When the souls of my
shoes wear out I'll be back on my feet again.
- Hugh Lunn, Australia's
The decision not to allow development on the mountains that
ring the city means that many of the 357,000 people who live
in Canberra can look up from a suburban street and see a hill
covered in gum trees. It also means that Canberra is a bird-watcher's
paradise, with pairs of rosellas and king parrots, not to mention
squadrons of cockatoos and galahs. And if you get through Spring
without being dive-bombed by a magpie, you're doing well.
- Andrew Leigh, Canberra
is the Best City in Australia
It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice, then we
can imagine its opposite.
- Paul Keating, (sampled in From
little things big things grow)
things big things grow.
- Popular song in Australia (2008)
If we don't all prosper together, then nothing will have been
Stone Houses and National Heritage
Virtus sola nobilitas (virtue is the only nobility)
There is always hope. The world can change, again, does change
for the better because of the countless acts of goodness and
courage by people too often dismissed as everyday and ordinary.
And it will change because the people want it. And in the end
the people will endure in that.
I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we
- Popular expression
Is our storytelling keeping up with our diverse cultural reality?
the Anglosphere, ABC
Australia's tourism future will be stronger if we fully
recognise and capitalise on our fundamental tourism assets.
We have a unique Indigenous culture – the oldest continuous
Indigenous culture on the planet; distinctive landscapes, flora
and fauna; sophisticated cities and regions that integrate a
Western heritage with eastern cultures, and a reputation for
diverse, interesting and friendly people.
Long-term Tourism Strategy: Industry Priorities for the Australian
Today we begin with one small step; to set right the wrongs
of the past. It's taken 41 parliaments to get here; we can be
a bit slow sometimes, but we got here. And, when it comes to
the parliaments of the future, this will become part and parcel
of the fabric of our celebration of Australia
in all of its unity and all of its diversity.
- Kevin Rudd, An
Indigenous welcome for Federal Parliament
In 1927 at the opening of Parliament House, among the crowd
stood an old Aboriginal man, dressed in his old suit, barefoot
and dogs at his side. His name was Billy Clements. On seeing
Mr. Clements a policeman asked him to leave, because he wasn't
dressed appropriately for the occasion. Mr. Clements did not
want to be moved on; after all, this was the land of all our
ancestors. I stand here before you, in this same great institution
of ceremonial dress and barefoot, honoured and welcome.
- Matilde House, An
Indigenous welcome for Federal Parliament
Unless we use natural resources in a sustainable way, we are
mining the future. Unless the relationships between our citizens
are respectful and inclusive, we are a divided and diminished
- Rick Farley, Australia
Day 2003 Address
We cannot imagine that the descendants of people whose genius
and resilience maintained a culture here through 50,000 years
or more, through cataclysmic changes to the climate and environment,
and who then survived two centuries of dispossession and abuse,
will be denied their place in the modern Australian nation.
- Paul Keating, Redfern
Aboriginal Australia Speech
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already
tomorrow in Australia.
What do we mean by sustainability? It is the overriding disideratum
that we should live without destroying future prosperity. Sustainability
is integral to our sense of ourselves as a nation because we
must achieve it if we are truly to call this continent 'ours.'
- Tim Flannery, Beautiful Lies
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi
It's our game. They just play it.
- Fan's assessment of Australian footy,
If you want to know about the book, go to the author, not the
- Paul Keating
If you're not living in Sydney,
you're camping out.
- Paul Keating
To understand Australia,
to get under that rawhide skin and reach out and feel its pounding
sporting heart, is to watch footy.
- Rohit Brijnath, Country
Look ahead for open spaces. Let young people be given the opportunity
of taking an active and not merely a passive interest in games.
It is often said that our young men are too much addicted to
outdoor games - cricket, football etc., but I think the contrary
is the case. They are possibly too much addicted to looking
at games, and that is not a healthy exercise. They like to congregate
in crowds, often cooped up in enclosures, and that leads to
barracking, cigarette smoking and even gambling on the result
of the game. A remedy for the gambling evil and an encouragement
of manly sports with the physical development and moral discipline
which healthy competition affords, lies not mainly in places
like the Sydney Cricket Ground. I look upon that institution
as the place of spectacle, as the university of sport.
- Joseph Maiden, Director of the Botanic Gardens, Rugby
League: More than just a game
Australia is a long way from the rest of the country and
the locals wouldn't have it any other way.
What are you going to so that you can arrive on your deathbed
50 years from now with a big grin on your face that says 'lord
sakes that was a ripper. that was a good life well lived.' For
me that means engaging meaningfully with what I think I am here
on the planet to do.
- Petrea King,
You cannot do good things to Aboriginal people. You can only
do good things with Aboriginal people.
Says Sorry to Stolen Generation
At the heart of Melbourne are 3.6 million Melburnians. Between
them, they speak over 140 languages and at least 1.3 million
residents were born overseas. The diversity of ideas, flavours
and experiences that multiethnic communities contribute are
fundamental to this city's being.
- Simone Egger, Melbourne
in almost every public event, certainly in northern New
South Wales, the original custodianship of aboriginal people
is acknowledged by tribal name first thing and any surviving
elders are included front and center to say their peace. Right
here right now, this practice has gone a long way toward acknowledging
on a daily basis the often glaring absence of first people.
Backpacker tourism is a major economic driver for Victoria.
For over a decade Tourism Victoria has recognised the growth
potential of the backpacker segment. In 2007 18.0 per cent of
all international visitors to Victoria were backpackers contributing
close to $500 million to the local economy. Backpacker visitors
tend to stay longer and spend more than the average international
visitor to Victoria. Backpackers have a higher propensity to
disperse into regional Victoria benefiting regional economies
and are more likely to be repeat visitors to the State. Backpackers
provide additional benefits to the Victorian economy by alleviating
seasonal labour shortages due to visa entitlements which allow
them to work in Australia during their stay. Anecdotal evidence
suggests that backpackers are more environmentally sensitive
visitors, with travel patterns that are more sustainable and
less intrusive than other visitor segments. Backpackers are
also less vulnerable to fluctuating economic conditions and
are more likely to be resilient travellers in the wake of challenges
such as the global financial crisis.
Backpacker Tourism Action Plan 2009-2013
Touring is where the money is.
- Wide Open Road
For nature-based tourism, visitors are now seeking experiences
and destinations that are actively reducing their impacts on
climate change and the size of their carbon footprint. Nature-based
tourism, in particular, can and must play a significant role
in addressing climate change.
Nature-Based Tourism Strategy
Introducing this strategic philosophy will initially confront
some people, because it will require cultural change. However,
this change is the single most important outcome proposed by
this plan. Achieving this change will require a mix of presentations,
discussions and distribution and reference of this plan over
many years. It will require a mix of champions, working together
and supporting each other, drawing on the Plan and case studies
to demonstrate the value of changing. This is the fundamental
- Tourism Plan for Public Land in the Otway Hinterland, Department
for Sustainability and Environment
I'd like to quote what I think is a wonderful example of misundstanding.
My son in primary school learned the national anthem and he
was most anxious to come home and sing the national anthem that
he had learned at school. It turns out no one gave him the words
but he was picking this up from the big kids: Australia
is full of ostriches for we are young and free with golden soil
and welcome joy our home is skirt by sea. Our land abounds in
nature strips of beauty rich and rare. In this respect the pastries
fresh advance Australia fare. That's about misunderstanding
and what I am proposing is that we all should make that effort
to understand each other and what we do.
- Lin Onus, The
Urban Dingo - Awaye
Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page let every stage
Advance Australia fair,
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.
- National Anthem