Top 367 Australia Quotes

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“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.”

― Adam Garcia

“Although my father is English, I was brought up in Australia.”

― Adelaide Clemens

“When we moved to Australia in 2008, I decided to try to live off the writing.”

― Adrian McKinty

“I put a bushfire out. It was one of the most incredible things, terrifying. We get them a lot in Australia.”

― Alex O’Loughlin

“I don’t feel at home in New Orleans. I don’t feel at home in Austin or L.A. And I just felt immediately at home in northern Australia.”

― Amanda Palmer

“Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.”

― Andre Benjamin

“I was scouted working at the register at McDonald’s in Melbourne, Australia. I worked there as my first job, and a guy walked in and gave me his card. I was 16. I was skeptical, but I looked it up when I got home, and it was legitimate.”

― Andreja Pejic

“Tax can be structured in a way that actually encourages investment in infrastructure and encourages investment in Australia from overseas.”

― Andrew Forrest

“Australia has always encouraged the little bloke to have a go, the Aussie battler to get up.”

― Andrew Forrest

“I’d like to see the University of Western Australia and the other four or five universities in Western Australia really excel through having some of the greatest minds in the world attracted to it.”

― Andrew Forrest

“Wealthy people in Australia tend to give, and give very quietly.”

― Andrew Forrest

“There are people all over Australia who use their homes as hubs that they travel from, and they encourage their indigenous people to continue to stay there.”

― Andrew Forrest

“Disparity is Australia’s worst social problem. Thousands of lives are slowly being crushed, while billions are wasted on thousands of little initiatives trying to ‘close the gap.’”

― Andrew Forrest

“It’s always hot in Australia.”

― Angelique Kerber

“Australia is the place I know best.”

― Angus Young

“When we grew up, Australia was the land of opportunity; it really was.”

― Angus Young

“When we were younger and first starting out in Australia, we found that we sold more records by word of mouth because we were playing the bars, clubs, and small places and building a following. And as we got bigger, we still relied a lot on word of mouth.”

― Angus Young

“We just say things differently in Australia – like torch. I’d ask, ‘Can I have the torch?’ It seems to fall flat when I say, ‘Can I have the flashlight?’”

― Anna Torv

“I live by the sea in Australia and the weather of course is glorious all year round.”

― Anna Torv

“It was the corner sweet-shop in Australia that first piqued my interest in interior design. I went into this space with a mixture of apprehension and excitement as a child. It was filled, floor to ceiling, with the most incredible rounded glass bowls filled to the brim with bonbons, buttons, and sweets.”

― Anouska Hempel

“It is in the national interest to have the Flying Kangaroo. It’s in the interests of our tourism industry. It’s in the interests of jobs here in Australia.”

― Anthony Albanese

“Australia has an economic interest in ensuring our cities have 21st century urban rail transport to reduce traffic congestion.”

― Anthony Albanese

“I love Australia. I love the people there; they are fantastic. The business opportunities are endless.”

― Anthony Pratt

“I believe we have the potential to quadruple Australia’s food exports to Asia.”

― Anthony Pratt

“Australia is a resource-rich nation. We have been good at exploiting our minerals base and agricultural sector for exports.”

― Anthony Pratt

“Western Australia is covered by granite, the largest single piece of Achaean rock that still lies on the surface of the, of, of the Earth, that’s 2.5 to 2.9 billion years old. It’s one of the most ancient and intact bits of the Earth’s crust.”

― Antony Gormley

“I love Australia! I got a boot thrown at me there.”

― Art Alexakis

“I don’t think there’s been that many indigenous players in Australia.”

― Ashleigh Barty

“The support we get in Australia is phenomenal.”

― Ashleigh Barty

“I love all kinds of insects, and I’ve heard Australia has some really interesting bugs.”

― Aurora

“I thought I would come to Australia and learn to surf. Instead, I learned to walk.”

― Bari Weiss

“Leaving Australia was the hardest thing I have ever done.”

― Barry Gibb

“We had to leave Australia to become international stars.”

― Barry Gibb

“You can be tops in Australia and be unheard of everywhere else.”

― Barry Gibb

“I was born in 1951 in Kalgoorlie, a prosperous mining town 370 miles east of Perth, Western Australia. Kalgoorlie was a gold rush town which sprang up in the desert after the Irishman Paddy Hannan struck gold there in 1892.”

― Barry Marshall

“Australia, to the rest of the world, is just far away, and Australia in the Thirties was the faraway of the faraway.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“If Australia finds it has a strong Australian dollar, and it has higher unemployment, then it would have to respond, and that would either be by increasing domestic demand or by weakening its own currency.”

― Ben Bernanke

“I did ‘Quigley Down Under,’ which is quite deliberately placed in Australia, which is a Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo film from ’88, I want to say.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“Let me give you a little Mendelsohn 101: I came up in television in the early- to mid- 1980s in Australia.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“I actually built my own dining table back home in Australia. It’s a secret hobby of mine that I weirdly find transfixing.”

― Benedict Samuel

“The one thing that nobody else in the world can touch is the coffee in Australia.”

― Benji Madden

“As a bowler, you want to go and bowl in helpful conditions in South Africa, England, and Australia. But it is also important to bowl in the right areas, and they differ from bowler to bowler, depending on conditions and the opposition.”

― Bhuvneshwar Kumar

“The most impactful dollars that Australia can spend are actually what goes to help the poorest.”

― Bill Gates

“Australia’s economic future depends upon getting smarter. This means investing in the skills and knowledge of our workforce.”

― Bill Shorten

“I love having my birthday at Australia Zoo.”

