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SPEECH Bond University Keynote Speech To Students 17 September 2012 Clive Palmer delivers a keynote speech to Bond students on business, opportunities and the important contribution graduating university students can make to society. Thanks very much Vice-Chancellor, it’s great to be here so thanks to staff members, students, everybody. Thank you for that kind introduction. I just want to say what an honour it is for me to be invited here to address you all today. I just left China last week and I heard a great line when a guy opened up his speech. He said, ‘a good speech is like a girl’s skirt’ and I couldn’t follow him or work out what he was saying. Then he said, ‘the shorter the better!’ But, even though that may risk being sexist, my comments today may not be along those lines. I was last here after the so-called first global financial crisis, and indeed, the world has changed much since that time. It’s amazing how events of that nature have affected all of us in cleansing us of our problems. I’m sure many of the issues and concerns you had prior to that event were diminished by it. I guess it makes us wonder how much time and energy we spend worrying about things we don’t need to worry about, and how much better our time could be spent on being productive and things we do need to worry about, like what we want to do in the future. In this century, it would seem that it’s the fate of this generation of youth and other people in our society to live in a struggle they did not start, in a world they did not make, but the pressures of life are not always distributed by choice. Internationally in a global sense, men and women in academia, in business and services, have never faced such a challenge. Likewise, there’s never been such an opportunity for growth and expansion as there is in the world today. ‘Civilisation’, said HG Wells, ‘is a race between education and catastrophe’. It’s up to all of us to determine who the winner of that race is. Education and knowledge offer the best hope for mankind. They are a pattern of international intentions and a foundation of hopes. ‘I believe in democracy’, said President Woodrow Wilson, ‘because it releases energy in every human being.’ And that’s what we've got here today I hope; a lot of energy. The dynamic of democracy is a power and a purpose of an individual to seize their opportunities which exist in business and other areas of high endeavours. There has been around the globe to date, and you saw it recently on the news, a clash of ideas and wills, and it’s one of the basic forces that’s currently reshaping the globe. Swept by tides of hope and fear by crisis in the headlines, they will become, and they have become, the footnotes of history tomorrow. Both the success and the setbacks of the past year remain the unfinished business of the international community. The apparent blessings contain seeds of danger. Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope and one unchallengeable 198 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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