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We have to re-establish confidence. We need to believe we can lift our economy to a better future. We need to have a positive attitude. We may not win. We may not get there. But nothing is surer that we will fail if we don’t project positively. Public service and political life must be the highest calling. The catch cry needs to be respect for ideas. Great debate always demands its victim and truth is the only winner. But we are all winners when truth prevails over injustice. The content of our character is more important than how much money we have. We need to praise the incorruptibility of our public officials, the integrity of our marriages and the worth of our people. It’s ideas that matter. Government’s may come and go, ideas go on forever. It’s ideas that will shape the nation. Ideas endure through time, when we are gone and forgotten. In history, in commerce, in politics, it’s ideas that capture the conscience of the nation. We must unite to serve the nation we love, to discover our future, to share our trials and tribulations, to overcome adversity, to pull together for our common good under the Southern Cross, as a wise man once said: “that on this earth God’s work must truly be our own.” The world is getting smaller, true friends are hard to find but we need to cherish the friends that we have and together we can achieve the extraordinary. As John Kennedy said in the 1960s: “For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.” World Leaders conference in Madrid, Spain The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 255


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