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TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING MP ADDRESS TO ROCKINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL, PERTH, WA 16 FEBRUARY 1995

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Keating, Paul

Period of Service: 20/12/1991 to 11/03/1996

More information about Keating, Paul on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 16/02/1995

Release Type: Speech

Transcript ID: 9484

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PRIME MINISTER
TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING MP
ADDRESS TO ROCKINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL, PERTH, WA
16 FEBRUARY 1995
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I'm always delighted to speak to young people particularly at schools but
young people in Australia anywhere, because you often wonder what a Prime
Minister does. Well let me tell you what this Prime Minister does most of the
time, most of the things I am doing are about you, because I have
tremendous faith and great excitement about young Australians. I believe in
them 1 believe in you. And I know if we give you the opportunities, you will
make this a more interesting and exciting country than the rest of us have
made it. So, the greatest thing we can do for you is to give you the cOance to
show what you can do for the rest of us and that means instilling ' in you a
faith in this country, a belief that you have a unique opportunity, and the
enthusiasm to go out and do things that when I was old as you I could only
have dreamt about. In this country we have I think a unique opportunity,
because there is one thing unique about us we are the only people in the
world that have a continent to ourselves. And given the pressures of
population, and the problems of ethnicity, the conflicts and the problems we
have seen over the years, to have a continent to yourself gives you a chance
as a nation to fashion a life and a future that few peoples have ever had. And
we're not just about that continent, and how we develop it with all the
opportunities to have a focus and a conscientious about the environment
which gives us a style of living perhaps in the future unique among nations.
But also, because we're a society with a well-developed set of values we
should be putting a marker in the sand to say that in this continent of ours, we
will be unique, and that we will create a unique social democracy.
Now, you may say " well what does a unique social democracy mean?" What
it means is that we will relate to one another, and have values about one
another, that will lift the quality of this society above most other comparable
societies. That is, we will reject the notion of a dog-eat-dog society, that the
strongest take the best and the Devil takes the hind-most, and that we will
together go forward as a society not with an underclass or sub-groups, but
as one group. In other words, we have a loyalty to Australia, to the notion of
what it has become, and a loyalty to one another. And through that strength
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and now with the ASEAN regional forum we are starting to look in strategic
terms at the region. Australia is becoming much more a supplier of defence
material, both in the maritime area with destroyers and frigates and
submarines and as well as that we are working on some quite revolutionary
other products such as over-the-horizon radar and we are also looking at
some of the guided weapons as well.
So, Australia is going to be a more significant force in the defence equipment
area and, I think, this has now been recognised in south-east Asia and what
better way of demonstrating it than to have you here being involved with us.
So, I am absolutely delighted that you are here and that things are working
well and I know how well this transition is taking place and how well you feel
about it.
So, I look forward to this becoming a bigger and better thing between us and
these first tentative steps in your new facilities being here, we can sit back a
bit and watch it grow and see these exercises together and see what we can
do in the future. Defence relationships are always a tremendous friendship
building thing because if the defence forces of various countries feel
confident and relaxed with one another it just means that the whole
background environment is better and so for that reason and no other, I am
glad this is working. But, I appreciated being shown over the FAI Bs. To be
buzzing around in one of those for most of the week probably beats the hell
out of being Prime Minister I don't know although there is always
somebody wanting my job you can never shake them off.
But be that as it may, could I again, thank you very much for the hospitality,
for coming to meet me, I have enjoyed having a chat to you. I'll talk to a few
more of you before I leave and I couldn't think of a nicer way to end a West
Australian visit than to come here. Thank you very much indeed.
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