Congratulations to all of the Churchill Fellows of the past 50 years, I am so humbled to have joined your ranks.  I feel like I am only just beginning to understand how incredible an opportunity it is that I am about to embark upon.  I thought I would share this post from yesterday, from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/news/message-prime-minister/


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 17:  Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull answers questions during a press confrence at Government House on October 17, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Turnbull is in New Zealand to discuss bilateral talks with John Key. It is also his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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The 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill gives us pause to reflect on the man who at times seemed larger than life and left an indelible imprint on world history.

Sir Winston was of a generation that knew hardship, and whose stoicism we can only admire.

The man himself would tell you he was not perfect; his defeats are as well documented as his successes.

But, in his own words ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts’.

Winston Churchill knew that lessons born of failure were the most fertile if you had the humility to embrace them; he knew the value of learning.

It was only fitting that a memorial to him should be devoted to such a noble pursuit. Churchill Fellows across the globe continue to honour his legacy.

Almost 4000 of Australia’s best, most inquiring minds have now gone out into the world to expand their understanding of a diverse range of subjects—from Baroque music and credit card fraud to palliative care and domestic violence.

More importantly, they have come back and shared their newfound knowledge with Australia.

I thank all those who commit to continued learning and I thank the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for supporting an initiative which engages and enlightens and, as such, can only be for the national good.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister of Australia