Last week, I met with a group of self-made business men and women.
They were all financially successful yet seemed to have the balance right in respect to other aspects of their lives too. They had families, seemed to take their parenting responsibilities seriously, tried to keep fit and also pursued numerous philanthropic endeavours.
Firstly, may I thank so many readers for their efforts in promoting the Conservative Leadership Foundation's writing competition. Your support will be invaluable to making this year's competition the biggest and best yet.
The competition (and all the activities of the CLF) is my way of investing in the next generation, something that many of you also do in so many ways.
A brief message today as I am in Senate Estimates - a week of long days and thousands of questions – that makes it hard to concentrate on much else.
One of the subjects that came up earlier in the week was the matter of Australia’s new submarine fleet. It also happens to be an issue that a number of readers have raised with me privately in recent weeks.
The challenge for many in public life is to be considered and consistent in the application of first principles. Whilst individuals will adhere to different ethical frameworks, it can be rather awkward to apply them across a broad range of subject matters.