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I do enjoy exercise, not because I am an exercise junkie but because it's terrific stress release.

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

I think anything which improves services is in principle a good thing.

Well, I'm not saying that an emissions tax is ever going to be good policy.

Both Mum and Dad were converts to Catholicism, and normally if you convert to Catholicism you have thought about it more than someone who just grew up with it, taking it for granted.

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 see myself as a social conservative, but I think that there are lots of social institutions that produce beneficial reforms, like public hospitals, for instance, and schools.

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.

I think that people should come to Australia through the front door, not through the back door. If people want a migration outcome, they should go through the migration channels.

I think that the best things that governments can do for productivity is not whack on new taxes and, if we can get institutions like schools and hospitals functioning better, well that's obviously good for the overall productiveness of our society.

I'm not saying that people on welfare don't contribute in their own way, but as many as possible should be encouraged to be economically active as well as socially and culturally active.

It's very easy for Australians living in big cities to either romanticise or demonise the situation in Aboriginal places - to kind of look at things through the 'noble innocents' prism or through the 'chronically dysfunctional' prism, and I suspect that is so often the case.

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 instinctively try to protect people from filth.

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.

If people are going to do things which have certain consequences that they would rather avoid, they should do whatever they need to avoid the consequences.

I don't think my religious convictions should be held against me.

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