― Bindi Irwin

“There are better alternatives… Australia should be exporting its solar technology, not its uranium.”

― Bob Brown

“Australia can no longer afford to go down the path of confrontation and fragmentation which has embittered and disfigured so many aspects of the national life.”

― Bob Hawke

“As an outsider, you don’t think of Australia as being old-fashioned – it’s only when you’ve been here for a period of time when you realise there are issues.”

― Boy George

“And then once in Australia, I really hit the weights hard.”

― Brandon Routh

“I found myself drawn to the remote Kimberley region of Australia – in the far Northwest corner of the country – our last frontier. I still can’t explain why. I kept coming back over many years and started shooting material.”

― Brendan Fletcher

“I found myself drawn to the remote Kimberley region of Australia – in the far Northwest corner of the country – our last frontier.”

― Brendan Fletcher

“In Australia, we cling on to whatever culture we have. We’re such a multicultural country.”

― Brenton Thwaites

“Australians have a free spirit and an ability to think outside the box, and that is why I like Australia so much.”

― Brian Schmidt

“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.”

― Bruce Beresford

“I’m sure that there are places in the deserts in Australia that could be similar to where we might want to go on Mars.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“There’s something about Australia that feels prehistoric.”

― Carrie Coon

“I know netball is the number one female sport in Australia, but hockey also offers a lot.”

― Casey Eastham

“Australia is a remarkable country with incredible technical and physical resources and a capacity to be a world leader in renewables.”

― Cate Blanchett

“There’s not a long, entrenched tradition of theatergoing in Australia.”

― Cate Blanchett

“There is so much talent in Australia.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I tend to use really basic creams, and I like to put an oil on, like an emu oil from Australia. It’s from the emu, and it’s really nourishing. I prefer an oil to a cream.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I’m from Australia, where the film industry is potent but small.”

― Cate Blanchett

“Even before the discovery of copper South Australia had turned the corner.”

― Catherine Helen Spence

“South Australia was the first community to give the secret ballot for political elections.”

― Catherine Helen Spence

“I’m an only child, and I’m very, very close with my parents, who actually live in Australia.”

― Catriona Gray

“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.”

― Charles Sturt

“If it wasn’t for my dad, I would never have known about pentathlon, because it’s not popular at all in Australia.”

― Chloe Esposito

“We were living in California, and it just wasn’t conducive for the lifestyle that we wanted with kids. Los Angeles is tricky to get around, there’s paparazzi to deal with, and I had this feeling that I just wanted to move back to Australia.”

― Chris Hemsworth

“Australia has a thing where apparently it’s fine for me to dress up as an Asian woman. No one has questioned that.”

― Chris Lilley

“I feel really qualified to write about Australia.”

― Chris Lilley

“In Australia, I’m built up as this comedy hero, which was never my intention.”

― Chris Lilley

“Well, I think women across Australia, particularly, are a bit fed up with this constant attack and belittling of women in politics, and particularly the role of a female as a prime minister.”

― Christine Milne

“My grandfather was like Australia’s Tom Jones.”

― Conrad Sewell

“I feel I am promoting the sport well in Australia with what I’m doing on an international level.”

― Daniel Ricciardo

“I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and I started doing acting classes when I was in eighth grade.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“When I was in Australia, I had three different agents in three different years, and I didn’t have one audition. They were good agents; I just never had one audition that was the right stuff.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“My mom is Italian, and her whole family still lives in Italy. My dad is Australian, and his family lives in Australia, so we were raised there.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state’s Jewish identity. The refugees’ place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution.”

― Danny Danon

“I love Australia; it’s such an outdoor life.”

― Darcey Bussell

“I suffer much less than many of my colleagues. I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival.”

― David Attenborough

“I had always been fascinated by the whole idea that Australia was this different ecology and that when rabbits and prickly pears and other things from Europe were introduced into Australia, they ran amok.”

― David Gerrold

“I spent seven years in clubs in England, Australia, etc. Not all comedians cross over to sell out in a theatre.”

― Deirdre O’Kane

“Victoria is proudly the multicultural capital of Australia; we have a diverse, harmonious community.”

― Denis Napthine

“Tony Abbott is the Prime Minister of Australia. Tony Abbott will be coming to Victoria on a regular basis.”

― Denis Napthine

“In Australia, there just weren’t strong roles for actors of colour. I was often being asked to turn up for commercials with a ghetto blaster on my shoulder. I thought, ‘Are we in the ’60s?’”

― DeObia Oparei

“I’m real connected with Australia, you heard? I gotta come up there, man.”

― Desiigner

“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.”

― Diane Cilento

“Since 1955, the U.K. has been part of an intelligence-sharing arrangement with the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Intelligence-sharing is, in itself, commonplace.”

― Dominic Grieve

“I have always been attracted to Australians and Australia.”

― Elizabeth Hurley

“At first, I was called a quack, a charlatan, and worse, year after year, in Australia, England and the United States, by men who simply refused to believe that a nurse from ‘the bush’ could devise a treatment which succeeded where they had failed.”

― Elizabeth Kenny

“Being from Australia, I’ve never even touched a gun. It’s so not a part of our culture.”

― Emily Browning

“I absolutely love working in Australia. Overseas is a lot tougher – it’s really hard to break into campaigns over there.”

― Emma Ishta

“I’ve been to Australia several times, and I just like the earthiness; it’s part of the culture. That’s a really good vibe to be around.”

― Erin Heatherton

“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 nations.”

― Ernest Istook

“Messi is the same player in Barcelona and Argentina, and it would be the same if he played with Australia.”

― Ernesto Valverde

“In 1958, we decided to go to Australia. We were there for six months, and all the shows went well.”

