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In the last 15 years more people have been rescued on this planet from poverty than any other period in history. In the next 12 years over 350 million people will move from the country to the urban areas in China. Children who have never had an opportunity for a decent education. Families who have never had a chance to own their own home, even their bicycle, will claim their place in the economic landscape of the world. This represents great opportunities for Australia. It represents great opportunities for Queensland and great opportunities for you. In participating and meeting the needs of all that growth, if people have homes, families and a rise in living standards, they have skin in the game and they have a self-interest. This provides the best guarantee for peace, prosperity and trade. What we need in this state and in the world is more love in our life, more forgiveness and more reconciliation. The problems we face are problems that have been created by man. Any problems that have been created by man can be solved by man. The best way of ensuring development and conditions of growth is to ensure that we have a peaceful world to live in. You know, making peace is a lot harder than making war. We all know how to make war – you see it in the movies, you watch it every night on TV. But making peace is a lot harder. It requires a constant, persistent effort. Persistence – you’ve got to stick with it. Progress comes in small doses. It comes when you meet fellow students from other universities. It comes when you have academic people come here from other universities. It comes when you go to visit other countries. You slowly build up that trust and you’ve got to realise if you're committed to a peaceful world that you’ve got an obligation to be aware of that. You’ve got to stay at it and work at it because it’s so important to everyone else. We can move a little closer to each other, a little closer to the nations Asia and around us if we perceive everyone as being the same as us. If we try to understand our friends and our neighbours in culture, in beliefs, in race, in food; realising that in the final analysis that we’re all children of God. That our differences are less than we have in common. As John F Kennedy said in the 1960s, we all are mortal, we all live on this one small planet, we all breathe the same air and we all want a better future for our children. What’s important today is not just economics. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. You can only sleep in one bed, eat one meal, and if you’re a smart guy you will only have one woman in your life. What’s important in the final analysis is the content of your character – who you are. Nobody knows better who you are than yourself. You know where you come from. You know the struggles, the disappointments, the exhilaration in your life. And all of those things come together to model you as a person of expectations and principles. To be able to tell the difference between right and wrong. We live in a state like no other state, with such great diversity and decentralisation, with all the opportunities that brings. Opportunities for Queensland in growth and investment that all our citizens can share. You know it’s been said that one of the rarest commodities in politics is political courage. A man must do what he must do, what he thinks is right regardless of the personal cost, regardless of the criticism; it’s a commitment to the truth. It’s not something that each individual can control, it’s really centred on our beliefs of what’s right and wrong and what we should do for each other. In this end, it really is what it’s all about when it comes down to your character; realising what’s right and sticking with it. As a great man once said, governments may come and go but ideas go on forever. And that’s what this university is all about; it’s about those ideas. You don’t need to name a building after someone, you don’t need to make a plaque, you need to think of their ideas – the essence of what they believe. The key that unlocked a better life for the citizens around The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 203


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