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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
24 australian story constantly ba ling to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo and Nazi thugs. His family was stunned. Even his wife Shirley was shocked, but she felt it explained why he never sat with his back to a door and why he always chose a table at a restaurant with a good view of the entrance. Lowy felt a heavy load suddenly li from his soul. His health improved and he felt like a new man. "Talking about my childhood in the Holocaust was a good thing," Lowy re ects. "If you keep bo ling it up, the bo le will explode if it gets over- lled. I think I shocked my family quite a bit, but it brought us closer and it made my life a lot easier." He can talk about surviving the Holocaust more freely now, and without hate. " is is also a good thing even though those things were horrible. Most of those who did those things are not alive any more. Hatred and bi erness only makes you bi er." His teenage struggle for sur vival gave him a deeper appreciation of the freedom he found in Australia, and the determination to seize the opportunities that existed in his new homeland. " I know what it means not to have things such as freedom or food," he says. "Australia has been very good to me and it had the environment that allowed me to become very successful." Lowy is a major supporter of Israel, but he can't stand con ict. He prefers to talk until a consensus is reached and a resolution emerges. He hasn't slowed down as he approaches 80. His sons have taken on more of the work, but Lowy's still got a rm hand on the tiller of his international retail empire. As a measure of Lowy's phenomenal success, an investment of AU$1000 in West eld shares when it began in 1960 would be worth a staggering AU$242 million today. His family are multi- millionaires but Lowy says he gives away "many millions more" than his own AU$16 million annual salary. "When you give, you get so much out of it," he says. "Just the knowledge that you are helping gives you a sense of deep satisfaction." Winning the World Cup tournament for Australia would be his ultimate gi back to his adopted country. And he's convinced the opportunities for success in business that he found in Australia 50 years ago still exist today. " e principles are still the same today; work hard and do a day's work for a day's pay. ere are great opportunities today. Credit is much more available. Someone starting out today can make an even bigger success than I was able to do 50 years ago." Asked if it is too much of a dream, he throws his head back and laughs. "Dare to dream. If you don't dream you don't get there." Australia is a country built on migration. Since 1945, planned migration has made a signi cant nation-building contribution to our success as an economically strong and socially cohesive nation. About seven million people have se led in that time om more than 200 countries around the world. In our population of 22 million, about 45 percent were born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. ey have all contributed to make Australia the rich and vibrant society it is today. One of the great success stories of Australia is that we have a culturally diverse and tolerant society which embraces and celebrates the multicultural nature of our nation. Australia's immigration program continues to bene t Australia through the energy, skills, commitment and diversity that new se lers and their families bring with them. Our migration program also meets important social, demographic and economic objectives. is Government is particularly focused on having a migration program which delivers the skills most needed in our economy. Australia is entering a period of major in astructure development aimed at strengthening our economy. A properly targeted skilled migration program will help ensure that we have the right skills and the right numbers in the labour force as our economy grows. Australia's migration program is now more focused on employer-sponsored skilled migrants and those with occupations in critical demand. In 2009-10, we have 108,100 places for migrants who have the skills and experience that our industries need most. is re ects the current economic climate while ensuring Australian employers can still gain access to skilled professionals in industries experiencing skills shortages. We also recognise the importance of family and provide opportunities for Australians to have their parents, partners or children join them om overseas to live here permanently. Migrants bring with them a wealth of di erent ideas, skills and talents. It is this variety in our perspectives, experiences, knowledge and ways of being that continues to make us strong as a nation. SENATOR CHRIS EVA N S, Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY I am, and will always be, deeply grateful to Australia, my adopted country. This is a country of fairness and equality. FAMILY AFFAIR Frank Lowy now shares the Westfield management with sons David, Steven and Peter. Alan Pyke/Newspix