― Ernie Wise

“England was the first true colonial power to use its dominion over a large part of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North America, and many Caribbean islands, in the first half of the 20th century.”

― Fidel Castro

“We travel a lot from Australia and deliberately route ourselves through the U.A.E. because my whole family loves the place.”

― Fiona McIntosh

“Australia is so influenced by America. It’s kind of in-between the U.K. and the States.”

― Flume

“In Australia I was seen as somebody who did only very modern, contemporary stuff. Then as soon as I went overseas I did two period pieces so it was like, ‘When are you going to get out of the corsets?’ And I was thinking I just got into them!”

― Frances O’Connor

“All I was looking for is to be successful. I had the opportunity with Australia, with what it provided for me economically.”

― Frank Lowy

“I was in Australia for many years. And the system there is a two-party system and the government changes from time to time.”

― Frank Lowy

“I believe in a big Australia. I am an advocate for an ambitious immigration program.”

― Frank Lowy

“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.”

― Fritz Sauckel

“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 countries.”

― Fritz Sauckel

“Most of the available Indian films in Australia are Bollywood. I did not watch them. In my early days, I watched Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apu Trilogy,’ which was a beautiful take on social realism.”

― Garth Davis

“I studied writing at university, and I actually majored in screenwriting. Then I went to work as a bookseller and then as a sales rep and publicist and then various editorial jobs until I ended up with HarperCollins in Australia.”

― Garth Nix

“I want to be part of the team that wins a Test series in England and Australia.”

― Gautam Gambhir

“I’ve flown halfway around the world to kiss a girl. I jumped on a plane and flew to Australia.”

― Geoff Stults

“I think England will win a Test. My concern is Australia will probably win two.”

― Geoffrey Boycott

“I don’t like the ocean. I’m not a natural swimmer, even though I come from Australia. That’ a terrible thing to say.”

― Geoffrey Rush

“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.”

― George Grey

“I love to fish offshore for billfish, and have fished all over for them from the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico to the Texas gulf. I haven’t made it to Australia yet, but someday I’m going.”

― George Strait

“I may not have trekked through the galaxies in reality. But I have trekked all over this planet: Australia, Asia, Latin America, Europe.”

― George Takei

“I’ve given away tens of millions of dollars over the years – probably to almost every charity in Australia.”

― Gerry Harvey

“The cost to do business in Australia is higher, and the lack of scale is a part of that – Australia is a very small market compared to the U.S.”

― Gerry Harvey

“If a company in Australia has to pay tax and the other one doesn’t, of course it’s a disadvantage.”

― Gerry Harvey

“I really want to go to Greece. I want to go to Australia.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“Australia has produced amazing costume designers that are unheralded.”

― Gillian Armstrong

“Australia is much more liberal in accepting de facto relationships than the U.S.”

― Gillian Armstrong

“I took part in two ‘Leverage’ conventions. Fans fly in from as far as Russia and Australia. It’s expensive to attend.”

― Gina Bellman

“The land and agricultural industry is the backbone of Australia, and we need to foster the industry that provides our country with so much.”

― Gina Rinehart

“The millionaires and billionaires who chose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young. This secret needs to be spread widely.”

― Gina Rinehart

“If a special economic zone worked as I do believe it would in the North, then hopefully we could extend it further south. It could certainly have benefits for an even wider area of Australia.”

― Gina Rinehart

“I opposed bad policies like any responsible citizen and business can. The carbon tax and the mining tax were both bad policies that, combined, worked to make Australia more over-regulated and less cost competitive.”

― Gina Rinehart

“The Territory has more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas: potentially enough gas to power Australia for more than 200 years.”

― Gina Rinehart

“I was eight when we came to Australia. It was five amazing weeks onboard this ship – it was the Northern Star.”

― Graeme Base

“The English probably do that wordplay kind of humour and whimsy better than anyone, and I’ve always felt that my writing goes more to that than what I did when I came to Australia.”

― Graeme Base

“Well, there have been periods in the past when prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand were at each others’ throats publicly and frequently. That’s not productive at all.”

― Helen Clark

“Well, we don’t think for a moment that either the U.S. or Australia are out to damage the New Zealand economy, but if there were a sustained period in which they had a free-trade agreement and New Zealand didn’t have that same arrangement with the States, that could be both trade- and investment-distorting.”

― Helen Clark

“I used to feel an obligation to invent things. I felt I was a failure because I didn’t do massive great novels about Australia or the outback or something. I just don’t feel that any more.”

― Helen Garner

“I had a career for 25 years in Australia before I ever came to the United States.”

― Helen Reddy

“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.”

― Henry Lawson

“Contemporary bands often will do tour-only releases pressed and sold only in Australia. Crikey!”

― Henry Rollins

“’Legality’ is a mad phrase to use when it comes to the founding of nations. Australia was founded on illegality. For the Americans to go in and dispossess the American Indians was illegal.”

― Howard Jacobson

“I love food, all types of food. I love Korean food, Japanese, Italian, French. In Australia, we don’t have a distinctive Australian food, so we have food from everywhere all around the world. We’re very multicultural, so we grew up with lots of different types of food.”

― Hugh Jackman

“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.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I got hooked on espresso when I visited Italy at 18, but these days I prefer a ‘flat white.’ It’s like a small latte with less milk – they’re popular in Australia.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I’m so used to Australian films not getting a release outside Australia.”

― Hugo Weaving

“We don’t really watch basketball in Australia.”

― Iggy Azalea

“In the past, when we toured countries like Australia or South Africa, we struggled, but we also got to learn a lot, and we learnt to cope with pressure.”

