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Costello’s Future Directions

The Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, has sparked an intriguing debate with a speech in Melbourne this week in which he called for a return to the “spirit of the volunteer”.

Peter Costello, Federal TreasurerDelivering the inaugural Sir Henry Bolte lecture in tribute to the former Liberal Premier of Victoria between 1955-72, Costello outlined traditional elements of Liberal Party thinking, derided faith in the capacity of government to “solve any kind of problem”, and called for people to undertake more voluntary work in the community.

Costello spoke of the globalised Australian economy and economic progress since the middle of the last century: “Our living standards are higher than they have ever been, our standard of housing, our cars, our domestic appliances, our health services are better than they have been in previous decades, and our economic abundance has increased.” [Read more…]


The Spirit Of The Volunteer: Speech By Peter Costello

This is the full text of the Inaugural Sir Henry Bolte Lecture given by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, on August 15, 2001, at the Caulfield Racecourse.>

Text of Henry Bolte Lecture by Treasurer Peter Costello.

Peter Costello, Federal TreasurerMr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a singular privilege to be invited to deliver the first Sir Henry Bolte Lecture in honour of the greatest and most successful Premier in Victorian political history: six election victories and an unbroken run as Premier of this State exceeding 17 years. With a record like that, it is fitting to hold an annual lecture to perpetuate the memory and extraordinary deeds of a great Victorian and a great Australian. I congratulate those involved in the formation of the Bolte Lecture Trust and we are honoured to have present with us tonight members of the Bolte family. [Read more…]


Howard Speaks About Benevolence

This is the text of a speech given by Prime Minister John Howard to the Benevolent Society’s Annual Sydney Leadership Dinner at the Sydney Town Hall.

The speech is of interest for its expression of the government’s views on social policy, volunteerism, the obligations of the business sector and the policy record of the Howard government.

Text of speech by John Howard to the Benevolent Society.

HowardTo Rob McLean, President of the Benevolent Society, to his colleagues on the Board, to Jane Schwager, to the Sponsors who support the Society’s great work, to participants of the Sydney Leadership Programme – past and present, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: [Read more…]