Today, words. Tomorrow, sticks and stones. And the day after that?
Let the massacres remind us to turn down our political volume and venom.
While sticks and stones break bones, words can never hurt? Manifestly untrue. Politics everywhere are holistic, interconnected, and the rhetoric of right or left can produce toxic atmospheres in which lunacy thrives.
Carry the sun inside you and reach out for the dreams that guide you. You have everything you need to take you where you want to go then.
We should be able to find the bigger part of ourselves.
BEHRENDT, LARISSA – on the community and government response to natural disasters and flooding that affected Australia J
Such displays of the Australian spirit engender pride, regardless of background, religion and political persuasion. They are unifying… This spirit of leadership should be reflected in our national symbols and one appropriate way to do that is by finally making the changes needed to make Australia a republic… A country’s history does not change because it takes a step forward, but its possibilities for the future do.
I realised early on that there were two groups of people in the world: those who made the decisions and those who had the decisions made for them. I wanted to be one of the decision-makers.
If we are to create a successful society for the future, a ‘society for all ages’ in which
everyone has a place and to which everyone can contribute, then the widest cross-section of
our community has to be involved in shaping policy to this end.
The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure Australia is prepared for
population ageing, is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation.
…women can't have it all. They can have plenty of choices, but at the end of the day, they choose something which means they can't have something else… I feel incredibly lucky that I've had the kind of career that is so consuming that I don't feel I have a void in my life.
I believe that as more women around the world take on leadership positions – in their communities, countries, across continents – the impact of female leadership will be profound… And let’s face it, including women in leadership teams adds a diversity of attitudes, outlooks and experience. And greater diversity means the team is more likely to come up with new ideas, more creative approaches, and more flexible thinking and responses to challenges.