. I'm a passionate guy. I just love life. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 The Hulk is definitely what I would categorize as un-fun. I don`t think it always needs to be fun. It doesn`t always need to be one big happy family. Everyone got along, but it was a difficult, hard shoot. And I think you see every ounce of sweat on the sscreen. 
Author: Eric Bana
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 August 1968
  
 Did you know that in the last ten years, 31 Australians have died from watering the Christmas tree while the lights were still plugged in? And at least a couple of those were watering plastic trees. Now I don't want to seem callous, but to me that's not a tragedy - that's natural selection. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1974
  
 Advertising is the world's biggest entertainment industry - there's more spent on it than Hollywood films - and it has not been looked at critically. The only time you ever see it talked about on TV is when Dermott Brereton presents a best-of clip-show about them. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1974
  
 In fact, if I was a superhero I think I would be Procrastinator Man: 'What's that? Someone's in trouble? Okay, I'll be there... as soon as I make myself a cup of tea, read the papers, have another cuppa, sharpen some pencils, feed the cat, organise my CDs into alphabetical order, check my email, type my name into Google, and finally have just one more cup of tea. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1974
  
 This monopoly over language is one the means by which males have ensured their own primacy, and consequently have ensured the invisibility or "other" nature of females.  
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Openly questioning the way the world works and challenging the power of the powerful is not an activity customarily rewarded. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 When women are supposed to be quiet, a talkative woman is a woman who talks at all. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Language helps form the limits of our reality. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Women’s humor is part of the revolution. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 We promise you a fight of monumental proportions to keep our constitutional system and our flag. 
Author: David Flint
Nationality: Australian   
 Don't underestimate us, Mr prime minister - on this we are more in touch with the people. 
Author: David Flint
Nationality: Australian   
 Dear Mr. Lyons, I am forwarding you the petition, signed by 1814 people of the Aboriginal race, praying His Majesty the King to exercise the Royal Prerogative by intervening for the preservation of our race from extinction and to grant representation to our race in the Federal Parliament. In requesting that you forward the petition to His Majesty. 
Author: William Cooper
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1941
  
 If we cannot get full justice in Australia, we must ask the King. 
Author: William Cooper
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1941
  
 The Pope should mind his words. So should some of his Muslim critics. LET me get this straight. Pope Benedict XVI quotes the 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus asserting before a Persian Islamic scholar that the prophet Muhammad brought nothing new to the world except things "evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". Some Muslims clearly interpret Benedict to be quoting Manuel with approval, and take offence at the suggestion that Islam is inherently violent. The response is to bomb five churches in the West Bank, and attack the door of another in Basra. In India, angry mobs burn effigies of Pope Benedict. In Somalia, Sheikh Abu Bakr Hassan Malin urges Muslims to "hunt down" the Pope and kill him, while an armed Iraqi group threatens to carry out attacks against Rome and the Vatican. There. That'll show them for calling us violent. 
Author: Waleed Aly
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 August 1978
  
