House debates

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Governor-General's Speech


11:51 am

Photo of Ms Anna BurkeMs Anna Burke (Chisholm, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

to be around. Totally unrelated! Steve is here. Look at my children: they look very much like me and my husband.

On my last walk up Red Hill, I reflected on Caroline Chisholm, the amazing woman whom my seat is named after. She said:

I promise to know neither country nor creed, but to serve all justly and impartially …

The world has benefited from the remarkable life of Caroline Chisholm. She had a dream of a better life for those less fortunate. She was stymied and vilified by the establishment of the day, but she triumphed, through her dogged persistence to her cause, and achieved respect and support for her endeavours because she had a vision. I hope I have emulated in a small way that dogged determination to make the world a better place and to achieve the great objective of 'the light on the hill'. The last word, though, goes to Trollope again:

It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.


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