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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
GRAEME SAMUEL, AO Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission "Australia's economic resilience has been amply demonstrated by its robust performance against the trend during the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s, downturns in Europe and the United States, and more recently the global financial crisis. This country continues to embrace reform, including legislation to unify Australia's 13 sets of consumer laws currently underway. Australia is then exceptionally well positioned to take advantage of trade and business opportunities as they arise into the 21st century." ALAN JOYCE Chief Executive, Qantas "When I came to Australia from Ireland in 1996, I felt sure I would love the glorious weather and laid-back lifestyle. But what inspires me now is the optimism, forward-thinking and creativity of all the spirited Australians I work with every day. It is a huge privilege to lead Qantas, Australia's iconic airline. This quintessential Australian company started back in 1920 as a tiny outback aerial service. Now Qantas is one of the world's most successful airline groups, known for impeccable safety standards and technical innovation. Today Qantas honours its rich Australia heritage but looks forward to a diverse and cosmopolitan future. Qantas is proud to call itself 'The Spirit of Australia' -- and this spirit combines sophistication and ease, warmth and technical excellence, cultural diversity and Australian friendliness. There is no doubt that Australia is a great place to live, but less well known is that it's also a great place to do business. That Qantas has embraced an Irishman as CEO says much about Australia's openness to the world. It says: 'welcome'." DON ARGUS, AO Chairman, BHP Billiton "In the 1980s, Australia had the reputation of being a 'Lucky Country', inferring that we succeeded more by good luck than good management and judgement. Our prowess in sporting arenas around the world was acknowledged. We had a sound education program and we had a well-constructed health system that catered for a young population. We have seen some courageous reforms since the 1980s, beginning with the financial services sector. The domestic economy deregulated, capital controls were removed culminating in the flotation of the Australian dollar. The regulatory framework was consolidated and international standards of accounting and auditing were imposed. We are the envy of many economies, with a strong social infrastructure and compulsory superannuation underpinning national savings. Events surrounding the world economic crisis would suggest that no country is good at predicting the future. ❝Something about Australia never leaves a man. Today my responsibilities for News Corporation mean that I divide my time among New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Beijing, New Delhi and other important media markets. Yet something as simple as the smell of eucalyptus instantly brings me home to the land that made me. Most Australians do not grow up in the outback or the bush. Yet in unique ways, we are a nation haunted by our land. We grow up with big skies and untamed wilds, and walks into the never never. In these ways our souls come to appreciate the vastness of the world before us -- and the tremendous opportunity waiting to be unlocked. Throughout the world we have earned a reputation as an adaptable people and a welcoming society. Wherever I have an office, you will find on my walls the sunburnt colors of Russell Drysdale or Fred Williams. These are modern Australian painters whose works capture the hard beauty of our continent, the dignity of those who inhabit it, and the pioneering spirit that still defines our people. And I believe that so long as we retain that pioneering spirit and our free way of life, Australia will make this exciting new century her own." RUPERT MURDOCH CHAIRMAN AND CEO, NEWS CORP