― Inzamam-ul-Haq

“It’s always special playing in Australia and New Zealand.”

― Inzamam-ul-Haq

“I wrote my first full book when I was fourteen, and that was ‘Obernewtyn.’ It was also the first book I had published. It was accepted by the first publisher I sent it to, and it was short listed for Children’s Book of the Year in the older readers category in Australia.”

― Isobelle Carmody

“Sexism is alive and well! We were saying this forty years ago. I’m an optimist, so I like to think we’ve progressed in some ways – in Australia, we get equal pay.”

― Jacki Weaver

“I do have friends in Australia who now refer to me as ‘Hollywood Jack.’”

― Jacki Weaver

“My brothers live in Australia and don’t really know about Bollywood.”

― Jacqueline Fernandez

“I’ve been to India, Jordan, South Africa, Namibia, Senegal, Australia, Madagascar, Oman, The States, and a lot of countries in Europe, just to visit… I wanted to make music to connect all of these influences, and make a multicultural music with these experiences.”

― Jain

“I remember my first meeting with Alastair Cook clearly. The entire Lancashire side, some of them pretty mild-mannered, really laid into him. He’d just scored a double-hundred for Essex against Australia in a warm-up match before the 2005 Ashes. For some reason, we all assumed he must be really arrogant.”

― James Anderson

“I would like a better record here in Australia but I would like a better record in every country.”

― James Anderson

“When I left school I went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth.”

― James D’arcy

“With Outlook bikers in Australia, if you’ve got a little emblazoned thing that’s got ‘one percent’ on it, that means you’re one percent of the population and a dangerous criminal. If it’s ’99,’ it means you’re kind of a nice recreational biker. If it’s ‘zero percenter,’ it just shows you’re a total deadbeat.”

― James Frecheville

“Per capita, I would say that Australia has more biomimetic projects going than many other countries I’ve been to.”

― Janine Benyus

“Australia is the most isolated continent.”

― Jared Diamond

“There are no real guidelines or maps in Australia as to how to write a show, whereas in Hollywood it’s where the TV industry is created and there’s a lot of work that goes into development.”

― Jason Gann

“Coming from New Zealand and Australia is like a tough pre-school for Hollywood. And having been on ‘Neighbours,’ even though the agents I met with hadn’t seen it, they knew it’s where Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce had come from. It was a foot in the door.”

― Jay Ryan

“I was in hospital between the Grand Prix in Australia and Malaysia because of a lack of water and a little bit of lack of everything. I was very weak.”

― Jean-Eric Vergne

“The floods and fires and storms and droughts that Australia has suffered in the last few years have left no doubt in many Australians’ minds about just how much is a stake in a super-heated world.”

― Jeff Goodell

“What is likely to vanish – or be transformed beyond recognition – are many of the things we think of when we think of Australia: the barrier reef, the koalas, the sense of the country as a land of almost limitless natural resources.”

― Jeff Goodell

“Australia has suffered a decade of drought, epic floods, a Category 5 cyclone, and a plague of locusts. But just because Aussies have the biggest carbon footprint in the world, it doesn’t mean they’re stupid.”

― Jeff Goodell

“I love Australia, and I especially love those rugby players.”

― Jennifer Coolidge

“Australia’s beautiful, but I’m not too into Australian culture.”

― Jens Lekman

“I’m definitely Australian and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been formed as an athlete in Australia.”

― Jessica Fox

“We have incredible record labels in Australia, but sometimes they have a preconceived idea of how to do things.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“I love coming to Australia. It’s one of my favourite places.”

― Jillionaire

“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 with 13,000.”

― Jim Cantalupo

“When I came to Australia, it was like heaven.”

― Jimmy Barnes

“WWE is a global juggernaut; it is the pinnacle. It is a global entity. You have superstars from Australia, China, Japan.”

― Jinder Mahal

“When you play a gig in Poland or Australia, or you play a gig in Toledo, they all clap at the same parts of the show. They’re clapping for the solos in the exact same way.”

― Joe Bonamassa

“Australia is breathtakingly beautiful, and I can’t wait to visit again.”

― Joe Nichols

“I did five movies in Australia, I did three films in Germany, this is the fourth film I’ve done here in the UK, I’ve done a bunch of films in Canada.”

― Joel Silver

“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.”

― John Anderson

“I love the fans here in Australia.”

― John Daly

“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.”

― John Hewson

“Australia will always be closer to the U.S. than she is to China because our values and political traditions are much closer.”

― John Howard

“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.”

― John Howard

“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.”

― John Howard

“I didn’t know the books and certainly didn’t know the tragic origin story of Mary Poppins in 1906 Australia.”

― John Lee Hancock

“Australia turns out to be a sensational place, albeit one of the most comfortably racist places I’ve ever been in. They’ve really settled into their intolerance like an old resentful slipper.”

― John Oliver

“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.”

― Jon Crosby

“You can learn a lot when you play in a little town in Holland or Western Australia, and you learn different things than you would learn playing a big city.”

― Jonathan Richman

“I love working in Australia. I’m happiest when I get to do it.”

― Josh Lawson

“While Melbourne and Sydney fight about who wears Australia’s cultural crown, Canberra just gets on with it.”

― Judy Horacek

“Here in Australia we do get impacted by global economic events. But we should have some confidence that our economy has got strong underlying fundamentals.”

― Julia Gillard

“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.”

― Julie Bishop

“Australia has an increasingly multicultural society.”

― Julie Bishop

“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.”

― Julie Bishop

“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.”

― Julie Bishop

“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.”

