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I feel a little uncomfortable at being asked the sorts of questions that other Catholics in public life tend not to be asked.

I mean there are many, many people in all sorts of different countries who don't have a great life, who are subject to injustice. Are we obliged to take all of them who come here? I think the answer is 'Not necessarily.'

I think my wife and my kids are incredibly good to allow me to stay in public life given that they have to cop a whole lot of collateral attention that, being human, they'd rather not get.

Now if you are condemned to life on welfare, I'm not so sure that being in a bigger welfare village is that much better than being in a smaller welfare village.

Climate change is crap.

For small business people, less paperwork means higher profits, boosted sales and more time with the family.

I think that marriage is, dare I say it, between a man and a woman, hopefully for life and there are all sorts of other relationships which should be acknowledged and recognised, but I don't know that they can be recognised as marriage.

I have close family members as well as lots of close friends who are gay. Many of them strongly support gay marriage.

I think that political marriages are subject to more strain than most precisely because of the nature of politics.

Once people come to Australia, they join the team.

Oppositions are not there to get legislation through. Oppositions are there to hold the government to account.

Political parties don't work when people just announce what they are doing and expect everyone else to follow.

All of the people who are using their BlackBerries or their iPhones, Facebook, all of the people who are sitting in cafes and hotels rooms doing their work, they're all using wireless technology, and we shouldn't assume that the only way of the future is high speed cable.

Faith is important to me. It's important to millions of Australians. It helps to shape who I am. It helps to shape my values. But it must never, never dictate my politics.

I think leadership is knowing what you want to achieve and then purposefully and sensibly taking steps to achieve it, remembering always that you have got to bring people with you if you are seeking to be a successful political leader.

I understand that government should live within its means, value the money it holds in trust from you the taxpayer, avoid waste and, above all else, observe the first maxim of good government: namely, do no avoidable harm.

What I would like to see is sufficiently good education and health services being delivered to Aboriginal people so that they are prepared and ready to leave and join the economic mainstream if that's their choice.

If we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth.

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

I instinctively try to protect people from filth.