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Terrific future beckons if optimism awakes

AUSTRALIA has a terrific future but we need to reawaken our natural optimism, according to International Trade Strategies managing director Alan Oxley.

He said Australia seemed to be an anxious country, hesitant to make any major decisions.

“I think we are still suffering from the period of depression in the 1980s when interest rates were high and the stock market crashed,” Mr Oxley said at the annual CPA Australia congress recently.

“There seems to be a reluctance to say how great we are.”

Oxley said it was wrong to suggest Australia was not part of the new economy and was falling behind.

The real measure of whether Australia had joined in the new economy was whether new technology systems were being adopted in the workplace and this was clearly the case, he said.

There was also a noticeable change in the country’s psyche with new attitudes developing.

He said that the culture of cutting down the tall poppy was no longer as prevalent.

“We have actually acquired an appreciation of excellence.

“I think that we have at long last removed the ‘lucky country’ syndrome, he said.

Mr Oxley said free, open and adaptable societies would gain through globalisation and free movement of capital and labour.

“The idea of a computer can be very threatening to those who want to maintain their authority,” he said.

Mr Oxley said this was particularly the case in Europe where the office environment was old-fashioned and hierarchical.

He said computers often replaced secretaries which some bosses felt undermined their position.

He considered few countries would truly benefit from more open systems but included Australia as one of them.

The US and Canada were also part of this elite group although others, such as European countries, could also benefit if they became more adaptable.

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