In December 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, wartime prime minister John Curtin signalled a historic shift in Australia’s international relations, away from Mother England and across the Pacific to the US. It was the beginning of a military alliance with the US and of much stronger bonds of friendship, trade and investment.
In recent times, Australia has focused on building relationships with its fast- growing neighbours in Asia, especially China. When the US economy crashed in 2008, the Chinese economic engine became even more critical to our future. However, America is rebounding. A powerful, creative force, its ability to reinvent itself should never be discounted.
This issue of the deal has a special feature on our large and growing trade and economic relationship with the US and the key players working hard to leverage Americans’ considerable goodwill towards Australia into even stronger business ties. Our lead story is written by The Australian’s business editor, Geoff Elliott, who was the paper’s US correspondent for four years, and The Australian’s editor, Clive Mathieson, who has just returned from a visit to New York. Also, contributing editor to the deal Lyndall Crisp has interviewed Australia’s senior trade and investment commissioner for the US and Canada, Richard Leather.
*** This issue marks a change in the editorship of the deal, from Lyndall Crisp, who has held the role since the magazine’s launch in October 2008, to myself. Lyndall will remain as contributing editor, writing for both the magazine and the newspaper. the deal is in her debt for her tireless work, creativity and commitment to quality journalism.
*** the deal is pleased to announce the first of its dealClub events – a July 12 discussion on leadership with the premiership-winning coach of the Melbourne Storm rugby league team, Craig Bellamy. Taking place just two days before the Storm clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs in a replay of last year’s grand final, breakfast with Bellamy promises to be a sell- out event. Readers of the deal have the first chance to secure tickets for the event – see page 23.