Charles Perkins, AO.
The internet is flooded with words, some well thought out, some just for fun and many simply not worth reading. So to enhance that experience it is time we digitise the words of history’s great thinkers and activists. For many around the world we look to Mandela, Gandhi and King as the voices of the 20th century. But we had such a voice in Australia, an equally amazing man, with an equally amazing journey and many a wise word. Charlie Perkins!
THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION PROVIDES ME WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STATE OF, AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF OUR NATION, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS. EMBODIED IN SUCH COMMENTS IS OBVIOUSLY THE QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP OF OUR COUNTRY.
AUSTRALIA IS A YOUNG, VIGOROUS AND DYNAMIC NATION.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AS WE ENTER THE NEW MILLENNIUM WE HAVE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY. TO CREATE THE SORT OF SOCIETY THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF- A SOCIETY THAT IS TRULY MULTICULTURAL, COMPASSIONATE, SKILLED AND SENSITISED TO PEOPLES NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS. COUPLED WITH THESE OBJECTIVES IT SHOULD BE THE FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR SOCIETY TO ENSURE THAT NO PERSON, BLACK OR WHITE, IS BURDENED BY POVERTY.
SURELY ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS IN SECURING ANY FUTURE FOR ANY SOCIETY IS LEADERSHIP. WHETHER THIS BE IN GOVERNMENT, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE OR IN THE COMMUNITY.
YOU CAN PROVIDE SUCH LEADERSHIP. TO MY MIND WHAT WE ARE LACKING AT THE
PRESENT TIME IS POLITICAL LEADERSHIP WHICH WILL PROVIDE VISION AND
INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE.
ALL IT NEEDS IS THE COURAGE AND VISION ALL AUSTRALIANS HAVE SHOWN IN TIMES
TODAY WE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF OUR COUNTRY AND AN IDENTITY FOR OURSELVES AS AUSTRALIANS AND A FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN.
Please take the time to read a little more about a great Australian and an inspiration to us all.