Which leaves only to declare that if Cadel Evans’ victory in the 2011 Tour de France is not the single most heroic Australian sporting accomplishment of all, it is a least the equal of any preceding it.
Sport is very much about the immediacy of the moment. In the immediacy of this one, (Cadel) Evans’ victory – the first by an Australian in le Tours 108-year history – felt like the greatest achievement by an Australian sportsman.
We’ve got to come together, that’s what we want for Australia. As one people. We’re all Australians, regardless of your ethnic background, regardless of your political belief, regardless of your religious beliefs we are all Australians.
I want you to know that I take on this role with solemnity, impartiality, energy, and a profound love for the country we share.
In these times of hardship and grief for many Australians, you bring our hearts to soar and you remind us of the strength and the endurance of the human spirit. Thank you for what you did and for what you will continue to do.
I can’t quite believe I’ve done it.
I felt so full of gratitude and humility that I clasped my hands in front of me, closed my eyes and said a silent prayer of thanks to God – I had at last achieved something I'd wanted for so long. My insides bubbled with happiness. It was a dream come true.
The day after I finished being prime minister, starting to pack up my office, I took a call from Paul Keating who said, 'We all get taken out in a box, love. Sorry, sorry to hear about you. We all get taken out in a box, love.' Never a truer word was spoken.
All my life I've believed that men and women have equal capacities and talents – consequently there should be equality in life's chances.
Milestones are nice to celebrate, if only because you’re still alive.