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Barack Obama landed in Brisbane this morning to much fanfare and media coverage, but what the world was waiting for was his keynote speech at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

Obama spoke for 30 minutes on a number of topics and started by thanking Australia for their friendship and urged the importance of our closeness in the future, going as far to say we are cut from the same cloth as America.

He went on to say that the world is a safer place at this time in history and, “When you look at the facts, opportunities are limitless for this generation; you are living in an extraordinary time”.

Barack enthusiastically said he would finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that has been under negotiation for years, a crucial deal that will open us all to new economic opportunities.

And despite Tony Abbott saying he didn’t think the G20 summit was the place for talk of climate change, Obama said he had also pledged $US 3 billion to a global climate fund, which will no doubt put pressure on Australia. He wove the Great Barrier Reef into his speech, saying: “The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened”. He wanted to come back with his daughters and for them to be able to bring their children in 50 years time and so on.

He received a huge round of applause for gay rights and said, “We will stand up for our gay and lesbian fellow citizens because they need to be treated equally under the law”.

In his usual humorous way, he also asked someone in the audience for a XXXX beer.

He received a standing ovation from the audience filled with students, as well as Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and former Governor-General Quentin Bryce.


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  2. I thought Obama’s speech was inspiring, Abbott bought internal politics into it..once again, his speech will inspire no one

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    • I think Obama has had enough of being president because of the stupid tea party republicans and gun lobbyists in the US.. He tried to include them but they all threw tantrums and behaved like spoilt children… I think he will be glad when his presidency is over and i don’t blame him….

    • Everything Obama has tried to do has been blocked. I thought he wanted better health care for all and gun control to try and stop the senseless slaughter of so many children. Send him over here, we’ll adopt him.

    • Obama is a seasoned liar. He will thwart every law that he possibly can to remain as President of the US long after his term is over. He is not to be trusted, not ever. Australia certainly doesn’t want or need any of his policies or his narcissistic ways here. He is the most dangerous enemy that the US has.

    • run away Joe Bonnell..what planet do you live on? don’t presume you speak for Australian’s . you only speak for your silly self

    • according to you Bronwen Bannister this is a quote from Obama , but of course you know his life better than he does!! On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.

    • Well! Thank goodness Rudd & Gillard were so darned truthful,,,and great money managers too…….

    • Blocked ..funny about that..assho…who make the problems do absolutely nothing to fix there screw up..thanks for absolutely nothing Garden Gnome and Ranga…we will have this around our necks for years..

  3. Obama talked about whst is important to others and the world. Abbott about what he wants for himself and his party.

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