OSCAR WILDE QUOTATIONS
CARL WILLIAM BROWN
In Australia, not
reading poetry is the national pastime.
In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was
quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government
bureau with scripts and and get finance
In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth
In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil
profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected
by climate variability than some other
In the early 1930s, flying from England to Australia was the longest
flight in the world. It was considered extremely dangerous and
hazardous, pushing pilots to the limits of
mechanical skills and human endurance. Aviation was young.
It doesn't really seem any different anywhere. I'd say it seems like
we're biggest in Australia. It's just that we've always been this
underground band and for some reason in
the last month has been starting to go overground.
It feels like it's just starting in America and the UK. It's great
to have a loyal fanbase in Australia and New Zealand. People in
America say how polished our band are, but
that didn't happen overnight; that came from doing all this touring
It is a matter of public shame that while we have now commemorated
our hundredth anniversary, not one in every ten children attending
Public schools throughout the colonies is
acquainted with a single historical fact about Australia.
It so happened that I was on a German sailing vessel on the way to
Australia when the ship was captured, and on the high seas I was
made prisoner by the French.
It's not a country of articulate people, sophisticated people.
There's too little subtlety. Men and women don't enjoy each other
very much in Australia. I don't find very many
men sexy in Australia. Of course, I'm married and out of it, but
Italy is definitely where I feel most at home, or alternatively,
living in total wilderness, in the bush in Australia.
Leaving Australia was the hardest thing I have ever done.
Mmm, well that whole thing about having to look tough has never left
Most Indians go into education. Their parents just push them into
education like parents in Australia push them into sports.
My father died in 1930, but if you told him or anybody almost in
that time that you'd be able to sit back in England and watch a
cricket game in Australia, they'd have you put
in the loony bin.
My kids started school, so having a strong base in Melbourne has
been a key priority. I'm not daunted by the travel. People say, 'It's
so far to Australia,' and I say, 'You
get on the plane, you eat well, you sleep, you wake up - and you're
My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the
earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably
every soccer game I ever played.
My point is this, the Government made this decision to ban totally
beef exports into Indonesia, even to compliant abattoirs and this
will have enormous consequences for the
beef cattle industry across Australia.
My point was that the war was intrinsically wrong, and as a result
of our participation we haven't improved Australia's security but
created a greater danger at home and
National film industries tend to move in cycles. In Australia right
now, we're on a high, a feeling of potential, which as yet shows no
sign of flagging. But the word
"industry" is misleading. A small national cinema has no industry in
the Hollywood sense.
New Zealanders who emigrate to Australia raise the IQ of both
Obviously all of us have thought about Vietnam, particularly in my
generation in Australia that were part of conscription and fought
there. Our friends came back, forever
changed. So there were a lot of questions.
To live in Australia
permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night
with one's mother.
To win in Australia, for me, has to be the ultimate success because
the Aussies live for sport.
Tobacco companies are legally operating entities in Australia. If
the Government thinks that they should not make donations to
political parties, well then they should ban
them operating as legally structured entities in Australia.
Traveling is definitely something that your average 17-year-old
doesn't get to do. One week we're in Japan, one week we're in
Australia, one week we're back home going to
Way of life in Australia focuses more on the outdoors.
We absolutely believed in Heaven and Hell, Purgatory, and even
Limbo. I mean, they were actually closer to us than Australia or
Canada, that they were real places.
We don't have any sailors in Australia, we have rowers.
We had to leave Australia to become international stars.
We moved to Australia for two years though and that was a little bit
tough trying to fit in.
We must have as clear a picture as we can of the Australia that we
want to achieve at the end of that time.
Lionel K. Murphy
We were a Western civilisation, an English speaking civilisation,
both NZ and Australia, and we had all these influences coming from
both Great Britain and America to us;
sending us their culture in the shape and form of movies and
Well they're very, very genuine concerns at present as to the status
of the 800 people who are to be sent by Australia to Malaysia.
There's concern about the status of asylum
seekers in Malaysia generally, but there's concern about the status
of the 800 to be sent.
Well, I'm not going to go into what the letter says, because the
police are looking at that. But as you say it's in Bahasa. But of
course that's not to suggest that the letter
came from outside of Australia. It came from in Australia. It came
Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse
and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it's
fun to be able to deliver it.
When I left school I went on trip around the world - I only got as
far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a
girl. It's probably one of my big
regrets in life.
When I left school I went to Australia for a year and worked in the
drama department of a school in Perth.
When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock,
growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in
this unit full of black men.
When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to let me return
to Australia and at least see whether I could adapt myself to life
on the land before going up to Cambridge.
