I have always had, as I know many people have, a singular passion for Australia. I do love the sunburnt country, its ancient landscapes, its exhilarating reaches of sand and sea.
There is job growth in renewables, there is job growth in energy efficiency and there is job growth in developing innovative industries and technologies to successfully meet the challenge of climate change.
Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.
You don't want to spend your life explaining yourself.
I haven't chosen to make an issue of faith.
The core strands of my involvement in public life are a belief in the need to strive wherever possible for equality of treatment and opportunity, to ensure all people have the means to a decent livelihood.
The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena.
What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises.
It is now well understood that humans ultimately depend on the health of the planet for their wellbeing.
Our senses convey that all is not well with the natural world.
In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows.
The challenge that climate change presents to us, both in Australia and around the world, won't be solved by ramping up the nuclear industry.
Climate change is also clearly a matter of huge interest and concern for the scientific community.
I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words.
It's absolutely not acceptable for people to argue that, if we are going to do anything about climate change at all, well, the responsibility lies solely with the individual.
Once you start to look into the guts of climate change you find that just about every scientific institution in the world is conducting research on the issue.
Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign.
There was never going to be a right time for a band that was still recording and had health in its environment, had made a very good record and was playing well.
The Capitol was an occasion where you arrive at a sign in the road that says you have arrived at a place you may not have expected to be, but you know how you got here: Next!
The forces that are in play on climate change essentially revolve around the generation of power, the transportation of goods and services and people, and the sorts of materials that we use to fuel the whole of our civilisation.
Well I'm not convinced that expanding uranium mining is in the best interests of the country and the best interests of its environment.
At an everyday level I would reckon myself more than fortunate.
And living in Australia I am relatively well off.
Life is very short; be willing to serve.
Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
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