If there was a university degree for greed, you cunts would all get first-class honours.

— Paul Keating

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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.


He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up


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.


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.


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.


The fact is Burke is smarter than two thirds of the Western Australian Labor Party rolled together.


The Labor Party is a party of conviction. The Liberal Party is a party of convenience.


Australia without the Irish would be unthinkable... unimaginable... unspeakable.


Anybody who achieves what Malcolm Fraser achieved in his life deserves respect as a quite extraordinary Australian.


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.


The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism.


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.


About Paul Keating

Quotes 43 sayings
Nationality Australian
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

When the Berlin Wall came down the Americans cried, 'Victory,' and walked off the field.


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.


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.


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.


In the end, the key ingredient for public life is imagination.

You imagine something better, you try to bring the people with you.


I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.


I think the rise of China is one of the great events of all economic and human history, and I think this will be overwhelmingly a positive thing for the region and the world.


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.


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.


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.


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?


The great changes in civilisation and society have been wrought by deeply held beliefs and passion rather than by a process of rational deduction.


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.


Good economics is good politics.


Silly what's his name, the Shrek, whoever he was on the television this morning?


I think leadership's always been about two main things: imagination and courage.


Well, frenetic activity in the end suiting journos, running at the behest of little press secretaries does not pay off.


Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers, and maddies.


One tires of combat, although I can still throw a punch, you know.


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.


The United States being in Asia is unambiguously a good thing for the region.


You just can't have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.


No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography.

We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future.


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.


Nobody wants to have in their CV in the upper echelons of the American economic family that they nationalised major banks.


[Australian Reserve Bank] Governor MacFarlane said recently when Paul Volcker broke the back of American inflation it's regarded as the policy triumph of the Western world. When I broke the back of Australian inflation they say, "Oh, you're the fellow that put the interest rates up." Am I not the same fellow that gave them the 15 years of good growth and high wealth that came from it?


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.


In the end, rational policy is always good.


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.


Leadership is not about being nice. it's about being right and being strong

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