Whereas there's a wealth of galleries in Australia, everyone's got a
gallery in Australia or wants your work. Because the art scene is
smaller in Indonesia, there's not so
Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman, or
any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort
of thanks do we get for it?
With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and
ambition is to play for Australia. That's why they're playing first
class cricket. It's just a different
Yeah, I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the
government, allowed kangaroo culling.
You can be tops in Australia and be unheard of everywhere else.
A collection of huts
surrounded by a barbed wire fence, and in the huts lived 500 of the
original inhabitants of our area. And so it went with many country
All for Australia and the Empire.
Americans are the most generous country on the planet. I've worked
in Europe, I've worked in Australia. There is no where else where
you get absolutely no attitude for being a
foreigner. If you do your job well, they embrace you.
And also it was a process of, we lifted weights as well, in an
effort to train my body to then be able to lift heavier weights when
I got in Australia. So that was the first
couple of months.
And I liked pluralist Australia. I got a taste for pluralist
Australia. I like, I like Australians and I can't believe that they're
going to go to hell because they tell a
good dirty joke, you know.
And living in Australia I am relatively well off.
And the reason for that I think is that in Australia our films don't
get the exposure, so the process is foremost. But anyway, I love
being part of the team and hate being
stuck in a corner somewhere.
And then once in Australia, I really hit the weights hard.
And where I grew up in Australia, surfing was a part of culture.
Another time, we had three days off in Australia, so we went out of
our way to fly to Ayres Rock.
As we grew to love South Australia, we felt that we were in an
expanding society, still feeling the bond to the motherland, but
eager to develop a perfect society, in the land
of our adoption.
Catherine Helen Spence
At 15 I auditioned for 42nd Street in Australia. Dein Perry was in
that show. I actually got the job but I couldn't do it because I was
only 15. Legally I needed to have
another 15-year-old to cover consecutive nights.
At the end of my trial, I was rather hoping the judge would send me
to Australia for the rest of my life.
Australia and Canada were settled by adventurers, they had to break
new ground. I think that is indelibly etched on our cultural spirit.
Australia as a nation, as a set of cities and some regional centres,
that project died a death and we didn't get it up, but I still think
there's merit in that.
Australia has an increasingly multicultural society.
Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and unleashed in the
society the dogs of sectarianism, which had existed in other places
- in Glasgow, in Liverpool and of
course in Ireland, north and south.
Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever
wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.
Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.
Australia is already a world leader in dementia research, treatment
Australia is properly speaking an island, but it is so much larger
than every other island on the face of the globe, that it is classed
as a continent in order to convey to
the mind a just idea of its magnitude.
Australia is so cool that it's hard to even know where to start
describing it. The beaches are beautiful; so is the weather. Not too
crowded. Great food, great music, really
nice people. It must be a lot like Los Angeles was many years ago.
Australia is the most isolated continent.
Australia was great. I would advise anybody to go there. In fact, if
you couldn't live here, Australia would be the place to live. It's
the most Americanized country that I've
ever seen in the world.
Because in Australia there really isn't a lot to do. There aren't a
lot of opportunities.
But although Australia was also involved in the Vietnam conflict, I
can remember my dad telling us that if we were in Australia, we
wouldn't be drafted until we were 20.
But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia - sorry the
sectarianism to an extent stopped at the time you took your uniform
off after coming home from school.
On the same line of
reasoning, if Australians were to be Australians, or rather if
Australians were as separate from any other nation as Australia from
any other land, there
would be no jealousy between them on England's account.
Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia.
Part of my plan was not only to introduce all useful animals that I
possibly could into this part of Australia, but also the most
valuable plants of every description.
People forget that a huge proportion of our jobs still depend on
agricultural production in Australia so of course there are exports.
That's easily overlooked.
Probably my mother's life was prolonged beyond that of a long-lived
family by her coming to Australia in middle life; and if I ever had
any tendency to consumption, the
climate must have helped me.
Catherine Helen Spence
Residuals from Australia, from the Mission Magic show, saved my butt.
So there is a reason for everything.
She told fortunes for a living. It's a wacky book and was great fun
to write. It is very much a look at what life was like for women in
Australia in the 1960's.
Since I've been in Playboy myself in Australia, I love it, and I
think it's really empowering and positive towards women, which is
not a view that many women hold.
So far, and today, everything felt really great. Now I am good to
get on the plane and fly to Australia.
So nonetheless given the importance that was placed on sport in
Australia, I wanted to be part of that scene, particularly since I
had felt very strongly in my early schooling
being marginalised even in the Catholic school.
Some books claim I have already clocked up a century of Grands Prix,
but let me put the record straight. Australia will be my 100th
start, and I aim to mark the milestone with
a cracking performance. It could even be celebrated with a victory.
