"Many things we need can wait, the child cannot... To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today. As Australian of the Year I say to Australia - our time is now, we cannot wait."
"Gus Nossal once said to me that one of the most important characteristics of an institute director was generosity. He's absolutely right. I think that one of the things I am good at as an institute director is being generous. And that means being generous with your time. Taking time out to mentor our young Aboriginal researchers is really important, taking time to find out about what is happening to people in the Institute and where they are going - it takes time to be generous..."