Harold Mitchell

Harold Mitchell

Trade agreements must keep our partners honest

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Harold Mitchell My dear old dad, who turned 94 this week, left school at 14 and lived through the Depression, working in the sawmills of the Victorian Alps, and reared four children in the tough circumstances.

Barnaby Joyce is on the money with the dry topic of water

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Harold Mitchell I like Barnaby Joyce but he gets the rough end of the pineapple, as the Queenslanders say. While Minister for Trade Andrew Robb is knocking off trade deal after trade deal with a big Chinese one due...

How Melbourne can steam ahead and return to a bastion of brilliance

Harold Mitchell Australia was an incredibly rich country in 1901 and Melbourne had the highest per capita income in the world.

In healthcare, the growing gap between rich and poor is deadly serious

Harold Mitchell The rich are getting richer and the poor and the middle class are getting almost squeezed to death – literally in some cases.

Poorer losing out in healthcare squeeze

Harold Mitchell If 87 year old Blaga's trip through the health system had happened in her home country of Macedonia, we may not have been surprised, but for this to occur Melbourne is simply a disgrace.

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Friendship with Gough Whitlam flourished long after it was time to turn on the lights

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Harold Mitchell It is very rare for someone to be nationally known by his or her first name, and any measure our 21st prime minister was rare indeed.

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Optimists can be more helpful than economists

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Harold Mitchell There is no use in sitting on our record of past achievement. What can we do to build optimism?

Time for a mix of leaders dedicated to public service, not self service

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Harold Mitchell John Glover was my art teacher at Stawell High School. Given that I went on to become chairman of the National Gallery of Australia,✓ I think he did a good job.

It's spring and youngsters' minds turn to thoughts of exams

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Harold Mitchell October is exam time. Some people handle exams easily and sail through while others are terrified of even entering the hall.

Hockey strikes the right note at Ian Potter celebration

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Harold Mitchell Sir Ian was one of our great stockbrokers and helped build Australia's commercial strength. But his vision was bigger than that.

Stay the course in Indonesia is the recipe for our very big neighbour

Harold Mitchell "All good columns start with a recipe," says Charlie. "a recipe for economic success."

Nest eggs in danger as advertising figures send feathers flying

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Harold Mitchell  I've always said that advertising is a great way of reading the economy.

Jennifer Lawrence's cloud alarm highlights concern over data falling from the sky

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Harold Mitchell  Right now, the world is overrun with information. And more and more of it of it finishes up in 'The Cloud'.

It's not all symphonies and royalty in Europe

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Harold Mitchell Being away from the desk lets you to think a bit more clearly about where things are headed.

Fairness most harmonious for national unity

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Harold Mitchell Two of my great passions in life are music and national unity. And there are great moments when they come together.

See what can be achieved with an innovative and unified approach

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Harold Mitchell I’ve always believed in getting out of the office, or wherever you work, particularly if you are a leader and you have big decisions to make.

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Pets keep owners fit as a fiddle and wealthier, too

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Harold Mitchell Let’s start with a story.  I’ve mentioned before the great love affair that we Australians have with our pets.

Multicultural stories to dine out on

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Harold Mitchell As I was coming down in the lift in my building this week, I said to a well-dressed young woman, ‘‘Good morning, off to work?’’  

Immigration and the birth of a new era of confidence

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Harold Mitchell I visited my son in hospital last weekend. He'd broken his ankle and was being very well looked after in one of Melbourne's great hospitals.