"When you're completely defeated in every other direction, you have to go straight ahead. "
"He taught me the power of encouragement. He taught me the reward of having a go, where there seems to be no way up but if you persevere, if you don't ever give up, then you can achieve things which others think are impossible. "
"You remove heavy metals out of the ground and you turn that into tables, and houses and bridges and dreams for people in the developing world. I love doing that. "
"Get out of bed, go to school, stick at school. Make it happen for yourself because those opportunities are waiting. "
"This is the welfare generation, and that is incredibly sad. That will be judged in history as being far worse, I believe, than the stolen generation, because we are literally losing thousands and thousands of our indigenous brothers and sisters to the effects of welfare ? drugs, gunja, low morale, alcoholism. I see it everyday and it can stop. The solution is education, training and a guaranteed opportunity. "
"We must now change course. Welfare has not worked. It has a place, always, in the most desperate times, but if it replaces a person's will, if it turns their kind of feather bed into quicksand, then it is failing the indigenous people. "