― Julie Bishop

“You need to be mentally and physically very strong to go and perform in Australia.”

― K. L. Rahul

“Playing Australia, of course, is always challenging.”

― K. L. Rahul

“There are a lot of places that I know extremely well. Like, if I were to visit Sydney, Australia, I’d feel very comfortable there. I’m very comfortable in many, many cities.”

― Kaki King

“I only get to spend about six to eight weeks in Australia now and I really miss my family and friends.”

― Karrie Webb

“The Nauru files lifts the secrecy surrounding Australia’s hidden detention regime for asylum seekers through vivid reporting and the words of the guards and officials on the island themselves.”

― Katharine Viner

“People often expect that I should know a lot of things because I’m black. I don’t really explain it to people, but it’s like, I’m from Australia, my Mum’s Aussie, and I grew up with five other Aussie brothers and sisters.”

― Keiynan Lonsdale

“We moved to Australia for two years though and that was a little bit tough trying to fit in.”

― Kelly Preston

“I think I had about a month off when I broke my rib in Australia, which was magnificent.”

― Kevin Pietersen

“As nations we should also commit afresh to righting past wrongs. In Australia we began this recently with the first Australians – the oldest continuing culture in human history. On behalf of the Australian Parliament, this year I offered an apology to indigenous Australians for the wrongs they had suffered in the past.”

― Kevin Rudd

“We have a prime minister, I’m the foreign minister, I’m trying to get on with the job of doing Australia’s foreign policy.”

― Kevin Rudd

“If Australia wants an effective United Nations, we have to be comprehensively, not marginally, engaged.”

― Kevin Rudd

“It is a high honour to be elected Prime Minister of Australia.”

― Kevin Rudd

“The Australia to 2050 report highlights something that is well understood by South Australians, that infrastructure plays a key role in long-term economic expansion.”

― Kevin Rudd

“To be a member of the Labor Party is to be an optimist – optimistic about the future of Australia, optimistic about the ability of government to make a difference.”

― Kevin Rudd

“My friends in Australia, they grew up with me acting, so they’re used to it.”

― Kodi Smit-McPhee

“The Raves of Thrones parties started in Australia and has since spread all over the world. However, no one does it like the Aussies.”

― Kristian Nairn

“Australia is a wild place.”

― Kurt Vile

“When it applies to the Olympics and making a decision, I have to claim Australia as my country.”

― Kyrie Irving

“So far, my trip in Australia has been absolutely lovely – wonderful country, wonderful people… And then there’s Melbourne.”

― Lauren Southern

“I think, in Australia, the no-go areas wouldn’t be as bad as in Europe because they’ve got less mass immigration, but I’ve heard some pretty bizarre stories about riots, attacks.”

― Lauren Southern

“If you asked someone who was a Maori about how they felt about how they were treated in Australia or New Zealand, you’ll get an answer. They’ll have something to tell you. And you might not like what you hear.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“I’d really like to go Sydney. I’ve been to Australia a few times, but I have never been there.”

― Lennie James

“How comedic are squirrels? We don’t have squirrels in Australia. The first time I saw a squirrel was at a meeting at Disney.”

― Liam Hemsworth

“Southern people remind me a lot of Australia.”

― Liam Hemsworth

“One of the nicest things about receiving the accolade of Australia is that, previously, the knighthood was historically for what was termed ‘the establishment.’ Now, this is an accolade for somebody who comes from a working-class background. Someone whose father was a truck driver and decided to buy a truck.”

― Lindsay Fox

“The people of Australia would be staggered to learn that Australia has no national development plan.”

― Lionel Murphy

“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 Murphy

“I don’t look to celebrities for style anymore because I’ve learned the chain of command. They are being dressed by a stylist who’s getting inspiration from a 16-year-old kid running the streets of Melbourne, Australia. Once I learned that chain of command, I just started taking it to the streets.”

― Lizzo

“When I was a kid in Adelaide, I dreamed of becoming No. 1 in the world, winning a grand slam and the Davis Cup for Australia.”

― Lleyton Hewitt

“I would love to make a film in the outback or in Papua New Guinea, in Port Moresby. I know that it’s not in Australia, but it’s not too far.”

― Louis Theroux

“We have a big fan base in Australia, but none of us have been before.”

― Lukas Forchhammer

“I really miss Australia. I miss eating fish n’ chips, oh my God, and Australian pies and the wonderful corner shops.”

― Luke Hemsworth

“There’s a level of ease that comes with working in Australia that can be missed working in other places.”

― Luke Hemsworth

“Australia is not a safe place.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“I do not believe we can effectively move Australia to a lower emission economy, which is what we need to do if we’re going to make a contribution to a global reduction in greenhouse gases, without putting a price on carbon.”

― Malcolm Turnbull

“Anyone who thinks it’s smart to cut immigration is sentencing Australia to poverty.”

― Malcolm Turnbull

“But who knows, some years from now if there’s a global emissions trading scheme agreement, as many have hoped for, then I’m sure Australia would be part of it.”

― Malcolm Turnbull

“I was a breakdancer as a kid. I was on one of the top break dancing teams in Australia.”

― Manu Bennett

“In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.”

― Marc Newson

“And where I grew up in Australia, surfing was a part of culture.”

― Marc Newson

“Aborigines are not just the oldest race in Australia; they are the oldest race on the planet. They look like dinosaurs.”

― Marina Abramovic

“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, Crown Princess of Denmark

“It’s an individual waste and it’s an economic waste for Australia not to recognise dyslexia.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“There was a band in Australia named Midnight Oil, and they were a very, very political, and they literally hit you over the head with a hammer. U2 sometimes can hit you over the head with a rubber hammer.”

