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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
Q first word 4 Q WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AUST LIAN? To me, being Australian means you approach life -- both its potential and adversity -- with a spirit of determination, optimism and resolve. It is the Australian spirit of the 'can do', where, whatever the challenge or the di culty, we unite to ask whatwecandotomakeitbe er.Itisa spirit of optimism and innovation, of persevering through hardship, and of mateship toward friends, neighbours and strangers. It joins with the Australian spirit of the 'fair go', where it doesn't ma er where you've come from; it doesn't ma er whether you've grown up rich or poor; whether you've grown up in the country or the city; whether you've been to the nest private schools, or the humblest small country schools -- everyone should be given a fair go. We belong to a country built on the vision, passion, imagination and the downright hard work of those who came before us, and each generation has built on the foundation laid by the one before. We have not created today's Australia through luck, but rather through the Australian spirit which has empowered us to make the big, and o en tough decisions, which have fashioned our society, lifestyle and a itude. Q WHAT IS AUST LIA'S GREATEST ASSET? Without a doubt, its people. Australians are by instinct practical, creative people with a drive to solve problems and to strive to be the best we can be. is spirit is alive in our entrepreneurialism, in the great individual achievements of our nation, the very practical things that are done in business, in science and innovation and in the rest of human and individual endeavour. Australia is a land of immense natural beauty -- our landscape, ora and fauna a ract many people to our shores each ye a r. But Australia is more than just a starkly beautiful country. It is a great place to live, to work, to pursue an education and to invest. Australia is a stable and reliable trade and investment partner. We remained strong during the global economic crisis -- in fact, we were the only advanced economy not to have gone into recession. And we are well- positioned for future growth. As a young nation we are alive to new opportunities. We are also an outward- looking nation commi ed to global engagement through trade, aid, education and leadership on signi cant global and regional issues. Look at the Government's Australia Awards scholarship program -- it's an example of our commitment to giving the best and brightest young people from overseas an opportunity to study at our world-class education institutions and at the same time experience Australia's welcoming, diverse and vibrant society. Q HOW WILL B ND AUST LIA SHOWCASE AUST LIA'S IMAGE? Brand Australia will promote what we know is already true about Australia -- that Australia plays an integral role in the global community. e program will also help tell the world the story of contemporary Australia -- our culture, business strengths and our capabilities. For example, the level of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the Australian business community has the 6 THE ESSAY Peter Hartcher debunks the myths about Australia. 8 B ND AUST LIA A place where East meets West. 11 WHAT AUST LIA MEANS TO ME Famous Australians tell their story. 16 HERE'S AN IDEA Fish to fashion: amazing ideas. 20 WESTFIELD TO THE WORLD From delivery driver to retail king. 26 YOUNG TALENT TIME e new generation of successful Australians. 33 CO L HARMONY Protecting one of the world's wonders. 36 FIVE STAR AND FAR AWAY A ustralia's eco resorts boast luxury and wilderness. 41 AN ESTEEMED ALMA MATER Global achievers educated in Australia. 48 PERFECT PRODUCE Top Australian chefs share their secrets. 52 BEYOND A TROUT e signature dish of Sydney's Tetsuya Wakuda. 55 THE AMAZING CE e Melbourne Cup, the world's richest horse race. 58 VINE LIFE From coast to coast, Australia's wine trail. 66 LEADERS OF THE PACK Australians conquering the world. 72 FIRST PERSON: TOM KENEALLY An author speaks of the country he loves. 74 INVESTING IN THE FUTURE I nternational businesses strike it rich. 80 PARTNERS IN SCIENCE Breakthroughs that came through cooperation. 86 FIRST PERSON: HARRY KEWELL M eet a star Socceroo with a uniquely Australian story. Terry Trewin/Newspix CONTENTS Q&A: prime