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"Leaders who fail to appreciate this fundamental precept of accountability must also fail to muster the profound commitment true leadership demands."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"Ingrained into Australians is a sense of energy and initiative, a zest to achieve, to get a job done. We don't sit, dumb, uninformed and unmoving."

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"I saw one of my primary tasks was to do what I could to restore confidence, to ensure that people knew and cared about their predicament and that governments were committed to helping. Equally an optimism had to be engendered, a belief that not only would they recover but would emerge 'bigger, brighter and better than ever.'"

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009, on his role to lead the operation recovery effo

"I like the idea of just observing these great young men of ours going into their further adulthood and being excited by what they will do. I like the idea of friend who are now, as we get older, have more time available to be as friends and can enjoy endlessly our experiences of the past. I like the idea of continuing to work because work can be fun. And I really like the idea of watching Australia be safe. We are safe. Could be safer. But one of the things that I'm always concerned about, you can't be any other way if you've spent a lifetime in uniform is to think to all of those who make us safe - good luck, keep it going, do more. "

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"In business, integrity is just as important as in any of the great public offices... but I believe one of the first and fundamental obligations of competent business leadership is above all to protect the reputation and integrity of the business - to that degree the integrity of the business is the integrity of the leader."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"Older people often mistakenly consider that the young people do not care about their country, but the reverse is actually true. "

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"Let's start therefore with a universal truth: leaders are fundamentally accountable."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"Communication is the conduit of leadership from the Prime Minister down to the leading hand of a small group of council workers fixing the roads. Leadership uncommunicated is leadership unrequited!"

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"They (the youth of Australia) are out there clamouring in all forms of voice, and they are not so much hedging us older Australians aside as saying, 'For heaven's sake, listen to us and empower us to help drive this country towards a wonderful future.'"

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"I must say that part of our national wealth is not only the nation's people but those people who lead them."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"Our vision is to look through the eyes of our kids. We are a lucky, peaceful nation. We are an unselfish people. That's one of our proudest national attributes."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - on his vision for Australia

"Australia in a relative sense remains more secure and safe than most countries in the world. But security, like health, happiness and good looks, is ephemeral. It consumes vast amounts of our treasure but it puts at risk on a daily basis that most precious part, our sons and daughters. We must have a stake not just in where and why they pass into harm's way, but when and why they can return home. It's in the national interest."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"It's instructive to consider the more spectacular and well-known falls from grace of leaders in the public eye... In the main, the issues behind these falls could be grouped under a lack of competence, a lack of support or loyalty from those they sought to lead, and a lack of failure of integrity. Of all these the last is the most egregious, the most fatal. We so much want our leaders to be unfailingly decent that an obvious or perceived flaw in integrity can be the toxin which kills them off."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"'Paying it forward'. In many ways that is a succinct expression of the major obligation of our existence. Doing things now for the protection and upliftment of relatively helpless future generations, which either don't exist yet or are presently too young to take action themselves. Australians don't have this obligation uniquely - every society on earth shares it equally. But in this country we have opportunities not widely available. We not only have an abundance of brilliant people with great energy and inventiveness, we are comparatively rich and thus can do what others might only dream of."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"But the people of the disaster area fundamentally needed to understand that the rest of Australia had noticed their misery and their stoicism and their intense sense of community and determination to arise from the sodden wreckage of their homes, and that Australians would dig deep to help. I helped to describe the community ethos which quickly triumphed over incipient despair. It is this mobilisation of the unifying spirit that thrills us all, even as we mourn."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009, on his role to lead the operation recovery effo

"We want our leaders to be fair dinkum, as much among us as above us."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"We all of us have a reputation, something we are known for, and sometimes it may be different from what we would like to be known for. At the core of this is the simple but fragile heart - our integrity - which is always under challenge, under tests both trivial and profound every day of our lives."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009

"Oh, fatherhood has a very humanising effect on a bloke like me in the military. As a dad, you become absolutely aware of your own human frailty and a need to be nurturing and compassionate and fatherly "

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"But it is my total conviction that all the trappings of good leadership are generic and widely applicable whether you are standing in a khaki queue with your mess tins or on an automobile production line."

GENERAL SIR PETER, COSGROVE - A Very Australian Conversation, Boyer Lectures 2009