"Simply: white Australia tries to push itself or lengthen its distance of ignorance..."
"The attitudes towards women aspiring to be orthopaedic surgeons is shameful. Many men in the fraternity have to travel some distance to arrive into the 21st century."
"So when I bought it, I thought, 'I really don’t want to frighten my mum.' If you imagine your daughter comes home with this Nazi replica blade, you’re going to have an intervention, or—I just really didn’t want to scare her."
"He say, ‘How long do you want me to do for?’ But I said, ‘I never give up the shop! I never give up the shop!’"
"To tell you the truth, I’ve never actually counted them. I’ve never actually got them in a room and counted them. For a couple of reasons—one, I don’t really want to know, and two, if my wife ever found out..."
"I always remember my dad saying to me when I finished year twelve, ‘cause he’s a lawyer—he said, ‘Look, just go and do what you want to do. Don’t do what you think you should do. Do what you enjoy.’"
"We put it in the auction at twenty dollars as an estimate, then found out later, basically straight away, people started ringing us and saying that they’d pay seven hundred dollars for that."
"This idea of liminality, of negotiating and mapping spaces between Singapore and Australia, between home and elsewhere, is something that has given me a new direction and focus..."
"Through engaging stories that are told from diverse perspectives, young readers are enabled to empathise with the experience of others."
"I didn't expect to experience such a difference in the culture of our two countries. Initially, in Australia, I was euphoric as everything had this lovely pioneering spirit of mateship and equality."
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