The great changes in civilisation and society have been wrought by deeply held beliefs and passion rather than by a process of rational deduction.
I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.
If you can't imagine it, you sure as hell are never going to see it.
When one has been touched by the stellar power and ethereal playing of a sublime musician, one is lifted, if only briefly, to a place beyond the realm of the temporal.
The essence of leadership is essentially taking the responsibility of trying to interpret the future to the present.
What the Anzac legend did do, by the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, was reinforce our own cultural notions of independence, mateship, and ingenuity. Of resilience and courage in adversity.
I've always held the view that great states need strategic space. I mean, George Washington took his space from George III. Britain took it from just about everybody. Russia took all of Eastern Europe. Germany's taken it from everywhere they can, and China will want its space too.
If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility.
You see, psychologically, Australia must understand it has to live in the region around it. Australia must find its security in Asia; it cannot find its security from Asia.
Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers, and maddies.
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