 From aged 12, I wrote match reports on the Chiltern Football Club in my home town for the four-page weekly The Federal Standard. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 host two programs on the ABC on Sunday mornings: Insiders (a political discussion program that celebrates 10 years in July) and Offsiders (a sports discussion program) as well as contributing to The Drum website. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 Perhaps the term disappeared with the concept of a good grounding. I have no doubt that real, on-the-job training in the late 1960s would have been superior to the theory on offer at various universities. From day one, country cadets were thrown in at the deep end, going on real assignments under the eye of some very good senior journalists. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 The best moment - apart from some truly fascinating experiences in places like the White House, the Kremlin and the Great Hall of the People - was a front-row seat to the bicentennial celebrations in Sydney in 1988. The worst moment was undoubtedly my first day in the job. We flew to Perth and Hawke never said a word the whole way. Then he handed me what I thought was a crumpled pile of newspapers, which of course I threw out. When he got to the hotel, he immediately demanded his meticulously marked-up copy of the racing form guide. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 It's complicated. Samantha Maiden from The Australian phoned me during the 2007 election campaign and asked me to comment on Kevin Rudd's attempts at media manipulation. I told her that coincidentally, a colleague had only hours before said to me : "You know, we (the media) will have to go to war with Rudd after the election . . . (so) we might as well start now." Perhaps understandably, there was confusion. Sam took it that the second part of the quote, "we might as well start now", belonged to me. The headline the next day read "Cassidy declares war on Rudd". Of course, I did not. I would imagine that somewhere in the recesses of the ABC, there are rules against journalists declaring war on political leaders. Some months later, a colleague tried to explain the misunderstanding to Rudd. He fell about laughing, loving the irony of a journalist blaming the media. In any case, my loss was Rove's gain and when I whinged about that on Insiders, I got a very quick lesson from Julia Gillard. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 The title of the book, The Party Thieves, partly explains that. My theory is that Kevin Rudd and to a lesser extent Malcolm Turnbull stole their parties: Rudd by ignoring or abusing elected members of his own party; and Turnbull by refusing to compromise on the climate-change issue. In both cases, the parliamentarians came and took their parties back. (They) were not stabbed in the back; they were both sacked, pure and simple. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 Because the leaks (and Rudd) had such a massive impact on the campaign, the approach to the reporting was vastly different to any other campaign. One story tended to dominate, certainly through weeks two and three. The breathless focus on Mark Latham as he stood around with the rest of the media waiting for something to happen was plain embarrassing. The proliferation of the social media means there is now an endless stream of opinion and information and the audience will just have to act as its own filter, or go mad. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 After 42 years in journalism, it would be hard to mount a case against that label. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 There has been no-one to write the Blacks' epic: not many have said words in their defence; and this is but a poor little plea I lay down for my old friends. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 In Moreton Bay, the depredations of the Blacks were more or less regulated by the yield of the bunya forests. In the good bunya years, there were always more murders; and in the bunya-feast times the squatters went in fear, and the women stayed about the house and all the men looked well to their weapons. Then the kangaroos, iguanas and other beasts and reptiles of the bush are sacred, but the cattle are the white man's and may be speared and eaten; and the white man - if he be alone and has not his gun ready - may be speared also, and roasted and eaten, to still the craving for flesh food, which seizes men after long abstinence. Sometimes the white man was too vigilant, and the cattle were well guarded, and the craving became greater than could be endured; and then an unsuspecting stranger from some outside tribe would be led to a quiet spot and bidden to look at a snake in a water-hole, or at the red sky, or at something moving in the grass; and while he looked, a warrior behind would strike him a blow on the back of the neck with a waddy, and that night there would be horrible feasting. Or else some plump young lubras, doomed beforehand and guessing their doom, would be sacraficed to the need. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 The great ranges between our two rivers, the Auburn and the Logan, wee covered with bunya forest. It is beautiful to ride through a bunya scrub, where a track has been cut, to see the huge yellowing cones hanging, each one larger than a man's head, and to watch the light falling in curious, pointed shafts from the dark pyramid tops of the tall trees, and the glinting in diamond sparks upon the glossy green leaves of the lower branches, beneath which all is gloom, and only creeping things move. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 It has been my wish to depict in these pages certain phases of Australian life, in which the main interests and dominant passions of the personages concerned are identical with those which might present themselves upon an European stage, which, directly and indirectly, are influenced by striking natural surroundings. 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 I fully realize, as a good citizen, that private property is sacred and that no man should be robbed except by the proper business methods. 
Author: Lennie Lower
Nationality: Australian
b. 24 September 1903  - d. 19 July 1947
  
