Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
A final word in this post election 'Short and Sweet' series.
Once again we've had an election. Once again we've seen a change of government. Once again this has occurred with a minimum of fuss.
The people have expressed their will; their view has been respected; the result has been honoured.
This has not been the common experience in human history; indeed it is very much the exception.
This is something of which we should be very proud; something we should cherish deeply; something we should protect fiercely.
So that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."