Harold Mitchell

Harold Mitchell

Improving tradie training will stop us going down the toilet

Harold Mitchell Australia needs to value our vocational training system as much as our neighbours do.

China's economy giving us a fair shake

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Harold Mitchell There is a lot of talk about China's economy and sometimes it pays to go straight to the source.

Spain showing path out of pain

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Harold Mitchell Spain is climbing out of the depths of the global financial crisis and there are lessons for Australia.

The UK is open for business and it is working

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Harold Mitchell This weekend finds your humble columnist in the United Kingdom. Despite everything we might continue to read about Europe, the UK is doing unbelievably well.

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Service all about one's pet likes

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Harold Mitchell People looking after humans could take a lesson or two from Rod the wonder vet.

Joe Hockey could learn something from George Washington's right-hand man

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Harold Mitchell The achievements of Alexander Hamilton, a confident, charismatic and tireless operator, hold a lesson for us all.

Time to dismantle the Canberra head office

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Harold Mitchell Modern business dislike head offices and we should consider whether we need one for our public servants.

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Let's face up to the housing issue

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Harold Mitchell I fell out of my chair again this week observing the governor of the Reserve Bank. He really needs a holiday of at least 52 weeks a year every year.

Federal government should back winners having a go

Harold Mitchell Our government has coined a new three-word slogan: "Have a go." I've got no problem with that, but can we really do it?

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson delivered the real budget winner

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Harold Mitchell One of the big business battles at the moment is between "lowest prices are just the beginning" Bunnings, and "home improvement" Masters.

Happy Birthday Henry Parkes! We wouldn't be here today without you

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Harold Mitchell Henry Parkes was a real person who worked in a real world and he made a real difference.

Looking for a pot of gold in carparks

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Harold Mitchell We've all moved on from Joe Hockey's budget.  It seemed to be a very clever strategy about saving jobs. 

Federal budget 2015: Government needs lesson in business 101

Budget time: Treasurer Joe Hockey and Treasury Secretary John Fraser outside the Treasury building in Canberra.

Harold Mitchell We need to create a bigger economy and you can't do that by fiddling at the edges.

Harold Mitchell: Help the nurses to keep us all alive

A qualified nurse earns between $52,000 and $79,000 a year - less than any executive's PA.

Harold Mitchell The cost of health is exploding in Australia.

War reaches deep into our country

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Harold Mitchell War is a terrible thing. And this very special day reminds us of the horror and the heroism of Gallipoli.

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It's time to merge Australia and New Zealand

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Harold Mitchell I've always argued that the best leaders are those who plan a long way ahead.

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Abbott government: managing through the messaging

Harold Mitchell It seems that an old noun has recently given birth to a new verb – "messaging". It has probably grown out of the public service, as I know it likes to take credit for many things.

Even Easter Bunny can't sweeten tax pill

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Harold Mitchell Charlie's 11-year-old niece Lilah says she still believes in the Easter Bunny.  But we think she is pulling our leg so she can compete in the Easter egg hunt.

Prizing partnership is a road to success

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Harold Mitchell History is filled with great people who were even greater because they operated in partnership.

Australia's time to shine on the big stage and avoid a haircut

Harold Mitchell Money talks in New York and if you're prepared to pay a bit over the odds, anything can happen.