I am an optimist.
I’m a very great non-violent character. I would never resort to violence to change anything.
There’s a presumption that somehow you calculate beforehand whether something is going to be good politically or not. I simply don’t.
Exxon, Coca-Cola, BHP Billiton and News Corporation have much more say in organising the global agenda than the planet’s 5 billion mature-age voters without a ballot box.
I will be Green until the day I die, if not for a long time after.
I’m worried about the traditional media, but I think the new media is a plus for democracy.
There are better alternatives… Australia should be exporting its solar technology, not its uranium.
I have never met a person in whom I did not see myself reflected.
I think I could have been quite difficult to fathom as a youngster, this kid who didn’t talk about himself very much.
Every time I get a bit worried about having made some second rate choices in life I go back and read about the Suffragettes or William Wilberforce, people who were ‘wrong’ in their own time, and think, ‘Ah well.’
We people of the Earth exist because our potential was there in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, as the universe exploded into being.
I’ve always thought, and it gets tested at times, that I have a great faith in the fundamental goodness of human beings.
The pursuit of eternity is no longer the prerogative of the gods – it is the business of us all, here and now.
In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world.
I have seen such an immense change from the total repression and criminality of homosexuality in my lifetime. It does make me much more buoyant and optimistic about the future. If that change can occur in that time there’s hope for many other changes.