Does Australia have leaders willing to say what they believe, stand for principles with courage and conviction, marshal evidence, build support and enact?
Professor Ian Chubb spoke with Sabra Lane on ABC Radio today: “I don’t think we get enough of that anymore. We get little bits here and there of course, but we don’t get enough of it.”
Where is today’s Henry Parkes?
“Without a Twitter account between them … Henry Parkes and his colleagues managed to federate this country in what was a pretty hostile environment at the time. They persevered and they mounted an argument, they had vision, they knew how to construct a narrative. They knew how to pursue that story and they knew how to compromise appropriately, but didn’t lose sight of what they wanted.”
Professor Ian Chubb was the 2017 Henry Parkes Orator. Read his speech here.