South Australia has transformed. There has been a range of changes
to our economy over the past 10 years in which we have genuinely set
ourselves up for the future. I think we
have to start behaving like that's real and project a quiet
confidence in the future of our state.
South Australia was the first community to give the secret ballot
for political elections.
Catherine Helen Spence
Tender Mercies is a very low-budget film, but it was a huge budget
compared to anything I had done in Australia. My fee for Tender
Mercies was something like five times all of
my Australian films combined.
Terrorists oppose nations such as the United States and Australia
not because of what we have done but because of who we are and
because of the values that we hold in common.
The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the very thought of
somebody like me might saying that they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
The markets where we've got real good presence are the older, more
mature markets like Australia, and Western Europe - where we've only
got 6,000 stores, compared to the US
The marshalling of those resources in order to obtain the maximum
war effort for Australia, and a maximum degree of help and
cooperation for Great Britain and the sister
Dominions, is the primary objective of the new Department.
Harold Edward Holt
The Menzies Government, by its participation in the plans for the
development of other nations, can see the virtue of planning for
them but apparently cannot see the virtue of
a plan for Australia.
Lionel K. Murphy
The Open Skies issue is something that's ongoing and we understand
that there are issues in Australia that need to be sorted out. It's
something that I think over time there's
an opportunity for us and we'll work on that in a progressive way.
The people of Australia would be staggered to learn that Australia
has no national development plan.
Lionel K. Murphy
The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure
Australia is prepared for population ageing, is to maintain a strong
economy, and a secure nation.
The wickets I have played on for my whole career, most of them have
been to suit fast bowlers in Australia.
Then Mission Impossible brought me to Australia and that was great
because I fell in love.
There are better alternatives... Australia should be exporting its
solar technology, not its uranium.
There has always been quite a strong black and white art tradition
in Australia, with quite a large contingent of cartoonists, given
the size of the population.
There's a lot of exaggerated talk about CAFTA, but it's actually a
fairly routine trade agreement. Although it involves fairly small
nations, they're still more important
trade partners than places like Australia or many other larger
This book that I just wrote is going to be coming out very soon to
Through the Young Men's Christian Association and principally in
Australia and North America, as well as in South America, I came
into contact with families of these
But in this case, he
had my cell phone and my phone was ringing and I had just come back
from Australia on the plane and I thought it was my mum and it was
Woody Allen just
checking to see if I wanted to be in his movie.
By March '87 we're down to seven thousand, by the end of the year
we're down to twelve hundred. The whole bottom just fell out of the
market. It was bad for me because I was
in Australia at the time.
Certainly the Australians were buried in Korea. But I think that
from Vietnam on, all the killed were brought home to America or to
Australia, in our case.
Did you know that Christmas Day is absolutely the best day to fly?
It is. No crowded airports and crowded planes. I always flew to
Australia. That's what Christmas was for me
- a plane journey to the next tournament.
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already
tomorrow in Australia.
Charles M. Schulz
Even before the discovery of copper South Australia had turned the
Catherine Helen Spence
Even if you go to Australia today, it's very much like visiting a
state you haven't been to.
Everyone knows how much Australia means to me. I try to get back
here as much as I can, but normally it's for work, so I'm in and out
and jetlagged and stressed.
Get Miramax to send me down to Australia. I'd like to see it.
God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and
thank Christ for Australia.
Here in Australia we do get impacted by global economic events. But
we should have some confidence that our economy has got strong
Hey bands, you're all welcome to fly me to some exotic location and
I'll record you there, Y'know that right? You don't have to come to
this God forsaken place. Hope I can
visit you all in Australia one of these days that would be hot! We'll
talk again soon.
I am busy touring all over Europe, Japan, and Australia.
I did well as an actor in Australia, and then Paramount invited me
over... to have a look at me.
I had a career for 25 years in Australia before I ever came to the
I had a place in England and was commuting from England to
Australia, which is pretty stupid, but after two years I sort of
knew what I wanted to do, more or less.
I had learned what wealth was, and a great deal about production and
exchange for myself in the early history of South Australia - of the
value of machinery, of roads and
bridges, and of ports for transport and export.
Catherine Helen Spence
I have this home in New York, I have a long-term relationship with
my boyfriend, who's from Australia, and I had this business that I
had maintain. Even though I wasn't
actively shooting, there's a lot of peripheral work.
I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a
point of going to Melbourne because it's almost my favorite city
there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I
shouldn't say that because I haven't been everywhere-and I'm very
fond of Perth too!
I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan,
California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the
earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and
life that connects one place with another.
