Category: News From the AADA CEO

Newsletter No. 19 – December 19, 2016

SAUSAGES AND THE LAW… Otto von Bismark, the so-called Iron Chancellor, was a remarkable politician and visionary leader. He almost single-handedly created the German nation out of the Prussian Empire and subsequently manipulated a long-lasting European peace through his skillful…

Newsletter No. 18 – December 7, 2016

WAITING FOR GODOT… Waiting for Godot is a play by the Irish Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, await the arrival of someone named Godot – but Godot never arrives. Originally written in French and…

Newsletter No. 17 – November 23, 2016

STATISTICS… The phrase “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” has been well known and widely used for over 100 years. The debate about who first coined the phrase is unresolved but the leading candidate seems to be the British Prime Minister…

NEWSLETTER NO. 16 – NOVEMBER 11, 2016

The Black Elephant… Languages are living, flexible and adaptable expressions of the fluidity of a culture and quickly reflect societal themes that flow through peoples’ lives – none more so than the English language. I was therefore impressed with how…

Newsletter No. 15 – October 26, 2016

STARTING POINT… A few years ago my wife and I were on a driving tour of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. Late one day we somehow strayed off our planned route and could not find our way to our…

Newsletter No. 14 – October 14, 2016

Stability… When we consider the frequency with which a new name has appeared in the Prime Ministerial role in Australia over the last five years and then we look at the morally bankrupt presidential race being run by the two…

Newsletter No. 13 – October 3, 2016

The Long Run… The Barbarian King Odoacer conducted the final sacking of Rome in 476 CE and drove the last Emperor, Romulus Augustus, into exile. But long before that event the Roman Empire had been divided into Western and Eastern…

Newsletter No. 11 – September 15, 2016

Special Post-Convention Edition Oscar Wilde is reported to have often commented that the only thing worse than being talked about is to not be talked about at all… I was not sure about the accuracy of that observation as the…

Newsletter No. 10 – September 1, 2016

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, stocking frames, spinning frames and power looms began to replace hand weavers in the textile industry in England. This coincided with harsh economic conditions triggered by the Napoleonic Wars. The hand weavers…

Newsletter No.9 – August 15, 2016

“In the end, rational policy is always good.” Paul Keating – former Australian Prime Minister and Treasurer. As simple as that sounds, it takes absolute clarity of thought, purposeful resolve and powerful convincing arguments to secure rational policy outcomes in…