Quotes by: Paul Keating

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The Honourable
Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Elections: 1993, 1996
In office
20 December 1991 – 11 March 1996
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Bill Hayden
Sir William Deane
Deputy Brian Howe
Kim Beazley
Preceded by Bob Hawke
Succeeded by John Howard
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office
4 April 1990 – 3 June 1991
Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Preceded by Lionel Bowen
Succeeded by Brian Howe
Leader of the Labor Party
In office
20 December 1991 – 19 March 1996
Deputy Brian Howe
Kim Beazley
Preceded by Bob Hawke
Succeeded by Kim Beazley
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party
In office
4 April 1990 – 3 June 1991
Leader Bob Hawke
Preceded by Lionel Bowen
Succeeded by Brian Howe
Treasurer of Australia
In office
11 March 1983 – 3 June 1991
Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Preceded by John Howard
Succeeded by Bob Hawke
Minister for Northern Australia
In office
21 October 1975 – 11 November 1975
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Preceded by Rex Patterson
Succeeded by Ian Sinclair
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
In office
25 October 1969 – 23 April 1996
Preceded by Jim Harrison
Succeeded by Michael Hatton
Personal details
Born Paul John Keating
(1944-01-18) 18 January 1944 (age 72)
Paddington, Sydney
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Annita van Iersel
(m. 1975–2008, divorced)
Domestic partner Julieanne Newbould (1999–present)
Children 4
Education De La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

When the Berlin Wall came down the Americans cried, 'Victory,' and walked off the field.
Paul Keating
You see, psychologically, Australia must understand it has to live in the region around it. Australia must find its security in Asia; it cannot find its security from Asia.
Paul Keating
The G7, just a European centric show, an Atlantic show, is fundamentally finished.
Paul Keating
I think the Australian people are very conscientious. During the 1980s and 1990s we proved they will respond conscientiously to necessary reforms. They mightn't like them but they'll accept them. But reforms have to be presented in a digestible format.
Paul Keating
The great changes in civilisation and society have been wrought by deeply held beliefs and passion rather than by a process of rational deduction.
Paul Keating
You know, in the WikiLeaks cables, the Chinese discovered that Kevin Rudd was urging the Americans to keep the military option open against them. This is hardly a friendly gesture.
Paul Keating
The United States being in Asia is unambiguously a good thing for the region.
Paul Keating
I think Australia has to be a country which has the 'Welcome' sign out.
Paul Keating
You see, before I became prime minister, the Australian prime minister only attended ever two meetings in the world: the British Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the South Pacific Forum.
Paul Keating
If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility.
Paul Keating
I've always held the view that great states need strategic space. I mean, George Washington took his space from George III. Britain took it from just about everybody. Russia took all of Eastern Europe. Germany's taken it from everywhere they can, and China will want its space too.
Paul Keating
Well, I think that - I think leadership's always been about two main things: imagination and courage.
Paul Keating
You get one chance to do something about native title. You get perhaps one chance in your life to do something about a republic. You get one chance, your chance, to build a piece of the political architecture in the Pacific. I wasn't going to give those up.
Paul Keating
Nobody wants to have in their CV in the upper echelons of the American economic family that they nationalised major banks.
Paul Keating
I think the rise of China is one of the great events of all economic and human history, and I think this will be overwhelmingly a positive thing for the region and the world.
Paul Keating
I used to say in the cabinet room, 'confidence is not like a can of Popeye spinach - you can't take the top off and swallow it down.' You know, confidence has to be earned.
Paul Keating
Well, Australians should speak for the national interests of Australia, and whatever role former Australian prime ministers may have, one of the things you do is speak frankly about the country as you see the country's best interests, you know?
Paul Keating
I always believed in burning up the government's political capital, not being Mr Safe Guy, you know?
Paul Keating
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