I just think Australia tends to make very good movies, so if someone
hands me an Australian or an American film script I would guess the
Australian film would be more
I knew she was from Australia and I knew that is where she started
but I didn't know if she was still popular there. I hope people
understand we aren't making fun of Kylie.
I know it's more five-star now than it was then, but it's still a
difficult tour. In the same way as India and Pakistan players find
it difficult coming to Australia. People
sometimes have difficulty believing that.
I love Australia. My dream would be to have a place to live there
and be able to commute back and forth.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
I love having my birthday at Australia Zoo.
I loved Australia. I was very successful there.
I only get to spend about six to eight weeks in Australia now and I
really miss my family and friends.
I pastor a very large church in western Australia. We have about -
over 2,000 people, which we have a Bible school, community services,
a lot of things linked with it. So my
life's very full today. Not enough days in the week.
Margaret Smith Court
I race historic muscle cars back in Australia, and that's my hobby.
And I try to race home as soon as I've finished a movie but don't
I remember my brother Nash had just directed me in 'The Square,' and
I was sitting in Australia going: 'No one's called me about working
for ages. I don't know if I'm ever
going to get another job.'
I remember when we were in the World Cup in Australia and I had to
win the singles against Tony Payne, best of seven legs, to win it. I
was 2-0 down but ended up beating him
I suffer much less than many of my colleagues. I am perfectly able
to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival.
I suppose I was very disappointed that I was injured during training
for Korea. In fact, I had an argument with a grenade and it won, and
consequently I was forced to come
back to Australia for twelve months.
I thank all of those who weren't born in this country for coming
here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least
discriminatory country in the world, in my view.
I think England will win a Test. My concern is Australia will
probably win two.
I think we are going to see exciting cricket all the way. We are
watching the two best teams in the world-and I think England will
eventually go on to pip Australia by a
I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your
government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack
painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous
I want you to know what I have told Australia's Parliament in
Canberra - what I told General Petraeus in Kabul - what I told
President Obama in the Oval Office this week.
Australia will stand firm with our ally the United States.
I was fortunate enough to visit a lot of beautiful places around the
world. The most astonishing and memorable experiences were my trips
to Africa and Australia.
I went to England in the '70s, and I was in my early 20s. There was
still a residue of that era of being an underclass or colonial. I
assume it must have been a more
aggressive and prominent attitude 40 years before that, because
Australia internationally wasn't regarded as having much cultural
value. We were a country full of sheep and
I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed
up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if
the continent of Africa disappeared
from some Martian attack.
I'm a big goofball, you know. Don't tell anyone that, but I'm a big
goofball. In Australia we call it a dag.
I'm not a big fan of the gym, I do lots of outdoor aerobics - yoga,
swimming, running - but I kinda hate talking about it. We have a
term in Australia, it makes you sound like
I've been arguing this for months. This is not our war. This is not
a war we should be in. Australia's better spending its time
negotiating with North Korea.
I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been
working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or
16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had
legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music
is all about.
I've done my time in being broke in Indonesia. Eating Goat soup.
Australia's a developed country, you've got a lot of taxes, rents
are high and its quite difficult to survive
as an artist especially when you are just coming up.
If I'd been a housemaid I'd have been the best in Australia - I
couldn't help it. It's got to be perfection for me.
If politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia, they
should not continue to hold their seats in this parliament. They are
not truly representing all Australians,
and I call on the people to throw them out.
If we wait for the U.S. to do something, we will be waiting for a
very long time. It's Europe, it's Australia, it's the other
developed and middle developing countries that
have got to do the job.
If you got the DVD you can see that George Lucas has taken that
person out, as well as the voice, and we shot this scene when we
arrived in Australia during the actual filming
of Episode 3.
In 1958, we decided to go to Australia. We were there for six
months, and all the shows went well.
In 1975 Australia was producing things like Picnic at Hanging Rock,
in other words films that I would consider still some of the finest
products to come out of Australia. I
think that our quality now is less than it was then.
In a way Australia is like Catholicism. The company is sometimes
questionable and the landscape is grotesque. But you always come
Of all the important relationships that Australia has with other
countries, none has been more greatly transformed over the last 10
years than our relationship with China.
Of course we have Queen Elizabeth as head of state, but in many ways
we are a kind of republic. We don't have royals in Australia, so it
was kind of unusual to run into those
kind of people. But aside from that it was quite ordinary.
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson
Often there's a BA crew, because half the time we stay at the same
hotels, especially in Australia. I can remember spending quite a lot
of time with crews around the pool
there. They always make themselves known to us.
OSCAR WILDE QUOTATIONS
CARL WILLIAM BROWN