― Meat Loaf

“Do liberals think nations such as Canada, Japan, Britain and Australia are pursuing ‘racist’ immigration policies? All have had merit-based immigration systems in place for decades.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“One of the reasons why Australia and Canada have support for migration is because they control the numbers.”

― Michael Gove

“I’ve been to Australia once before, and we went to Auckland, New Zealand. We were there for a few days. It was absolutely beautiful, so I’m very excited to go back there.”

― Michelle McCool

“We can go to Australia and play to 30-to-40,000. We can do that in certain places in the States, but not everywhere.”

― Mike McCready

“In 1969, we emigrated to Australia. It was a big change. The heat, the flies, and the completely different tinned meats. The shock was so great, I stopped reading books for nearly a year.”

― Morris Gleitzman

“Anything to do with any new form of tax, like consumption tax in Japan, carbon tax in Australia, these are big issues that cannot be easily decided.”

― Najib Razak

“I actually have a fear of the water because I nearly drowned. I got caught in a rip tide, and I wasn’t a good swimmer because that was when I was emigrating from England to Australia.”

― Naomi Watts

“When I was about 14, my family emigrated from England to Australia, and we decided to stop in Bali on the way through.”

― Naomi Watts

“When I was 23, I moved to Australia to be with this 43-year-old con artist I fell in love with.”

― Natasha Leggero

“It makes me sick to my stomach what Australia Day has become.”

― Nathan Phillips

“It’s always a pleasure on a personal note for me to come back to Australia.”

― Nick Cave

“Most people travel outside of Australia. They don’t realise what we’ve got.”

― Nick Cummins

“Every man’s got to find themselves, and I found myself in bloody Western Australia, of all places – there was as far away as I could.”

― Nick Cummins

“Notoriously, in 1975, Murdoch abused his position as a newspaper owner to support a plot that ousted the democratically elected prime minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, who had dared to wander away from the mogul’s path.”

― Nick Davies

“Julian Assange is self-consciously an individual. He thinks in his own way, primarily as a physicist, having studied pure maths and physics at university in Australia where he grew up.”

― Nick Davies

“My maternal grandmother was the longest-lived of my grandparents. She migrated to Australia in her 80s and lived into her 90s. It was great that she got to be part of my adult life.”

― Nick Earls

“I think at times I get treated a bit unfairly, but then so do other athletes in Australia, and I feel like things can change.”

― Nick Kyrgios

“I truly love Australia; I miss Aussie kids and their attitude!”

― Nicole Trunfio

“I’d love to come to Australia. I’d love to walk about the Sydney Opera House.”

― Nik Wallenda

“After going to Australia, it’s hard to go anywhere after that. I want to move there. I’m obsessed with it.”

― Nina Dobrev

“Italy is definitely where I feel most at home, or alternatively, living in total wilderness, in the bush in Australia.”

― Noah Taylor

“There’s a rumor going around that I’m Miss Goody-two-shoes from Australia. Well, that’s a laugh. I’m really Miss Goody-two-shoes from England!”

― Olivia Newton-John

“Once, in Australia, I ate 33 pancakes in 20 minutes, and I only did it because they said a girl could never enter the competition.”

― Olivia Wilde

“I have spent a lot of time out in Australia, and so I have a good little fan base out there.”

― Passenger

“Even if you go to Australia today, it’s very much like visiting a state you haven’t been to.”

― Pat Oliphant

“It’s got more cosmopolitan, and it’s lost its uniqueness, but Australia is still a great place.”

― Paul Hogan

“I think Australia has to be a country which has the ‘Welcome’ sign out.”

― Paul Keating

“Didgeridoo was something I picked up while I was on tour in Australia with Peter Gabriel in ’93. I found out later that it’s only meant to be played by men.”

― Paula Cole

“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.”

― Pauline Hanson

“The two things that I miss most when living out of Australia are the bush and the Pacific coast, especially fishing in the surf at night!”

― Peter C. Doherty

“Australia is my lens. I cannot see the world any other way.”

― Peter Carey

“In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents.”

― Peter Garrett

“And living in Australia I am relatively well off.”

― Peter Garrett

“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.”

― Peter Scott

“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.”

― Peter Scott

“I suppose most crime writing is urban. There’s not a lot… certainly not in Australia, people don’t often set books in the countryside.”

― Peter Temple

“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 towns around Australia.”

― Phillip Noyce

“In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.”

― Phyllis McGinley

“The best sheep breeders are in Australia and New Zealand.”

― Pier Luigi Loro Piana

“I don’t want to think much about my injury in Australia. That phase is history.”

― Prithvi Shaw

“It was my wish to play in the challenging conditions in Australia. I love the bounce there.”

― Prithvi Shaw

“Australia is on my to-do list – I have never been, and everyone says how wonderful it is.”

― Rachel Shenton

“There’s very little bohemia in Australia and it’s one of the things I miss most about not living in Europe.”

― Rachel Ward

“Because in Australia there really isn’t a lot to do. There aren’t a lot of opportunities.”

― Radha Mitchell

“I come from the rougher side of Sydney. I don’t know whether you can compare them to the projects, but in Australia, it definitely is the rougher side.”

― Rebel Wilson

“In Australia, I wrote lots of little plays and put them on, and then I worked on a few different TV shows, like the Australian equivalent of ‘SNL.’ I would write and perform all of my characters.”

― Rebel Wilson

“I wrote my own play, ‘The Westie Monologues,’ about where I’m from in Australia, and it was very successful. From that, I started getting offers from television.”

