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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
That said, the minerals and energy sector is an area where Australia can genuinely claim a competitive advantage through its natural endowment. China and the Asian region are certainly influencing demand in minerals and energy products and Australia is well placed to satisfy demand and provide economic surpluses. Australia is a land of opportunity with a quality of life that enables its people to unleash their capabilities to achieve whatever they wish to pursue." GEORGINA RINEHART Chairman, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and the Hancock Prospecting Group of Companies and Australia's richest woman "With the benefit of our mining industry, we are able to be a generous nation, funding others in need -- be this due to tsunamis, cyclones and other natural disasters. Indeed, Australia has developed a reputation of being a 'good friend', prepared to stand up to tyranny and has sent its sons and daughters to help to defend freedom and human rights in countries overseas. Australia is fortunate to have scientists who believe that science should be used for the benefit of mankind. Australia can proudly claim several Nobel Prize winners, who have used their scientific minds for the benefit of mankind, particularly in medical research." MARGARET FULTON, OAM Chef and author "My great passions in life, apart of course from my family, are food, friends, books and Australia. My Scottish family settled in the small country town of Glen Innes in Australia when I was four years old. Our warm friendly welcome with a great feast of wonderful food and generous displays of friendship assured us of the good life ahead. My career took me around the world, interviewing accomplished cooks and food authorities. Adventurous, fun-loving Australians took great interest in my discoveries and wanted to cook and enjoy the exciting dishes I wrote about. When I come home from travelling I still enjoy the simple pleasures of grilled lamb chops and vegetables. Australia became a nation of 'foodies'. Our wine industry flourished, our produce was varied and world class and visitors flocked to our shores to see and enjoy what we had to offer. Our inventive chefs created an Australian cuisine that attracted worldwide attention. Thirteen Commonwealth Heads of Government and their wives enjoyed a retreat at my country health resort -- they loved it, the food, the wine, the luxury, the relaxed rural setting -- and so do I!" JULIA ROSS Managing director and deputy chairman, Julia Ross Recruitment "I believe that some of the features of Australianism include a sense of justice and 'fair go': determination and tenacity, remaining grounded in our sense of identity, and rising above challenges. We are a country of great spirit; a 'never say die' attitude. We have a genuine sense of fairness and doing what's right -- a spirit of pulling together. I believe that as an Australian organisation, we personify so many of the wonderful 'Australian' traits that it makes me incredibly proud. Outside Australia, being an Australian organisation has proved to be an extraordinary differentiator for us in what is a highly competitive market. Our clients and candidates really connect with this part of our corporate identity, and this is cultivated by creative and proactive marketing around being Australian. In our Asian locations, our clients value that while we are a global organisation, unlike many globals operating there, our culture is local to the region. Consequently, I feel there is a greater sense of connection and shared future with us. We fight above our weight in just about every sphere of endeavour in which we engage. We are people from the city, from the country, from mixed nations and diverse backgrounds. Australia is truly a land of opportunity." personal view 14 ❝To me, what makes Australia so special is the opportunity presented to all who live here. No matter your age, no matter your background, Australia provides opportunity for everyone to pursue happiness, whether that be in business, education, religion, community service, the arts or sports. As well, no talk of what makes Australia so special could escape without mentioning our amazing climate. Being blessed with such incredible weather and spectacular natural beauty -- from the mountains to the beaches -- is something many of us take for granted. And yet, without it, it wouldn't be as easy to lead the healthy and active lifestyle for which Australians and those who live in Australia are renowned for." STEPHANIE RICE SWIMMER, WORLD RECORD HOLDER, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER Getty Images