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    who has integrity in Australian public life?

    I am trying to work up a list of Australians who could genuinely have the word integrity applied to them.

    My first thought was bob brown. Irrespective of your political persuasion, you have to admit he has certainly stuck closely to his values.

    The wikipedia definition put it as consistency of actions, values and principles.

    Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndom View Post
    My first thought was bob brown.
    You're kidding.

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    I have a great deal of respect for Bob Brown. A man of great wisdom and integrity. I just hope his retirement from public life doesnt mean he is ill.
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    There is only one name that springs to mind in the political arena.

    John Hatton.
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    Why Not?

    John Hatton, theres a name I dont know.
    Bob brown hasnt retired, hes working for Sea sheperd, which brings another name to mind. Paul Shepherd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndom View Post
    Why Not?

    John Hatton, theres a name I dont know.
    Bob brown hasnt retired, hes working for Sea sheperd, which brings another name to mind. Paul Shepherd.
    Johndom. If you're asking me why not it is because I think it is being unconstructively judgemental, that's all.
    We can sit and make funny comments about public figures betimes, but are we going to comprehensively give ourselves airs
    over any and sundry for no apparent reason? That's how I see it, anyway.

    As such, I will not add any more to the main theme of this thread.
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    I had a run in with Bob Brown over the telephone, where it started as this is Bob Brown..and ended with this Senator Brown and you will do what I tell you. I replied, sorry but this is not a dictatorship and your title of Senator does not give you the right to tell me or any other Australian what to do. Up till that point my opinion of him was a lot higher. Without going into details, what he wanted me to do was/is illegal.

    My pick is Fiona Wood : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Wood
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    Irene Gleeson
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    Tim Costello is another
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    Yes Tim Costello. I definitely concur.
    Rick- argh I wish I could unhear that, but yes Fiona wood seems to suffering from a bout of integrity.
    These are great suggestions.

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    You mean throughout History or current?

    Ita Buttrose for current. She only lives a minute walk away from my work...great person.

    For History...

    Edmund Barton
    Sir Robert Menzies
    Sir William McMahon

    I think those men were of great strength, intelligence, courage and great principle that aligned with their sense of honour and community.

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    Good question Avalanche, I am particularly interested in the ones who are breathing, but all suggestions are welcome.

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    My choice and someone who should be publicly held up much higher in our country is Steve Waugh. I'm not a huge cricket fan but I do not understand why a grub like Shane Warne passes wind (opens his mouth) and gets more coverage than Steve Waugh will ever get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndom View Post

    The wikipedia definition put it as consistency of actions, values and principles.
    In the pursuit of $$$$$$$
    Rupert Murdoch.

    - - - Updated - - -

    To be serious, retired High Court Judge Michael Kirby.

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    ahhh ...."integrity" . Its such a lonely word ! The nearest and dearest intangible wealth to Mongo's heart (yes, that even includes food and his stomach).

    That thin gossamer of intangible ultimate truth. It cannot be seen or touched but is the hardest felt when present or when absent. Impossible to physically see or physically measure in any person yet it is one of the only real measure of every person.

    Mongo worships at it altar as an unworthy disciple hoping to one day be blessed with sufficient morsels to make him a more worthy person/beast.
    Sad to say, Mongo has only ever been able to number less than the digits on one paw in recent times as persons having real integrity worthy of respect and admiration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    My pick is Fiona Wood
    I had not heard of her before but truly a worthy choice.

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    Tim Costello I also concur. Not knowing a lot about Steve Waugh, I must agree I do admire him in the way he has conducted himself in public life and kept his private life private except when he and his first wife chose to go public but limited it and did so in a respectful and dignified manor that showed a lot about his character. I don't care how good a person may be at their chosen career it doesn't make up for their disgraceful behavior in public or private life and to receive the accolades Shane Warne has doesn't say much about him, his peers and other supporters of him.

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    he wikipedia definition put it as consistency of actions, values and principles.
    What about Julia Gillard, She's consistently lied about everything .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus79 View Post
    What about Julia Gillard, She's consistently lied about everything .....
    John Howard? ( in " He of the Never ever ").
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