 In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 There are better alternatives. Australia should be exporting its solar technology, not its uranium. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 In a white gully among fungus red Where serpent logs lay hissing at the air, I found a kangaroo. Tall dewy,dead, So like a woman, she lay silent there. Her ivory hands, black-nailed, crossed on her breast Her skin of sun and moon hues, fallen cold her brown eyes lay like rivers come to rest And death had made her black mouth harsh and old Beside her in the ashes I sat deep And mourned for her, but had no native song To flatter death, while down the ploughlands steep Dark young Camelli whistled loud and long, 'Love, liberty and Italy are all.' Broad golden was his breast against the sun I saw his wattle whip rise high and fall Across the slim mare's flanks, and one by one She drew the furrows after her as he Flapped like a gull behind her, climbing high Chanting his oaths and lashing soundingly, While from the mare came once a blowing sigh. The dew upon the kangaroo's white side Had melted. Time was whirling high around, Like the thin woomera, and from heaven wide He, the bull-roarer, made continuous sound Incarnate lay my country by my hand: Her long hot days, bushfires, and speaking rains Her mornings of opal and the copper band Of smoke around the sunlight on the plains. Globed in fire-bodies the meat- ants ran to taste her flesh and linked us as we lay, Forever Australian, listening to a man From careless Italy, swearing at our day. When golden-lipped, the eagle-hawks came down Hissing and whistling to eat of lovely her And the blowflies with their shields of purple brown Plied hatching to and fro across her fur, I burnt her with the logs, and stood all day Among the ashes, pressing home the flame Till woman, logs and dreams were scorched away And native with the night, that land from whence they came. 
Author: Eve Langley
Nationality: Australian
b. 01 September 1908  - d. 1 June 1974
  
