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If we look at the history of progress of mankind here and overseas; if it teaches us anything it’s that man and his quest for knowledge and progress is determined and cannot be deterred. We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people of this country and the world. In carrying out your study and finishing your courses at this university, you can win that knowledge for your own opportunities. You can win that new maturity to interact with the new world as it unfolds. It is true that Bond University stands as a preeminent light on an ever-increasing world of those institutions offering education for the nation, and for those who seek a better education, increasing the quality and availability of education and leadership in our society. Vital as it is to our national security, and the national and domestic wellbeing of Australia and the world that we live in. A free nation can rise no higher than the standard of excellence at its schools and universities. Ignorance, illiteracy, unskilled workers and school drop-outs, those who are the failures of the educational system of the past bred failure in our social and economic systems. Delinquency, unemployment, chronic dependency, a waste of human resources, a loss of productive manpower, purchasing power and increased tax-supported benefits. The loss of only one year’s income due to unemployment is more than the total cost of twelve years of education in secondary school. Failure to improve educational performance is not only poor social policy, it’s also poor social economics. At the turn of the century before last, only ten per cent of all adults in this country could read and write and were literate. But things have changed since then. Today, such education has become a requirement in an increasing number of jobs and opportunities. Think of how lucky you all are to be on a new adventure in education at its highest pinnacle and the opportunities it may bring you in future years to interact with the global economy. Prince Bismarck once said that one-third of the students of German universities broke down from overwork - I don’t think this is that third here - another third broke down from dissipation, and the other third ruled Germany. I don’t know which third of the student body is here today, but I am confident that I am talking to the future leaders of our industry, of our people and of our country, and hopefully of the world. Who could become future leaders of industry stretching around the world who have an understanding of the centre of knowledge and the order to understand what opportunities there are and how to approach them? What competition the new world markets offer to all of us. I think this university is not just interested in turning out merely corporation lawyers or skilled accountants. It seems to me in education those days are long over. What it is interested in, and should be interested in, is surely what should be the truth for every university, is turning out citizens of the world. Men and women who comprehend the difficult, sensitive tasks that lie before us as free men and women, and who are willing to commit their energies to the advancement of a free society. That is why you are here, and that is why this university was founded, and all of us benefit from it. We meet today, as I said, in a city that’s known for its compassion, in a state which previously had a strong economy. And I think it’s good that we remember and be grateful for how lucky we all are to be in Queensland. In these difficult times when many of our fellow citizens in Queensland face adversity and despair, it doesn’t hurt for us to stop and to ponder and think about them, and what their future could hold in our compassion. And for all of us, what opportunities we have and what our children might become in the future. I hope we can all light a torch for the hope of all the citizens of this state that they will have a better future, and that all of you here will play an important role in that. 202 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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