Paul Keating Quotes

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Paul Keating Quotes

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 countrys best interests, you know?
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The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism.

— Paul Keating

I always believed in burning up the government's political capital, not being Mr Safe Guy, you know?

— Paul Keating

You get one chance to do something about native title. You get perhaps one chance in your life to do something about a republic. You get one chance, your chance, to build a piece of the political architecture in the Pacific. I wasn't going to give those up.

— Paul Keating

In the end, rational policy is always good.

— Paul Keating

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

— Paul Keating

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?

— Paul Keating

The G7, just a European centric show, an Atlantic show, is fundamentally finished.

— Paul Keating

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

— Paul Keating

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

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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.

— Paul Keating

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

— Paul Keating

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.

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

— Paul Keating

This is a low flying person

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

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Good economics is good politics.

— Paul Keating

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.

— Paul Keating

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.

— Paul Keating

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