Harold Mitchell

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Harold Mitchell: New year dawns on fewer borders with China

Harold Mitchell The Chinese New Year is perhaps the biggest day of the year in every Asian culture throughout the region.

Harold Mitchell 'was sending Kerry Packer broke'

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Harold Mitchell It was an early evening dinner at the famous La Strada restaurant, Potts Point Sydney, in the winter of 1982 and Trevor Kennedy, Kerry Packer's right hand man, Sam Chisholm, the legendary boss of the...

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Cutting interest rates hasn't worked in Europe or Japan

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Harold Mitchell Earlier this week Louise asked what the interest rate cut means. Like most of us, she had no idea what a reduction from 2.5% to 2.25% is all about.

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Balancing the budget: we should follow the wisdom of Auntie Sam

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Harold Mitchell Right now the argument is that Australia is living beyond its means. And we are.

Time to recycle Australia's economy

Refuse tip

Harold Mitchell This week’s column is all about rubbish. And the great thing about rubbish is that it’s all about the only constant thing we have in our lives – change.

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Aussies will support mavericks making sure others get a fair go

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Harold Mitchell The attitudes of Ned Kelly not only had a place in history, they are always present.

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Camping with Gen Y

Harold Mitchell Whatever your holiday choice, camping or not, getting away from it all really means sticking together with those we love most.

Let's stay close together in time-honoured summer holiday spirit

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Harold Mitchell There’s excitement in the air. It’s finally time to get away from it all. Some will be travelling overseas, but the time-honoured Australian tradition is to head for the beach or the...

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Governments fiddle without knowing what to do

Harold Mitchell A wise man once said, “Your future is all about knowing what you are doing right now”.

Sleep easy, work hard: MPs should stop trying to be super human and get some rest

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Harold Mitchell I’ve never understood people who try to prove they are super human by claiming they can get by on two to three hours' sleep a night.

It's time for the states to be the heroes

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Harold Mitchell The big news this week was the sale of Medibank, and everybody seemed to win on day one.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.