 Racism used to be offered as the complete explanation for Aboriginal poverty, alienation and early death. Racism hasn’t disappeared. Still, if racism caused poverty, why hasn’t poverty declined as racism diminished. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 If half the effort were put into discouraging teenage promiscuity as goes into preventing teenage speeding, there might be fewer abortions, fewer traumatised young women and fewer dysfunctional families. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Since 1996, contrary to poltical correctness, the Australian parliament has overturned right-to-kill laws and almost banned gay marriage. Perhaps a political constituency may even be starting to emerge to ban abortions after 20 weeks. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 The problem is backyard miscarriages if unscrupulous doctors prescribe these drugs for desperate women. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 If an application did come to me, I would have to satisfy myself that compelent doctors would administer the drug in safe circumstances to women who had fully considered the alternatives and understood the risks. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Even if dispossession is taken to mean that government has a higher responsibility to Aborigines than to other Australians, the production of beautiful art and connectedness to the land does not warrant the maintenance of a way of life also characterised by unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence. If people choose to live in difficult to service places, that’s their business. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I know Bernie is very sick, but just because a person is sick doesn’t mean that he is necessarily pure of heart in all things. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 We just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Why isn’t the fact that 100,000 women choose to end their pregnancies regarded as a national tragedy approaching the scale, say, of Aboriginal life expectancy being 20 years less than that of the general community? 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 You don’t have to be a Catholic to be troubled by the current abortion culture. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 The Government accepts that some 14 and 15-year-olds might prefer that their parents not know about the medical procedures they have had or the prescription drugs they are on. But children should not be presumed to be the best judges of their own long-term interests and should not have the right to go behind their parents’ backs. The real issue here is whether 14 and 15-year-olds can make informed decisions about what is right and wrong for them. And if they don’t have that capacity, should they be allowed to operate in a moral and ethical vacuum? 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 If you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I just think that surely there are higher priorities for Australia than funding things like that. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I think that it’s very important that we empower people to reject this kind of rampant sensuality. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 It’s the responsibility of government to try to put policies in place which over time will allow people to improve their situation. But we can’t abolish poverty because poverty in part is a function of individual behaviour. We can’t stop people drinking; we can’t stop people gambling; we can’t stop people having substance problems; we can’t stop people from making mistakes that cause them to be less well-off than they might otherwise be. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I’m proud of that. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Liz Hayes: Homosexuality? How do you feel about that? Tony Abbott: I’d probably feel a bit threatened.  
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I’d always been against the death penalty but that contemplating the enormity of certain sort of crimes I sometimes thought that some crimes were so hideous that if the punishment were to fit maybe we were left with no alternative but the death penalty. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Leigh Sales: What was “threatened” referring to? Tony Abbott: Well, there is no doubt that it challenges, if you like, orthodox notions of the right order of things. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up, every year. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 I don't beleive in Astrology, it is all nonsence. Well, that is what my Psychic told me. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bailouts the government provided. Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The US had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger's rags-to-riches tales. Both stories contained a germ of truth. Stakhanov worked hard for a cause in which he believed, but his output was probably faked. When Alger wrote his novels, some poor people had become very rich in the US. But the further from its ideals (productivity in the Soviet Union, opportunity in the US) a system strays, the more fervently its justifying myths are propounded. As the developed nations succumb to extreme inequality and social immobility, the myth of the self-made man becomes ever more potent. It is used to justify its polar opposite: an unassailable rent-seeking class, deploying its inherited money to finance the seizure of other people's wealth. Advertisement The crudest exponent of Romnesia is the Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart. ''There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,'' she insists. ''If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourselves - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising and more time working … Remember our roots, and create your own success.'' Remembering her roots is what Rinehart fails to do. She forgot to add that if you want to become a millionaire - in her case a billionaire - it helps to inherit an iron ore mine and a fortune from your father and to ride a commodities boom. Had she spent her life lying in bed and throwing darts at the wall, she would still be stupendously rich. Rich lists are stuffed with people who either inherited their money or who made it through rent-seeking activities: by means other than innovation and productive effort. They're a catalogue of speculators, property barons, dukes, IT monopolists, loan sharks, bank chiefs, oil sheikhs, mining magnates, oligarchs and chief executives paid out of all proportion to any value they generate. Looters, in short. The richest mining barons are those to whom governments sold natural resources for a song. Russian, Mexican and British oligarchs acquired underpriced public assets through privatisation, and now run a toll-booth economy. Bankers use incomprehensible instruments to fleece their clients and the taxpayer. But as rentiers capture the economy, the opposite story must be told. Scarcely a Republican speech fails to reprise the Richard Hunter narrative, and almost all these rags-to-riches tales turn out to be bunkum. ''Everything that Ann and I have,'' Mitt Romney claims, ''we earned the old-fashioned way.'' Old-fashioned like Blackbeard, perhaps. Two searing exposures in Rolling Stone magazine document the leveraged buyouts which destroyed viable companies, value and jobs, and the costly federal bailout which saved Romney's political skin. Romney personifies economic parasitism. The financial sector has become a job-destroying, life-crushing machine, which impoverishes others to enrich itself. The tighter its grip on politics, the more its representatives must tell the opposite story: of life-affirming enterprise, innovation and investment, of brave entrepreneurs making their fortunes out of nothing but grit and wit. There is an obvious flip side to this story. ''Anyone can make it - I did without help'' translates as ''I refuse to pay taxes to help other people, as they can help themselves'' - whether or not they inherited an iron ore mine from daddy. In the article in which she urged the poor to emulate her, Rinehart also proposed that the minimum wage should be reduced. Who needs fair pay if anyone can become a millionaire? In 2010, the richest 1 per cent in the US captured an astonishing 93 per cent of that year's gain in incomes. In the same year, corporate chief executives made, on average, 243 times as much as the median worker (in 1965 the ratio was 10 times lower). Between 1970 and 2010, the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality, rose in the US from 0.35 to 0.44: an astounding leap. As for social mobility, of the rich countries listed by the OECD, the three in which men's earnings are most likely to resemble their father's are, in this order, Britain, Italy and the US. If you are born poor or born rich in these nations, you are likely to stay that way. It is no coincidence that these three countries all promote themselves as lands of unparalleled opportunity. Equal opportunity, self-creation, heroic individualism: these are the myths that predatory capitalism requires for its political survival. Romnesia permits the ultra-rich both to deny the role of other people in the creation of their own wealth and to deny help to those less fortunate than themselves. 
Author: George Monbiot
Nationality: English
b. 27 January 1963
  
 We built a railway from near Bangkok to near Rangoon - thousands of us POWs starved, scourged, racked with malaria, dysentery, beri-beri, pellagra and stinking tropical ulcers that ate a leg to the bone. 
Author: Donald Stuart
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 September 1913  - d. 25 August 1983
  




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