Australia and Australians /
Our Australian story should fill our hearts with pride and our eyes
with tears. It is a story of the dispossessed and the outcast / God’s
own garden / expounded by many who are far more eloquent and
knowledgeable than I /

Australia and Australians / One of the
depressing features of modern Australia / bounded by water on three
sides / is the low esteem in which governments and politicians are
generally held /

Australia and Australians / I do not profess
for a moment that I now know all the problems / I find it rather
incredible that a country which has been given so many opportunities /
should imagine that it is a very limited number of people in the
community who are going to be hurt and damaged / My deep conviction /
is / we need governments which believe in / the end of history /

the end of the argument /

Australia
and Australians / nourished by the past and inspired by our great
ideals / there is no limit to what Australia can / refute / achieve /
Modern Australia is rightly concerned / We have so much / doubt with
faith /

Almost everything we have we owe to someone else /

Australia
and Australians / There is no limit to what Australia can / compromise
/ We need governments which believe in / family breakdown / low esteem
/ the divisions which are emerging in our society /

Perhaps we politicians have mostly ourselves to blame /

Australia
and Australians / We need governments which believe in / knee jerk and
automatic responses / We need governments which believe in / neither a
full nor a complete answer / We need governments which believe in / the
Soviet model / Governments which meddle / badly / stick to their
traditional job / badly / Governments which believe in / the dictates /
the / loss of faith / a pandemic of doubt and introspection / We need
governments which believe in / victims /

Australia and
Australians / people are questioning their God, their country and even
/ wealth generators / Nothing is safe / Nothing is safe / Nothing is
safe / I hope I can be a similar goad / People must be inspired to
believe / We need governments which believe in / people who believe /
We need governments which believe in / the corrosive cynicism of modern
times / This is a classic case / defeat is final / unhappiness
permanent / evil invincible /

Our challenge is to answer / the sound and the fury /

Australia
and Australians / We need governments which believe in / uncertainty
with conviction / We need governments which believe in / doubt with
faith / We need governments which believe in / repressive government /
as / a matter of logical argument / one can be persuaded to believe /
Nothing is safe / Nothing is safe / Nothing is safe / Nothing is safe /

People must be inspired / badly / They must be / carried along /

People who believe / defeat is final / unhappiness permanent / evil invincible /

Australia
and Australians / unemployment, crime, family breakdown and social
disintegration / are / the new opportunities / We need governments
which believe in / the greater complexity of modern life / higher
expectations / and social alienation against greater individual rights
/ We need governments which believe in / seeking solutions to all the
difficulties / the real antidote to / hope / fear / immigration / We
need governments which believe in / a balanced appreciation of our true
position /

Australia and Australians / my deep conviction / a
strange affliction / a means for applying band-aids / to bring peace /
like a householder who keeps fixing walls and mending floors / stifled
individual liberty and impoverished a nation /

Australia and
Australians / the foundations are constantly shifting / the humdrum /
guaranteed to tear Australians apart / There is no mystery / there is
no mystery / there is no mystery / there is no mystery / There is no
secret / governments are human contrivances /

There is no / light on the hill /

Australia
and Australians / Let people run / government / Let government / run /
run / run / Big Government / I stand for / Big Government / which gets
/ people’s backs / up / with / just platitudes / Big Government / big /
big / Big Government / Speaker / Excellency / Big Government /
Excellency / Speaker / big / big / big / Speaker/ I / we / thank the
House for the courtesy it has extended to me /

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