― Rebel Wilson

“I’m delighted to have been accepted into the U.S.A. with my fishing program after its success in Australia and throughout the U.K., Europe, and Asia.”

― Rex Hunt

“’The Bradshaws’ is the appropriately inappropriate English title given to an enigma – some hundreds of thousands of mysterious rock art paintings scattered through the wilds of the Kimberley, an area larger than Germany in the remote, scarcely populated northwest of Australia.”

― Richard Flanagan

“It may be that the carbon tax is the final chapter in the strange death of Labor Australia.”

― Richard Flanagan

“For much of the latter part of the 20th century, Australia seemed to be opening up to something large and good. It believed itself a generous country, the land of the ‘fair go.’”

― Richard Flanagan

“Under Howard, federal government support for black Australia slowly dried up. Services were slashed, native title restricted.”

― Richard Flanagan

“In Australia, the Man Booker is sometimes seen as something of a chicken raffle.”

― Richard Flanagan

“Turkey, Australia, and Japan are three of my top destinations.”

― Rick Riordan

“Residuals from Australia, from the Mission Magic show, saved my butt. So there is a reason for everything.”

― Rick Springfield

“I went to America and got into a band, had success, had hits in Australia.”

― Rick Springfield

“Australia is so entrenched in rock n’roll and bands, and that’s just the way Australia is.”

― Ricki-Lee Coulter

“Mmm, well that whole thing about having to look tough has never left Australia.”

― Robert Forster

“When America stopped importing from China, China stopped importing from the rest of the world. This affects Asian countries as well as Australia, Brazil, and other suppliers of raw materials.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“I’ve played the leads in two British TV series. I’ve done a bunch of mini-series. Everybody in Australia is a bit in awe of BBC. I’ve worked for there, and that was a great experience.”

― Robert Taylor

“Australia is the same size as the U.S., but it’s much smaller in terms of population. I’ve been working in the States off and on since the ’80s, and the first time I played a lead here was in ’91, I think.”

― Robert Taylor

“With my experience with Metallica, I’ve already surfed Portugal, Morocco, and all over Australia with Kirk.”

― Robert Trujillo

“Everyone thinks Australia and New Zealand MMA fighters don’t have that wrestling base, whereas a lot of Americans and other countries have, with them being able to do wrestling at high-school levels.”

― Robert Whittaker

“I was born in New Zealand, and I was raised in Australia, and I’m very proud of that.”

― Robert Whittaker

“I didn’t actually have a prom. In Australia, we call them ‘socials,’ which is hilarious. I did always find them pretty awkward, because I went to an all-girls school.”

― Robin McLeavy

“Camels are still trained in Alice Springs for tourist jaunts and for occasional sale to Australia’s zoos.”

― Robyn Davidson

“I did well as an actor in Australia, and then Paramount invited me over… to have a look at me.”

― Rod Taylor

“This book that I just wrote is going to be coming out very soon to Australia.”

― Ronald Biggs

“Australia is my favorite place to visit. The fans are great, and the sport of bodybuilding is huge.”

― Ronnie Coleman

“I got heckled off stage in Western Australia at a music festival once.”

― Ronny Chieng

“Thankfully, Australia has emerged from its inauspicious colonial beginnings to become a proud nation, a nation that overcame those primeval prejudices.”

― Rupert Murdoch

“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.”

― Russell Crowe

“I’ve been voted one of Australia’s 50 national treasures. I’ve even had my face on an Australian stamp – the only non-Australian to do so, apart from the Queen, of course.”

― Russell Crowe

“I don’t really take vacations because when I’m working, it’s usually in a far-flung, exotic place somewhere. But I have a farm in Australia I like to go back to when I’m at home and not working.”

― Russell Crowe

“For sheer majestic geography and sublime scale, nothing beats Alaska and the Yukon. For culture, Japan. And for all-around affection, Australia.”

― Sam Abell

“My mum has lived in Australia for 22 years now, and we have a rocky relationship. But at the same time it’s one I want to maintain. I need her to be my mum. The relationship took a lot of rebuilding.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“I auditioned for ‘Avatar’ in Australia. It was a ‘blind’ audition. I didn’t know what the movie was about and whom it was for.”

― Sam Worthington

“I went back to Australia to do a show called ‘The Beautiful Lie,’ which is a retelling of ‘Anna Karenina’ in a six-part mini-series – a modern, contemporary version.”

― Sarah Snook

“Australia’s migrant communities have built the country. It has been one of the key pillars of Australia’s prosperity over generations.”

― Scott Morrison

“Operation Sovereign Borders has been one of Australia’s greatest national security policy successes.”

― Scott Morrison

“All economies are structured differently – the tax systems, the regulatory systems, the federal systems – and that is as true of Australia and the United States as it is of Australia and Germany and the U.K.”

― Scott Morrison

“The wickets I have played on for my whole career, most of them have been to suit fast bowlers in Australia.”

― Shane Warne

“I actually started out as a writer and then converted to illustration because I realised that there was a dearth of good illustrators in genre fiction, at least in Australia at that time.”

― Shaun Tan

“I still remember when I debuted for India in One-dayers and got out on zero against Australia only.”

― Shikhar Dhawan

“Japan and Australia share the universal values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights.”

― Shinzo Abe

“We should all live in central or southwest Queensland in Australia, which is geologically stable. Or Kansas or Nebraska, because it’s relatively geologically stable. I am sure there is no emergency plan for Topeka.”

― Simon Winchester

“I was actually born in Belgium and lived there until I was 11, then moved to Australia for a year, then moved to New Zealand, so I only lived there from when I was 12 to 18.”

