Optimism in the Power of our Partnership: Anthony Albanese
"We embark with great confidence in the capacity and creativity of our people. With optimism in the power of what our partnership can achieve. And with an unwavering conviction that whatever the challenges ahead, the cause of peace and freedom will prevail."
So said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with President Biden and PM Sunak at the Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego announcing the AUKUS Submarine Agreement.
Commenting, Cameron Stewart in The Australian said, "The unveiling of the plan by the three leaders is a powerful statement of intent and the plan itself is aggressive in its scope, ambition and optimism. And that is a good thing."
Other References to the Optimism of Australians by the Prime Minister
On the weekend of the 2022 election, the then-PM-elect said "I want to lead a government that has the same sentiment of optimism and hope that defines the Australian people. I want to be positive and channel the opportunity we have to shape change, so we bring people with us on the journey of change."
In an essay published on Australia Day 2023, Anthony Albanese wrote, "Today we welcome new citizens joining us in the great Australian family. In choosing Australia as their home, they are embracing the values and qualities we hold dear: our belief in opportunity for all, the respect we have for hard work, the optimism that drives our aspiration and the Australian instinct for fairness, decency and care and respect for each other. Australians uphold these qualities every day, in good times and bad. As we've also seen in times of pandemic, fire, drought and the recent devastating floods, the worst of circumstances bring out the best in our people. If there is an upside to tough times, it is that they have shown us we can be confident that whatever challenges the future brings, Australians will rise to meet them. In our joys, our blessings and our hard-won triumphs, we celebrate what we have. Just as importantly, we celebrate what we can be: the even greater Australia that is at our fingertips."
In his 2022 Ministerial Statement on "Closing the Gap", the PM said, "Reconciliation relies on what I believe are innate qualities of our national character: optimism, decency, generosity of spirit."
In his speech to the National Press Club and referring to the proposed referendum on "The Voice", the Prime Minister said, "moments of national decision, such as this referendum, are also an opportunity for our people to show their best qualities: their generosity, their sense of fairness, their optimism for the future. That’s why I’m optimistic for the success of the referendum – because I’ve always been optimistic about the character of the Australian people."