Just imagine, ten million people with undisputed sovereignity over a whole Continent and out-lying islands, as well as undisputed sovereignity over a part of the oceans larger than the Continent itself, want half of another Continent.
This is a big ask.
We wanted one Continent for ourselves and a spare.
So we had to ask with all the cunning of a fox while appearing to be harmless, good intentioned Aussies.
We didn't want anyone mining on our second Continent, and we didn't want military bases on our other Continent. And in fact we didn't even want tourists on our spare.
So naturally we said, it is not for us it is for future generations.
And just as we keep the second oldest National Park in the world, the Royal National Park, for future generations, we wanted to turn one whole Continent, Antarctica, into a National Park.
We had to persuade one country with twelve Aircraft Carriers to agree as well as all of the other nations with claims on Antarctica.
And just as we gained our Independence over cups of tea, and just as we united a whole Continent over cups of tea, we turned a whole Continent into a National Park over tea.
And the Antarctic Treaty remains the most successful land treaty in the world.
Sure, it was a big ask but we noticed that there are four Continents in a staight line on the globe - North America, South America, Antarctica and Australia. And we are right at the end of this line of pearls.