'The decision we will make....is a choice between....the habits and fears of the past, and the demands and opportunities of the future.'
- Gough Whitlam, Australian Prime Minister, 13 November 1972
'The Whitlam program as laid out in the 1972 election platform consisted three objectives: to promote equality, to involve the people of Australia in the decision-making processes of our land, and to liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people.
This program is as fresh as it was when first conceived. It scarcely could be better articulated today.
Who would not say the vitality of our democracy is a proper mission of government and should not be renewed and invigorated.
Who can say that liberating the talents and uplifting the horizons of Australians is not a worthy charter for national leadership?'
- Noel Pearson, Eulogy for Gough Whitlam
'The essence of leadership is being aware of your fear, and seeing it in the people you wish to lead'
'Am I any good? That's what I'd like to know and all I need to know.'
- Robert Frost, Four Times Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Laureate.
The first job of a Leader is to Create the Space.
Then invite us to raise our fearful eyes from white knuckles gripping our habits and towards our horizon.
And to remind us:
'You are good enough.'