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The reduction of global tension must not be an excuse for a narrow opportunity of self-interest, as we have seen over the last ten years. We’ve seen Russia, the United States, with all their global interests clashing, commitments of ideology and other things, and their vast arsenals of nuclear weapons aimed at each other, even still today, but they can find a common interest and agreement. Then surely other nations, including our own, can do the same. Nations caught in regional conflicts and racial issues on the death rows of colonialism need to free their people, to think more broadly, to have the benefit of what an education can bring. Chronic disputes which divert resources from the needs of the people will drain energy from both sides and serve the interests of nobody. The badge of responsibility today needs to be a willingness to seek a peaceful solution. You know the world as I see it, when I come back from Europe or the United States, abounds with opportunities and the needs that need to be fulfilled with markets that require products and innovation. Earth, sea, the air, are all concerns of every nation. In science, technology and education they can be the ally of every nation. Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment. To end thirst and hunger, to cure poverty and disease, to manage illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world. And all of you here have a role to play and adopt as you go forward into the world. Opportunities are now available, not just in Australia, not just in Queensland, but in the global economy. Every person entering any course in business or at this university must stretch their horizon beyond their back yard; must stretch their goals and their sights beyond the boundaries of their country and of all countries, because today we truly live in a global economy. I recently travelled back from London to be here with you today in Australia and as we flew over the many countries I could not see any walls separating nations, only the works of man; the factories, the farms. All evidence of one common will of the global economy to improve the lot of mankind and increase their standard of living. Yet in years gone by millions have died in some of these battlefields. Causes and prejudices that are no longer relevant today and have caused so much misery and suffering for so many families. These issues which are no longer relevant today provide us with an opportunity. An opportunity for us in Australia to access all those markets and fulfil all those needs, increase our skills and contribute to and serve the world a lot more than we have in the past. The scholar, the teacher, the intellectual have a higher duty than anyone else for society has trained you to think as well as to do. This community has committed itself to that objective and you have a special obligation to think and to forge the future in the world, and in Australia, in terms of truth, justice, liberty and achievement. First, what does truth require? It requires us to face the facts as they are, not to involve ourselves in self-deception; to refuse to think merely in slogans. If we are to work for the future we must deal with the realities as they actually are, not as they might have been, and not as we would like them to be. Secondly, what does justice require? In the end, it requires liberty. Liberty for all the people of the world to think who they are, where they come from and what they want to do. To live out their lives with a certain amount of self-satisfaction where they can look back and say they achieved what they wanted to achieve. And justice requires us to do what we can do to improve the lot of mankind and to maintain the hopes of those who have not been as fortunate as we have been in this country, to have such an education and such a leadership role to play in society. Finally, what does liberty require? The answer is clear. The right of free choice is no special privilege. The right of freedom of speech is an elementary requirement of human justice. The day the world is bound by choices; opportunities for everybody. So many countries, so many markets and so many geographical locations. 200 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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