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Optimism about Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison 

"it is Australian to be optimistic and look forward.

"It is a choice we make to believe in hope.

"Our optimism has enabled us to push past the adversities we have faced and overcome."

Australian Governor General  His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) in his 2022 ANZAC Day Address

"the characteristics that we take from the Anzac legacy to define us – #mateship#endurance#courage and #sacrifice – are inherent in #Australia. They always have been. They’ve been strengthened and reinforced in conflict and on peacekeeping operations, but they have always been at our core.

"We shouldn’t shy aware from these characteristics over any concern that they be viewed as ‘jingoistic’ – they are real in us.

"They speak to our past, our present and our future.

"To who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be.

"And that should make us all #optimistic for our future."

Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Speech to the National Press Club, 5 February 2020

"Australia's economic fundamentals remain very strong and they provide a solid foundation for us to be optimistic about our future. The strong fundamentals include: world class endowments of natural resources; a highly skilled and innovative workforce; an established and predictable regulatory system; sound public finances; a diverse and growing population; and being well placed to benefit from the strong growth in Asia, not just in China, but also in the populous countries of Indonesia and India. So we have a lot to feel fortunate about. We enjoy a set of fundamentals and a standard of living that few other countries enjoy. It's important that we do not lose sight of this.

"Strong fundamentals, though, can take us only so far. If we are to turn these fundamentals into strong and consistent growth, we need to keep investing in our future."

Dr Philip Lowe, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia in evidence to the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics February 2020.

"My main objective is to seem to be credible, trustworthy and reliable and, where I can be, as optimistic as I can be—but, similarly, to be credible. Being credible, trustworthy and realistically optimistic—that's the narrative I want to have, and we discuss that at the board. I think that's appropriate. We live in a fantastic country. We have fantastic opportunities. Things are okay. We want them to be better, but they're okay and they can be better. In the end, I don't think it really matters that much what I say. I'm just one person. But I do want to be credible. ....I want to be credible and realistically optimistic—not fancifully optimistic but realistically optimistic—because my board and my institution are incredibly confident about the future of our country. We've got some challenges but we can meet them. We've met them over decades. By doing that, we've built the best country in the world, and it's growing okay. Inflation is a bit low, but the country's growing okay. We have opportunities in the future and we can take account of those. I'm conscious of drawing attention to those opportunities and subtly challenging people to take advantage of them."

The Honourable Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Australia

"Serving the people living in the regions is what keeps me #optimistic, even in the toughest of days. These people have put their trust in me to fight & deliver for our local communities, and I will always speak up for them loudly"

The Honourable Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Australia (In Parliament 5 February 2020)

"Regional Australia has optimism. Regional Australia has a bright future. It will build back better after these fires. It will build back better after this drought."

Lachlan Murdoch, News Corp co-Chair in a speech to The Institute of Public Affairs.

"There is a rugged optimism about us too, an attitude embodied in the phrase, “She’ll be right.” This is not a line of resignation, or near enough being good enough; it is a unique Australian combination of optimism and stoicism. “Stoic Optimism.”

Christiana Figueres, co-author of The Future We Choose 

"Optimistic. Prosperous. A country of rare beauty, blessed with abundant natural resources. Australia has all the “golden eggs” needed to position itself as a global leader, to help its Asia-Pacific region leapfrog to a new energy future, and to guarantee Australian prosperity in the process."

Jeremy Mann

"It's inspiring to see many young Australians motivated to further themselves by taking up new and exciting leadership opportunities, and that makes me optimistic about the future."

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