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"To spend time alone in the Australian bush is to experience our union with nature. It is powerfully reassuring."

JACK, THOMPSON -

"I know I belong here (in Australia), it's not so much that the land is yours as that you belong to the land."

JACK, THOMPSON -

"Perhaps the most ancient of the arts. Like music, it is a constant delight and the practice of it continues to intrigue me."

JACK, THOMPSON - on acting

"This country is made up of many tribes. yours, your brothers, your sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts, many families making up a vast country. We're Australians, all connected by our different tribes. And this day, well it's all about celebrating that bond, because when we join hands we become one - one people, one place - and that gives a certain texture, a certain beat. It makes us want to shout for all to hear, 'this place, this tribe, this is Australia!'"

JACK, THOMPSON - Australia Celebrates

"The outback is four-fifths of the continent. It's at the heart of our ethos... it is omnipresent."

JACK, THOMPSON -