― Stella Maxwell

“I wanted the collection for Target to reinterpret all the must-haves of Stella McCartney for winter and to make my designs more accessible to a wider audience in Australia.”

― Stella McCartney

“Canada, Australia and New Zealand have apologised for their treatment of native peoples.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Yeah, I think it’s an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling.”

― Steve Irwin

“I don’t pay attention to Australia, mate.”

― Steven Adams

“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.”

― Susan Oliver

“Coming from Australia and playing rugby, you just think that soccer is a bit soft, but I’ll tell you what – it’s not. It’s rough as guts. It’s great.”

― Tanc Sade

“Ironically, I find it harder to get a foothold in Australia than I do in the U.S. When I was in Australia, I struggled. It can be a bit of a closed shop; it can be hard for a newcomer to break in, whereas in the U.S., it has much more of an open-door policy, and they will give anyone a shot.”

― Tanc Sade

“I definitely love Australia. I’ve been to Sydney and Melbourne a couple of times, and I love those places.”

― Taylor Lautner

“When I went to Australia, I went shark diving. It was crazy. It was called ‘extreme’ shark diving because even though we were in cages, we literally could touch the sharks swimming by. They were huge and I’m terrified of sharks. Then I went to a wildlife park and held kangaroos. That was nice.”

― Taylor Lautner

“Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia.”

― Ted Dexter

“I am still very fond of Australia, but my life is now in Los Angeles.”

― Terence Tao

“I try to get back to Australia as much as possible.”

― Teresa Palmer

“For me, it was two years before I fed a big croc when I came to Australia.”

― Terri Irwin

“Australia and New Zealand have traditionally shared very close links, yet there are things that set us apart and make us unique – Australia’s wildlife experience being one of them.”

― Terri Irwin

“It doesn’t take much to get a high profile in Australia.”

― Terry Hayes

“I got to travel to Australia and I got to main event at Korakuen Hall.”

― Tessa Blanchard

“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.”

― Thomas Keneally

“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.”

― Thomas Keneally

“Way of life in Australia focuses more on the outdoors.”

― Thomas Muster

“Although we had been led to believe our mission was suicidal, Russia’s intrigue was irresistible. Almost twice the size of Australia, it spans 11 time zones from the Baltic to the Pacific.”

― Tim Cope

“I lived at home while attending the University of Western Australia in Perth, while doing a gap year and – partly – while attending the Academy of Performing Arts on the other side of town.”

― Tim Minchin

“My granddad had a 1,500-acre hobby farm that he had built up from scratch in Western Australia, so my siblings and I spent our childhoods going there a lot.”

― Tim Minchin

“I was rejected by every agent in Australia when I was starting out. No one would represent me, because I didn’t fit into a particular box, and I wasn’t a trained musician or performer, but history has perhaps proven that perhaps I have something to give.”

― Tim Minchin

“They knew who I was in Australia in 2006, but not to a great extent. Now, with the momentum of a second World Cup, it has gone crazy.”

― Timothy F. Cahill

“I was in Australia in 1983 and did a stunt in a lion’s cage.”

― Tiny Tim

“I loved Australia. I was very successful there.”

― Todd Barry

“I love London. I love the U.K., but if I was going to live anywhere else on Earth, it would be Australia.”

― Tom Parker Bowles

“I was fortunate enough to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Australia.”

― Tommy Lasorda

“I guess in Australia every film is sort of an indie film because there are no studios.”

― Toni Collette

“Once people come to Australia, they join the team.”

― Tony Abbott

“My commitment to the forgotten families of Australia is to ease your cost of living pressure.”

― Tony Abbott

“Most of the people who are coming to Australia by boat have passed through several countries on the way, and if they simply wanted asylum they could have claimed that in any of the countries through which they’d passed.”

― Tony Abbott

“If I was in a refugee camp somewhere on the Pakistani border, of course I’d want to come to Australia.”

― Tony Abbott

“I am in favour of the notion of Australia as an immigrant society.”

― Tony Abbott

“I don’t have a place anywhere but Australia; I just don’t spend much time there.”

― Travis Fimmel

“Australia is one of my favorite places to play – it’s a crazy experience.”

― Trombone Shorty

“If I can just play, it doesn’t matter where we are… Japan, Australia, or here in the neighborhood.”

― Trombone Shorty

“I went to Australia and did a three day hike with my fiance through the wilderness, which was nice.”

― Victoria Pendleton

“Get Miramax to send me down to Australia. I’d like to see it.”

― Walter Hill

“Native people – about two-thirds of the uranium in the United States is on indigenous lands. On a worldwide scale, about 70 percent of the uranium is either in Aboriginal lands in Australia or up in the Subarctic of Canada, where native people are still fighting uranium mining.”

― Winona LaDuke

“In Australia, getting an audition can be a rarity. There just aren’t as many opportunities.”

― Xavier Samuel

“My working history as an actor is definitely in the theatre; it certainly was in Australia.”

― Yael Stone

“In Australia, kids play in American accents.”

― Yael Stone

“Australia has a very big history of incarceration. What does that mean to us? What does it mean that we came over to a country that’s not necessarily ours and filled it with white prisoners?”

― Yael Stone

“When the first humans reached Australia about 45,000 years ago, they quickly drove to extinction 90% of its large animals. This was the first significant impact that Homo sapiens had on the planet’s ecosystem. It was not the last.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“That’s one of the things I miss most about Australia – the countryside.”

― Yvonne Strahovski

“A lot of my friends are in Australia, and it’s definitely nice to get back there.”

― Yvonne Strahovski

“Growing up in Australia, space exploration wasn’t something I was too aware of.”

― Yvonne Strahovski
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