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Peter Costello and wife Tanya (former Treasurer in John Howard, Federal Government of Australia).
In his twenty years in politics Peter Costello never gave a speech like the one entitled “Money is bewitching and beguiling” that he gave at a Men’s Convention with the conference theme “Men at Work” last Friday night.
His keynote address explored money, fame and power. About money, he warned of its failure to ultimately satisfy. “Rather than make you happy, it makes you envious, we never have quite enough,” he said.
Costello defined the rich as “people with more money than me” and revealed that even billionaires compare themselves with each other. He humorously recounted a dinner meeting with the late billionaire Kerry Packer. The Australian dollar had just fallen dramatically and Packer was lamenting how much money he had lost. Packer reportedly said, “do you know how much this has cost me? Don’t think I am rich , I ‘m not a Bill Gates.”
Costello emphasized how temporary are our achievements and reputations and urged those present to look to the one who will ultimately judge all mankind.
Costello closed with the key theme of the 2004 Federal Election campaign “Who do you trust?” Political figures will not save you, he said. “Political figures won’t save your marriage or give purpose for living. Politicians can’t solve personal problems. Christians need to look to God and faith in Christ. Put not your trust in Princes.”
Costello then quoted from PSALM 146 “Happy is he whose hope is in the Lord his God. He remains faithful forever.”