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    If you are sitting on the title of any block of land in New South Wales you can bet an Aboriginal person at some stage was dispossessed of it.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: people 
     
    You see, psychologically, Australia must understand it has to live in the region around it. Australia must find its security in Asia; it cannot find its security from Asia.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: live 
     
    The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: political 
     
    The Labor Party is not going to profit from having these proven unsuccessful people around who are frightened of their own shadow and won't get out of bed in the morning unless they've had a focus group report to tell them which side of bed to get out.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: people  focus 
     
    Good economics is good politics.
    — Paul Keating
    Anybody who achieves what Malcolm Fraser achieved in his life deserves respect as a quite extraordinary Australian.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: respect  achieve 
     
    John Howard turned the prime ministership into something like a state police minister. He's at the scene of every crime, twice a day on radio, the guy did no thinking.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: crimes  thinking 
     
    A familiar question for Australians is how much we are a product of our circumstances, and how much we are what we have made ourselves to be. In truth, by the act of migration the country was made: by that voluntary act and by the emigrants' ambitions it was built.
    — Paul Keating
    Australia without the Irish would be unthinkable... unimaginable... unspeakable.
    — Paul Keating
    The fact is Burke is smarter than two thirds of the Western Australian Labor Party rolled together.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: facts 
     
    The Labor Party is a party of conviction. The Liberal Party is a party of convenience.
    — Paul Keating
    I've always held the view that great states need strategic space. I mean, George Washington took his space from George III. Britain took it from just about everybody. Russia took all of Eastern Europe. Germany's taken it from everywhere they can, and China will want its space too.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: space  russia 
     
    You just can't have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: government 
     
    I think Australia has to be a country which has the 'Welcome' sign out.
    — Paul Keating
    If this Government cannot get the adjustment, get manufacturing going again, and keep moderate wage outcomes and a sensible economic policy, then Australia is basically done for. We will end up being a third rate economy... a banana republic.
    — Paul Keating
    In the end, the key ingredient for public life is imagination. You imagine something better, you try to bring the people with you.
    — Paul Keating
    Leadership is not about being nice. it's about being right and being strong
    — Paul Keating
    tags: right  strong  leadership 
     
    We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases and the alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine that these things could be done to us.
    — Paul Keating
    I think leadership's always been about two main things: imagination and courage.
    — Paul Keating
    We will not adopt the fantastic hypocrisy of modern conservatism which preaches the values of families and communities, while conducting a direct assault on them through reduced wages and conditions and job security.
    — Paul Keating
    If there was a university degree for greed, you cunts would all get first-class honours.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: greed  university 
     
    In the end, rational policy is always good.
    — Paul Keating
    Well, Australians should speak for the national interests of Australia, and whatever role former Australian prime ministers may have, one of the things you do is speak frankly about the country as you see the country's best interests, you know?
    — Paul Keating
    The United States being in Asia is unambiguously a good thing for the region.
    — Paul Keating
    Nobody wants to have in their CV in the upper echelons of the American economic family that they nationalised major banks.
    — Paul Keating
    Well, frenetic activity in the end suiting journos, running at the behest of little press secretaries does not pay off.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: running 
     
    I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: advantage 
     
    Think of one structural change in 11 years he made, other than being just doling out money in the annual Budget? And don't say the GST because Howard did that and it wasn't a structural change anyway, just a change in the tax system. This is a low flying person.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: people  money  tax  year 
     
    You know, in the WikiLeaks cables, the Chinese discovered that Kevin Rudd was urging the Americans to keep the military option open against them. This is hardly a friendly gesture.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: military  american 
     
    One tires of combat, although I can still throw a punch, you know.
    — Paul Keating
    For John Howard to get to any high moral ground he would have to first climb out of the volcanic hole he's dug for himself over the last decade. You know, it's like one of those deep diamond mined holes in South Africa, you know, they're about a mile underground. He'd have to come a mile up to get to even equilibrium, let alone have any contest in morality with Kevin Rudd.
    — Paul Keating
    If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: humility  die  craft  pride 
     
    The G7, just a European centric show, an Atlantic show, is fundamentally finished.
    — Paul Keating
    In the end it's the big picture which changes nations and whatever our opponents may say, Australia's changed inexorably for good, for the better.
    — Paul Keating
    You see, before I became prime minister, the Australian prime minister only attended ever two meetings in the world: the British Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the South Pacific Forum.
    — Paul Keating
    The great changes in civilisation and society have been wrought by deeply held beliefs and passion rather than by a process of rational deduction.
    — Paul Keating
    The lesson of the Federation should be that the lesson is over. Australia must have a new idea of itself. We have to strike out in a new direction, in a new way, armed with our own self-regard, our own confidence and fully appreciating our own uniqueness. All other roads will lead us into the shadow of great powers.
    — Paul Keating
    I think the Australian people are very conscientious. During the 1980s and 1990s we proved they will respond conscientiously to necessary reforms. They mightn't like them but they'll accept them. But reforms have to be presented in a digestible format.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: people 
     
    Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers, and maddies.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: men 
     
    When the Berlin Wall came down the Americans cried, 'Victory,' and walked off the field.
    — Paul Keating
    tags: victory  american 
     
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