Edi­tor's let­ter

The Australian - The Deal - - Meet The Boss -

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.

GLENDA KOR­PO­RAAL

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